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Anniston boys get ‘easy’ one

After two heart-breaking losses, Bulldogs win by 10

Anniston's DeQuan Ross establishes his ground and awaits any eventuality in Tuesday's game with Sylacauga.

Anniston’s DeQuan Ross establishes his ground and awaits any eventuality in Tuesday’s game with Sylacauga.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

At last, a breather.

After having their first two games go down to the wire, Anniston’s 63-53 win over Sylacauga Tuesday night must have felt like a downright laugher.

DeQuan Ross led four Anniston scorers in double figures with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Hakeem Ross scored 14 points, Marrio Dobbins had 13 and Davion Tippins had 11 points and eight boards.

“We definitely knew the last two we should have won, but we can’t give up,” Anniston coach Schuessler Ware said. “It would work itself out if we’d be patient and do what we’ve got to do.”

The Bulldogs (1-2) lost their first two games of the season to Talladega and Pelham by two and one points, respectively. They trailed after the first quarter Tuesday, but took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter and were never up by fewer than seven.

“The first two games were close, but we didn’t play as hard as we played tonight,” DeQuan Ross said. “We’ve just got to keep it up.”

Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament

Jacksonville 68, Ashville 53

LINCOLN – Cam Horton led four Jacksonville scorers in double figures with 19 points and the Golden Eagles shot 51 percent from the field in winning for the second time in as many days.

Savon Parker added 14 points, Rivan Hill 13 and Tae Ackles 11. The four high scorers were a combined 21 of 39 from the field. The Golden Eagles opened a 21-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Sid Thurmond had seven assists and Horton had four steals. Parker grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

The Golden Eagles play host Lincoln today at 1:30 p.m.

Regular season

White Plains 71, Pleasant Valley 48

WHITE PLAINS — Jackson Guthrie came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points in the preview for Friday’s tournament matchup.

The Wildcats opened 17-7 first-quarter lead and pulled away. Nathan Gilbert also scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Murphy Doss added 10 points and Lawrence Jackson grabbed seven boards.

White Plains and Pleasant Valley will meet again Friday. Faith Christian also is playing in the tournament, but will be without three of its top players – Alex Taylor (surgery), Josiah McDaniel (travel) and Jordan Griswald (broken wrist).

BOYS BOXSCORES

Jacksonville 68, Ashville 53

ASHVILLE (53) – Noah Carter 5-11 3-3 18, Nick Looney 7-11 3-5 13, Brandon Bothwell 4-7 2-2 19, Malek Williams 2-2 0-0 4, Hunter Huckaby 1-3 0-0 2, Zarean Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Gabe Green 0-3 0-0 0, Judd Mundy 0-1 0-0 0, Reagan Wilson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-41 8-10 53.

JACKSONVILLE (68) – Cam Horton 5-12 7-8 19, Savon Parker 6-8 2-2 14, Rivan Hill 5-11 3-3 13, Tae Ackles 5-8 0-0 11, Sid Thurmond 2-6 2-4 7, Zack Casey 0-0 2-2 2, Aaron Bragg 1-2 0-0 2, Ben Jaskowski 0-0 0-0 0, Kenneth Satcher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-47 16-19 68.

Ashville 8 8 10 27 — 53
Jacksonville 21 6 13 28 — 68

3-point goals: Ashville 5-16 (Cater 5-9, Looney 0-3, Green 0-3, Wilson 0-1); Jacksonville 4-13 (Horton 2-6, Hill 0-1, Ackles 1-2, Thurmond 1-3, Bragg 0-1). Rebounds: Ashville 24 (Looney 10), Jacksonville 22 (Parker 6). Total fouls: Ashville 17, Jacksonville 14.

White Plains 71, Pleasant Valley 48

PLEASANT VALLEY (48) – Josh Preston 1 0-0 2, Dakota Jonas 0 0-0 0, Childs 1 0-0 2, Marshall Smith 1 2-2 5, Josh Faucett 1 1-3 3, Seth Kirk 1 0-2 2, Nicholas Robbins 2 0-0 4, Andrew Brannon 3 0-2 6, Matthew Parker 3 6-7 12, Henry Hightower 1 0-0 3, Caden Turner 0 1-2 1, Chase Craven 4 0-1 8. Totals 18 10-19 49.

WHITE PLAINS (71) — Jared Guthrie 1 0-0 3, Dillon Greenwood 0 1-2 1, Jake Montgomery 2 0-0 4, Kevin Carr 1 0-0 3, Eli Hightower 3 0-0 6, Michael McGuirk 2 0-2 4, Jackson Guthrie 7 2-2 16, Quez Wyatt 0 0-0 0, Lawrence Jackson 4 0-0 8, Nathan Gilbert 8 0-0 16, Murphy Doss 4 2-3 10. Totals 32 5-9 71.

Pleasant Valley 7 13 15 13 — 48
White Plains 17 21 15 18 — 71

3-point goals: Pleasant Valley 2 (Hightower, Smith); White Plains 2 (Guthrie, Carr). Total fouls: Pleasant Valley 11, White Plains 19



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