BY JOSH FRYE
Atmore Christian School’s Rams dropped their first conference game of the season last Tuesday, December 1, falling 54-50 to LEAD Academy.
With the defeat, the Rams season record falls to 4-1.
“We did not anticipate losing that game,” ACS head coach Tim Battles said. “This loss puts us behind the eight ball in the conference.”
LEAD kept the Rams in check despite strong scoring efforts during the opening period and outscored the home team, 15-14. ACS’s Caden Battles contributed five points and Dexter Smoker scored four during the first period for the Rams.
ACS struggled to gain points during the second period, and the Lions held a 30-21 advantage at the half.
During the last two periods, both teams put up strong offensive performances, but the Rams could not hold off their opponent.
“There were a number of things that contributed to the loss,” Battles said. “We were missing Reese White, who is a vital element to our team, due to an injury. We also need to improve in some other areas, but we thought that we would pull this one out despite all odds that were against us.”
Gage Gades led the Rams with 16 points. Caden Battles ended the contest with 14 points, Smoker scored 10, Emmett Battles had seven, Silas Albritton had two and Titus Dean scored one point.
The Rams were slated to play S.L. Jones last Thursday, December 3, but that game was cancelled and will be made up at a later date.
ACS will next travel to face South Baldwin this Thursday, December 10.