Crusaders celebrate, look to next season

They don’t waste time at Cornerstone Christian Academy.

Just as they did in football, the Cornerstone varsity boys basketball team was an overnight success.

Only in their second season at the varsity level, the Crusaders came within a couple of victories of the ultimate prize.

The Crusaders, in fashioning a 15-10 record, advanced to the Texas Christian Athletic League Class A State Tournament semifinals in Frisco. They lost to Canton Lighthouse on a shot at the buzzer.

“My thoughts on the season is that it was extremely successful,” said coach Tyler Johnson.

“We had a great group of men that came ready to work hard, and they improved every day.

“This season created a winning atmosphere and expectation for the Crusader basketball program for years to come.”

In winning the regional championship, the Crusaders defeated perennial powerhouse and rival Stephenville Faith 50-42, with whom they shared the district championship. The teams had split a pair of tightly contested regular-season games, with Cornerstone winning 42-40 and Faith winning 52-46.

Junior guard Forrest Copenhaver and sophomore forward Brendon Brawley led the Crusaders in scoring this season, each averaging more than 20 points. Starting center Jonathan Delzeit was the only senior on the squad.

Delzeit, in his final victory at Cornerstone, led the Crusaders in scoring with 24 points in a 70-52 win over River City Christian in the state semifinals. Coppenhaver (18) and Brawley (17) combined for 35.

Among the highlights were placing third in the Rising Star Tournament, and beating a public school (Rising Star) for the first time. They also had key wins over long-established Hill School and Temple Christian.

“We played a fairly tough schedule, which helped us a lot in the district and the playoffs,” said Johnson. “There were several highlights to the season.”

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