SUMITON — Appalachian held off a late charge by Sumiton Christian for a 64-57 victory on Monday night in the championship game of the Sumiton Christian Holiday Classic.
The Eagles cut an 11-point lead to four points at 61-57 with 2:14 left in the game following a 3-pointer by Cody Long and a basket from Isaiah Wright. Sumiton Christian had two chances to draw closer, but missed close-range shots with 1:35 and 55 seconds left.
Appalachian put the game away with three free throws over the final 27 seconds.
Appalachian (8-6) went 3-0 in the tournament, beating Curry (71-59), Oak Grove (69-61) and Sumiton Christian.
The Eagles trailed after each quarter.
Appalachian took a 21-15 lead into the second quarter, led 38-29 at the half and 53-44 going into the fourth.
For Sumiton Christian (12-6), Long made four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 18 points, Wright added 17 and both Jase Barrentine and Jeremy Brown had eight points.
For Appalachian, Noah Harris and Max Glaze had 17 points, Devon Beard had 11 and Ethan Silva had seven of his nine in the fourth quarter.
Sumiton Christian plays at Cordova on Friday.
Jasper girls place third in Scottsboro
The Jasper girls finished third in the Don Webb State Farm Christmas Tournament in Scottsboro on Saturday, beating Guntersville 57-37 in the third-place game.
Jasper trailed 12-6 after the first quarter, but exploded for 22 points in the second quarter to build a 28-17 halftime lead. Jasper led 44-22 after three quarters.Idaysia Mercer had a big game for the Vikings, scoring 21 points, Cagejia Hosey added 12 and both Jordan Gilbert and Hallie Harrell had nine points.
Jasper returned home on Monday, falling to Huntsville 55-43.
The Vikings (10-8) host Mortimer Jordan on Jan. 7 in a Class 5A, Area 11 matchup.