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Defense drives Tribe

Boys roundup: Ohatchee holds PV scoreless in the first quarter, uses the defense to spark its offense; Cubs win, Cubs win; Donoho falls

BOYS GAMES
Alexandria 54, Cleburne County 32
Cornerstone 61, Donoho 50
Gaston at Piedmont
Oxford 76, Jacksonville 57
Ohatchee 65, Pleasant Valley 29
Saks 62, Munford 44

TUESDAY’S GAMES
Jacksonville at Weaver
Ohatchee at Faith Christian
Paint Rock Valley at JCA
Pleasant Valley at Glencoe
Sacred Heart at Donoho, 3 p.m.
Sylacauga at Anniston
Talladega at Oxford

By East Alabama Sports Today

OHATCHEE – Bryant Ginn couldn’t have been happier with the defense his Ohatchee boys basketball team played to start Monday night’s game.

The Indians made 12 straight stops on the way to building a 17-0 first-quarter lead that carried them to a 65-28 victory over Pleasant Valley.

“I hadn’t been prouder of the defense in a long, long time,” Ginn said. “I thought we had our best practice probably in a couple months (Sunday) and thought the guys refocused, energized.

“We always preach five stops in a row. We got five in a row and five more and came out of it with 12 in a row. It was neat.”

Ten players scored for Ohatchee in the game. Micah Lee had 13 points and Brian Jennings had 10. Caden Turner led PV with 10 points – all in the second half.

Alexandria 54, Cleburne County 32: The Valley Cubs bounced back from Saturday’s one-point, last-second loss to Southside with a strong defensive effort and balanced scoring.

Luke Tucker led three Alexandria scorers in double figures with 15 points. Caleb Young and Dalton Dodd had 10 apiece. Jacob Lee led the host Tigers with eight.

“We kind of sat and struggled defensively, didn’t have a whole lot of effort and lost in last few seconds (Saturday),” Cubs coach Jason Johnson said, “but we bounced back and played hard defensively and got after it.

“The two weeks before the area tournament can get kind of monotonous for the kids. There’s nothing to play for, they’ve been through the area and the county tournament, but we picked it back up tonight. We kind of played good defense and scored enough to win.”

Cornerstone 61, Donoho 50: Will Stanford scored 13 of his game-high 31 points in the first quarter to help Cornerstone jump out to a big early lead. Robert Clausen led Donoho with 14 points; he scored eight in the third quarter. Garrett Steed scored 11 points and Jacob Lecroy scored seven of his eight points in the fourth quarter.

“I don’t know if he’s D-I, but he’s a no-doubt college basketball player,” Donoho coach Alex Mastin said of Stanford. “He’s 6-3-ish, strong, can shoot and move well enough to be a legitimate college guard.”

The Falcons wrap up their area season Tuesday against top-ranked Sacred Heart. Officials have bumped up the games to 3 p.m. in hopes of beating the projected stormy weather.

Saks 62, Munford 44: Jaylen Britt led three Saks scorers in double figures with 16 points. Demario Burnett and Trae Hughley each had 11. Burnett is expected to sign with a JUCO to play football Wednesday.

Q.T. Elston and Nick Hudgins each scored 16 for Munford. Hudgins had five of the Lions’ nine 3-pointers.

MONDAY’S BOYS BOX SCORES

Ohatchee 65, Pleasant Valley 28

PLEASANT VALLEY – Josh Preston 0 0-0 0, Dakota Jones 1 1-2 3, Caden Turner 3 4-6 10, R. Vernon 1 0-0 3, Britton Proper 1 0-1 2, Josh Faucett 0 2-2 2, Reid Hightower 1 2-4 4, Nick Robbins 0 0-0 0, Jordan Lambert 0 0-0 0, Cantor Knight 0 0-0 0, Chase Craven 1 2-2 4. Totals 8 11-17 28.

OHATCHEE – Ben Glass 1 0-0 3, Kevin Williamson 2 0-1 5, Micah Lee 5 2-2 13, Jon Noel 2 2-2 7, Bryant Dunaway 2 0-0 4, Brennan Wink 0 0-0 0, Austin Tucker 3 2-2 8, Blaine Cole 3 0-0 7, Brian Jennings 5 0-0 10, Tristan Woodall 1 3-4 6, Sean Barnett 1 0-1 2. Totals 25 9-12 65.

