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Men's Basketball - Mon, Jan. 6, 2014

ARLINGTON BAPTIST (4-6) AT LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN (5-4, 1-3)

Monday, January 6, 2014, at 7:00 pm

Rip Griffin Center (Lubbock, Texas)

 

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About Arlington Baptist

The Patriots are a member of the NCCAA (National  Christian College Athletic Association) and the ACCA (Association of Christian College Athletics). ABC is 4-6 on the season, including a 79-69 loss to Texas A&M International, who defeated the Chaps on Saturday, 83-82.

 

History Between Chaps and Patriots

Last season's meeting was the first between the two clubs, with LCU winning handily, 82-48, on November 20, 2012.

 

Last Meeting Between the Teams

Jamaal Crayton pitched in 17 points and Jabril Durham had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, as Lubbock Christian University claimed their 12th consecutive November home win with an 82-48 win over Arlington Baptist College on November 20, 2012, inside Rip Griffin Center. The Chaps never trailed in the contest. They broke away from a 4-4 tie with a 12-3 run to take a 16-9 lead and later used a 16-2 first half run to build their lead to 44-29 going into the half. LCU opened the game shooting 17-of-32 (53%) from the field and 4-of-9 (44%) from three point range and led ABC as much as 21 points. The Patriots shot 11 of 27 (41%) from the field in the opening half and the Chaps held them to 3 of 12 (25%) from behind the arc. LCU kept a steady pace coming out of the locker room and built their largest lead of the game at 35 (81-46) with a 1:45 remaining in the game. The Patriots were never able to get in a shooting rhythm, as LCU's defense held ABC to 7-of-28 (25%) from the field and 0-of-8 from the three point line in the second half of play. LCU shot 13-of-23 (56.5%) from the field in the second half and was able to keep the game out of reach. Crayton led the Chaps with 17 points, playing 21 minutes in the contest. Jabril Durham had 16 points along with teammate Eli Baker adding 15 points and Jevvon Hunter chipping in 10. LCU shot 54.5% (30/55) from the field, 28.6% (4/14) from long range. Defensively, they forced 20 turnovers, had eight steals and out-rebounded ABC 42-27. LCU out-scored ABC 48-26 in the paint, 33-9 in points off turnovers and 20-0 in fast break scoring.

 

Ford Tough

Perhaps the most celebratory moment of the season thus far for the Chaps came from senior guard Jeremy Ford's game-winning three-point buzzer beater at Eastern New Mexico on November 26. While his heroics were heralded in that contest, Ford's ability to direct his team and steady play go somewhat unnoticed. He has not lead the Chaps in scoring or even notched a double-digit scoring game, but directs the Chaps while playing 25.7 minutes per game and dishing out 4.6 assists. The Varnville, SC, native has recorded 41 assists on the season compared to just 10 turnovers for a 4.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. As of January 1, that puts him number one in the conference, with the next closest competitor registering just a 2.9 ratio. If LCU's statistics were to be counted nationally, Ford would have the eighth best ratio in Division II, and the 15th best in all three NCAA divisions.

 

Hitting the Mark

Six Chaps are hitting at least 50 percent of their shots, with freshman Isaac Cardona shooting at a 74% clip to sit atop the Heartland Conference rankings. Sophomore Tyler Rogers' .614 shooting percentage has him ranked in fourth place, while senior Eli Baker sits in tenth place at 54.5%. That trio has propelled the Chaps to reach atop the conference standings in team field goal percentage at .521. LCU has also been quite effective from the charity stripe, knocking down a league-high 77.4% of their freebies and also connecting on 40% of their shots from deep for a conference second-best.

 

Cardona Making Presence Felt

Freshman Isaac Cardona is making the most of his 16.3 minutes a game, scoring 7.2 points per contest while hitting 74 percent of his field goals (26-of-35). Despite playing most of his minutes inside the paint, the Port Lavaca, Texas, product has shown his ability to step out and knock down shots when needed and has taken care of the ball, only committing two turnovers thus far. During the Chaps' last win on December 14, an 87-77 victory at Oklahoma Christian, Cardona played a season-high 29 minutes, posting 11 points and five boards. In the win at Eastern New Mexico on November 26, Cardona was nearly unstoppable in the first half, scoring on five of his seven attempts, including a stretch of three straight for the Chaps. He also hit 4-of-5 from the free throw line and contributed two assists and two steals in the 72-69 victory.

