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Lions fall again to Cardinal Newman

Posted: February 5, 2014 - 1:11am
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Augusta Christian's Calvin Taylor draws a bead on the basket around Cardinal Newman's DJ Halfacre. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Augusta Christian's Calvin Taylor draws a bead on the basket around Cardinal Newman's DJ Halfacre. Photo by Jim Blaylock

After losing by three to Cardinal Newman on Jan. 14, Augusta Christian’s boys team failed to get revenge Friday night, losing 59-48.

“Overall, we were completely out of sync tonight,” Augusta Christian head coach John Harris said. “We blew a 10-point lead with four minutes to play at their place, so it hurts not being able to get them back at home.”

Although Augusta Christian (16-5) led for the majority of the first meeting, that wasn’t the case Friday. Cardinal Newman controlled the game from start-to-finish, leading by as many as 18 points during the fourth quarter.

“Without question, this was the worst game we’ve played all season,” Harris said. “We couldn’t find our shot and we were a step slow defensively.”

Calvin Taylor led Augusta Christian in scoring with 18 points.

With the loss, the Lions have now dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.

“We gotta bounce back,” Harris said. “Cardinal New­man wanted it more than us tonight and we can’t have that happen again.”

Augusta Christian’s offense was limited to six points in the opening quarter and trailed 25-17 at halftime. As a team, the Lions were only 16 for 36 at the free-throw line.

“You can’t miss 20 free throws and expect to win,” Harris said. “The bottom line is we just weren’t ready to play tonight. Mentally, we didn’t show up.”

In the girls contest, Augusta Christian (16-7) led by 23 at halftime before cruising to a 45-19 victory over Cardinal Newman.

Anna Motes scored a game-high 17 points for the Lady Lions, 15 of which came in the opening half.

“This was a big win for us,” head coach Nick Isaac said. “Our last game was the worst I’ve seen us play in the four years I’ve been here, so it was great to see us bounce back like this.”

Augusta Christian also got 11 and 10 points from Caroline Roberson and KymMya Thomas, respectively.

“Because of the weather, tonight was the first time we’ve stepped on the floor since Monday,” Isaac said. “Overall, I’m really pleased with the way we executed.”

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