MARYLAND INDEPENDENTS

National Christian Meets Its Challenges

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

In an effort to provide his team with some stiff late-season challenges, National Christian Coach Trevor Brown brought in two perennially loaded prep school teams from North Carolina -- Patterson School and Mt. Zion Academy -- along with an Our Savior New American (N.Y.) squad featuring four 7-footers for the NCA Classic this weekend. But the challenge never came for the Fort Washington school, which plays as an independent.

Surging National Christian handled both Our Savior and Mt. Zion with ease, winning two games by a combined 38 points en route to the championship. The Eagles (19-3) have won seven games in a row and have been suffocating opponents with defense.

"The history of my program is that after about 12 games into the season, we start to play our best basketball," said Brown, whose team took time to become cohesive because of an early-season injury to 7-foot center Anthony McClain and an academic suspension.

Burgeoning star sophomore forwards Joston Thomas and Dante Taylor fared well this weekend against players with national credentials.

-- Jeff Ermann


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