Farley leads Oakman past Curry at Walker County Tournament
by Johnathan Bentley
Jan 22, 2013 | 1788 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oakman’s Eli Farley (5) drives the lane as Curry’s Jarrod Owens (12) defends during their game in the Walker County Basketball Tournament at Carbon Hill High School on Monday. Farley knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points in Oakman’s 68-62 victory. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — Curry countered every move Oakman made Monday night with the exception of one — Eli Farley.

Twice Curry cut Oakman’s lead to one point in the closing moments of their Walker County Tournament contest.

Both times Farley stepped up with a clutch 3-pointer. The last of his five 3-pointers was the final dagger as Oakman knocked off Class 5A Curry 68-62.

Oakman won the game despite playing the final half of the fourth quarter without leading scorer Quinton Harris, who fouled out at the 3:45 mark.

“Quinton leads in scoring and assists,” Oakman coach Joey Chambers said. “Everybody stepped up when we needed it. Eli made some big shots. He shot the ball well tonight. Purvis Coger and Case Key sealed the deal at the end.”

Both Coger and Key hit a pair of free throws in the final 18 seconds to turn a two-point lead into a six-point victory.

Oakman was calm under pressure in the final game of the night. Curry led just once in the final quarter after Jarrod Owens made a pair of free throws at the 2:18 mark for a 60-59 lead. Matt Wright put Oakman ahead for good with two free throws of his own with 1:54 left.

Curry never trailed in the first half.

The Yellow Jackets led 16-10 after the opening quarter and took a 28-24 lead into the half.

Oakman finally drew even at 33-33 with 5:51 left in the third quarter following a Case Key basket. The Wildcats took their first lead after another Key score put the team on top 37-35.

Oakman scored 25 points in the third quarter and took a 49-46 lead into the fourth quarter.

Four players scored in double figures for the Wildcats. Farley finished with 20 points and four rebounds, Key had 13 points and seven rebounds, Coger added 12 points and six rebounds and Harris finished with 10 points.

For Curry, Spencer Fikes had 19 points, Alex Odom added 14 and Jaxon Aaron put in 10 points while Wesley Key had nine points and nine rebounds.

Next up for Oakman (11-6) is a game against top-seeded Parrish at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

“Parrish is the No. 1 seed for a reason,” Chambers said. “We are going to have to play a perfect game. If we don’t, it could be a long night. I’m proud of our guys. We are playing for something. If we win on Friday night we are in the championship. That’s a big deal for us.”

Curry matches up against Parrish at 4:30 p.m. today.

Today’s other boys matchup pits Carbon Hill vs. Cordova at 7 p.m.

Dora 85, Cordova 53

Robert Johnson led Dora with 15 points, 10 rebounds and a block, while Deangelo Pendleton contributed with nine points as the No. 3 seeded Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, beating Cordova 85-53..

Jamaal Cooper had 27 points to lead the Cordova Blue Devils.

Dora held a 15-9 edge in the first period, then outscored Cordova 35-5 in the second period for the 50-14 halftime edge. The Blue Devils held the scoring edge in the third period, 24-16, with the Bulldogs still holding on to a 66-38 lead.

“Robert Johnson really stepped up with a great performance tonight,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “Every player on our team scored tonight, and that is a great accomplishment. It reflects highly on their ability to work together as a team. I am proud of my team’s effort and look forward to the next challenge of facing Coach (Robert) Epp’s Carbon Hill team Friday.”

Both Cordova and Dora will face off with Carbon Hill for their next matchup, with Cordova facing the Bulldogs today at 7 p.m. and Dora taking on Carbon Hill at 7 p.m. on Friday.