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Community Christian Academy of Independence defeated home-standing Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg, 87-63, recently.
The Crusaders might be the best team the Rams will face all season. Community Christian is an experienced team that plays five seniors with the majority of them being the starters. Head coach Ryan Smith said before the game that a couple of the starters have been playing on the same team since middle school.
That connection was obvious as the Crusaders players Johnathan Schoonover and Alex Clemmons showed that they were in tune to each other's game. Schoonover, who would score 19 points, comes from a family of good basketball players who have played well against Christian Academy over the years.
But the game's high scorer will go to Clemmons who scored 39 points, showing what the Rams were up against. They really stepped up to the plate and played their best game of the season. The Rams rose to the level of the team they were playing.
The Rams did a good job pushing the ball inside the paint which opened it up for outside shots. Christian Academy's outside shooters took advantage.
Jared Slaughter was team high scorer with 20 points and Matthew Robinson scored 10. Although the Crusaders led the entire game, the Rams did not give up and outscored the Crusaders in the fourth quarter.
The Rams came away holding their heads up because they know they did their best. Ram coach Cory Robinson said, "This was a tough loss against a great team, but our boys are back to playing basketball the way they need to be."
The Rams played host to the Northside Christian Academy of Louisville last Monday but dropped a 68-59 overtime decision.
Northside had beaten Christian Academy 60-46 in an earlier game when the Rams were plagued by 20-plus turnovers.
Robinson has been stressing imaking smart decisions when handling the ball under pressure.
It was a bittersweet night for the Rams since it was the last regular season game of the year, and it was also Senior Night.
Christian Academy honored three seniors: Michael Kuiper and Zach Grey who have played for the Rams since middle school, and Jared Slaughter who joined the Rams this year.
They were recognized with their parents before the start of the game.
Kuiper got his first start of the season, and made it count by scoring the first points of the game.
This game that showed how much the Rams have improved over the season. The outside shooting was key for staying in the game, and the ball handling has improved as the season has progressed.
In the fourth quarter CAL really tightened up their defense out-scoring the Gators 17-4 which forced the team's second overtime game of the year.
Robinson said, “We played a tough game on our Senior Night that went into overtime. Even though we fell short it was a good game to prepare us for the state tournament.”
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