Charity game between Jasper Police Department and Walker County Sheriff's Office raises over $3500

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 3/8/20

The Jasper Police Department earned a victory and bragging rights over the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, 72-61, on Saturday night at Carl Cannon Coliseum.

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Charity game between Jasper Police Department and Walker County Sheriff's Office raises over $3500

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The Jasper Police Department earned a victory and bragging rights over the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, 72-61, on Saturday night at Carl Cannon Coliseum.

The biggest winner, however, were the children of the Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center — who the two organizations teamed up to raise funding for in their benefit basketball game.

CAC director Johnny Sudberry announced that more than $3,500 was raised by the event. He expressed his gratitude to both law enforcement agencies and the community for the support.

“We work closely with the Jasper Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office in their investigations and we all sincerely appreciate their efforts tonight. They came up with the idea of this benefit game and I’m so grateful they did it,” Sudberry said. “The community responded extremely well in coming out and showing their support. It was a great night and we couldn’t be happier.”

Former Marion Military Institute  standout Dylan Witt led JPD with 28 points, eight rebounds and four steals, while Jacob O’Rear added 19 points. Jeremiah Alexander contributed on the boards with 10 rebounds.

Evan Castle, a former star for the Carbon Hill Bulldogs, recorded a double-double effort of 18 points, 19 rebounds with two blocks, with RJ Richardson adding 15 points and six rebounds. Tyler Leach had 10 points and five rebounds.

JPD dominated the first period, posting a 24-12 lead before the WCSO rallied and outscored JPD 24-12 in the second period to tie the game 36-36 at the half.

The WCSO scored the first basket of the second half on a Nick Smith basket to take a brief two-point lead, but was outscored 21-5 for the duration of the third period to give JPD the 57-43 advantage.

JPD was able to stave-off several attempts at a comeback during the fourth period, clinching the 72-61 win.