CAI bowls over Borden

CAI bowls over Borden


CAI bowls over Borden

Christian Academy bounces back in big way


Christian Academy bounces back in big way

Junior forward Nic Reed scored 17 points to lead the Christian Academy of Indiana boys’ basketball team to a 51-22 win over visiting Borden Friday night.

Christian Academy (14-4), ranked No. 8 in Class 1-A, was coming off a 40-point loss to Charlestown — and a big win was just the tonic the Warriors needed.

“We had such a tough game last Saturday; we never responded” Christian Academy coach Steve Kerberg said.

But the blowout loss to Charlestown — after three losses by a total of just six points — had an upside, and Kerberg had all week to exploit it.

“We got their attention,” Kerberg said of his team. “Defensively and offensively, they did everything I asked this week,” he said. “I’m proud of them.”

In a close first quarter, neither team had more than a single-possession lead. Down 4-3, Borden went up 6-4 on a three-point play by Noah Hart with 3:17 left. Christian Academy answered with a basket by Kel’Shawn Knight-Goff to tie it and the Warriors led 9-6 at the end of the quarter.

Christian Academy turned up the defensive pressure to start the second quarter and it paid off. A block by 6-foot-7 senior center Shelby Rose led to a three-pointer by Riley Linnehan.

The Warriors notched another block and a steal over the next four minutes, and on the other end a 3-pointer by Reed put Christian Academy on top 17-8 with 3:08 left in the half.

Leading 17-10, the Warriors got a put back basket by Rose and a 3-pointer by Reed to lead 22-10 with just over a minute remaining. It was 22-11 at the break.

The Warriors got off to a good start in the second half. An assist by Knight-Goff led to a 3-point play by Reed and it was 25-11 at the 7:49 mark. A turnover by Borden on the ensuing possession led to a basket by Reed and the Warriors led by 16 with just a minute gone in the third quarter.

The Warriors continued to keep up the defensive pressure. A steal by Chris Boaz leading to a put back by Knight-Goff to make it 33-13 midway through the third quarter. Reed took over after that — his put-back, then a steal and fastbreak layup gave the Warriors a 37-13 lead with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter.

Borden finally notched its first field goal of the second half when Bryce Moore scored at the buzzer to make it 41-17 going into the fourth quarter. The Braves’ last field goal prior to that was a put-back by Noah Hart with 2:45 left in the first half.

Kerberg had long since gone to his bench in the fourth quarter when freshman guard Noah Williams knocked down a three-pointer to make it 51-20 with 2:30 remaining.

“Our problem was our lack of toughness,” Borden coach Doc Nash said. “We were just soft.”

For the game, Borden (9-5) was led by Caleb Hart’s six points. Christian Academy, meanwhile, had eight players score. Williams added eight points for the Warriors.

Borden 6 5 6 5 22
Christian Academy 9 13 19 10 51

Borden (9-5) – Moore 2, Bachman 4, N. Hart 5, Franklin 4, C. Hart 6, McNew 1.

Christian Academy (x-x) – Martin 2, Linnehan 7, Fitzgibbon 2, Knight-Goff 7, Reed 17, Rose 4, Boaz 4, Williams 8.

3-point goals – C. Hart 1, Linnehan 1, Reed 2, Williams 2.


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