It was a historic night for the Bethlehem Christian Academy boys basketball team.
The Knights (7-8, 2-1) earned a much-needed GISA Region 1-A victory against visiting Thomas Jefferson 59-44 but it was also the first basketball win against the Jaguars in BCA history.
Jacob Walls scored a game-high 21 points and had two rebounds and two assists in the win while Jacob Fincher scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Kevin Green finished with 10 points, four assists and three boards.
“It’s always tough to get that first win against somebody,” coach Mark Barth said. “We had a meltdown against them last year in the region tournament. That still bothers me how that one got away.”
Thomas Jefferson actually held a 12-11 lead after the first quarter but BCA had moved in front 28-20 at halftime. The Knights continued to lead by eight points after the third quarter.
Luke Allen added six points and three rebounds in a balanced attack for BCA and Austin Schwebel finished with four points and four rebounds. Jacob Parker scored four points with three boards and Ben Morgan had two points and one rebound.
“After the first quarter it was good to see us get a lead and maintain it,” Barth said. “We have some tough games coming up so it’s good to get this win.”
BCA will travel to Nathanael Greene Friday and Curtis Baptist Saturday for additional 1-A contests.
Barth said the game Friday at Nathanael Greene will be tough as the Knights defeated the Patriots in overtime Dec. 19. Saturday’s game at Curtis Baptist will be against the defending GISA Class A champion in a game played in Augusta.