The Asheville Christian Academy boys basketball team picked up two wins in the opening rounds of the NCISAA 3A State Tournament but fell to the #2 seed, Concord First Assembly, in the quarterfinals by a score of 55-44. The eleven point margin proved to be the largest lead of the game. Both teams were sharp defensively throughout the contest with First Assembly taking a 27-24 halftime lead. In the third quarter the Lions battled back taking a 34-31 lead with two minutes to play in the quarter. First Assembly switched to a zone defense before the end of the third quarter and the Lions struggled offensively from that point on.
After sophomore Collin Mills made a three point shot in the opening minute of the game the Lions went cold from behind the arc unable to make another shot from that distance for the remainder of the contest. ACA was able to get open looks against the zone but the perimeter shots did not fall. The Lions went 0 for 8 from the three point line in the final quarter as First Assemblies gradually took the lead. Trailing by four with just a minute and a half to go the Lions began fouling and First Assemblies finished the game shooting 7 for 8 from the free throw line to secure the win. The Lions finished their season with a 19-12 overall record.
The ACA girls team lost their first round state tournament game at Forsyth Country Day 42-37. The game was close throughout with the Lions pulling within one point in the fourth quarter but several key missed layups by the Lions were too much to overcome. The Lions were led in scoring by sophomore Nandhi Smith who scored 21 points. Junior Caroline Sikkink added 11 points for the Lions.
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