ACA's Tyler McKinney

ACA’s Tyler McKinney.

The Asheville Christian Academy Lions enacted a little revenge last week as they knocked off their conference rival Rabun Gap 84-62. ACA fell to the Eagles in the first meeting, but after the first few minutes of the second tilt, the contest was never in doubt. The Lions and Eagles traded several three point baskets to start the game but the Lions switched from a man to man to a zone defense late in the first quarter and the Eagles could not respond. The zone stifled the Eagles for the rest of the contest. ACA took a 43-32 advantage at the halftime break and methodically pushed the lead out in the second half.

Tyler McKinney, ACA’s lone senior, led the Lions in scoring with 33 points. He was 12 for 18 from the field and four of five from the three-point line. Collin Mills added 14 points and seven assists for the Lions. Max Rogers also scored 14 points while Chris Harris and Kavan Horton added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The Lions finished their regular season with a 17-7 overall record. They drew the #4 seed in the NCISAA state tournament and will host a quarterfinal round game on Saturday, February 15.

The ACA girls team dropped their final contest of the season against Rabun Gap. The Lions were unable to handle the Eagles size and struggled to score in the closing minutes against the Rabun Gap zone. Despite the loss, the Lions finished the regular season with an 18-5 overall record and drew the #1 seed in the upcoming 3A state tournament. They will also host a quarterfinal round matchup on Saturday, February 15.

For more information about Asheville Christian Academy, visit To track the Lions during their state tournament runs, follow the ACA Twitter page @ACAAthletics. You can also track all the tournament action at


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