Lewis returns to Tuscaloosa, leads Lions past TA


C’Yontai Lewis returned to Tuscaloosa Friday and displayed his athletic ability for the Kingwood Christian boys basketball team.

Lewis scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half to lead the Lions to a 70-58 win over Tuscaloosa Academy.

Kingwood Christian ran its overall record to 11-6. The Lions, 3-1 in AISA Class AAA area play, earned a No. 1 seed for the region tournament, which will be at Fort Dale Academy in Greenville. Tuscaloosa Academy (18-4, 3-1) is a No. 2 seed. The Knights had a 10-point win at Kingwood Christian earlier in the season.

The 6-foot-6 Lewis is a former Northridge wide receiver who has committed to the University of Florida. Lewis, who scored the final basket on a dunk, collected 22 rebounds and had two steals, two blocks and two assists.

“He just stayed disciplined in what we were asking him to do, hang around the basket, post up and take advantage of a slight height advantage,” Kingwood Christian coach Danny Davis said. “They had a little foul trouble with their bigs, and we were able to utilize that. He just gave a lot of energy on the offensive boards. He made his free throws, and he made layups.”

Kingwood Christian’s John Filingim had 12 points and seven rebounds. Silas Edwards had 12 points. Josh Purvis had 10 points and six rebounds.

Kingwood Christian made 15 of 24 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Pride Snow had 14 points and six rebounds for the Knights. Torrence Brown, a senior forward, had 11 points and six rebounds.

Terrell Bush had 10 points. Sam Brown had nine points and five steals.

Torrence Brown picked up three fouls in the first half and got his fourth with 6:55 left in the third quarter.

 “C’Yontai got in foul trouble for them the last time,” Tuscaloosa Academy coach William Johnson said. “Kind of the same thing happened to us this time. Torrence gets in foul trouble and is unable to play a lot of minutes.

“I don’t think we played very well, and hats off to them. I thought they played well. They got after it from tip to finish, and it was a big win for them. Our guys have just got to learn from it and move on.”

Tuscaloosa Academy plays at Fort Dale Academy today. 

Reach Andrew Carroll at andrew.carroll@tuscaloosanews.com or at 205-722-0223.