Childersburg depth too much for F'ville
Jaylen Murphy tries to drive around a Fayetteville defender during Childersburg's game Monday night.
CHILDERSBURG- The Childersburg Tigers overcame a sluggish first quarter to defeat Fayetteville 74-31 in the first round of the 2013 Talladega County Basketball Tournament in Childersburg on Monday.

“We played a real sluggish first half,” Childersburg head coach Al Barnett said. “Fayetteville played an inspired first half. I think our depth got to them in the second half. We were up at 13 at the half and I think we held them scoreless in the third quarter. Our depth was a difference tonight. Like I said they came out and played hard. I thought we got real good play out of Kel Mitchell tonight. We got to get better and we will face the winner of Winterboro/Sylacauga on Friday night.”

The Wolves opened the game on a 5-0 run. It took a while for the Tigers to get going. After going scoreless for almost three minutes, DJ Jones put Childersburg on the board with a layup. A few seconds later he stole the Wolves’ inbound pass and scored to cut the lead down to 5-4. Keonta Estelle stole the ball out the Tigers press, and then found Deda Bradley who penetrated the lane and found Tyrell Garrett for a layup.

Cameron Townsend responded for the Wolves with back-to-back layups to push their lead back up to 9-6.

Bradley scored five quick points to help the Tigers take a 13-11 lead. Childersburg took a 17-16 lead into the second quarter.

Childersburg’s second unit took over the game in the second quarter. The Tigers bench scored 18 of the teams’ 21 points in the quarter. Jaylen Murphy scored four points in the quarter, including a jumper to make it 28-21. Reeves Brashear gave the Tigers their first double-digit lead of the game with a 3-pointer to make it 31-21.

The Wolves only scored nine points in the second quarter; two of them came from Zach McGrady, who hit a jumper to cut the lead down to 35-25.

Estelle ended the half with a 3-pointer to make it 38-25.

Childersburg put the game away in the third quarter. The Tigers went on a 27-0 run to increase their lead to 65-25 going to the fourth quarter.

Bradley scored eight of the first 10 points in the quarter. His second 3-pointer of the quarter gave Childersburg a 45-25 lead. Bradley’s putback increased Childersburg lead to 29 points, 54-25.

Kel Mitchell scored six of his 14 points in the third quarter. The Tigers took a 65-25 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Wolves drought ended at the 4:48 mark in the fourth quarter when Timothy Roberson hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 71-28. He added another 3-pointer later in the quarter.

Childersburg takes on the winner between Sylacauga-Winterboro on Friday.

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