Jones leads Childersburg past Sylacauga, 55-53
SYLACAUGA- Coming into the season, Childersburg Al Barnett thought DJ Jones was going to be an X-factor on the team. On Tuesday night, he was. Jones hit the game winning putback off of a Tyrell Garrett air ball with four seconds left in the game to lead Childersburg past Sylacauga, 55-53 in the final game of the Sylacauga High School Intelligent Parking System Invitational.

“That was the best shot that I ever had,“ Jones said. “I saw the ball in the air and something told me to go get.”

Sylacauga Tazz Marbury drove the length of the court in four seconds, but his lay-up attempt rolled out the basket to give the Tigers the victory.

“We didn’t give good effort, “Sylacauga head coach Josh Golden said.” We didn’t guard, we had to many guys trying to create one-on-one, instead of running our stuff through. Everybody tried to do it themselves and we got beat. They played harder than us. They got every loose ball, every offensive rebound. We looked like we could just show up and win. They looked like a team on a mission, that though they had to play as hard as they could possible play to pull of an upset and that is what happen. They beat us. I give them a lot of credit and we have to get better.”

The loss was the Aggies (5-1) first of the season and the win improved Childersburg’s record to 2-1 on the season.

“ It was a huge win,” Barnett said.” I don’t think we played that good against Anniston on Saturday night. Thompson just blew us out last night, but you have to give the kids credit. They bounced back tonight. We got contribution from 10 guys and the guys on the bench played great. Sylacauga would go up eight or nine points and they kept bouncing back. Dexter Marbury came off the bench and hit some huge shots for us. He has been in the program for four years and he has accepted his role. He is a great team player. Tyrell (Garrett) and Deda (Bradley) played great. The whole team played great and we played a lot better half court defense.”

Marbury scored seven of his 17 points in the first quarter to help the Aggies build a 14-5 lead. The Tigers went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead down to 16-13 with 39 seconds left in the first quarter. TJ Green made the Golden Gang and the Sylacauga faithful loose it at the end of the quarter. The senior forward leaped from up under the goal for a basket shaking one hand throw down.

Garrett got the Childersburg fans up, as he towered over the rim for a dunk to start the second quarter to cut the Aggies lead to 21-15. Childersburg was able to cut the Sylacauga lead down to 27-25 on a Trevor Bates lay-up off a turnover. Juanya Walls scored five straight points to increase the Aggies lead to 33-25. Erwin McQueen ended the half by catching a lob off an out of bounds play from the right sideline for a lay-up to give the Sylacauga a 35-27 lead.

Garrett took over the game for Childersburg in the third quarter. The senior was responsible for 11 of the Tigers points in their 12-0 run. Garrett scored four quick points to cut the lead down to 37-32. On Childersburg's next trip down the court, he found Bates on the right wing for a 3-pointer to cut the lead down to 37-35. The 6-foot-4 forward used his length and his athletic ability to get into the paint for back-to-back lay-ups to give Childersburg a 39-37 lead, which was their first lead since the opening minutes of the first quarter. Sylacauga responded with a 6-0 run to end the quarter to take a 43-39 lead going into the final quarter.

Garrett made huge plays late in the fourth quarter to put the Tigers in position to get the victory. His free throw line jumper gave Childersburg a 51-49 lead. Garrett also took a charge with 1:53 left in the game.

McQueen tied the game with a tip in at 53 apiece, which set up the game winner by Jones.

“He is just a blue collar worker,” Barnett said. “He goes in and he plays hard. He gets rebounds and he got the huge put-back there. He played awesome.”

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