Prep Basketball: Cullman gets past Jasper

Vikings come up just short in loss to Bearcats

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 1/17/19

Jasper battled Cullman to the final buzzer on Friday night, falling to the Bearcats 60-59 in front of a frenzied student section at Carl Cannon Coliseum.

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Prep Basketball: Cullman gets past Jasper

Vikings come up just short in loss to Bearcats

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Jasper battled Cullman to the final buzzer on Friday night, falling to the Bearcats 60-59 in front of a frenzied student section at Carl Cannon Coliseum.

The Vikings trailed by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, but made a fourth-quarter run to finally draw even with Cullman with less than two minutes remaining.

In the end, it was Cullman’s free-throw shooting that sealed the win. The Bearcats missed their first two free throws on Friday night, but connected on 16 of 17 the rest of the way, including 8 of 9 in the fourth quarter.

Jasper trailed 43-39 entering the final period.

With the Bearcats maintaining a four-point lead, Jasper notched the score at 51-51 with 1:56 remaining after a Kaden Shelton basket and a Trinity Epps jumper in the lane.

Jasper tied the score again at 53-53 with a basket from Antione Harris with 1:41 left.

The Bearcats took the lead for good with 1:37 remaining in the game with a pair of free throws from Jaden Sullens. With Cullman holding a 57-54 lead, John David Harrell drew the Vikings within a point with 26 seconds on the clock, but Sullens made three free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

Harrell’s 3-pointer with four seconds left again cut the lead to a point, but Cullman was able to run out the clock without inbounding the ball.

Jasper held the lead in the early going, taking an 11-8 lead into the second quarter. Cullman caught fire in the second, starting the period with a 15-1 run to take a 23-12 lead. Harrell made two baskets and a pair of free throws and Harris knocked down a 3-pointer to cut the gap to 31-23 at the half.

Harris carried Jasper in the third quarter, scoring 10 of the Vikings’ 16 points as they trimmed the lead to 43-39.

For Jasper, Harris and Harrell each scored 17 points. Ryan Thaler had seven points while both Epps and Shelton had six.

Cullman had five players suspended for the game and dressed out just seven players. Sullens paced the Bearcats with 18 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, and both Kaleb Heatherly and Cooper Beck had 12.

Jasper will look to end its four-game skid with an area game at Corner on Thursday. The Vikings final three games of the season are at home against West Point (Jan. 28), Gardendale (Jan. 29) and Northridge (Feb. 1).

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Varsity Boys

Dora 48, Corner 44

Dora kept pace in Class 5A, Area 10 with a narrow 48-44 home win over Corner on Friday.

Dora, Jasper and Corner are in a three-way tie for second place in the area with identical 3-4 records.

Corner led after each of the first three quarters — 15-14 after the first, 26-25 at the half and 32-31 going into the fourth quarter.

For Dora, Jaymon Parker had 13 points, JaCory Woods added 10 and Averiun Berry put in eight points.

Corner's Jason Manning and Gage Bandy each had 10 points.

Dora (11-12) plays at Mortimer Jordan on Monday.

Corner (11-13) hosts Jasper on Tuesday.

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Varsity Boys

Sumiton Christian 63, Berry 56

Sumiton Christian rebounded from a heart-breaking loss to Meek with a 63-56 road win over Berry on Friday night.

The Eagles trailed 11-3 after the opening quarter, but scored 24 points in the second quarter to cut the Berry lead to 31-27. The Eagles took the lead in the third quarter, outscoring Berry 19-14 for a 46-45 advantage heading into the fourth.

Isaiah Wright had 19 points for Sumiton Christian, which dropped a 51-50 game to Meek on Thursday. Judson Laird had 17 points and John Moon added 15.

The Eagles (15-6) play at Tarrant on Tuesday.

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Varsity Girls

Carbon Hill 50, Northside 24

Carbon Hill held Northside to seven first-half points in a 50-24 win at Northside on Friday.

The Bulldogs led 16-7 after the first quarter and 24-7 at the half.

Alayna Ivie had 12 points and five steals for Carbon Hill, Abby Martin had 11 points, seven steals and four assists, Allie Parr had nine points and seven rebounds, Grayson Evans added eight points, Lacey Evans had seven points and Gracie Wyma added three.

Carbon Hill (15-8) hosts Haleyville on Monday.

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Friday’s other scores

Varsity Boys

Northside 66, Carbon Hill 55

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Varsity Girls

Cullman 63, Jasper 45

Corner 52, Corner 19