Christian Academy Louisville defeats Eastern in 28th District semifinals

The only thing better than getting a District win is adding a little Revenge to the win. Such was the case for the Christian Academy Centurions, who eliminated the Eastern Eagles 58-42 at Ballard High School on Tuesday night. Centurions (20-11) head coach Aaron Hill said CAL really came together as a team against the Eagles to avenge the Feb. 8 meeting where Eastern won.

“Two weeks ago they were down 20 points,” Hill said. “So bouncing back, I thought we were a lot tougher tonight (and) played the team ball well.”

The game started off pretty close as both teams came out looking to take an early lead. Kirk Lemons and Jackson Washington hit the opening shots to start CAL with a 5-0 lead, but Sosthene Kamba, Owen Shee and Stacey Anderson quickly turned things around to give Eastern the 7-5 advantage.

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CAL and Eastern would continue to trade buckets and tie the game at 12 all in the second quarter, but afterward the Centurions would start to find their rhythm. George Washington III scored on four of CAL’s next five possessions to forge a 10-2 run. Eastern’s Stacey Anderson and Sam Glass had five quick points to help the Eagles keep pace, but Washington dropped three points before halftime to give CAL a 27-19 lead at the break.

Eastern tried to pull away in the game with scores from Anderson, Kamba and Jaden Johnson to start the third quarter, but Jackson Washington found a three-point dagger that snuffed out the momentum the Eagles had hoped to build. The Eagles stayed close and finished the third period just 38-32 against CAL. But a steady stream of shots from Washington, Lemons, Cole Hodge and Connor Hodge was enough to keep the Eagles at bay and propel the Centurions into the 28th District championship game against Ballard, who beat Kentucky Country Day earlier in evening, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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“I think it was a great game,” said Washington, who finished with 22 points. “The real goal was to be ourselves. We brought everyone in, stepped up (and) made big plays. It was a great team win.”

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