Momentum continues to build for the Tuscaloosa Academy Knights as it kept its undefeated season alive with a 46-30 victory over the Evangel Christian Lions.

The Knights came out to a hot start with sophomore Walter Mckee draining four 3's in a row establishing a potent outside threat that forced the Lions into a zone look. The Lions countered with a two-man game between senior Marcus Townsend Jr. (13 points) and junior Kennedy Holland (eight points) who operated in various pick-and-rolls and isolation sets.

However once the Knights set up its 2-3 zone it compromised the spacing and movement of the Lion’s offense, resulting in a quarter-long draught as the lead stood at 21-7 in the 1st quarter. As the 2nd quarter was coming to a close the Knights' lead expanded to 15 points, but the Lions wouldn’t falter. A 6-0 run to cut the deficit to single digits right before the half, gave the Lions new life and a sense of urgency.

The 3rd quarter began, and the Lions looked motivated, going back to their drive and kick strategy and forcing the Knights to cover every inch of the floor. However, the Knights responded to this gut punch and simply outlasted the Lions.

The ball movement, spacing, and timely cuts had finally got in rhythm as junior London Spell contributed five points in the closing quarter alongside Sam Rowley who contributed four. Walter Mckee led the team in scoring with 19 points as the Knights cruised to solid victory.

As the buzzer sounded relief was written all over the Knight’s faces and rightfully so. With their response to one of their more challenging games of the year Tuscaloosa Academy seems to be the real deal.

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