“They had beaten us two straight and we have played them five times,” Childersburg head coach Al Barnett said. “I thought for the most part we played the 2-3 zone pretty good. We gave up a few perimeter shots. We also responded to their runs. The made a run in the first half to cut it down and they made a run late to cut it down. Both times the kids responded to the run, so I was pleased with that. We shot the ball pretty good tonight and made some free throws late.”
Bradley was aggressive to open the game. The senior guard scored 13 first quarter points to help the Tigers take a 23-11 lead into the second quarter.
Bradley opened the game with five straight points to spark a 10-2 run to open the game. The senior then scored another five points to increase the Childersburg lead to 16-4.
The Aggies fought their way back into the game behind Erwin McQueen’s six first quarter points. His layup with 2:10 left in the quarter cut the lead down to 16-9.
Tyrell Garrett hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to increase the lead to 19-9.
Bradley ended the first quarter with a floater to give the Tigers a 23-11 advance.
The Aggies were without two starters: TJ Green due to taking an official visit to Clemson and Tazz Marbury who missed his second start game with an injury. Nothing having both them forced other players to step up and they did.
TJ Smith got the Aggies back in the game in the second quarter. The senior hit three 3-pointers during a 12-3 run. The senior’s third 3-pointer of the quarter cut the Childersburg lead to 34-29.
Bradley once again made some thing positive happen for the Tigers to end the half. With less than five second on the clock, Bradley dribbled right inside the center court logo and banked in a 3-pointer to give Childersburg a 37-29 advantage. Bradley scored 18 of his game high 26 points in the first half.
“ We just ran some pick in rolls with him,” Barnett said. “He attacked and he was able to get some good things.”
Childersburg carried that momentum into the third quarter. The Tigers opened the quarter on a 11-2 run. Garrett capped of the run with a reverse layup off a lob from Keonte Estelle to give the Tigers a 48-31 lead.
Sylacauga head coach Josh Golden was hit with a technical foul late in the quarter, which turned into four points for the Aggies.
Estelle nailed both free throws from the technical and he also hit a layup to close out the quarter which gave Childersburg a 60-40 lead.
The Aggies opened the fourth quarter determined to get back into the game and they did. McQueen scored six points to spark a 14-2 run to open the final period. Hayden Ellis opened the quarter with a 3-pointer to make it 60-43. McQueen hit a layup to cut to the lead down to 62-48.
Junaya Walls’ three point play cut lead down to 62-51. McQueen hit back to back baskets to get the lead down to 62-55, but that’s as close as they would get.
The Tigers were able to regroup late and hit timely free throws to secure the victory.
Sylacauga head coach Josh Golden was pleased with his team’s effort on Friday.
“ First thing that I would like to say is that I am really proud of guys,” Golden said. “ I thought with tough circumstances we played extremely hard and we showed a ton of heart. Coming into this year, we had two guys with varsity experience with Tazz and TJ. Both of those guys were out tonight. TJ is on a huge recruiting visit to Clemson and Tazz has a hip flexor injury. We were short handed. Those are out two leaders and we had a bunch of guys that played as hard as they could and I am very proud of them.
As far as the game goes we got off to a slow starting the first quarter. We didn’t do a good enough job defensive and tip your hat to them because they hit some tough shots. They came out on fire and some times it is just like that. For us to win tonight with the guys we had out, we need to be the team that was on fire and for them to have a cold night. It was the other way around. With all that being said we cut it down to five. Like I said I am really proud of our for their effort.”
Bradley led Childersburg with 26 points. DJ Jones scored 12 points, while Garrett chipped in with nine points.
McQueen led Sylacauga with 14 points. Tomas Swain and Smith scored 12 points apiece, while Jackson chipped in with eight points.