On Saturday night, the Tornadoes faced the adversity of a challenging opponent and an injury to one their top stars — and prevailed, beating the Dora Bulldogs 67-52 at Cordova.
Barry Hill, whose presence had been dominating through the entire tournament, garnered MVP honors following a double-double performance of 22 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. Trayvon Chatman and Denzell Daley were also instrumental in the Tornadoes’ victory, adding 14 points each.
Chatman, along with Jermichael Harris and Reginald Harris were named to the All-County Tournament team.
Kenton Petties earned All-Tournament honors with a sensational 19-point effort. Kelan Bell and Dakari Swain joined Petties on the All-Tournament team.
“I thought we were playing hard in the first half, but Dora was making some really good shots — shots that we were contesting. They were very effective from beyond three-point range, which is hard to stop. In the second half, we started contesting the shots better and hit the boards more effectively. Barry and Jermichael really took over the game at that point and we started attacking the glass more in the second half. I couldn’t be more proud of the way these guys overcame the adversity of the first half — it shows the great character each one of them have. They’re certainly the most pleasant group of young men I’ve ever coached — they’re all getting saved together on Sunday, which is more important than any championship as it is a testament to who they are as quality young people.”
For Hill, the MVP honors is an added joy next to playing with his teammates in his senior year.
“I told all of the guys on our team that it was time for us to go out and do something special this year. Playing with these guys on my team makes everyday wonderful and it feels great to share another county championship with them,” Hill said.
Parrish opened the contest with a 9-3 run, before Dora mounted an 11-5 scoring drive of their own, behind Swain’s nine points from three-point range, to tie the game at 14-14. Hill broke the tie with a dunk to put Parrish up by two. The Tornadoes then received a scare on the next play when Hill went down holding his leg and had to be helped off the court.
The Bulldogs quickly took the offensive, scoring five unanswered points before Hill returned to a standing ovation. The Bulldogs still owned a one-point lead at the end of the period, 19-18.
“I had to get back out there to my team — the welcome I got from the crowd was great, but being with those guys out there is what really drove me back to the court,” Hill said. “After a few minutes of running around on my knee, I knew I could handle it and I was more determined than ever to see us get the title.”
Dora continued to score unanswered points to begin the second period, mounting an 8-0 before Parrish responded with a 12-5 run. The Bulldogs added another point to their advantage at halftime, 32-30.
Both teams’ defenses stood tall to begin the second half, a trend that continued through the third period. With three minutes left in the period, Parrish regained command of the game 37-35, followed by a pair of lead changes by both teams. At the conclusion of the period, Parrish held a three-point advantage over Dora, 40-37.
It was the closest the Bulldogs would come to regaining the lead, with the fourth period belonging to the Tornadoes.
Parrish went up by as much as 14 points in the fourth period before Dora was able to cut the lead to 10 points with two minutes left in regulation. A string of successful free-throws by Reginald Harris, Jermichael Harris and Trayvon Chatman helped seal the 67-52 title-winning victory.
Carbon Hill’s Gerald Smith, Oakman’s Purvis Coger, Cordova’s Jonathan Softley and Curry’s Joshua Duggar were also named to the All-County Tournament at the conclusion of the game.
(3) Carbon Hill 48, (4) Oakman 40
Gerald Smith recorded a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds to help the Carbon Hill Bulldogs clinch the Walker County Tournament’s third-place spot, following a 48-40 win over the Oakman Wildcats on Saturday at Cordova.
Carbon Hill trailed by six points at the half, but outscored Oakman 30-16 in the second half to earn the comeback win.
Oakman’s Purvis Coger led the team with 14 points, while Quinton Harris contributed with 12.
Carbon Hill held a two-point lead at the end of the first period, 12-10, before a 14-6 run by Oakman put the Wildcats in charge, 24-18, at halftime.
The Bulldogs scored nine points while holding the Wildcats scoreless in the third period to regain control of the game, 29-24.
Carbon Hill came out on top of the scoring battle in the fourth period, 19-16, to secure the 48-40 win.
(6) Cordova 58, (5) Curry 42
The host Cordova Blue Devils picked up their second win of the season, beating the Curry Yellow Jackets, 58-42, to lock-up the fifth-place spot in the Walker County Tournament on Saturday at Cordova.
Jonathan Softley scored 25 points in a stellar performance for the Blue Devils, while Jaxon Aaron had 13 points to lead the Yellow Jackets.
Cordova grabbed the early advantage in the game with a 16-10 first-period effort. The Blue Devils extended their lead to ten following a 16-10 run in the second period for the 32-22 edge at halftime.
Cordova remained in command after scoring 12 points and holding Curry to six points in the third period for the 44-28 lead.
Curry won the scoring battle in the fourth period, 15-12, but Cordova emerged victorious in the contest, 58-42.
JV Boys Championship
Dora 46, Oakman 41
The Dora Bulldogs junior varsity boys wrapped up the Walker County Tournament Championship following a 46-41 victory over the Oakman Wildcats.
Alex Russell and Steven Smith scored 11 points each for Dora, while Brayden Hall led Oakman with eight points.
The Bulldogs opened the first period with the 14-11 advantage, then stretched the lead to 25-22 at halftime. Dora stayed on top in the third period, 30-22, securing the win in the fourth period, 46-41.