Patriots win three-straight, hitting stride down stretch

Printed 10:25 am Tuesday, January 24, 2023

By Carey Reeder | Employees Author

The Chilton Christian Academy varsity boy’s basketball staff is hitting its stride after capturing two wins on Jan. 19 and 20. The Patriots outlasted New Life Christian Academy 61-50 on Jan. 19 at dwelling. Cayman Hamilton led all scorers with 38 factors and added eight rebounds and three assists. Cayman Hamilton, a freshman, knocked down 5 3-pointers within the sport and outdueled New Life’s senior Branson Durden who had 28 factors within the sport.

CCA was down two starters in opposition to New Life on Jan. 19.

“We would have liked some folks to step up and contribute,” CCA coach Shanon Hamilton mentioned.

Mason McCary posted a double-double with 14 factors and 18 rebounds and added 4 steals. T.J. Lyon had seven factors for CCA. The win clinched the Patriots the season sequence with New Life Christian Academy going 2-0 and pairing the Jan. 19 win with a 60-48 win on Jan. 5 on the highway.

“We’re beginning to get contributions from individuals who didn’t contribute a lot early within the season, however now they’re feeling extra snug within the system,” Shanon Hamilton mentioned. “That’s necessary when you’re preparing for playoff basketball and making an attempt to achieve your potential because the season closes as a substitute of peaking early.”

CCA adopted up its Jan. 19 win with a 57-49 conquer Eastwood Christian College on the highway on Jan. 20. Cayman Hamilton led all scorers with 28 factors and went an ideal 4-for-4 from past the 3-point arc. The freshman added 10 rebounds and 4 blocks to his sport totals. Connor Bice had a double-double with 10 factors and 13 rebounds, and Donovin Norcross had 10 factors, 4 steals, three rebounds and three assists.

“The final 10 video games we have now actually pulled collectively as a staff,” Shanon Hamilton mentioned. “We’re on a extremely good streak proper now, and we’re beginning to peak on the proper time in the direction of the tip of the common season.”

The win avenged a 57-53 loss to Eastwood Christian on Nov. 10 at dwelling.

The Patriots are actually 12-9 general this season and have received three-straight video games. CCA has received eight of their final 10 video games relationship again to Dec. 15. With solely 4 common season video games left, and all being ACCA Division 2A matchups, CCA nonetheless has an opportunity on the two seed going into the state playoffs if they’ll win their final 4 video games. Getting the 2 seed would give the Patriots a first-round bye within the state playoffs.

Shanon Hamilton mentioned he needs to see extra defensive depth from his staff over the course of the final 4 common season video games.

“That’s what separates the most effective groups from the groups that simply make the playoffs,” Shanon Hamilton mentioned. “We don’t wish to simply make the playoffs, we wish to be among the finest groups and end the season with a win.”

Chilton Christian hosts Victory Christian Academy from Columbus, Mississippi on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. for its subsequent matchup. CCA received the primary sport this season in opposition to Victory Christian 69-59 on Jan. 12.

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