The Donelson Christian Academy Wildcats put together an impressive performance to finish out the Christmas Classic with a 73-49 victory over the Grace Christian Academy Lions Saturday night.
The Wildcats held a convincing lead since a 16-7 first quarter. At halftime, GCA needed to turn the corner, but DCA continued to build their advantage.
It was a solid weekend for Donelson Christian, taking two comfortable wins into the Christmas break.
Head coach Nate Johnson is pleased with how his team is playing on both sides of the ball.
"It’s a great team effort all the way around,” Johnson said. “I was real pleased with our effort coming back-to-back nights. Especially playing the night game, you don’t know what you’re going to get, but I thought our energy was great from the team, from the bench and everything.”
Johnson’s team has as much experience as any other team they may play. Ben Singer, Blake Anderson, Jude Charlton and Riley Stanton have been with the program for years and are playing their best basketball. They know the system, and Johnson has to simply fine tune their execution.
“We haven’t really changed much,” Johnson said. “They’re playing with a lot of confidence right now, knowing what we expect on defense… I love the way we’re playing defense right now which really puts us in an offensive setting.”
This is the second loss in as many days for the Lions after dropping the first game of the Christmas Classic to Friendship Christian. Despite the two losses, GCA head coach Len McKnatt was happy to give his guys the opportunity to work on themselves and try new things.
“We’re a young basketball team, and we’ve been trying different stuff,” McKnatt said. “We haven’t pressed all year. These are the first two games we really pressed. We’re not really good at it at all, but you know, it’s giving us something to work on.
“Now, I think all the teams would tell you, we’re just glad to be playing. Hopefully, I’ll get to keep playing, but we’re just thankful for each time we get to play.”
Donelson Christian (73) - Ben Singer 18, Jude Charlton 16, Blake Anderson 15, Drew Johnson 7, Max Frazier 6, Tristen Moore 6, Riley Stanton 3, Milo Schumann 2
Grace Christian (49) - CJ Tinnon 8, Dean Bechman 7, Hudson Barton 6, Ben Caldwell 6, Trace Phillips 4, Jackson Sleeper 4, Connor Armstrong 3, Dawson Bechman 3, Jordan Carter 3, Hiett 3, Ashton Kelly 2