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County boys roundup: White Plains’ Doss shows nice outside touch for a post player, hits big 3 in win over Oxford

FRIDAY’S SCORES
Sacred Heart 77, Spain Park 50
Anniston 55, Talladega 48
White Plains 64, Oxford 59
Donoho 50, Appalachian 45
Glencoe 66, Ohatchee 51
Faith Christian 63, Jefferson Christian 62
Saks 56, Weaver 53
Coosa Christian 80, JCA 52

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

The player you might think least likely to burn a team from the outside was the man of the hour Friday night.

Murphy Doss is White Plains’ post player, a stocky presence figured to be more at home banging bodies on the inside than stepping out and hitting the 3.

But there he was, hitting some of the biggest shots in the Wildcats’ 64-59 victory over Oxford.

Doss scored a career-high 21 points, including three 3-pointers. His biggest shot of the night came with about a minute left and gave the Wildcats (5-1) the lead for good.

“Most people don’t (expect him to be an outside threat),” Wildcats coach Chris Randall said. “The No. 1 thing we worked with him over the summer on was he’s a 5-10 post and you’re going to have to take people out on the perimeter. We’re not surprised when it goes in. If he misses, we’re surprised.”

Doss didn’t miss against the Yellow Jackets; he was 3-for-3 from behind the arc. His third trey erased a two-point Oxford lead, but he wasn’t finished being a factor.

After Oxford called time to set up its end game, Torry Robertson drove to the basket but slipped, forcing the Yellow Jackets to foul.

Jerod Guthrie hit the two free throws to extend White Plains’ lead to three. The Jackets missed another shot and fouled again, and this time Doss hit the two free throws with 14.6 seconds left to seal the victory.

“He shot lights out; he made huge shots,” Oxford coach Joel VanMeter said. “I saw Murphy Doss a lot this summer and he can shoot it. I knew he could shoot it.”

White Plains was seven of 15 from 3-point range in the game and more importantly 17 of 18 from the line. Oxford made only one of its 14 3-point attempts and shot 12 of 18 from the line.

Just as important as Doss to the Wildcats’ success was the decision to move versatile Lawrence Jackson to the point in the second half. Jackson, who can play all five spots on the floor, scored only two points, but he had seven assists.

“He was our most important offensive player,” Randall said. “He calmed us.

“Both teams played really good. They made some tough shots; we knocked down some tough shots. Every bucket felt like a touchdown both teams guarded so well. It was such a relief sometimes in the first half I got excited when we completed a pass.”

Michael McGuirk added 18 points for White Plains. He had two 3-pointers.

Querriun Mason led Oxford with 19 points. The Jackets gave their offense chances with 16 offensive rebounds.

“This was a great high school basketball game, just an absolute war between very good competitive teams,” VanMeter said. “I thought we played our tails off and Chris thought his did, too. We punched our ticket. We did what we were supposed to do. We played hard. We just didn’t win the game at the end of the day.”

Faith Christian 63, Jefferson Christian 62

BIRMINGHAM – Jameson Adams’ contact layup with three seconds left and Jordan Griswould’s second straight double-double lifted the Lions to their second victory in less than 24 hours.

JCA held a one-point lead with 10 seconds left, but instead of taking a time out, Faith pushed the ball up the floor to produce Adams’ game-winner.

“I took a chance and trusted the guys to execute without setting up a play and they delivered beautifully,” first-year Faith coach Brad Yarbrough said. “This is a great team win. We had to deal with a little adversity at the end, but they fought through it. They are growing up and learning to be tough minded.”

Griswould led the Lions (2-3) with 28 points and 10 rebounds; he had 24 and 11 the night before against Ragland. Alex Taylor knocked down six 3-pointers for 18 points and Jack Sills grabbed 19 rebounds.

“He played great,” Yarbrough said of Griswould. “He’s really settled down and stopped forcing things. He has special talent, but really his best trait is that he’s a great teammate.”

Donoho 50, Appalachian 45

Mitchell Baker scored eight of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Falcons held off a late rally to beat the Eagles.

The Falcons carried a 12-point lead into the fourth and although Appalachian rallied, they never lost the lead.

James Dean scored 10 of his game-high 21 in the quarter, including two of his three 3-pointers, to help bring the Eagles back. Roberto Henandez had eight of his 13 in the quarter. Robert Clausen added 12 for Donoho.

“The most impressive thing was the crowd,” first-year Falcons coach Alex Mastin said. “We’re trying to build a basketball culture at Donoho. We had a big crowd that was really into the game. The kids fed off that energy. I’m not sure if we win that game on the road.”

Glencoe 66, Ohatchee 51

OHATCHEE — Glencoe hit 18 of 30 free throws in the second half to pull away from Ohatchee in the team’s area opener.

The Indians cut Glencoe’s 10-point halftime lead in half by the start of the fourth quarter, but the Yellow Jackets hit 10 of 16 free throws in the final eight minutes to produce their margin of victory.

Pace Ozmint was 10 of 14 from the line in the second half and wound up leading all scorers with 20 points.

Ben Glass tied his career high with 16 points to lead Ohatchee. He was 4-of-6 from 3-point range in the game and is 9 of 13 beyond the arc in his last three games.

BOYS BOXSCORES

Faith Christian 63, Jefferson Christian 62

FAITH (2-2) – Caleb McCord 2 3-6 9, Jordan Griswould 12 2-4 28, Jameson Adams 2 0-0 4, David Wall 0 0-0 0, Jack Sills 2 0-0 4, Michael Kulick 0 0-0 0, Jameson Thacker 0 0-0 0, Alex Taylor 6 0-0 18. Totals 24 5-10 63.

JEFFERSON CHRISTIAN – J.T. Turner 9 2-6 21, Phillip Lester 11 1-3 25, Brandon Givan 1 0-0 2, Kyle Wilkerson 0 0-0 0, Ethan Williams 2 0-0 6, Jamal Taylor 1 0-0 3, Braxton Baird 2 1-2 5. Totals 26 4-11 62.

Faith Christian 23 17 12 11 — 63
Jefferson Christian 23 13 17 9 — 62

3-point goals: Faith 10 (McCord 2, Griswould 2, Taylor 6); Jefferson 6 (Turner, Lester 2, Williams 2, Taylor). Total fouls: Faith 10, Jefferson 8.

Donoho 50, Appalachian 45

APPALACHIAN – Andrew Whittington 0 0-0 0, James Dean 6 6-9 21, Jasper Hutchens 2 1-4 5, Jose Rivera 2 0-2 4, Roberto Hernandez 5 2-4 13, Jerald Pantoja 1 0-0 2, Christopher Hernandez 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-19 45.

DONOHO – Dylan Dunaway 0 0-0 0, Garrett Steed 3 1-5 7, Ross Svensen 2 1-5 0, Mateen Ibrahim 1 0-0 3, Joseph O’Neill 0 0-0 0, Ross Hagan 1 0-0 2, Tucker Sedmak 1 2-4 4, Mitchell Baker 5 5-11 15, Wilson Russell 1 0-2 2, Walton Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Robert Clausen 6 0-1 12. Totals 20 9-28 50.

Appalachian 6 9 7 23 — 45
Donoho 11 11 12 16 — 50

3-point goals: Appalachian (Dean 3, R. Hernandez); Donoho 1 (Ibrahim). Technical fouls: Baker. Fouled out: Rivera, Pantoja, Baker, Clausen. Total fouls: Appalachian 24, Donoho 21. Officials: Morriss, Oden, Bankson.

Glencoe 66, Ohatchee 51

GLENCOE – Zack Cowley 0 0-0 0, Aaron Bush 3 0-0 8, Jacob Bradley 0 0-0 0, Dylan Billingsley 0 0-0 0, Pace Ozmint 4 11-17 20, Justin Barkley 0 0-0 0, Cole Holbrooks 6 3-4 15, Craig Barkley 3 1-4 8, Dalton Roberts 1 7-11 9, Ethan Womack 1 0-0 3, Paul Hicks 0 0-2 0, Jeff Ford 1 1-1 3. Totals 19 23-39 66.

OHATCHEE – Ben Glass 6 0-0 16, Kevin Williamson 0 0-0 0, Micah Lee 4 1-1 9, Jon Noel 0 0-0 0, Bryant Dunaway 0 0-2 0, Brennan Wink 0 1-2 1, Austin Tucker 3 4-8 10, Blaine Cole 0 0-0 0, Brian Jennings 2 2-4 6, Tristan Woodall 2 1-2 7, Sean Barnett 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 9-19 51.

Glencoe 15 18 12 21 — 66
Ohatchee 8 15 17 11 — 51

3-point goals: Glencoe 5 (Bush 2, Ozmint, C. Barkley, Womack); Ohatchee 6 (Glass 4, Woodall 2). Technical foul: Tucker. Fouled out: Tucker, Jennings. Total fouls: Glencoe 20, Ohatchee 26. Officials: Miller, Davis, Hinkle.

White Plains 64, Oxford 59

OXFORD (4-5) – Torry Robertson 2 0-0 5, Jalen Moore 1 0-0 2, Querriun Mason 7 5-6 19, Jakolbie McClendon 3 1-3 7, Jacob Baker 0 0-0 0, Eugene Leonard 3 0-1 6, Jordan Swain 1 3-4 5, Braden Jones 2 3-4 7, Zachary Lackey 4 0-0 8. Totals. 23 12-18.

WHITE PLAINS (5-1) — Jerod Guthrie 1 5-6 8, Kevin Carr 2 1-1 5, Eli Hightower 3 1-1 8, Michael McGuirk 5 6-6 18, Jackson Guthrie 0 0-0 0, Quez Wyatt 0 0-0 0, Lawrence Jackson 1 0-0 2, Macy Carr 1 0-0 2, Murphy Doss 7 4-4 21, Brett Beaver 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 17-18 64.

Oxford 17 19 9 14 — 59
White Plains 17 15 14 18 — 64

3-point goals: Oxford 1 (Roberston); White Plains 7 (Je. Guthrie, Hightower, McGuirk 2, Doss 3). Fouled out: Moore. Total fouls: Oxford 20, White Plains 15. Officials: Calkins, Hughes, Ortiz.



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