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The Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg Rams rolled to three impressive wins to claim the championship of the Nelson County Baptist School Invitational Tournament on Nov. 22-23.
The first game of the annual tournament pitted the Rams against the Eagles of Anchored Christian School from Bowling Green. With great scoring by the guards and a relentless defense, the Rams jumped out to a 22-point halftime lead. After an even third period, CAL came out in the final period of the game with a full head of steam and managed to outscore the Eagles 18-5 capping off the win 69-34.
Next, the Rams faced the host team Nelson County Baptist Eagles. Led by sophomore guard Caleb Hatton, with 13 points, and seniors Jason Smith, with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Michael Cooper, with eight points and nine rebounds, the Rams prevailed 67-39. The Rams' defense created havoc in the Nelson Baptist front court generating 12 steals and two more deflections.
After taking only a four-point half time lead, CAL put their offense into action outscoring the Eagles, 40-16 in the second half.
The Rams moved on to defeat the Belmont Christian Academy Hawks of Morgantown, 50-43, in Saturday's championship game. The offensive games for each team started off very slow with only 27 total points scored in the first half. As the second half scoring picked up with an increased number of shots, so did the rebounds with the Rams racking up a total of 30 rebounds for the game.
Eighth-grader Zach Dennis led all scorers with 22 points, five rebounds and three steals as the Rams cut down the nets and brought home the tournament championship hardware along with several individual honors. Smith was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was joined by Hatton and Chandler Royalty on the All-Tournament team.
Last Monday, the Rams returned home but found themselves on the short in of a 67-57 score with the Northside Christian School Gators of Louisville.
Junior guard Hunter Wells led CAL with 26 points, five steals and six rebounds.
The Rams took a four-point lead at the end of the first period but saw their lead turn into a four-point deficit at the midpoint. The Gators roared in a 23-7 third period run to take control of the contest.
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