Prep Basketball: Banks leads Meek past Curry
by Johnathan Bentley
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Meek boys basketball coach Jamie Edwards talks with Jacob Price (20) during a break in Monday night’s game with Curry. Class 1A Meek knocked off the Class 5A Yellow Jackets 71-67. The game was the debut for first-year Curry basketball coach Scott Brewer. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Meek boys basketball coach Jamie Edwards talks with Jacob Price (20) during a break in Monday night’s game with Curry. Class 1A Meek knocked off the Class 5A Yellow Jackets 71-67. The game was the debut for first-year Curry basketball coach Scott Brewer. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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ARLEY — Meek built a huge lead and held off a Curry rally in the closing minutes to knock off the Yellow Jackets 71-67 at Meek High School on Monday night.

The Tigers (2-0) led by 17 points going into the fourth quarter, but struggled at the free throw line over the final eight minutes.

Curry made its push behind Jaxon Aaron — who had 10 of his 11 points in the final period — but it wasn’t enough.

Meek’s Jeremiah Banks, who transferred from Curry as a 10th grader, knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 25 points to pace the Tigers.

“This is a big deal for us,” Meek coach Jamie Edwards said. “They may not consider us a rival, but we consider Curry a big rival. We were up for this game. The kids were pumped for it. It’s always a big deal when a 1A school beats a 5A.”

The game spoiled the debut of first-year Curry boys basketball coach Scott Brewer.

Meek led throughout the game.

The Tigers were up 18-12 after the first quarter. Curry got as close as one point in the second quarter, at 22-21, following an Austin Pruitt 3-pointer. Meek retaliated with a basket from Ty Neal and 3-pointer from Banks to push the lead back to six points.

Curry again got the lead to four points in the quarter, but Meek again had an answer, going on an 8-2 run to built a 10-point lead. Scott Irving scored seven of the eight points, making a pair of free throws, driving to the gaol for a layup and converting a steal into points.

Meek led 35-28 at the half.

Banks made a pair of 3-pointers early in the third quarter and both Irving and Hayes scored six points in the period. Meek closed the quarter on another 8-2 run for a 58-41 lead going into the final quarter.

Both Pruitt and Aaron kept Curry alive in the fourth quarter before running out of time.

Meek had three players in double figures. After Banks’ 25 points, both Irving and Hayes had double doubles. Irving had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Hayes had 16 points and 10 boards. Neal finished with five points and Landon Orry added four.

“We are excited about this year. The kids have shown a lot of hustle. We are playing with a lot of energy right now. I think we have a good mix of young kids and senior leadership,” Edwards said.

There are five seniors on the team — Banks, Hayes, Neal, Trent Cockrell and Dylan Odom. Meek opens area play at home vs. St. Bernard on Thursday.

For Curry, Pruitt made three 3-pointers and finished with 20 points while Aaron had 11 and Jarrod Owens put in 10.

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Boys

Sumiton Christian 46, Jefferson Christian 42

Sumiton Christian got 15 points from DeMonte Hobbs and rallied past Jefferson Christian for a 46-42 home victory on Monday night.

The Eagles (2-0) trailed 33-31 going into the final quarter.

Sumiton Christian held a seven-point lead late in the third quarter only to have Jefferson Christian close the period on a 9-0 run to grab the lead.

For Sumiton Christian, Vann Lovelady added 11 points and Hudson Davis put in eight. The game was close throughout with Sumiton Christian leading 11-7 after the first quarter and 22-19 at the half. The Eagles open area play at Marion County on Thursday.

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Girls

Sumiton Christian 31, Jefferson Christian 21

Sumiton Christian held Jefferson Christian to seven points over the first three quarters en route to a 22-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Kendell Hamm led the Eagles (2-0) with nine points while Collin Bowen added eight. The Eagles won their season opener 45-6 over Shades Mountain Christian last week.