Alec Ewald and Jordan Brannon combined for 41 points as No. 1 ranked Trinity Christian defeated Fort Worth Lake Country Christian School 65-56 in a TAPPS 4A state semifinal game Thursday at Abilene Christian University’s Moody Coliseum in Abilene.
With the win, the Lions (35-6) advanced to the state title contest to play Houston Northland Christian (18-12) at 1 p.m. Friday at Moody Coliseum.
“Those two really stepped up for us,” Trinity Christian head coach Jeremy McFerrin said. “And, also, other guys did a great job of finding Alec and Jordan open on cuts before they finished at the bucket, made key shots from the free-throw line. We finished strong in the fourth quarter.”
It wasn’t an easy path to the state title, though.
After two quarters, Trinity Christian held a slim 33-31 advantage at halftime before going into the fourth tied up at 43-43.
That’s when a pair of seniors, Ewald and Brannon, stepped in and combined for 14 points to help the Lions outscore the Eagles 22-13 en route to their victory.
“Knowing it was 0-0 going into the fourth quarter, means you have find a way to fight and the guys did,” McFerrin said. “I felt like the whole team stepped up in those final eight minutes.”
Ewald, who had 14 first-half points, finished the day with a team-high 21 points followed by Brannon (20 points) and Buchanon (10).
Brannon scored all seven of his fourth-quarter points from the free-throw line — making seven of his eight attempts. As a team, Trinity Christian shot 75 percent (12 of 20) from the free-throw line.
Jake Phillips scored a game-high 24 points for Lake Country Christian (19-1).
No. 1 Trinity Christian 65, Lake Country Christian 56
Trinity Christian 21 12 10 22 — 65
LCCS 20 11 12 13 — 56
Scorers: Trinity Christian, Jett Buchanon 10, Alec Ewald 21, Sawyer Squires 8, Aaron Dove 2, Jordan Brannon 20; Lake Country Christian School, Kalin Hess 8, Jake Phillips 24, Jake Matthews 13, Jake Palfy 5, Trevor Thompson 6. Records: Trinity Christian 35-6; Lake Country Christian School