Basketball

The Asheville Christian Academy boys basketball team entered their matchup last week against Legacy Charter with a 5-0 record but their perfect start came to a crashing end.

Legacy Charter is one of the nation’s top teams and boast a front line full of future high major NCAA Division I performers. Their 6’10” center has committed to the University of Mississippi. Legacy’s other 6’10” center has just received a scholarship offer from Wake Forest and their 6’7” wingman has an offer from Xavier amongst other top 25 teams.

The Lions knew they had their hands full with the Legacy size but a minute into the game the Lions held a 4-2 lead. At that point the game change dramatically. The Lion’s leading scorer, Tyler McKinney, rose to dunk the basketball in transition but was hit at the apex of his jump and came crashing to the floor. Mckinney was forced to leave the game and would not return.

Without McKinney the Lions hung tough with Legacy but went to the halftime break trailing by 13 points. The Lions played the second half in significant foul trouble. Starting center, Trelin Harper, only played two minutes in the half before fouling out which left the Lions with their tallest player at just 6’3”. Legacy’s size and athleticism overmatched the Lions in the second half as they ran away with the 87-49 win. The Lions will look to get back on track this week with a home contest against Asheville School.

The ACA girls basketball team played their best game of the season against Legacy Charter falling 40-33. The Lions have one of the youngest lineups in the state as two 8th graders start and play heavy minutes. After two crushing losses to start the year the Lions played inspired basketball and put a scare into Legacy. The girls team also takes on Asheville School this week as they look to secure their first win of the young season.

For more information about ACA basketball follow the Lions twitter feed @ACAAthletics. You can also check scores and schedules on the ACA MaxPreps page. For more information about the school visit www.ashevillechristian.org.

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