The Asheville Christian Academy boys basketball team welcomed one of the top teams in South Carolina to Swannanoa last week and sent York Prep back across the border with a 72-66 loss. The Lions never trailed in the contest building leads of fifteen points on two separate occasions, but York Prep clawed its way back eventually cutting the Lion’s edge to just three points in the fourth quarter. ACA managed to produce several critical defensive stops in the games final minutes to preserve the win.
Despite committing 19 turnovers for the game and shooting just 39% from the foul line, the Lions high field goal percentage proved to be the difference in the contest. ACA shot almost 62% from the field and 39% from the three-point line. Tyler McKinney led the Lions with 32 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Kavan Horton knocked in four three-pointers en route to 17 points. He also collected four assists. Trelin Harper picked up a double-double finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Despite early foul trouble, Collin Mills also ended the game with 10 points.
The victory moves the Lions to 12-4 overall. A 64-25 win earlier in the week against Asheville School leaves the Lions at 1-0 in conference action. This week the Lions will host the rematch with Asheville School before traveling to Georgia on Friday to take on Rabun Gap and then to Charlotte on Saturday to compete in the Martin Luther King Jr showcase against the Columbia, SC school, Cardinal Newman.
Last week, the ACA girls team picked up a win against the Frankston Blues but dropped a contest on the road against one of the best teams in the state, Greensboro Day. Against the Blues, who hail from Australia, the Lions turned a three point first quarter deficit into a comfortable 56-38 win. The Lions were led by CeCe Condra, who scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. EP Sluder added 14 points and five steals. Both Nandhi Smith and Katie Alexander finished the game with nine points apiece.
For more information about Asheville Christian Academy, visit www.ashevillechristian.org. To follow the Lions on Twitter, follow them @ACAAthletics.