Walker County Tournament: Oakman, Dora on collision course at Cordova

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CORDOVA — Oakman and Dora took care of business on Friday night.

Now the two will battle it out for the Walker County Basketball Tournament championship at Cordova High School.

Top seeded Oakman handled Carbon Hill for the third time this season, eliminating the Bulldogs 57-49 in Friday’s final game, which started at 9:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day, Dora, the tournament’s No 3 seed, routed No 2 seed Curry 54-24, cruising its way into the title game.

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(1) Oakman 57, (4) Carbon Hill 49

Oakman got a big effort from its three-man rotation of Christian Hubbard, Skylar Hice and DJ Roberts to take down Carbon Hill.

The Bulldogs stayed within striking distance until a 14-2 third-quarter run ended their chances.

After Braden Wright cut Oakman’s lead to a point with six minutes left in the third period, the Wildcats caught fire. Hice started the run with a basket. Slayde Crowell made a 3-pointer, Hubbard had a 3-point play, Hice hit a driving layup, Dante Williams turned a steal into a score and Hubbard found AJ Odom under the goal for a basket and a 40-27 lead with 1:24 left in the quarter.

Carbon Hill drew within six early in the fourth quarter, but Oakman followed with an 8-2 run to push the lead back to 12 points at 48-36. The Bulldogs didn’t get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Oakman led throughout the first half, taking a 15-8 lead into the second quarter. The Wildcats led by as many as nine points in the second period after Hubbard’s basket made the score 19-10. Carbon Hill cut the lead to 24-18 at the half.

For Oakman (14-3), Hubbard had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Roberts had 14 points and three steals while Hice had 14 points, four rebounds and four steals. 

Both Jon Michael Madison and Carson McGinnis had 14 points and six rebounds for Carbon Hill, Wright added six points and 11 rebounds and both Isaac Woodard and Gage Jean had five points.

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(3) Dora 54, (2) Curry 24

Dora’s speed proved to be too much for Curry on Friday night at the Walker County Basketball Tournament as the Bulldogs earned a 54-24 win over the Yellow Jackets to clinch a spot in tonight’s championship game.

Curry held a 6-4 lead early, but Dora’s pressure defense and transition offense took over from there.

Dora (12-13) followed with a 17-0 run that ended midway through the second quarter with the Bulldogs holding an insurmountable 21-6 lead.

Jaymon Parker started the spurt with a 3-pointer, Jamaal Harris and Brent Getter made shots in the lane and Parker closed the quarter with a driving lay-up for a 13-6 lead going into the second quarter. Tyler Leach made a basket to start the second period

Averiun Berry converted a 3-point play and Kavin Towns knocked down a 3-pointer to push the lead to 21-6.

Dora, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, cruised through the final three quarters, taking a 29-12 lead into the half and holding a 45-20 advantage going into the final quarter. 

For the Bulldogs, JaCory Woods had 11 points, Leach had 10, Geeter added nine and Berry put in seven.

For Curry (15-7), which entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, Jakob Hicks had 13 points.