Boys area tournaments: Meek gets past Addison

Carbon Hill tops Oakman; Dora falls to Good Hope

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY AND W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports
Posted 2/6/18

ARLEY — With Addison pushing Meek to the limit Tuesday night, the Tigers turned to familiar faces down the stretch in their Class 1A, Area 12 matchup at Meek High School.

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Boys area tournaments: Meek gets past Addison

Carbon Hill tops Oakman; Dora falls to Good Hope

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ARLEY — With Addison pushing Meek to the limit Tuesday night, the Tigers turned to familiar faces down the stretch in their Class 1A, Area 12 matchup at Meek High School.

Jacob Woodard, Luke Sherer and Caleb Aaron delivered as Meek used a late run to beat Addison 75-61 and advance to Friday’s area tournament championship game in the process.

Next up for Meek is the championship game against Marion County set for 7 p.m. Friday. Marion County advanced with a narrow 58-52 win over Lynn on Tuesday night.

Against Addison, the Tigers held a commanding 40-24 lead at the half.

However, Addison had no intentions of going down easily. The Bulldogs erupted in the third quarter behind Logan Wilkins and Grant Rice. Wilkins had six straight points late in the quarter as Addison cut the Meek lead to seven points. A 3-pointer by Tyler Borden made the score 52-47 going into the fourth quarter.

Addison stayed within five points until the five-minute mark of the final period. That’s when Sherer connected on back-to-back 3-pointers from the wing, giving Meek a 64-55 lead.

The Tigers slammed the door with a 9-0 run during a 2:26 stretch. Woodard, Peyton Key, Aaron and Sherer each added baskets for a 75-57 lead with 1:01 remaining.

Woodard caught fire early in the game, scoring 11 points in the first quarter as Meek took a 20-6 lead into the second period. Woodard scored eight points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 26 points. Aaron added 21 and Sherer had 11, with nine coming in the final period. Key added eight points.

For Addison, Wilkins had 12 points, Jake Blackburn added 11 and both Grant Rice and Braxton Pruitt had 10 points.

Meek (23-5) split both regular-season games against Marion County with each team winning at home.

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Class 3A, Area 12

Carbon Hill 68, Oakman 59

Carbon Hill moved within a win of an area tournament championship Tuesday, outlasting Oakman 68-59 in the Class 3A, Area 12 Tournament at Hanceville High School.

Carbon Hill battles the host team for the area championship at 7 p.m. Thursday. The win over Oakman secured a sub-region playoff game for the Bulldogs while the season came to an end for the Wildcats.

Carbon Hill and Oakman found themselves in a back-and-forth battle in the third quarter on Tuesday with the lead changing hands six times before the Bulldogs put together an 8-0 run that put the game out of reach.

Oakman’s Christian Hubbard knocked down a shot late in the third quarter to cut Carbon Hill’s lead to 44-42. The Bulldogs got four points to close the quarter with both Braden Wright and Landon Bice connecting on shots.

Carbon Hill led 48-42 going into the fourth quarter, and kept its run going on baskets from Carson McGinnis and Jakob Atkins as the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 52-42 with 6:22 remaining in the game. Oakman got within five points at 60-55 with two minutes remaining on a putback by Skylar Herald, but the Bulldogs responded with four straight points to put the game away.

Carbon Hill (14-14) was led by McGinnis with 19 points. Wright added 14 points, Isaac Woodard put in 13 points and Bice had 11.

For the Wildcats, Hubbard had 21 points while Nick Moody, Skyler Hice and Brody Harbison added nine points each.

Carbon Hill and Hanceville split their two regular-season games with both teams winning at home.

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Class 4A, Area 10

Good Hope 56, Dora 41

At Cordova, the Good Hope Raiders clinched a spot in the Class 4A, Area 10 tournament championship game and an assured qualifying sub-region lock on Tuesday night with a 56-41 win over the Dora Bulldogs at Cordova.

Jamaal Harris and Jaymon Parker led Dora with nine points each, while Brent Geeter scored eight points.

Down 10-3 early in the first period, the Bulldogs went on 9-2 run to cut Good Hope’s lead to two, 14-12.

Mistakes plagued Dora in the second period, with the Bulldogs committing eight turnovers and scoring three points. After the Bulldogs cut the Raiders’ lead to one point, 15-14, Good Hope closed out the first half on a 14-1 run to remain in command, 29-15.

Despite a 6-0 run midway through the third period by Dora, Good Hope won the scoring battle, 13-10, to retain control, 42-25.

The Bulldogs were able to outscore the Raiders in the fourth period, 16-14, but Good Hope clinched victory with the 56-41 final.

Good Hope will meet the top-seed and No. 1 Cordova Blue Devils on Friday night for the area title.

Dora finishes the year with an 8-18 record.