ALLEN – The Wesley Christian boys’ basketball program claimed a national title earlier in the week. Wesley Christian, under the direction of head coach David Meddings, won the inaugural FCA National Hoops Invitational boys’ basketball tournament at West Virginia State University in neighboring Institute, W.Va..
Wesley Christian continues to make a name for itself as one of the nation’s top prep boys’ basketball programs.
Productive Wesley Christian pulled away to defeat Charlotte United Christian (NC) 97-61 in the opening round of the FCA National Hoops Invitational on Sunday.
Following the opening round triumph, the Circuit Riders notched another convincing victory on Monday, downing Word of God Christian (NC) 73-57 to advance to the national title game.
Wesley Christian topped familiar foe First Love Christian (Pa.), which was ranked 10th in the nation, 77-66 in the FCA National Hoops Invitational title game.
During the regular-season, Wesley Christian and First Love Christian split two games. First Love Christian beat the Riders 84-77 during the two squads’ first meeting. Wesley Christian prevailed 77-69 over First Love Christian in a second regular-season matchup.
“I am proud of the boys and how they played during this tournament,” Meddings said, following his team’s title-clinching win. “We talked about winning today’s championship every day and it showed with our composure and winning attitude every game. We were able to beat three really good teams on our way to this championship and finish the season with 33 wins, and it’s all about how hard our guys worked and came together as a team.
“It’s cliche to say Wesley Christian Basketball is on the map now. I like to say we were already on the map. Now we are a destination point for the highest level of high school basketball. I couldn’t be happier with our season.”
The Riders concluded the 2016-17 season 33-11.
Wesley Christian standout Christian Lorng was named the tournament’s most outstanding player after averaging a double-double of 18.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game.
Another Wesley Christian player, Keith Clemons, was named to the all-tournament.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.