E.A. Sports Today

Weaver boys stage big comeback

Boys roundup: Jacksonville keeps pace in its area; Sacred Heart, Faith win

By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today

The Weaver Bearcats rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to knock off the Wellborn Panthers in an important Class 3A Area 12 matchup, 83-76, Tuesday night.

The Panthers (5-7) were hampered by deep foul trouble in the second half as they had four key players foul out and nothing left to hold off a strong Weaver team with a full complement of players.

“It was a tough loss for us.” Wellborn coach Beau Winn said. “We worked so hard this week and got up by 19 and then the fouls just got us and we ran out of gas. It was hard to watch. And I got my first technical of the year, which did not help.”

Wellborn opened a 46-34 halftime lead behind the hot shooting of sophomore Blake Hanson and his 13 second-quarter points. The Panthers led by six going into the fourth quarter before the foul trouble set in and Weaver stormed back.

Paul Hubbard led six Weaver players in double figures with 19 points. Delo Forbes added 16, Jalen Heath 12, Craig Copeland 11, Elliott Moore 12 and Camron Lynch 10. Hubbard and Moore scored seven points apiece in the fourth quarter.

Hanson led Wellborn with 19 points. Corri Tignor had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Aaron Parker had 10 points. Point guard Kevin Mixon was held to two points. All four fouled out.

“They had a 30-12 edge in free throws and it was such a great game between two area rivals that know each other so well,” Winn said. “We’ve got to keep plugging along. I believe in our kids and we just got to keep working.”

The Panthers return to action Thursday when they host Westbrook Christian. They will honor former coach John Adcock before the girls game in the gym that bears his name.

“He did a lot for the Wellborn community and played at Alabama,” said Winn.

Jacksonville 67, Cleburne County 41

JACKSONVILLE – Ryan Chambless went into his past looking for something to brighten the future of his Jacksonville basketball team. He rooted through some of his old college playbooks for just a few wrinkles.

What he took from it certainly worked as the Golden Eagles jumped to a 21-7 first-quarter lead, scored 40 points in the first half and coasted to stay in the hunt for their area championship.

Cam Horton scored 23 points in more than 26 minutes of action and five other players scored at least seven points.

The Golden Eagles (8-8) recorded 12 assists on their 24 baskets. They played pretty good defense, too, forcing 29 turnovers off which they scored 25 points.

“Our effort and ball movement and shot selection won the game,” Chambless said. “We played good ‘team’ ball.”

The road gets a bit tougher going forward, however. The Golden Eagles host area front-runner Saks Friday night.

Sacred Heart 74, Ragland 36

D.J. Heath filled the box score with 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals, Diante Wood had a double-double and two others scored in double figures as the Cardinals (12-8) improved to 5-0 on area play.

Wood had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Kevion Nolan also scored 16 points and added five assists and three steals, while Kavarri Ross netted 15 points and five assists.

The Cardinals return to the court Saturday when they host Weaver.

Faith Christian 47, Donoho 37

Logan Williamson scored 24 points and Jordan Griswald added 10 as the Lions bounced back from a loss at JCA the night before to secure a more important area win.

Faith coach Bradley Dawson knew exactly where the challenge was going to be in this game. He put Jack Sills on Justin Foster and along with Jameson Adams they held the athletic Falcons star to 15 hard-fought points.

“I was really proud of Jack,” Dawson said. “He guarded his butt off. We challenged him and … that was probably the most difficult 15 points he has had this year. We also limited his rebounds”

The Lions (13-7) played the game without one of their main offensive weapons. Caleb McCord was held out for precautionary reasons after falling hard into a wall during the JCA game. But Williamson helped fill the void with three 3-pointers on a night they were hard to come by and finding a to get to the foul line; he was 9-of-12 shooting free throws.

“When we had some adversity we stepped up and played through it,” Dawson said.

Albertville 45, Oxford 44

OXFORD – The Yellow Jackets played a one-point game for the second night in a row, but this time came up short as Jacob Baker’s last-second 3-pointer was put back for a 2 as the horn sounded.

Baker, who hit five 3s in victory the night before, had the range again and drew Oxford within 43-42 with 25 seconds left. The Aggies (16-3) sank two free throws to push the lead back to three, setting up Baker’s final attempt.

The shot fell short and when Jakolbie McClendon put it back for a two it left the Jackets (6-13) a point shy of overtime. McClendon finished with 16 points.

Gadsden City 77, Anniston 59

GADSDEN – Tray Croft and Davion Tippins tried to keep Anniston in the game with 24 and 15 points, respectively, but the Bulldogs could never get into a rhythm. DeQuan Ross pitched in nine points and seven boards.

Talladega 68, Shelby County 66 (OT)

COLUMBIANA – Desmond Green, who missed a chance to win the game in regulation, scored five points in overtime including a free throw, to bring the Tigers home.

The game was tied at 61 with 1.7 seconds left in regulation when Green went to the free throw line with two shots. He missed both, sending the game into overtime, where he flourished.

