Prep Basketball: Jasper boys drop home opener to Russellville

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 11/27/18

Jasper battled Russellville to the buzzer on Tuesday night at Carl Cannon Coliseum, falling just short in a 67-63 loss in the home opener.

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Prep Basketball: Jasper boys drop home opener to Russellville

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Jasper battled Russellville to the buzzer on Tuesday night at Carl Cannon Coliseum, falling just short in a 67-63 loss in the home opener.

The Vikings fell down by seven points in the third quarter and drew even early in the fourth at 48-48 on an Antoine Harris basket.

That would be as close as Jasper would get to the lead. Russellville’s Lucas McNutt buried 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, pushing the lead to seven points at 59-52 at the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter and the Vikings battled to catch up the rest of the way..

Jasper (2-2) didn’t go down without a fight.

John David Harrell, who scored 11 points in the final quarter, made back-to-back shots, cutting the gap to three points at 59-56 at the 3:01 mark. Trinity Epps found Harrell under the goal for a layup to bring Jasper within two points at 60-58 with 2:15 left.

Down 62-60, Jasper had a shot at the lead with a minute remaining, but Ryan Childers’ 3-pointer missed the mark. From there, Russellville sealed the game at the free-throw line, finally putting Jasper away with a pair of shots with 3.5 seconds remaining.

The game was close throughout. Jasper trailed 16-15 after the first quarter and led 31-29 at the half. Russellville took a 47-44 lead into the final quarter.

The loss was the second straight nail-biter for Jasper. The Vikings fell to West Point 55-53 on Monday.

For Jasper, Harrell finished with 19 points, Harris added 14, Jase Barrentine put in nine and Epps had eight points.

For Russellville (2-0), Devin Burkhalter was a perfect 10 of 10 from the free throw line, finishing with 23 points. McNutt made seven 3-pointers and finished with 21.

Jasper plays at Cullman on Friday. The next home game comes Dec. 7 against area foe Mortimer Jordan.

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Varsity Girls

Jasper 49, Russellville 42

Jasper shook off a slow start to pick up a 49-42 win over Russelleville on Tuesday.

The Vikings made three free throws in the opening quarter with Russellville holding a 9-3 lead going into the second quarter.

Jasper got going in the second quarter behind Molly Kate Atkins, who connected on a pair of 3-pointers and scored nine points as Jasper took an 18-16 halftime lead.

Atkins hit two more 3-pointers and Jordan Gilbert scored seven points in the third quarter, giving Jasper a 36-29 lead after three quarters. Five different players scored points for the Vikings in the fourth quarter as they pulled out the win.

Atkins finished with 22 points to lead Jasper (1-3), McKinley Ferguson put in 11 and Gilbert finished with nine.

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Sumiton Chr.

Winston County 52

Isaiah Wright had 17 points and Judson Laird added 15 as Sumiton Christian earned a 61-52 home win over Winston County on Tuesday.

The Eagles led 13-7 after the first quarter and 25-18 at the half. Sumiton Christian maintained a 43-35 lead going into the final quarter.

Winston County was led by Cade Taylor with 26 points. He had 20 points in the second half.

Sumiton Christian (5-1) plays at Addison Thursday.

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Cordova 41,

Sulligent 40

Cordova opened defense of its Class 4A state title with a narrow 41-40 victory at Sulligent on Monday.

Kam Cooper had a big night for the Blue Devils, scoring 22 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Kason Smith added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Cordova hosts Haleyville on Dec. 7.

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Tuesday’s

other scores

Varsity Boys

Curry 55, Northside 53

Corner 40, Winfield 30

Marion Co. 69, Oakman 65

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Varsity Girls

Winston County 43, Sumiton Christian 24

Marion County 54, Oakman 47

Northside 43, Curry 31