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Carolina Basketball Academy defeats Stratford University JV basketball team

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Carolina Basketball Academy's (CBA) Raycine Ward (with ball) during the men's basketball game against Stratford University (Va.) junior varsity team, Monday, November 5, 2018 at Chesson Gym on the campus of Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU).

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Carolina Basketball Academy men’s basketball post graduate team defeated Stratford University’s junior varsity team 70-67 Monday evening at Chesson Gym on the campus of Mid-Atlantic Christian University.

Carolina Basketball Academy, which is in its first season based in Elizabeth City, led by 17 points in the second half against Stratford, which is based in Virginia.

The Cardinals made a comeback in the second half and cut the deficit to two points late in the game. Raycine Ward led Carolina Basketball Academy with 28 points, on 10 of 17 shooting from the field.

Ward also connected on 7 of 9 shots from the free-throw line in the win.

Mobolaji Adesoga followed with 12 points for CBA. 

Chris Reid led Stratford with 16 points and five rebounds, while Jalen Carr followed with 14 points.

Carolina Basketball Academy features players from across the country.

Adesoga, a forward, has garnered interest from North Carolina A&T State University.

CBA was previously known as the Charlotte Basketball Academy.

According to a news release by MACU in August, the university entered an agreement with Carolina Basketball Academy (CBA) for the 2018-2019 academic year.

“This agreement is intended to further MACU’s reach of Christian example and practice by providing Christian witness, lifestyle, and educational opportunity to a cooperating organization,” stated MACU President John Maurice.

CBA is a preparatory basketball academy with a post-high school team and a high school team.

CBA student athletes have gone on to play at schools like Arizona State and Oregon. Two former student athletes recently completed their master’s degrees.

The director of CBA, Coach Greg Primus, has served on multiple college athletic staffs and has been an NBA scout. Primus commented, “The arrangement also allows the post-graduate players to take a limited number of college courses to help them get started on the right path academically.”

MACU will provide housing and facilities to CBA’s players and coaches. MACU believes this will help further the mission of the school, helping ordinary people become extraordinary Christian

leaders.

CBA’s sports program will not be an official part of MACU Mustang athletics, but CBA students and coaches will be living in the dorms and using MACU’s gym and fitness facilities.

MACU Athletic Director Andy Meneely stated, “We look forward to working with CBA. We believe this can become a long-term mutually beneficial relationship. We hope having CBA here will help generate more excitement on campus and in the community. And it is a chance for us to positively affect the lives of 25 more students.”

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