Rams finish 1-2 in tourney

Published 5:39 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2009

By By Chandler Myers
The Rams of Atmore Christian traveled to Dayton, Tenn. over the weekend and finished 1-2 in a National Association of Christian Athletics tournament.
The Rams (14-9) faced teams from Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky and took home a win over their opponent from the Bluegrass state.
Rams head coach Tim Battles said the tournament was a great way to showcase the talent his second-year program has.
In their final game, the Rams lost a 67-61 to Greater Gwinnett Christian School from Atlanta.
The Rams put up a tough fight with three players scoring in double digits in the loss.
Stephen Yoder scored 22 points in the game despite playing with the flu in the entire tournament.
Allen Smith added 18 points for the Rams, while Randy Classen chipped in 11 of his own.
Battles said Yoder and Smith played exceptionally well in the tournament for ACS.
In the first half of the game, it was a back-and-forth battle that ACS eventually took control of in the second quarter leading 33-23 at halftime.
After halftime, the tables turned as Greater Gwinnett outscored the Rams in the final two quarters and won the game 67-61.
Casey Freeman and Travis Pruitt both scored four points in the loss, and Logan Boatwright added two points for the Rams.
ACS 56
Northside 38
Atmore Christian School’s Rams basketball team defeated Northside Baptist of Mayfield, Ky. 56-38 in their second game of the NACA tournament.
The Rams (13-8) took home the victory with the leadership of Allen Smith and his 22 points.
In the first half, the Rams dominated up and down the court holding their opponents to six points in each quarter, while they scored a total of 26 in the half.
Their domination continued in the third and fourth quarters as they added 16 points in the third, while Northside only added 10 to the scoreboard.
In the fourth quarter, Northside outscored the Rams 16-14, but the damage done in the first three periods by ACS was too much.
Several Rams contributed to the scoring attack with Randy Classen scoring 11 points to support Smith’s performance.
Stephen Yoder added eight points, while Travis Pruitt scored seven and Casey Freeman chipped in six. Logan Boatwright scored two points in the Ram’s tourney win.
Landmark 53
ACS 24
Atmore Christian School lost its first round game in a trip to Dayton, Tenn. for their season finale in the NACA tournament 53-24 to Landmark Christian of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Rams (12-8) had trouble scoring in the game as their opponents outscored them 19-17 in the first half, with ACS only scoring two points in the second quarter.
The second half was even tougher for the Rams as they only scored two points in the third quarter and five to finish out the fourth quarter with Landmark picking up the 53-24 victory.
Allen Smith paced the Rams with 13 points, while Stephen Yoder chipped in six points in the loss.
Travis Pruitt and Casey Freeman each scored two points and Zach Miller scored one.

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