E.A. Sports Today

Jackets drop close one

Boys roundup: Alexander (Ga.) makes furious second-half run to take lead, six other Calhoun County teams win; includes box scores and more

Tuesday’s boys scores
Alexander (Ga.) 68, Oxford 66
Faith Christian 75, Wellborn 38
Handley 68, Lanett 56
Jacksonville 68, Ranburne 36
Jacksonville Christian 66, ASD 39
Munford at Talladega County Central
Ohatchee 63, Pleasant Valley 51
Piedmont 69, Glencoe 40
Southside at Cherokee County
Spring Garden 78, Cedar Bluff 48
Springville at Lincoln
Sylacauga 63, Clay Central 48
Westbrook Christian 77, Donoho 46
White Plains 56, Hokes Bluff 32
 
By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today
 
OXFORD – In a game that featured 13 lead changes, R.S. Alexander, a top-rated school from Georgia, escaped with a 68-66 victory over Oxford Tuesday night on Larry Davidson Court.

The Cougars overcame a nine-point deficit with a 25-6 run in the latter part of the third quarter and the early part of the fourth to go up by 10 points. 
 
Oxford put on a furious rally with three 3-pointers down the stretch by Rylan Houck, Justin Moore and Kobe Warren. A couple of clutch free throws by Jaylon Brown with 40 seconds left put the game away for the Cougars (17-6). The Jackets fell to 18-8, with six of those losses coming in the closing seconds.
 
“That game felt like a state playoff game,” Alexander coach Jason Slate said. “Two great teams going at it and there was no quit in either team. That was just a great game and (Oxford coach Joel VanMeter) said they were coming to our place next year. That was one heck of a team we just played.”

“That is why we play these type games,” Van Meter said. “It makes us a better team and gets us ready for post season-play.”
 
Earlier in the day the Yellow Jackets won a coin toss with Albertville to host the Class 6A Area 13 tournament next week. The Jackets will close their regular season with a home contest Friday night against Gadsden City.

The Cougars’ second-half rally corresponded with Oxford power forward Rock Taylor tweaking his ankle again and sitting out the rest of the game.

“Rock is going to rest that ankle until next Friday (the area championship game),” Van Meter said. “Not going to take any chances. We gotta have him ready for the playoffs next Friday at home.”
 
Taylor had 10 points and eight rebounds when he left the game. Balanced scoring was the answer for both teams. Oxford had six players score between eight and 15 points in the game. The Cougars had five players in that same range.

Zondrick Garrett led the Jackets with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Houck had 12 points and nine boards. Bryce Robinson, the Cougars’ 6-10 center, led Alexander with 15 points.
 
Alexander 68, Oxford 66
ALEXANDER (17-6) –
 Justin Brown 2 0-0 5, Jaylon Brown 5 2-5 13, Xavier Thornton 1 1-2 3, Sean Ivory 3 3-4 9, Marvin McGhee 3 1-2 9, Austin Slate 4 0-0 10, Bryce Robinson 7 1-3 15, Tayshaun Bolton 2 2-2 4. Totals 27 10-18 68.
OXFORD (18-8) – Cordell Chatman 0 0-0 0, Zondrick Garrett 7 1-3 15, Rylan Houck 5 1-2 12, Mont McClendon 3 1-2 8, Kobe Warren 4 0-0 9, Roc Taylor 4 1-2 10, Bakari Dailey 0 0-0 0, Justin Moore 4 1-3 10, MIlas Jackson 1 0-0 2, Ethan Page 0 0-0 0, Avelon Bush 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 5-12 66.

Alexander              16 16  17  19  –  68
Oxford                     15 19  19  13  –  66
3-point goals: Alexandrer 6 (Ju. Brown, Ja. Brown,McGhee 2, Slate 2); Oxford 5 (Houck, McClendon, Warren, Taylor, Moore).
 
Piedmont 69, Glencoe 40: Silas Thompson scored 28 points and Alex Odam wasn’t far behind with 25 as the Bulldogs improved to 21-3. The two scoring machines combined for 23 points in the first quarter. Thompson was 11 of 15 from the floor in the game.. Odam was 10-for-21 from the floor. Odam also had five steals and three assists. Trey McFarland only scored four points, but he grabbed nine rebounds.

PIEDMONT – Alex Odam 10 0-0 25, Omarion Foster 2 0-0 4, Luke Bussey 1 0-0 2, Trey McFarland 2 0-2 4, Silas 11 3-7 28, Jack Hayes 1 0-0 3, Coleman Reid 0 0-0 0, Malachi Jackson 1 0-0 2, Jakaari Foster 0 1-2 1. Totals 28 4-11 69.
GLENCOE – Daniel Maye 3 0-0 7, Braden Lang 0 1-2 1, Cole Contris 0 3-4 3, Issac Barkley 0 0-0 0, Caleb Wilson 3 3-3 11, Austin Vice 0 0-0 0, Dakota Smith 4 1-1 11, Garrett Gaston 0 0-0 0, Nolan Fairley 1 0-0 3, Ardron Greene 2 0-0 4. Totals 13 8-18 40.
 
