The girls and boys basketball teams from Coastal Christian Academy got off the bus after their five-hour drive from Wilmington and experienced an unfriendly welcome on the court from the Lions of Asheville Christian Academy. The ACA girls team pummeled the Centurions from the opening tip. The Lions held a 25-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 40-5 lead at the halftime break. The Lions took their foot off the gas in the second half but still managed a 70-22 victory.
The boys game was competitive early as the Centurions jumped out to 5-0 and 8-2 advantages but from that point on the Lions imposed their will. ACA settled into a full court man to man press that forced multiple first half turnovers. The Lions took the lead a few minutes into the game and pushed the advantage to twenty points at the end of the first half. ACA switched to a zone defense in the second half with each player on the roster seeing action. The ACA boys finished off Coastal Christian 69-46.
Both ACA boys and girls teams enter this week ranked in the top fifty-five in the state according to the MaxPreps basketball rankings. The boys’ team enters the week ranked 50th while the girls secured the 55th ranked spot. The boys’ team boasts a 10-4 overall record and will travel to Asheville School this week before playing host to York Prep on Friday night. The girls now sit at 9-4 overall and will be on the road this week against Greensboro Day. The Bengals are currently 17-2 on the season and hold down the #5 Maxpreps ranking.
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