By MEL SUITER
Photography by BETTY KOLAR
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. --- It could have been another David versus Goliath story, but unfortunately for Hernando Christian Academy they were not able to achieve the upset on Dec. 5.
Undersized but still competing with courage, Hernando Christian Academy was defeated by Tampa Bay Christan Academy 73-52, leaving the Lions still looking for their first win of the season.
Hernando Christian Academy basketball coach Jeff Moore was not too upset with his team during and after the game. He applauded the effort by his team from the sideline and encouraged his team, but in the end there were too many Rams that didn’t miss the basket.
“I am not upset with our guys, we played hard and competed,” Moore said, after the game outside the locker room. “We were playing against a team that has got seven seniors, so we’re playing boys against men at this point.”
The man for Tampa Bay Christian Academy stands 6 feet and 10 inches and weighs close to 260 pounds and is able to dominate every part of the court including the bench.
Quantavious Brown’s scoring average is 23 points per game, he scored 20 points against the Lions and that led all scores.
Brown does have a supporting cast that surrounds him but the Rams at times play with a lack of discipline. Once they gained their focus, though, they became too fast and too quick for the Lions’ defense.
The job of guarding Brown was assigned by Moore to senior forward Riley Decker, at the start of the game he smiled looking toward the ceiling of the Lion’s Den waiting for the tip off that he knew along with the rest of the crowd he would not control-he was right.
Decker did his best to guard Brown and he did manage to frustrate and irritate Brown.
The offense for the Lions did have some moments when they were flowing and they caught the Rams by surprise because of their lack of discipline but untimely turnovers by senior point guard Carlos Gonzalez stopped the momentum that the Lions were finding.
Gonzalez made eight turnovers, including four in a row in the second quarter that stopped any kind of momentum for the Lions. His frustration handling the ball against the Rams resulted in bad looks at the basket and taking too many bad shots.
“I was 0-11 in the game!” Gonzalez said to a teammate leaving the gym. “Unbelievable!”
For Hernando Christian Academy the best sound of the night came as the final horn sounded ending the game and they lined up to shake the hands of the Rams.
Moore and his team will be getting ready to continue with the schedule as the Lions will be on the road for the next three games before they get back to the coziness of the Lion’s Den.
Moore does know that sometimes good coaching is the ability to get your team to forget the losses during the season and against Tampa Bay Christian Academy, the sooner they can forget the game against the Rams - the better off the Lions will be.
Dec. 6 Loss
HCA 53, Lakeside Christian 60
Dec. 9 HCA-Pepin Academy; score not reported
Dec. 10 Loss to Seven Rivers Christian
HCA 59, SRC 61
Dec. 12 HCA v. Academy at the Lakes
At HCA conference game, 7:30PM