 

Johnson Up and Down

After finishing 0-for-6 from the floor in the season opener against Open Bible College on November 15, sophomore Quay Johnson exploded against ENMU on November 19 for 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Against the University of the Southwest two days later, Johnson scored a game-high 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, hitting 3-of-6 from deep and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He disappeared in the victory at Eastern New Mexico on November 26, not even attempting a field goal in the first half, and finishing the game 1-3 from the field. However, his only field goal was crucial, coming with 11:18 left in the contest to give LCU a 49-46 lead. Against Ecclesia College on November 29, he only shot the ball twice, hitting one shot for a total of two points and was held to 1-of-6 shooting in the loss at Dallas Baptist on December 12. In the 87-77 victory at Oklahoma Christian on December 14, he reached double digits for the third time this season, scoring 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 18 minutes. Johnson was held scoreless in 10 minutes of action in Thursday's 73-67 loss to St. Mary's and contributed three points in Saturday's 83-82 loss to Texas A&M International.

 

Lucky Sevens

In the nine contests of the 2013-14 season, the Chaps have been led by seven different leading scorers. Anthony Brancato, Quay Johnson, Ridrell Holman, Isaac Cardona, AJ Luckey, Eli Baker and Tyler Rogers have all earned team-highs in scoring during at least one game. Johnson and Holman shared the honors with 15 points each in the win versus the University of the Southwest on November 21, and Luckey and Baker each scored 14 in a 61-59 loss at Dallas Baptist on December 12. LCU has seven players averaging seven points or more, led by Luckey's 14.4 ppg, while Baker contributes 13.8 per contest. Brancato is third with 9.2 ppg, Rogers adds 7.9, Holman and Johnson contribute 7.4 and Cardona averages 7.2.

 

Chaps Fall Just Short on Luck in Loss to St. Mary's

A pair of free throws by Vadel Faniel of Texas A&M International with two seconds remaining allowed the Dustdevils' unbeaten Heartland Conference record to stay intact as Lubbock Christian suffered a tough 83-82 defeat Saturday afternoon at The Rip Griffin Center. Anthony Brancato provided the Chaps (5-4, 1-3 Heartland) with a game and season-high 23 points while A.J. Luckey scored 16 and Eli Baker added 10. The squads showed nearly identical statistics, with each team shooting 24-of-49 from the field and hitting eight three-pointers. A combined 43 fouls were called in the contest, allowing TAMIU (11-3, 4-0 Heartland) to knock down 27 free throws and LCU to hit 26. Jeremy Ford found Baker under the hoop with 3:38 on the clock in the second half for a bucket and a foul, and Baker's ensuing free throw put LCU on top 82-77. However, the next four offensive trips for the Chaps were unsuccessful, resulting in three missed shots and a turnover. The Dustdevils connected on a free throw and Deonnte Breedlove drained a crucial three-pointer with a minute on the clock to pull TAMIU close at 82-81. A missed shot by LCU permitted a Dustdevil timeout with 18 seconds remaining and Head Coach Todd Duncan followed with his own after seeing TAMIU's play setup. Kevin Jefferson drove into the lane for a short jumper, but Ford was there for the block, giving the Dustdevils the ball with four seconds left. On the next play, Ford was then called for a questionable foul under the hoop, sending Faniel to the line for the game-winning free throws. The game started well offensively, as both teams were fruitful on their first four shot attempts. Brancato drilled two shots from beyond the arc within the first two minutes of the contest for a 10-9 Chap lead. A three by Breedlove gave the Dustdevils a 13-11 advantage, but Luckey hit a deep trey and Brancato provided another to put the Chaps on top, 20-15, with 14:13 to play. At the 11:35 mark, LCU went on a scoring binge, starting with two buckets from Luckey in the lane and capped by four free throws, two each from Ondrej Gargula and Brancato for a 10-0 Chap run to extend the lead to 33-22, their largest of the game. But six points from Dustdevil Matthew Culliver, Jr., and two from Johnel Grey pulled TAMIU right back in the mix to whittle LCU's lead to 35-32 with six-and-a-half minutes left. The Chaps made their last 10 free throws of the half to go into the break with a 52-47 lead. Faniel and Jefferson, Jr., each scored 17 for the Dustdevils. Matthew Culliver, Jr., and Grey tallied 11 apiece, and Breedlove added 10.