Aggies rally to defeat Talladega, 51-46
by ERICH HILKERT
The Sylacauga Aggies overcame a slow start to defeat archrival Talladega, 51-46 in front of the electric crowd that filled Sylacauga High on Friday night.

T.J. Green got things going at the start of the game with a steal and easy follow-up basket.

But Talladega stayed close tying it on several occasions, including a no look pass from Trey Riggins that Dearius Truss put in the basket to tie it at 6-6.

Sylacauga gained momentum and following a Tomas Swain 3-point shot went ahead 14-6. At the end of the first quarter, the score was still in favor of Sylacauga 14-8.

The momentum of the second quarter swung toward Talladega as their press defense started to affect Sylacauga.

Damion Hawkins scored nine of the team’s 21 points in the second quarter. Ahmad Gooden tied the game at 22-22 with an off-the-glass two-point shot. Talladega took the lead at 24-22 on a rebound and putback by Tyler Haynes. D’Angelo Scales hit a 3-point shot at the end of the quarter to give the team a 29-22 lead into halftime.

But in this game of momentum, the third quarter was a stalemate and the fourth quarter was all Sylacauga.

Trailing 36-29 at the end of the third quarter, Tazz Marbury hit a 3-pointer to cut Talladega’s lead to 38-32 a few minutes into the fourth quarter. Marbury then went off on a 7-0 run of his own, including a steal and easy resulting basket to tie the game at 43-43 and bring the roaring crowd to their feet.

Kadeem Jackson hit a 3-point shot to give Sylacauga a 46-45 lead.

Ahmad Gooden appeared to make an inside shot, but the shot was called off due to an offensive foul call.

Then, with 24.9 seconds left, Jackson made a free throw to bump the score to 47-45. Jackson went four for four on free throws that followed after that to give the team a 51-45 victory.

Leading the way for Sylacauga was Tazz Marbury with 17 points, followed by Kadeem Jackson and T.J. Green who each had 10 points. Green led the team in rebounding with a total of eight.

For Talladega, Damion Hawkins was the leading scorer with 10 points, while Dearius Truss chipped in eight points.

Talladega returns to action on Monday at Gadsden City at 7:30 p.m.

A win will bring Talladega head coach Chucky Miller within a game of reaching his 600th win.

Sylacauga hosts Ben Russell on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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