The TFC Eagles traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to face Johnson University on November 10. Coming off their first loss of the year and facing an opponent that has been very competitive in the past, TFC’s young team answered the challenges and defeated Johnson 97-65.
TFC dictated the tempo of the first half by utilizing their full court pressure. The intense defense from the Eagles forced Johnson into poor shot selections, and enabled the Eagles to establish their tempo. TFC opened a double digit lead with inside points that came from the Eagles’ furious pace in the game. By converting defensive pressure into offensive points, the Eagles took a 45-25 half time lead. To open the second half, Johnson settled on offense and reduced the deficit to 14 points with 8 minutes left in the game. The Eagles once again turned up the pressure, and pulled away for the 32 point victory.
All nine of TFC players scored in the win. Forward Billy Aristide and guard Josh Johnson led a balanced attack with 25 points each. Josh Johnson hit five threes pointers. Carlos Hamlett had 13, Derek Westfall had 11, and Josh Barrett added 10.
Coach Jason Mehl said of his team’s effort, “It was nice to see guys bounce back from the North Greenville loss, and play a game where we dictated the pace. We accomplished what we wanted at both ends of the floor.”
The Eagles will host Bob Jones University on Tuesday night in their first home game of the season. The Lady Eagles will tip off against BJU at 5:00, and the men’s game will follow.