In what has become an outstanding early season Anne Arundel County private school basketball rivalry, Annapolis Area Christian opened its season on Tuesday evening with a 90-86 home victory over Archbishop Spalding.

The two teams combined for 68 points in an exciting final quarter, as Spalding cut into a 12 point AACS lead by outscoring the Eagles 38-30.

AACS, of the MIAA B Conference, has had the number of A Conference Spalding in recent years and its victory on Tuesday was paced by four players scoring in double figures, which offset an outstanding 30 point performance by Spalding’s Buzz Anthony.

Kori Rawlings, the primary holdover from an AACS team which fell in last winter’s B Conference championship game, only to rebound to win the Maryland Independent School Tournament with wins over highly ranked A Conference programs such as McDonogh and Glenelg Country, scored a team-high 20 points against the Cavaliers.

Cam Williams also had a big night, scoring 16 points, including eight in the uptempo final quarter. Brandon Joseph had a big night with 15 points and Bylin Borden finished with 12.

In addition to Anthony, four Cavaliers also reached double figures. Rene Alphonso and Tim O’Farrell each scored 14 and Barry McCormick netted 11 points.

AS       17  16  15  38  —  86
AACS  23  17  20  30  —  90
-Alphonso 14, Hinton 2, Anthony 30, McCormick 11, Heller 2, Bozeman 7, O’Farrell 14, Turner 4. TOTALS: 25 31-37 86.
AACS-Rawlings 20, Williams 16, Banks 4, Borden 12, Joseph 15, Terry 4, Johnson 3, Heckert 6, Lark 3, Celsis 7. TOTALS: 26 32-45 90.