E.A. Sports Today

Golden Eagles go cold

UPDATE: J’ville coach expects to return Monday; Sacred Heart splits in Atlanta

By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today

GADSDEN — The last time Jacksonville and Glencoe got together on the basketball floor, the game was basically decided at the free throw line.

Another line came into play when the teams played Saturday in the Riley Whitaker Christmas Classic at Gadsden State.

Jacksonville lost to the Yellow Jackets 77-65 and was the victim of icy-cold outside shooting. The Golden Eagles hit just two of 23 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. They were 18 of 40 from everywhere else in the field. Five players took the 3s, but only Cam Horton hit (2-for-14).

Golden Eagles coach Ryan Chambless missed the game with a bout of the stomach flu.

“It was the first game I missed in my life,” he said. “Rough.”

He said Sunday he was going to go to Monday’s consolation bracket game against Ashville.

Horton had a miserable first quarter with no points and two fouls. The Golden Eagles did not get on the board until they were down 11-0 with 2:21 left in the first quarter.

Glencoe’s Pace Ozmint, meanwhile, was having a brilliant first quarter with 10 points. He finished with 36 points on 12-of-16 shooting, including three 3-pointers.

Horton had 11 fourth-quarter points to finish the game with 20 points. Sid Thurmond had 13 points.

When the teams played Thursday night there were 62 fouls, 94 free throws and four players fouled out. Four players fouled out Saturday, but there 52 fouls and 66 free throws.

The tournament resumes Monday with Weaver-Saks (6 p.m.) and Alexandria-Glencoe (7:30) in the winner’s bracket, St. Clair County-Westbrook Christian (3 p.m.) and Ashville-Jacksonville (4:30) in the loser’s bracket.

Woodward Academy 86, Sacred Heart 74
Sacred Heart 60, Hapeville Charter 47

The Cardinals split two games in the Atlanta area over the weekend in the run-up to their post-Christmas trip to the Dwight Madison Classic in Montgomery.

Diane Wood and D.J. Heath showed they were ready.

In the Woodward Academy game, Wood had 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Heath had 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Kevion Nolan added 14 points and Kavarri Ross had 10.

In the Hapeville Charter game, Heath had 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Wood had 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and there blocked shots. Ross added 13 points.

The second-ranked 1A Cardinals play Southside Selma in its Montgomery tournament opener, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 26.

“This is a good time for our team to come together and hopefully turn the corner in January and February,” Sacred Heart coach Ralph Graves said. “It’s time for our team to jell and make a run late in the season.”

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