If you heard whistles Thursday night, the sounds were coming from the gym of United Faith Academy. Forty eight personal fouls were called as the United Faith beat Gaston Day 68-51 in an NCISAA Southern Piedmont conference matchup.
Nehemiah Mabson led United Faith with 18 points and 10 rebounds; Ty Gadsden added 17 with four assists and two boards for the Falcons. Gaston Day’s Trevor Anderson led (12-10, 2-2) all scorers with 20 points, including six 3-pointers. Adam Kozial chipped in with 15 for the Spartans.
Twenty seven personal fouls were called against Gaston Day, with three of its players fouling out. The Falcons were whistled for 21 with three players finishing with four fouls. Close to a dozen traveling violations combined were also called. Neither Spartans coach Kenny Burr or United Faith coach Muggsy Bogues were happy with the tight officiating.
“I think it really disrupted both teams,” said Burr. “The way the game was called really made it hard to get into a flow. It was a very physical game on both sides, so I think it disrupted both teams tremendously.”
“I told my guys to maybe stop reaching and I didn’t think we were doing a lot of that,” said Bogues. “It seems though they (the officials) were making those type of calls.”
United Faith’s Akim Mitchell, who finished with 10 points, talked about how the Falcons dealt with the tight officiating.
“We just tried to keep our heads together, because as soon as you get out of rhythm you stop thinking about playing basketball,” Mitchell said. “Coach just kept on telling us to calm down, relax and just play basketball.”
The Falcons (14-5, 4-0) built an 11-point lead at the half, 28-17. Gaston Day whittled it down to three midway through the third quarter by going on a 15-7 run. Six points came from three 3-pointers by Anderson in the quarter.
But United Faith went on an 11-1 run the remainder of the quarter to build the lead to 13 points heading into the fourth quarter. Mabson had 11 of his 18 points in the second half to go along with Gadsden’s 12 second-half points to help the Falcons put the game away.
With Gadsden in foul trouble early in the second half, United Faith turned to eighth grader Devon Dotson to run the floor. The play of the Falcon’s youngest player made Bogues beam after the game.
“For a young player to come in with that type of composure I was really proud and pleased with him,” he said.
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