With the win the Tigers improved to 16-6 on the season and they tied the season series at 2-2 with Childersburg.
“I thought in the second half, our defensive intensity really picked up,” Sylacauga head coach Josh Golden said. “I thought we did a really good job on the glass. In the first half, I think we some how in this atmosphere came out a little bit flat and the defense wasn’t what it has been lately. I thought in the second half we got back to guarding and turned them over a little bit. We really attacked the offensive glass. I thought we had multiple possessions where we got three or four opportunities. We had 15 offensive rebounds for the game and I thought that was key for us.”
Childersburg trailed 44-42 going to the fourth quarter. The Aggies went on a 6-0 run to increase their lead to 49-42. Tyrell Garrett and Deda Bradley scored four points and three points during a run to cut the Aggies lead to 52-50 with 4:57 left in the game.
The eighth ranked team in Class 5A responded with a 15-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Erwin McQueen got the run started with a 3-point to increase their lead to 55-50. Kadeem Jackson got a 3-point play off a Tigers turnover to make it 58-50. McQueen increased the lead to 10-points, 60-50 with a putback. Tazz Marbury capped off the run with a layup to make it 65-50.
“In the second half we outscored them 41-23,” Golden said. “41 points for this team is a lot for this team. We did a better job defensively as well. Like I said I think it was the pressure bothered them a little bit. Our defense led to offense. We were able to get some steals and pitch the ball ahead to get some easy layups. Then we were able to get back into the press. It was that three or four minutes where we went on a big time run and I think it was the defense as it has been ever since we loss to Childersburg at their place. During this nine game stretch we have been really good defensively and tonight that is what us got back into the game.”
Childersburg head coach Al Barnett was pleased with the way his team played during that stretch in the fourth quarter.
“I think the big difference in the game was that stretch in the fourth quarter,” Barnett said. “They went up five or six points and they got a bunch of offensive rebounds. They beat us on the boards, they got several putbacks and 3-point plays. They turned a three point game into a seven or eight point ball game. They played well and we played well for a half, we just couldn’t sustain it in the second half.”
Marbury led the Aggies with 17 points and five assists. TJ Green had 13 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and he took two charges. McQueen scored 11 points for the Aggies.
Tyrell Garrett scored 22 points for Childersburg. The senior scored eight points in the first quarter. Garrett hit back to back 3-pointer including one at the buzzer to take a 14-11 lead into the second quarter.
Green scored six points in the second quarter to help the Aggies take a 44-42 lead into halftime. The senior scored four straight points at the end of the quarter to make 44-39.
Deda Bradley hit a floater going out of bounds while getting fouled. He completed the 3-point play with a free throw to make it 44-42.