Over the holidays the Asheville Christian Academy boys basketball team competed in the holiday tournament at Freedom High School in Morganton, NC. After a lethargic loss against RS Central in the opening round the Lions bounced back with an inspired effort against McDowell High School. The Lions shifted strategy and rolled out to a 48-24 halftime lead. The ACA full court pressure forced numerous McDowell turnovers as the Lions raced out to a 35 point second half advantage. The Lions cruised to a 75-45 victory.
In the final game of the tournament the Lions squared off against AC Reynolds High School. The Rockets came into the game with an impressive 8-1 record and jumped out to a 12-9 first quarter lead. However, the Lions took control of the game from that point forward running away with a 59-40 victory. The Lions defense spurred the victory holding the Rockets to 30% shooting from the field and forcing 19 turnovers for the game. The Lions were led by junior Tyler McKinney who scored 21 points. Senior Raishaun Brown added 17 points. The Lions enter the meat of their conference schedule beginning this week. Currently the boys are 9-8 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
The ACA girls team played in the same holiday tournament at Freedom High School and picked up a win over Draughn High School before falling to both Freedom and East Burke. Against Draughn, the Lions picked up a 40-34 win. They were led by junior Caroline Sikkink who scored 18 points and sophomore Nandhi Smith who knocked in 14 points.
Both Lions boys and girls team travel to Asheville School and Rabun Gap this week for conference tilts.
For up to date scores and schedules visit the ACA Maxpreps page or follow the Lions on Twitter @ACAAthletics. For more information about the school visit www.ashevillechristian.org.