While the Faith Christian Academy boys basketball team has leaned heavily on 7-foot center and Tulane signee Ray Barreno, the Lions have also gotten a huge contribution from guard Rene Esparza en route to their 18-0 record this year.
The defending TCAL state champions have benefitted from Esparza strong defensive play and his well-rounded offensive game. One could make the point that Esparza is what makes the Lions go as a team. He plays fast and with great intensity, which is what makes him a Division I recruit.
Esparza was a big reason the Lions overcame a slow start to beat Cathedral 55-25 on Thursday night to keep the Lions unbeaten. Esparza hit some big shots and helped get the defense going with some strong play.