The rivalry between Asheville Christian Academy and Carolina Day School stretches back to the early 1990s when the ACA Lions joined the Carolinas Athletic Association. The Wildcats held the advantage over the upstart Lions in the early years of the rivalry but in recent years the Lions have turned the tide. That trend continued last week as the Lions scored early and often in route to a 89-64 victory and their sixth straight win in the series.
The Lions jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening minutes and slowly built the lead to twenty-four points at the halftime break. In the third quarter the Wildcats scored 11 points in a minute and a half to cut the Lion advantage to fourteen but ACA responded with a run of their own pushing the lead to over 30 points by the middle of the fourth quarter.
The Lions were spurred by a balanced offensive attack. Senior Raishaun Brown led the Lions with 21 points. Junior Tyler McKinney added 19 points while sophomore Tre’lin Harper had 17 points. Sophomore Kavan Horton also finished in double figures with 12 points. Jalen Walker-Crawford scored 7, Collin Mills had 6 and Chris Harris rounded out the scoring with 5 points.
The Lions boys basketball team is now 12-8 overall and 4-0 in conference play. They return to the hardwood this week with a matchup against conference powerhouse Christ School. This weeks schedule also includes road trips to High Point Christian Academy and Greensboro Day School.
For more information about Asheville Christian Academy visit www.ashevillechristian.org. For more info about ACA athletics follow the Lions on Twitter @ACAAthletics or at the ACA MaxPreps page.