LUDOWICI — Liberty County’s high schools are entering the Sweet 16 state title chase and First Presbyterian Christian Academy is headed to the Final Four, but the Faith Baptist Christian Academy Crusaders have already claimed their sixth straight state title in Class AA of the Georgia Christian Athletic Association.
"We won three in single A then we moved up to AA and we won the next three in a row," basketball coach and athletic director Jared Sellars said.
The Crusaders conference play ended two weeks ago when they defeated Killian Hill 79-59 on Feb. 13. That led to the championship round on Valentine’s Day against King’s Way Christian. They defeated King’s Way 93-86.
"Everybody stepped up at state," Sellars said. "The first game on Friday night had a couple of kids who were over 6’7", another one who was 6’10" and he dunked on us about five or six times. So we really had to step it up.
"On Saturday we played a team that really fought hard. We were in foul trouble all day. Jaquez Motley, Al Drake and Akeen Brewton, three of our starters, sat for most of the first half and we had to go with players and rotation we were not used to. Our bench play was huge and we got the job done."
Crusader junior Aaron Power was among the players Sellars said stood out. He made the All-Tournament Team. Motley was named tournament MVP.
"He was real consistent both nights," Sellars said about Power. He had 24-points on Friday and 19 on Saturday. J. J. Frazier had 22 points in the first half on Saturday. He hit 6 three-pointers in the first half. He really kept us in the game. We got a lot of help from our seniors this season. But some of our younger players stepped up."
The coach said nobody on his squad wanted to break the state winning streak saying, "Everybody was really motivated in keeping the streak alive and keeping us going and we were able to get the job done. And it really looks good for next year."
In addition, the Faith Baptist JV boys won state, defeating Peoples Baptist 56-53. JJ Frazier received the tournament MVP nod.
The girls JV squad also took a state title beating Killian Hill 51-33. Kadeisha Frazier was named tournament MVP.
Faith Baptist 79, Killian Hill 59
Aaron Power 24 points, 2, rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal
Jaquez Motley 23 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
JJ Frazier 12 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Akeen Brewton 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal
Faith Baptist 93, King’s Way 85
Aaron Power 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals
Jaquez Motley 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal
JJ Frazier 25 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Akeen Brewton 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Al Drake 20 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal