Daniel 1 Academy Boys High School basketball team traveled to Dayton, TN to compete in the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) tournament. The NACA annual tournament is scheduled for two weeks with six divisions of boys and girls high school basketball teams. Teams from multiple states compete in this tournament. This is the first time D1A Boys High School basketball team has competed in the NACA tournament. D1A competed in Division 6 with a total of 22 teams in Division 6. D1A finished the tournament with a 3-2 record.
The first game was on Wednesday, February 28 against Lancaster Christian Academy (B team) from Smyrna, TN. D1A defeat Lancaster B by a score of 60-17. Scoring by quarters:
LCAB 0 2 6 9 17
D1A 27 6 22 5 60
Due to the lopsided score, D1A played the bench exclusively in the second and fourth quarters. Scoring for D1A: Blake Smith 12, Carson Vaughn 11 (4 ast), Josiah Watson 10, Garret Woodside 10, Madden Smith 7, Luke Welte 5 (8 reb), Joey Smith 2, Eli Vaughn 2, Colby Hobbs 1.
D1A then advanced to the second round matchup on Wednesday night as the featured game at the main tournament site at Fort Bluff Camp. D1A lost in overtime to Covenant Christian Academy from Huntsville, AL. The final score was D1A 52 CCA 55. D1A lead at the end of three quarters by a score of 42-19. CCA was able to send the game into overtime tied 50-50 with incredible 3-point shooting by one player who finished the game with 49 points. D1A had its chances to win in regulation and to tie it in overtime but all of the shots came up short. Scoring by quarters:
CCA 2 11 6 31 5 55
D1A 18 12 12 8 2 52
Scoring for D1A: Carson Vaughn 20 (9 reb), Garret Woodside 16, Josiah Watson 9 (5 steals), Blake Smith 4 (10 reb), Luke Welte 3 (5 ast). With this loss, D1A went to the main consolation bracket.
On Thursday, March 1, D1A played one game against Family Christian Academy from Orlando, FL. D1A lost to Family Christian by a score of 37-62. Scoring by quarters:
FCA 18 11 19 14
D1A 16 8 8 5 37
Scoring for D1A: Carson Vaughn 11, Luke Welte 8 (8 reb, 4 ast), Garret Woodside 8, Blake Smith 4, Josiah Watson 3, Grady Giffey 2, Colby Hobbs 1. With this loss, D1A was placed in a secondary consolation bracket.
On Friday, March 2, D1A played in two games to finish the tournament. The first game was against Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association (CSTHEA) based in Chattanooga, TN. D1A won by a score of 60-44. Scoring by quarters:
D1A 18 14 10 18
Chat 15 14 4 11 44
Scoring for D1A: Garret Woodside 27 (14 reb), Blake Smith 13 (4 ast), Luke Welte 6, Carson Vaughn 6, Josiah Watson 3, Colby Hobbs 3, Madden Smith 2.
With this win, D1A advanced to the final game of the secondary consolation bracket which was played at the Summers Gymnasium at Bryan College in Dayton on Friday, March 2. D1A faced Ridgeview Christian School from Stuarts Draft, WV. D1A defeated RCS by a score of 58-31. Scoring by quarters:
D1A 18 13 18 11
RCS 8 4 12 7 31
Scoring for D1A: Garret Woodside 13, Blake Smith 12 (6 reb, 4 ast), Josiah Watson 9, Joey Smith 7, Madden Smith 6, Colby Hobbs 5, Luke Welte 2, Carson Vaughn 2, Eli Vaughn 2.
With this win, D1A finished the 2017-18 season with a overall record of 22-11.
I have attached a picture taken at the tournament of the D1A Boys High School basketball team. Here are the names for the attached picture.
Front L-R (kneeling): Luke Welte, Eli Vaughn, Carson Vaughn, Madden Smith. Standing L-R, Head Coach Jack Holman, Assistant Coach Matt Woodside, Josiah Watson, Blake Smith, Garret Woodside, Joey Smith, Colby Hobbs, Grady Giffey, Assistant Coach Dean Hobbs.
Information/Photo by Mark Welte