Pleasant Valley 0 12 9 8 — 28
Ohatchee 17 13 16 19 — 65

3-point goals: PV 1 (Vernon); Ohatchee 6 (Glass, Williamson, Lee, Noel, Cole, Woodall). Total fouls: PV 14, Ohatchee 18. Officials: Burroughs, Hays, Pratt.

Alexandria 54, Cleburne County 32

ALEXANDRIA – Riley Shaw 0 0-0 0, Chase Smitherman 1 1-2 3, A.J. Martin 0 3-4 3, Dalton Dodd 4 2-3 10, Gerald Murphy 2 0-2 4, Jamal Tucker 2 1-2 5, Jordan Romine 0 0-0 0, Caleb Young 5 0-0 10, Marcus Swink 2 2-4 6, Luke Tucker 4 5-6 13. Totals 20 14-23 54.

CLEBURNE COUNTY – Noah Ware 2 0-0 4, Avery Gentry 0 0-0 0, Joshua Brown 2 1-2 5, Jeremiah Blake 2 0-0 4, Brock Swafford 0 0-0 0, Jacob Lee 3 2-3 8, Stashun Henson 1 1-2 3, Taylor Rice 2 0-2 4, John Robinson 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 4-9 32.

Alexandria 14 13 15 12 — 54
Cleburne Co. 6 13 8 5 — 32

Total fouls: Alexandria 13, Cleburne County 17. Officials: Wood, Holmes, Lemon.

Cornerstone 61, Donoho 50

CORNERSTONE – Rhyan Burks 0 0-0 0, Kobe Bozeman 0 0-0 0, Caleb Moore 3 0-0 6, Will Stanford 13 2-7 31, Jayce Jacobs 0 0-0 0, D.J. Grayson 4 2-3 12, Joshua Jerald 0 0-2 0, Tyler Poteat 5 0-0 10, Preston London 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 4-12 61.

DONOHO – Reaves Nelson 0 0-0 0, Jacob Lecroy 3 1-2 8, Garrett Steed 3 4-6 11, Ross Svensen 0 0-1 0, Mateen Ibrahim 0 0-0 0, Joseph O’Neill 0 0-0 0, Ross Hagen 1 0-1 3, Tucker Sedmak 2 1-2 6, Coleman Jones 0 0-0 0, Mitchell Baker 4 1-2 9, Wilson Russell 0 0-0, Walton Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Robert Clausen 6 2-5 14. Totals 19 9-19 50.

Cornerstone 17 13 17 14 — 61
Donoho 11 8 13 18 — 50

3-point goals: Cornerstone 5 (Grayson 2, Stanford 3); Donoho 3 (LeCroy, Steed, Sedmak). Fouled out: Bozeman. Total fouls: Cornerstone 19, Donoho 14. Officials: Robinson, McCombs, Allen.

Saks 62, Munford 44

SAKS – Jalen Wynn 0 1-2 1, Demetrius Powell 4 0-0 9, Quez McCord 2 0-0 4, Quin Smith 1 1-2 3, Jaylen Britt 6 1-2 16, Davieuntae Booker 0 0-0 0, Malik Burns 1 0-0 2, Alfonza Ward 1 0-2 3, Demario Burnett 5 1-2 11, Trae Hughley 5 1-2 11, Darien Briskey 0 0-0 0, Landun Peters 1 0-1 2. Totals 26 5-13 62.

MUNFORD – Q.T. Elston 6 2-2 16, Mahijah Smith 3 0-0 8, Nick Hudgins 5 1-2 16, LaRaie Ball 1 0-3 2, Mikah Mitchell 0 0-1 0, Nick Parker 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 3-8 44.

Saks 15 18 9 20 — 62
Munford 10 8 19 7 — 44

3-point goals: Saks 5 (Powell, Britt 3, Ward); Munford 9 (Elston 2, Smith 2, Hudgins 5). Total fouls: Saks 13, Munford 9. Officials: Oden, Whiteside, Stringer.



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