Green scored 15 points in the second half and finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Madden led the Tigers with 26 points.

Glencoe 49, Ohatchee 46

OHATCHEE – Micah Lee scored 18, Austin Tucker had 16 and Ben Glass added eight for the Indians (4-14).

BOYS BOX SCORES

Faith Christian 47, Donoho 37

FAITH CHRISTIAN (13-7) – Ryan Crosby 1 0-0 2, Jordan Griswald 5 0-0 10, Jameson Adams 0 0-0 0, Logan Williamson 6 9-12 24, Jack Sills 0 0-0 0, Michael Kulick 0 0-0 0, Josiah McDaniel 3 1-2 7, Alex Taylor 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 10-14 47.

DONOHO (4-8) – Garrett Steed 0 0-0 0, Ross Svensen 0 2-2 2, Schuyler Buckner 2 1-1 5, Axis Heathcock 3 0-0 6, Robert Clausen 2 0-0 4, Parker Morgan 2 1-3 5, Justin Foster 5 5-8 15. Totals 14 9-14 37.

Faith Christian 12 11 8 16 — 47
Donoho 7 7 8 15 — 37

3-point goals: Faith Christian 3 (Williamson 3). Total fouls: Faith Christian 18, Donoho 17.

Jacksonville 67, Cleburne County 41

CLEBURNE COUNTY — Jacob Lee 3-10 2-3 8, Colton Austin 2-2 0-0 6, Taylor Rice 1-1 3-3 5, Stashun Henson 2-4 1-1 5, Jacob Camp 2-2 0-0 5, Jeremiah Blake 2-4 0-0 4, Macain Carlile 1-4 2-3 4, John Robinson 1-2 0-3 2, Tyler Norton 1-1 0-0 2¸Noah Ware 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-31 8-13 41.

JACKSONVILLE (8-8) — Cam Horton 8-20 6-10, Sid Thurmond 1-3 6-7, Savon Parker 4-7 0-0, Tristan Yates 3-7 1-2, Taye Ackles 3-3 1-4, Rivan Hill 2-4 2-2, Aaron Bragg 2-6 0-0, Casey Trull 1-1 0-0, Ben Jaskowski 0-4 1-2, K.J. Satcher 0-2 0-0, Zack Casey 0-1 0-1. Totals 24-58 17-28 67.

Cleburne County 7 12 14 8 — 41
Jacksonville 21 20 18 8 — 67

3-point goals: Cleburne County 3-9 (Lee 0-1, Austin 2-2, Hensen 0-1, Camp 1-1, Blake 0-1, Carlile 0-3); Jacksonville 2-12 (Horton 1-8, Hill, Bragg 0-2). Rebounds: Cleburne County 28 (Rice 11); Jacksonville 33 (Horton 5, Yates 5). Total fouls: Cleburne County 20, Jacksonville 15.

Weaver 83, Wellborn 76

WEAVER (9-8) – Delo Forbes 7 2-2 16, Julian Heath 2 8-11 12, Craig Copeland 4 3-4 11, Paul Hubbard 7 5-8 19, Coty Cochran 0 1-2 1, Maurice Goodman 1 0-1 2, Elliott Moore 5 2-6 12, Camron Lynch 4 1-3 10, Tarique Morris 0 0-0 0, Marcus Sanders 0 0-2 0. Totals 30 22-39 83.

WELLBORN (5-7) – Kevin Mixon 0 0-2 2, Corri Tignor 7 1-1 15, Landon Machristie 2 1-2 5, Jordan Montgomery 5 1-1 14, D. Miller 4 0-0 10, Aaron Parker 4 2-3 10, Blake Hanson 7 4-4 19. Totals 29 9-13 76.

Weaver 12 22 22 27 — 83
Wellborn 17 28 16 14 — 76

3-point goals: Weaver 1 (Lynch); Wellborn 6 (Montgomery 3, Miller 2, Hanson)
Total fouls: Weaver 26, Wellborn 30. Fouled out: Mixon, Tignor, Parker, Hanson.

Talladega 68, Shelby County 67 (OT)

TALLADEGA – Marius Echols 2 2-3 6, D’Angelo Scales 2 0-0 4, Jay Smoot 2 2-2 6, Desmond Green 9 2-5 21, Josh Madden 8 6-8 28, Ohyja Garrett 0 0-0 0, Josh Wilson 1 0-0 2, Khail Keith 1 0-2 2. Totals 25 12-20 69.

SHELBY COUNTY — J. Martin 5 2-2 17, N. Youngblood 5 2-2 17, C. Pate 0 0-1 0, Q. Montgomery 1 2-2 4, D. Carter 0 0-0 0, B. Green 6 2-4 14, D. Watkins 5 5-10 15. Totals 22 13-23 67.

Talladega 21 11 16 13 8 — 68
Shelby County 7 15 23 16 6 — 67

3-poiint goals: Talladega 7 (Madden 7, Green); Shelby County 10 (Martin 5, Youngblood 5);
Total fouls: Talladega 20, Shelby County 12.



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