The Christ Presbyterian Academy boys varsity basketball team, regular season District 12-AA champions, were shocked in the semifinals by Giles County 62-54 Saturday.
The Lions will still advance to Regional play beginning this week, where they hope to pick up their quest for a state championship.
The Lions started the game against Giles hot, jumping out to a 9-0 lead behind some sharp shooting by senior James Deaton.
After senior Clay Washburn hit a three-pointer, the Lions were ahead 12-1. Giles was able to narrow the lead to 15-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Giles continued to claw their way back, cutting the lead to 17-15 midway through the second quarter. The two battled back and forth and the period ended with the Lions holding a 28-20 edge at halftime.
Clay Washburn came out hot in the third quarter, scoring nine points in the period to help the Lions extend the lead to 42-35 going into the final period.
But Giles County hung around long enough to see a shift in momentum in the fourth quarter.
The biggest play came on a no-call foul against senior Drew Scott, who was shoved threw the water bucket and into the first row of the bleachers.
On Giles ensuing possession, Scott was called for a technical foul, that resulted in a four-point play.
Giles would take the lead with 1:51 left after a steal, layup and free throw gave them a 52-50 lead.
The Lions fought desperately to regain the lead, but never could.
Washburn finished with 17 points for CPA, while senior point guard Michael Mayernick added 13, mostly at the end of the game when the Lions were battling back.
Deaton and Dean Cooper finished with seven points each and Bryce McCormick added five points.
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