Jasper faces Fairfield with Final Four berth on the line

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 2/18/20

Jasper is one win away from the Final Four in Birmingham.

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Jasper faces Fairfield with Final Four berth on the line

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Jasper is one win away from the Final Four in Birmingham.

There is just one hurdle to clear before the Vikings start making traveling plans to the BJCC — one major hurdle.

Jasper (20-12) takes on top-ranked Fairfield (26-5) at 10:45 a.m. today in the Class 5A Northwest Regional Tournament final at Wallace State-Hanceville’s Tom Drake Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on Oldies 101.5 FM.

Playing a highly-ranked team is nothing new for the Vikings who have defeated defending state champ Wenonah (ranked 4th) and Lawrence County (ranked 6th) in their last two games.

“I’m expecting us to come out and play well and give ourselves a chance to win,” Jasper coach Robert Epps said. “Against (Fairfield) we have to play every play like it’s our last. That’s how they play. We have to match their intensity.”

Fairfield’s schedule includes a who’s who of Alabama high school basketball powers including Hoover, Bessemer City, Huffman and Ramsay. Both Bessemer City and Huffman have already punched their tickets to the Class 6A state tournament.

Jasper won its first ever NW Regional Tournament game on Saturday, beating Lawrence County 60-52.

Brent Geeter led the way, scoring Jasper’s first eight points and finishing with a game-high 23, including an emphatic dunk that put the exclamation point on the win with 15 seconds remaining.

“Everybody is excited and raring to go,” said Epps, who is hoping for a large Jasper crowd. “It’s good to know you have people behind you. That’s what it’s all about.”

Fairfield defeated Jasper 47-39 in the sub-region round of the playoffs last season.

“This Fairfield team is better than last year’s,” Epps said. “They have more scoring options.”

The Tigers are led by 6-foot-6 University of Tennessee signee Reginald “RJ” Perry. 

“We have to limit RJ’s touches inside. If we can do that it would really go a long way for us and give us a chance to beat them,” Epps added.