The Tallahassee-based Neighborhood Management Academy (CLA) Lions boys basketball staff gained the 1A Florida Unbiased Christian Athletic Affiliation (FICAA) state championship on February 11. The Lions defeated the Beacon of Hope Christian Faculty Eagles, out of St. Augustine, within the state title recreation in blowout trend, 70-29.

Within the championship recreation, the primary quarter ended with CLA holding a 17-10 lead, however the Lions blew issues extensive open within the second and third quarters outscoring the Eagles 40-13.

Whereas the Lions entered the playoffs with a shedding file, nearly all of their matchups, consisted of video games in opposition to FHSAA public faculties within the Massive Bend area. Nonetheless, regardless of being a smaller college, CLA was aggressive in the course of the common season in opposition to bigger faculties. The Lions misplaced to the North Florida Christian Faculty Eagles 67-57, and in two matchups in opposition to the Lawton Chiles Excessive Faculty Timberwolves, the Timberwolves gained 61-51 and 65-52.

When the Lions competed in opposition to different non-public faculties within the area, they dominated. In two matchups in opposition to Tallavana Christian, the Lions gained 67-29 and 68-44. Towards Aucilla Christian, the Lions gained 55-22, and in opposition to Wakulla Christian Faculty, CLA gained 84-57.

By the tip of their playoff run, CLA was 11th of September ending the 12 months with a four-game profitable streak.

All year long, the Lions relied on the management of Ben Holloway who led the staff with 11.7 factors per recreation on a 55 % area purpose proportion and eight.8 rebounds per recreation. Holloway additionally had 4 double-doubles in the course of the season. Holloway’s youthful brother, Bowman Holloway, additionally contributed with 9.4 factors per recreation, which was second on the staff.

The Lions scorers additionally relied on the passing skill of Owen Brown, who led the staff with 4.3 assists per recreation.

The league CLA is a member of, the FICAA, got here along with the purpose of facilitating “tournaments for small Christian and non-traditional faculties all through the State of Florida.”

The FICAA options two Tallahassee-based faculties: CLA and Holy Comforter Episcopal Faculty.



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