In Tuesday night's matchup between GAIS and Faith Baptist, the Faith Baptist Crusaders defeated GAIS, 83-67. The win, improved the Crusaders' overall record to 26-4. The GAIS loss, dropped their overall record to 20-13.
There was definitely anticipation for this matchup, with each team featuring exceptional guards. Matt Miller and Austin Crown lead GAIS, as UGA signee, JJ Frazier leads Faith Baptist. GAIS was also recently (January 9th) ranked by MaxPreps.Com as the #1 ranked HomeSchool basketball team in the Southeast.
The game didn't exactly play-out the way one would expect.
GAIS was able to hold JJ Frazier to just six points. Instead, Faith Baptist was led by Senior point-guard, Marquise Chandler and Tymier Butler. The first half was a story of each team making small runs and trading baskets. Frazier tallied three of his six in the half, while 6'8" Senior, Jerry Owens grabbed most of the boards for the Crusaders.
Fourteen year-old, 6'6" TJ Massenburg played well early on for GAIS, grabbing boards and charging the gym with a nice dunk. Matt Miller and Dominic Brown also played very well early for GAIS, scoring 13 and 14 points respectively in the half. At the halftime break, GAIS trailed Faith Baptist, 39-35.
The second half proved too much for GAIS, as Faith Baptist weathered a small early third quarter GAIS run, to run away with the victory. GAIS plagued themselves with costly second half turnovers and missed shot opportunities to capitalize on run opportunities. Miller and Brown continued their great play for GAIS, finishing with 27 and 23 points, respectively. Austin Crown had one of his lowest scoring total nights of the season (usually scoring 25+ nightly), unable to provide a third large scoring threat to complement Miller and Brown to possibly spark a GAIS comeback.
Tymier Butler led Faith Baptist with 21 points. Matt Miller led GAIS with 27 as Dominic Brown tallied 23.
Watch the highlights above to see how Faith Baptist was able to top GAIS.