Bulldogs battle back

McGinnis leads Carbon Hill past Jasper

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 12/21/17

Carson McGinnis came through in crunch time for Carbon Hill Thursday night against Jasper, scoring four points over the final 19 seconds in the Bulldogs’ 46-42 victory.

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Bulldogs battle back

McGinnis leads Carbon Hill past Jasper


Carson McGinnis came through in crunch time for Carbon Hill Thursday night against Jasper, scoring four points over the final 19 seconds in the Bulldogs’ 46-42 victory.

With the win, Carbon Hill advances to the semifinals of the Good Hands Tournament being held at Jasper High School’s Carl Cannon Coliseum. The Bulldogs play Holt at 6:30 p.m. tonight while Jasper plays Hale County in a consolation bracket game at 4:30 p.m.

The game marked Jasper head coach Robert Epps’ first game against his former team. Epps was the Carbon Hill head boys basketball coach for 14 years before taking over at Jasper last season.

Thursday’s game saw plenty of momentum shifts.

Carbon Hill’s Isaac Woodard knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half.

On the other hand, Jasper made just three shots in the first half and was held scoreless in the second quarter. Carbon Hill held a commanding 24-7 halftime lead.

Jasper came out red hot in the third quarter.

Jeremiah Hammond started the second half with a 3-pointer. Carbon Hill’s Destin Blackwell countered with a 3-pointer of his own to make the score 27-10. Jasper followed with a 23-1 run. Devin Harris, Trinity Epps and Ethan Walker each had four points in the run while Ryan Childers hit a pair of 3-pointers. Epps’ basket with 58 seconds left in the third quarter gave the Vikings a 33-28 lead.

Carbon Hill bounced back with a 6-0 run to end the quarter. Jon Michael Madison’s shot at the buzzer gave the Bulldogs a 34-33 advantage going into the final period.

Jasper (4-10) trailed by as many as five points in the final quarter, but the Vikings were able to notch the score at 42-42 with 1:45 remaining on an Ethan Walker layup.

The score remained the same until the closing seconds.

With Carbon Hill in-bounding the ball, McGinnis took the pass at half court and drove in for the go-ahead layup with 18.9 second left. Jasper was unable to convert on its next possession and McGinnis knocked down two free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Woodard led Carbon Hill (6-5) with 14 points, Landon Bice added 11 and McGinnis put in nine points. Devin Harris led Jasper with 13 points.

“It was a good team effort by all the guys tonight,” Carbon Hill coach Saige Beaty said. “It seemed like each quarter there was a different guy stepping up and making a big play.

“The first half was the best we have run our offense this season. In the third quarter, Jasper really picked up their intensity and caused us to have some mental breakdowns. But I’m really pleased with how the guys responded to Jasper’s big run in the second half. Even though we were up 17 at the half, we knew that Jasper was going to play hard and get after us — that’s just how Robert Epps’ teams play.”


Varsity Girls

Carbon Hill 61, Chelsea 51

Molly Kate Atkins had 25 points and six steals to lead the Carbon Hill girls to a 61-51 victory over Chelsea in their tournament opener on Thursday.

Carbon Hill led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter and 30-24 at the half.

The Bulldogs were up 42-36 after three quarters.

Makindle McGough had 10 points, Abby Martin had nine points and eight rebounds and Alayna Ivie had nine points for the Bulldogs.

Carbon Hill (6-5) plays Jasper (3-11) at 1:30 p.m. today.


Varsity Girls

Dora 44, Parker 34

Dora’s Zharia Hubbard scored 20 points, leading the Bulldogs to a 44-34 win in their tournament-opening game against Parker on Thursday.

Deja Pendleton had eight points and both Kera James and Makaiyah Smith put in four points.

Next up for Dora (6-5) is a game vs. Chelsea (1-12) at 4:30 p.m. today.


Varsity Boys

Dora 33, Tuscaloosa County 29

Dora’s boys won their tournament opener on Thursday, snapping a four-game losing streak with a 33-29 victory over Tuscaloosa County.

Achilya Dixon paced Dora with 10 points and Brandon Geeter put in seven.

Dora (5-8) plays Central Tuscaloosa (8-4) at 3 p.m. today.


Oak Grove Pre-Christmas


Sumiton Christian 42, Heritage Christian 37

Sumiton Christian took home the Oak Grove Pre-Christmas Invitational title, beating Heritage Christian 42-37 on Thursday.

The Eagles trailed 28-27 going into the final quarter, but outscored Heritage 15-9 in the final quarter.

For Sumiton Christian (8-3), Ethan Morgan and Isaiah Wright each had 16 points and Jeremy Brown added 10.


Wednesday’s Games

Varsity Girls

Oakman 43, Gordo 25

Oakman held Gordo to just eight points in the second half, earning a 43-25 home win over the Green Wave on Wednesday.

The Wildcats (6-7) led 20-17 at the half before pulling away. Chante Williams had 14 points for Oakman, Iyana Canada added 10 and Heather Thompson had nine.


Varsity Boys

Gordo 88, Oakman 76

Gordo pulled away from Oakman after the first quarter, beating the Wildcats 88-76 at Oakman High School on Wednesday.

The Green Wave led 22-17 after the opening quarter and 44-37 at the half. Oakman (3-4) trailed 68-58 going into the final quarter.

For the Wildcats, who have lost three straight, Skylar Hice had 27 points, Andrew Boone had 16, Christian Hubbard added 13 and Peyton Hice put in 11.