Prep Basketball Roundup: Oliver leads Jasper girls past Cullman

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 1/3/20

Both Jasper teams faced early deficits before rallying against Cullman during Friday’s matchup at Carl Cannon Coliseum.Jasper’s girls continued their recent hot streak, beating Cullman by two …

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Prep Basketball Roundup: Oliver leads Jasper girls past Cullman

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Both Jasper teams faced early deficits before rallying against Cullman during Friday’s matchup at Carl Cannon Coliseum.

Jasper’s girls continued their recent hot streak, beating Cullman by two points thanks to a big night from Alex Oliver. In the boys game, Cullman got a late basket to break a tie en route to a four-point win.
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Varsity Girls
Jasper 53, Cullman 51

Alex Oliver had 23 points and Jasper rallied from a double-digit, first-half deficit to beat Cullman 53-51.

The Bearcats caught fire early, jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Cullman led by as many as 14 points in the quarter and took a 20-8 advantage into the second quarter. 

Jasper’s offense found its footing in the second quarter with five different players scoring points. Oliver had six points in the quarter, Hallie Harrell made two baskets, Amia Porter connected on a 3-pointer and both Idaysia Mercer and Jordan Gilbert contributed baskets as Jasper cut the gap to three points at 29-26 at the half.

The teams exchanged the lead throughout the third quarter. A pair of Oliver free throws in the final second notched the score at 39-39 going into the final quarter.

The Vikings led by as many as seven points midway through the fourth after a 3-point play by Oliver gave Jasper a 47-40 lead. Cullman put together one last charge and cut the gap to a single point at 52-51 with 8.5 seconds remaining.

After Gilbert added a free throw to give Jasper a two-point lead, Cullman rushed down the court, but its potential game-tying shot missed the mark at the buzzer. 
The win was Jasper’s 11th of the season. The Vikings won 16 games the previous three years combined.

For Jasper, Idaysia Mercer had 12 points, Gilbert added seven, Harrell had five points and both Cagejia Hosey and Porter added three.

For Cullman (10-7), AK Eastman had 19 points, including 11 in the opening quarter. 
Jasper hosts Mortimer Jordan in a Class 5A, Area 11 matchup on Tuesday.

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Varsity Boys
Cullman 60, Jasper 56

Jasper battled back from eight-point halftime deficit to tie the game in the final seconds before falling to Cullman 60-56 in Friday’s nightcap.

Both Brent Geeter and John David Harrell made 3-pointers in the final quarter as Jasper notched the score at 56-56.

Cullman’s Jaden Sullins put back a miss with 14.4 seconds left in the game to put the Bearcats up for good. 

Jasper had an opportunity to tie the game with 2.2 seconds but Harrell missed the front end of a 1-1. Cullman’s Max Gambrill iced the game with two free throws with less than a second remaining.

Jasper (8-8) trailed throughout the game.

Cullman’s Jaden Sullins had 10 first-quarter points, leading the Bearcats to a 20-12 lead going into the second quarter. Cullman led 32-24 at the break. 

Harrison Saunders kept Jasper within striking distance in the third quarter, scoring all eight of his points as the Vikings cut the gap to 46-42 going into the final quarter.

Antione Harris paced Jasper with 12 points, Geeter had 10, Harrell put in nine, Saunders had eight, Kaden Shelton added five points, Drew Martin had four, Denzel Chatman had three and Trinity Epps and Anthony Harris each had two.
For Cullman, Sullins had 15, Tucker Gambrill had 13 and Noah Bussman had five of his seven points in the final quarter. 

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Varsity Boys
Sumiton Christian 65,  Cordova 50

Isaiah Wright had 25 points and Jeremy Brown put in 20 as the Sumiton Christian Eagles moved to 13-6 with a 65-50 road win over Cordova on Friday night.

The Eagles took control in the first half. 

Sumiton Christian led 19-10 after the first quarter and 39-21 at the half. The Eagles took a 20-point lead (56-36) into the final quarter.

Dylan Hendrix had a game-high 26 points for Cordova (0-9).

Sumiton Christian opens 2A, Area 10 play at Tarrant on Tuesday. The Blue Devils host Haleyville in a 4A, Area 11 game on Monday.

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Friday’s other games
Varsity Boys
Haleyville 48, Carbon Hill 33
Fultondale 62, Dora 55
Decatur Heritage 68, Lynn 32
Varsity Girls
Decatur Heritage 53, Lynn 8