Sylacauga renews rivalry with Talladega tonight
by LAVONTE YOUNG
The 10th ranked Sylacauga Aggies travel to take on county/area foe Talladega tonight at 7 p.m. in Chuck Miller Arena. Both teams enter tonight’s game looking to get their first region win of the season.

The Tigers dropped their area opener to Shelby County, 50-49 on Tuesday.

“We played pretty good,” Talladega head coach Chucky Miller said. “It goes down to two free throws on one second. It goes down to the end of the game. We just have to do a better job of finishing games. Shelby County is good and Sylacauga has been a good team.” 

The Aggies (6-2) enter tonight’s game with momentum after defeating Ben Russell, 63-49 on Monday.

“I think the first half against Benjamin Russell is the best that we played all year,” Sylacauga head coach Josh Golden said. “They have a good team and they have good size. They have a couple of good guards. I think that was our most complete effort on both ends of the court. We had four guys in double figures for the night. I thought that was a quality win for us. I do think that was good for us to give us momentum going into a game against Talladega.”

Miller has seen the Aggies play a few times this season and he feels like they reload instead of rebuild.

“The game I saw, Tazz Maubury shot the ball very well,” Miller said. “He is an excellent shooter. He has hit a lot of shots against us over the last two years. Inside they have good size with TJ (Green) and their other post player. Both of them are big strong kids inside. They got a lot size inside and they have excellent quickness.”

When the ball is thrown up tonight, fans won’t see but a handful of familiar faces from the past battles. Sylacauga replaced their top six players from last season and Talladega replaced five of their top seven players from last season.

“We are both in a similar situation,” Golden said. “We both have a couple of guys back that has a pretty good amount of varsity experience. The rest of our guys were playing junior varsity or ninth grade basketball. This is a big area game for us. Talladega had a tough loss the other night by one point and this is our first area game. The area is going to be very competitive this year. I saw the rankings come out today and we are at No.10 right now. I think Shelby County and Talladega are ranked 12 and 13. So just in our area we have three of the top 13 teams in the state.” 

Miller hopes that their balanced attack will lead them to their first area win tonight.

“I like our team,” Miller said. “We have been real balanced through eight games. We’ve had four or five that’s been the leading scorer each game. That shows that we don’t depend on one person; it is a team effort. If we are going to win this year we are going to have to be aggressive. We can’t let things come to us, we are going to have to attack people.”
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