Talladega defeats TC Central, 96-54
by ERICH HILKERT
Daerius Truss gave Talladega the first lead of the night when he stole the ball and passed it off to Tyler Haynes to put the Tigers in the lead 2-0. Talladega’s lead ballooned in the third quarter for what eventually ended up being a 96-54 victory for the Tigers.

The win meant Talladega was the winner of the Talladega Holiday Round Robin, finishing with a 3-0 record with wins against Winterboro, Munford, and TC Central. The loss left TC Central as runner-up with a 2-1 record in the Round Robin.

In the first quarter, Truss helped the team continue to build their lead with a 3-point shot that left the score at 10-4.

But TC Central showed some fight and worked back to take the lead when Tervarus Garrett sank two free throws to leave the score at 11-10.

However, it was a short-lived lead as a mere eight seconds later Truss sank two free throws to give Talladega the lead back at 12-11.

Later in the first quarter, Truss made another steal and this time he scored to give Talladega their first double-digit lead of the night, 24-14. By the end of the first quarter, the ten-point lead stood at 30-20. Truss finished the first quarter with 15 points.

Talladega opened the second quarter on a 9-2 run to run the score to 39-22.

TC Central’s Garrett answered by knocking down two consecutive 3-point shots to cut the lead to 39-28.

Then, Talladega went on a 13-2 run that was capped with a Truss easy basket followed by Truss going one-for-two at the free throw line. The score at 52-33 at halftime.

In the third quarter, things got out of hand for TC Central. Truss started the quarter out with a 3-point shot and Talladega went on to outscore TC Central 33-9 in the quarter. Ahmad Gooden paced the team with 10 points in the quarter. By the time the third quarter was over Talladega had a commanding 85-42 lead.

TC Central struggled mightily in handling the press defense employed by Talladega.

“We tried to up tempo the game,” Talladega head coach Chucky Miller said. “We had a little more depth than TC. TC has improved so much since last month when we played them. They were a different team. They took it to us. They shot the ball well, but I believe our depth and our quickness out front took care of it.”

In the fourth quarter, TC Central got the ball to their center Tyler Cross, who wound up with 10 points in the quarter. However, the game was out of reach and the Fighting Tigers lost by a final of 96-54.

Following the game, the All-Tournament team was announced. Selections included: MVP Trey Riggins, along with his Talladega teammates Ahmad Gooden, Tyler Haynes, Justin Kelly, Daerius Truss, and Damian Hawkins; TC Central’s Tavarus Garrett, Chason Anderson, and Crystyle Stockdale; Munford’s Quan Richardson and Jaylen Mitchell; and Winterboro’s Nick Leonard and Jutorius Cook.

© 2012