For the second year in a row the Asheville Christian Academy boys basketball team traveled to the hostile Christ School environment and came away with a big conference victory. After a tight first quarter the Lions finished the first half strong taking a four point lead to the halftime break.
Christ School asserted themselves in the third quarter finding holes in the ACA zone which led to open three pointers on the perimeter and easy low post opportunities. The Greenies took a five point lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame the Lions switched defenses and found the range from the three point line. The Lions hit four three pointers in a row at one point during one of the most efficient offensive quarters of their season.
When the dust settled the Lions scored 31 fourth quarter points and cruised late to a 75-65 victory. It was a balanced offensive attack for the Lions. They were led in scoring by junior Tyler McKinney who netted 23 points. Senior Raishaun Brown poured in 16 points and sophmores Collin Mills and Kavan Horton each added 13 points. Sophomore big man Trelin Harper finished with eight points.
The Lions victory moved them into first place in the Carolinas Athletic Association. With a 5-0 conference record they are eyeing their first conference title since 2013. The Lions have three home conference games remaining over the next week before the conference tournament next weekend.
The ACA girls team picked up a big 3A win on the road last week against High Point Christian Academy. The Lions jumped out to an early lead securing a 23-6 halftime advantage. Playing his entire squad, coach John Williams, managed an efficient second half and were never threatened eventually securing the 40-27 win. The Lions were led by junior Caroline Sikkink who scored 13 points. Sophomore Nandhi Smith added 9 points.
The Lions girl team is also undefeated in conference play and have an opportunity to win the conference outright Tuesday night against Rabun Gap. For more information about Asheville Christian Academy visit the website at www.ashevillechristian.org.