Basketball Men: TFC’s men’s team hosted the nation’s #3 ranked Florida Christian College on Friday, February 1. The Eagles let a late lead slip through their fingers and lost 83 – 87.
TFC’s Barrett led all scorers with 23 points in the game. Westfall added 21 for the Eagles, and A.J. Williams had 21 points for the Suns. FCC’s Juwan Bray finished with 12 points on 5 – 8 three point shooting.
TFC also welcomed region opponent Clearwater Christian College on Saturday, February 2. The Eagles exploded for 57 points in the second half on their way to a 94 – 79 victory.
The Eagles showed mental toughness early as they came out with high intensity on defense. The Eagles used the defensive effort and 7 – 8 from the free throw line to take a 39 – 34 lead at halftime.
TFC created several turnovers from the Cougars and easy transition baskets to extend their lead into double digits shortly into the second half. The Eagles would win the turnover battle on the evening 30 – 13. With 10 minutes remaining in the game, TFC had built a 20 point lead. Though Clearwater attempted to turn up their own defensive pressure, the Eagles would not relent and hung on for a 94 – 79 victory.
Derek Westfall and Josh Barrett lead the Eagles in scoring with 19 points each. Freddie Harrell and John Sauls added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Fan favorite Adam Hitten came off the bench and scored 11 points on 4 – 7 shooting. Clearwater was led by Jonah Dew’s 20 points and 12 rebounds. Devin Paularinne added 19 points for the Cougars.
TFC will host region foe Trinity College on February 8 at 7:00. On February 9, the Eagles will host Johnson University at 3:00.
Basketball Women: The Lady Eagles also hosted conference opponent Clearwater Christian College on February 2. The Lady Eagles held a ten point lead throughout much of the first half, but were defeated 58 – 67.
TFC used accurate three point shooting to jump to ten point leads of 19 – 9 and 23 – 13. With a 10 point deficit and 10 minutes remaining in the half, the Lady Cougars of Clearwater fought back and would eventually take a 39 – 35 lead going into the half. In the opening period, the Lady Eagles shot 6 – 11 from three. After halftime, a lap up by TFC’s Kim Crapse tied the game at 43 – 43, but the Lady Eagles were unable to continue their hot shooting in the second half. After shooting 45% in the opening half, the Lady Eagles shot just 2 – 6 from three and just 33% from the field. Clearwater’s Tiffany Pack hit back to back three’s with 7 minutes left in the game to give the Lady Cougars all they needed to hang on to the 67 – 58 win.
TFC’s Kim Crapse led in scoring with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Clearwater’s Tiffany Pack and Rebecca Misiura also had 17 points a piece. TFC’s Cassidy Lang finished with 14 points on 4 – 9 three point shooting, and Maddy Moody added 12 points and 7 boards in the loss.
The Lady Eagles will host Johnson University on February 9 at 2:00.
Baseball opened their season at Bryan College on Friday, February 1. The Eagles lost on Opening Day 7 – 4. The Eagles held a 3 – 0 lead, but a 5 run fifth inning put the home side ahead 5 -3. Both team would tack on additional runs, but TFC was unable to retake the lead and fell 7 – 4.
With a solid group of returning starters and a highly skilled group of new players, the TFC Eagles baseball team will be seeking their third consecutive national championship in the 2013 season. After fourteen consecutive road games to open the season, the Eagles’ home opener will be on March 1 in a double header against Bethel College at 1:00 pm. The region tournament will be played in Kissimmee, Florida, on April 25-27. The national tournament will again be hosted by Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio, on May 8-11. To view the entire 2013 Eagles schedule, visit the schedule page here: