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Horton helps Golden Eagles hold on, big first quarter propels White Plains, Wellborn falls

By East Alabama Sports Today

PIEDMONT – Cam Horton scored 28 points and hit the go-ahead free throw in the closing seconds Thursday night as Jacksonville held on to edge Piedmont 56-55.

Horton hit 10 of 19 shots from the field, including five of eight from 3-point range, to lead all scorers. Darnell Jackson led Piedmont with 25 points, including 12 of 14 from the free throw line.

Jacksonville opened a 29-17 halftime lead, but Piedmont fought back and it remained close through the second half.

“That’s twice we got up on somebody and let them back in the game,” Golden Eagles coach Ryan Chambless said, referring to the 11-point halftime lead they had in Tuesday’s overtime loss to Saks. “”We do stuff to allow them to have an opportunity and we’ve got to quit doing that.

“We’ve got to play four consistent quarters of ball and not have any lapses where we let people back in the game. If we can eliminate those dead times during games, we can be a lot better team.”

The teams will meet again at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the second round of the Calhoun County Tournament. They are the eighth and ninth seeds.

White Plains 60, Pleasant Valley 29: The Wildcats jumped out with their highest-scoring opening quarter of the season and it allowed for other players who don’t get much of the spotlight to shine.

Jerod Guthrie scored all of his game-high 12 points in the 30-point first quarter blitz. It gave coach Chris Randall a chance to give his starters a rest with Friday’s huge area game with Saks on the horizon, and the reserves flourished.

Quez Wyatt hit two 3-pointers in the second quarter and finished with 10 points. Brett Beaver scored all nine of his points in the second half.

Westbrook Christian 69, Wellborn 53: With leading scorer Blake Hanson playing on a sore ankle that limited his mobility, the Panthers had trouble finding some consistent offense and abandoned their offensive sets for quick 3s in hopes of getting back in the game.

They did play what coach Jordan Angle called “lights out defense” in the third quarter and it led to a 24-16 charge that kept the Panthers in it. But then they started pressing and that led to turnovers and two starters fouling out.

THURSDAY’S BOYS BOXSCORES

Jacksonville 56, Piedmont 55

JACKSONVILLE — Cam Horton 10-19 3-4 28, Taye Ackles 4-13 0-0 9, Martavious Long 3-7 2-5 8, Casey Trull 2-3 0-0 4, Alex Gilbert 2-4 0-0 4, Blake Morris 1-1 1-1 3, Will Fuller 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Bragg 0-1 0-0 0, Tahj Kirkland 0-2 0-0 0, K.J. Satcher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-50 6-10 56.

PIEDMONT — Darnell Jackson 6-10 12-14 25, Taylor Hayes 6-9 1-4 13, Austin Brazier 3-7 0-0 6, Easton Kirk 2-5 0-0 6, Bayley Blanchard 1-6 1-2 3, Malik Gamble 0-0 2-2 2, Brett Akin 0-0 0-0 0, A.J. Fairs 0-1 0-0 0, Derreck Baer 0-1 0-0 0, Cardavion Myers 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-40 16-22 55.

Jacksonville 13 16 9 18 — 56
Piedmont 8 9 15 23 — 55

3-point goals: Jacksonville 6-16 (Horton 5-8, Ackles 1-7, Kirkland 0-1); Piedmont 3-11 (Jackson 1-3, Kirk 2-5, Blanchard 0-1, Fairs 0-1, Baer 0-1). Rebounds: Jacksonville 35 (Long 10, Horton 7); Piedmont 20 (Brazier 5). Total fouls: Jacksonville 16, Piedmont 9.

White Plains 60, Pleasant Valley 29

WHITE PLAINS — Jerod Guthrie 5 0-0 12, Peyton Morgan 0 0-0 0, Dylan McCareeth 1 0-0 3, Kevin Carr 0 2-2 2, Eli Hightower 2 0-1 5, Jackson Guthrie 1 0-0 2, Quez Wyatt 2 4-6 10, Lawrence Jackson 2 0-0 4, Macey Carr 2 4-4 8, Murphy Doss 2 1-1 5, Brett Beaver 4 1-4 9. Totals 21 12-18 60.

PLEASANT VALLEY — Josh Preston 0 1-2 1, Dakota Jones 0 0-0 0, Caden Turner 2 0-0 4, Riley Vernon 0 2-3 2, Britton Proper 0 1-2 1, Marshall Smith 2 1-3 5, Josh Faucett 3 1-1 7, Reid Hightower 1 0-0 3, Nick Robbins 0 0-0 0, Jordan Lambert 1 0-0 2, Cantor Knight 0 0-0 0, Chase Craven 2 0-0 4. Totals 11 6-11 29.

White Plains 30 12 11 7 — 60
Pleasant Valley 3 6 13 7 — 29

3-point goals: Pleasant Valley 1 (Hightower); White Plains 6 (Je. Guthrie 2, McCareeth, Hightower, Wyatt 2). Total fouls: White Plains 13, Spring Garden 16. Officials: Miller, Hollingsworth, Pratt.



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