Boys Basketball: Faith Christian tops Phil-Mont Christian, earns rematch with Girard College

By Kev Hunter | February 27, 2018

FRANCONIA >> Faith Christian withstood Phil-Mont Christian’s best shots, and pulled away to a 72-60 victory in the District 1-A semifinals Tuesday night at Souderton Area High School.

“Back where we should be,” the Lions’ Landon Coyle said of the district finals, where his team will square off with defending champ Girard College for the second straight year.

Trailing by nine entering the fourth, Lyle Tipton and Michael DiBenedetto each hit threes — the fourth-seeded Falcons would have 10 in the contest — to pull Phil-Mont within 53-50.

But top-seeded Faith responded with a 10-0 run, keyed by Charles Ervin, Coyle and Darius Forney. Ervin was back after missing the BAL Playoffs due to a hip injury and supplied solid defense and 15 points. Forney scored 12 and Coyle had the game high with 17.

The win advances Faith to Friday’s final against No. 2 Girard, at Bensalem at 6. Faith fell 72-40 to Girard in the district final last year but battled hard in a state semifinal rematch, falling 67-58.

“Any time you take a butt whipping like we did in districts, you wanna answer the bell. You wanna answer the call,” Lions coach Tony DaCosta said of upcoming rematch. “We play this game because we wanna play at a high level, and (Girard) was worthy of getting back to the championship and so were we.”

Read the full article on PA Prep Live. Photos courtesy of Debby High / Digital First Media

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