As any program coming off a state championship would, the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans entered the 2013-14 season with high expectations. To date, they’ve fulfilled them as best as possible. They’re 15 games into the season and without a loss, and by far their most impressive wins came in Bristol, Tenn. over the Christmas holidays, where they went 4-0 in the 31st Annual Arby’s Classic.
The prestigious tournament featured 18 teams from five states and three countries, including the Bahamas and Germany – where the Classic’s defending state champion, Urspring hails from. GAC defeated the Bahamas team, Tabernacle Baptist, in the opening round 58-48, then Hamilton (Tenn.), 68-59. The Spartans’ stiffest challenge came in the semifinals against Oak Ridge (Tenn.) as they squeaked out a 46-42 victory before closing the tournament with a 63-56 win over Milton in the all-metro-Atlanta final.
“We really enjoyed the atmosphere,” Spartans coach Eddie Martin said. “It was unbelievable.