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Crusaders defeat two Saints teams
Jaquez Motley - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Faith Baptist pounded Urban Christian on Friday in Savannah, winning 96-67. The Crusaders also defeated St. Paul, 78-71, at home on Thursday, successfully wrapping up the regular season. Now the Ludowici squad is preparing for the state tournament.


Faith Baptist 96,
Urban Christian 67


Urban Christian sought Friday to avenge a two-week-old loss to Faith Baptist, but the Crusaders were ready.

The Saints opened the game with two trey shots, but Crusader Aaron Power dropped in his own 3-pointer and Jaquez Motley added a layup to keep his squad in the game.

Motley scored just 6 points in the first half, but was wide open in the second, adding 13. Power scored all 9 points from downtown before getting into foul trouble.

Crusader Jamil Donovan crushed the boards against Urban’s Joshua Shelton. Donovan hit 14 for the night.

Freshmen Aaron Scott and JJ Frazier dropped in 18 points each. Frazier fed the ball to Motley outside for several quick drops to help the boys to a 1-point lead at the half and, eventually, a 96-67 win.

Senior Crusader Tracey Jester added 13 points as well.


Faith Baptist 78,
St. Paul 71


The St. Paul Saints may have started their celebration a bit too soon Thursday night as they visited the Faith Baptist Crusaders in Ludowici. Feeling confident near the end of the game with a 62-60 lead, the Saints failed to block an inbound pass from JJ Frazier to Jaquez Motley. Motley popped in a clutch basket with three seconds left, sending the match into overtime. The Crusaders went on to win 78-71.

Crusaders Jamil Donovan and Motley led the Ludowici boys in scoring. Donovan had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Motley had 20 points and 11 assists.

Sixteen of Motley’s 20 points came in the second half, including two shots from the 3-point range.

The visiting Savannah Saints had a much improved team compared with their first battle against the Crusaders on Nov. 13. The Faith Baptist boys beat them 80-44 in the first game.

The Ludowici squad is headed to the state tournament in Valdosta next Thursday, where they will tip off against Killian Hill.

According to, Faith Baptist is 22-3 overall and 6-0 in their Georgia Christian Athletic Association 2-AA region.

The Faith Baptist girls played their playoff round Thursday night in Atlanta against Shiloh Hills. The Lady Crusaders earned a 55-33 victory to qualify for the state playoffs next week.


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