Walker County Basketball Tournament: Carbon Hill rallies to finals

Cordova tops the 100-point mark in win over Oakman

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY and W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports
Posted 1/19/18

CARBON HILL — Landon Bice came through in the clutch when Carbon Hill needed him most Friday night.

Bice connected on three 3-pointers and scored 15 points in the final quarter, lifting Carbon Hill to a come-from-behind 63-61 victory over Dora in their semifinal showdown.

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Walker County Basketball Tournament: Carbon Hill rallies to finals

Cordova tops the 100-point mark in win over Oakman

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CARBON HILL — Landon Bice came through in the clutch when Carbon Hill needed him most Friday night.

Bice connected on three 3-pointers and scored 15 points in the final quarter, lifting Carbon Hill to a come-from-behind 63-61 victory over Dora in their semifinal showdown.

Next up for Carbon Hill is the county championship game vs. top-seeded Cordova set for 7 p.m. today.

Dora led by 10 points at the half and seven points going into the fourth quarter, but Carbon Hill was able to rally behind Bice, Jon Michael Madison and Carson McGinnis.

The home-standing Bulldogs took at 59-57 lead at the 1:53 mark on a pair of free throws from Bice. Dora cut the gap to one point at 60-59 with 35 seconds left, but the team would get no closer. Dora had a chance to take the lead with 16 seconds remaining, but their potential go-ahead 3-pointer missed the mark. Madison connected on two free throws with 13.1 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Dora led 12-8 after the first quarter and went on a 15-5 run to open the second quarter, pushing the lead to 14 points at 27-13.

Averiun Berry started the spurt for Dora, Achilya Dixon had four points in the run, including a break-away dunk, and Brent Geeter made two 3-pointers — his second closed out the run with 4:17 left in the quarter.

Dora led 33-23 at the half.

Carbon Hill closed within two points in the third quarter before a Dora 5-0 run put the visiting Bulldogs up 45-38 going into the final period. Dora led by seven points with 4:33 left in the game after a Geeter four-point play made the score 56-49, but Carbon Hill followed with a 10-1 run to take the lead for good.

Madison finished with 21 points for Carbon Hill, Bice scored all 19 of his points in the second half and McGinnis added eight.

For Dora, Geeter had 20, Jacory Woods put in 11 and Achilya Dixon added 10.

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No. 1 Cordova 102,

No. 4 Oakman 54

The top-seed Cordova Blue Devils secured their fourth-consecutive championship game appearance in elite fashion, beating the fourth-seed Oakman Wildcats 102-54 in their semifinal game on Friday.

Jayce Willingham led Cordova with a double-double performance of 42 points, 12 rebounds and a blocked shot, while Isaac Chatman followed with a double-double of 38 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Demetrius Kirk added 10 points for the Blue Devils.

For Oakman (7-11), Skylar Hice led with 21 points and Nick Moody scored 11 points.

On top 22-14 midway through the opening period, the Blue Devils went on a 16-3 run to close out the first with a 38-17 advantage.

Cordova (16-7) continued to dominate on offense in the second period, outscoring Oakman 26-17.

Chatman finished the first half with 27 points, with Willingham following at 21 points as the Blue Devils led 64-34.

The scoring edge went to the Blue Devils again in the third period, 19-13, with Cordova retaining control 83-47.

A hot clock-shortened fourth period saw the Wildcats held to seven points, while the Blue Devils added 19 to their total for 102-54 victory.