MA makes most of home debut

Montgomery Academy's Trey Lindsey drives past Alabama Christian's Braxton Alford for basket in Thursday's game.

After six games and three tournaments, the Montgomery Academy Eagles finally got to play a game at home.

Oliver Bear hit five 3-pointers and came up with six steals on defense to help the Eagles to a 67-47 win over Alabama Christian Academy at Joe Mooty Court on Thursday night for MA’s third consecutive win.

Montgomery Academy (6-9) opened the season with six consecutive road games, losing five of them, and then played in the Scholars 4 Tournament, the Coach Larry Chapman Tournament and the Jack Schweers Capital City Classic before first-year coach Jeremy Arant finally got a chance to coach his first home game.

“We played pretty well,” Arant said. “We did a really good job of controlling the tempo in the first half. We wanted to get out and push the ball up the floor a little bit. We felt like we could take advantage with our transition offense some and I felt like we did a good job of that.”

Montgomery Academy clung to an 18-14 lead at the end of the first quarter before getting a little bit of a cushion with a 33-24 lead at the half. Bear had two of his 3-pointers in the first quarter and had 12 points in the first half, while Trey Lindsey had eight of his 12 in the first half.

Bear finished with a game-high 25 points, while Lindsey finished with a triple-double, scoring 12 points, dishing out 13 assists and pulling down 10 rebounds.

ACA (9-8) had won six of their last eight games before Thursday’s meeting, using a balanced attack and a variety of shooters. The Eagles relied on that formula again, but only Carson Hunt reached double figures with 10 points, followed by Ben Johnson with nine.

“They shoot the ball really well,” Arant said. “One of the things that’s really tough about them is they put five guys out on the floor and all of them shoot the ball pretty well so it’s tough to defend that, especially when they’re making shots.”

Montgomery Academy remains home to play its area opener on Friday night against St. James, while Alabama Christian returns home to play Maplesville on Friday night in the ACA gym.