Piedmont              26  10  25  8    –  69
Glencoe                  13  7   12  8    –  40
3-point goals: Piedmont 9 (Odam 5, Thompson 3, Hayes); Glencoe 6 (Maye, Wilson 2, Smith 2, Fairley). Total fouls: Piedmont 10, Glencoe 8. Officials: Stringer, Guyton, Smith.
 
White Plains 56, Hokes Bluff 32: Garrett Wilson, who has seen his role and production increase over the last three weeks, hit four 3-pointers and scored a team-high 14 points as the Wildcats wrapped up their area schedule and the No. 2 seed for the upcoming tournament. Brody Baker scored eight of his 10 points in the third quarter.
 
WHITE PLAINS – Coleman Messer 0 0-0 0, Rico Aguire 0 0-0 0, Quin Wilson 2 0-0 6, Jaden Chatman 0 1-4 1, Jacob Wheeler 2 0-0 5, Landon Senciboy 1 0-0 3, Brody Baker 5 0-0 10, Carson Wright 1 4-6 6, Walker O’Steen 3 0-5 7, Kahlil Williams 2 0-0 4, Garrett Wilson 5 0-0 14. Totals 21 5-15  56.
HOKES BLUFF –Payton Lemons 0 0-0 0, Ashton Gulledge 0 4-6 4, J.P. Fairel 0 0-0 0, Caleb McGinnis 1 1-2 3, Drake Rainey 1 0-0 2, Connor Faulkner 4 2-2 12, Jalen Robinson 0 2-2 2, Coby Latham 0 1-2 1, Jordan Presley 1 0-2 3, Tuker Marsh 0 4-4 4, Jacakson Millander 0 1-2 1. Totals 7 15-22 32.
 
White Plains        13  10  21  12   –  56  
Hokes Bluff           4    8   5    13    –  32
3-point goals: White Plains 9 (Q. Wilson 2, Wheeler, Senciboy, O’Steen, G. Wilson 4); Hokes Bluff 3 (Faulkner 2, Presley).
Total fouls: White Plains 21, Hokes Bluff 15.
  
Jacksonville 68, Ranburne 36: This was one of those games for the Golden Eagles where everyone played and virtually everyone scored. Thirteen players got the in the game for Jacksonville and 12 of them scored. Non-starters Yessman Green and Caden Johnson were their leading scorers with 13 and 11, respectively. Donavon McCain pulled down 14 rebounds. The Golden Eagles held a 43-24 advantage on the boards, and scored 27 second-chance points. They got 55 points from their bench.
 
RANBURNE – Carson Riddle 4-11 0-0 11, Colby Hanson 2-7 0-0 5, Tye Bailey 2-6 0-0 5, Levi Langley 1-3 2-2 4, Benjamin Jackson 1-4 1-2 3, Trace Monahaan 1-4 0-0 3, Chase Wiggins 1-2 0-0 2, Caleb Hornsby 1-1 0-0 2, Jaxon Langley 0 1-2 1. Totals 13-40 4-6 36.
JACKSONVILLE –  Yessman Green 5-8 3-3 13, Caden Johnson 5-5 0-0 11, Q Long 3-5 3-4 8, Kyrie Maynor 3-7 0-1 7, Donavon McCain 3-8 0-1 6, Luke Jackson 2-5 0-0 4, John Broom 2-3 1-1 5, Jalen Morton 1-3 1-1 3, Jaden Barksdale 1-5 0-0 2, Ron Wiggins 1-1 0-0 2, Hudson Harvey 1-4 0-0 2, Cam Johnson 1-4 0-0 2l, Jacob McCarley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-59 8-11 68.
 
Ranburne             12  8   9    9    –  36
Jacksonville         23  17 17  11 –  68
3-point goals: Ranburne 6-23 (Riddle 3-7, Hanson 1-5, Bailey 1-4, L. Langley 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Monahan 1-3, Wiggins 0-1, J. Langley 0-1); Jacksonville 4-16 (Green 0-2, Cd. Johnson 1-1, Maynor 1-1, McCain 0-1, Jackson 2-3, Broom 0-1, Morton 0-2, Barksdale 0-2, Harvey 0-1, Cm. Johnson 0-2). Rebounds: Ranburne 24 (Riddle 5); Jacksonville 43 (McCain 14, Green 5). Total fouls: Ranburne 9, Jacksonville 4
 
Faith Christian 75, Wellborn 38: C.J. Gomez scored 24 points and Ethan Richarzhagen had 19 to lead Faith Christian. Jacques Prater added 10 points for the Lions.
 
Jacksonville Christian 66, ASD 39: Chase Vinson had a double-double and Kobe Messer scored 29 points as the Thunder rolled. Vinson had 17 points and 17 rebounds. Eli Fair had 13 points. 



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