Written by Jason Pierce Monday, 27 February 2017 13:56
In an entertaining and hotly contested matchup, Scottsboro was narrowly defeated by Talladega 61-56. The lead in the game changed 8 times, and the score was tied 9 times.
Scottsboro started the game slow, going 0-10 with 3 turnovers in its first 13 possessions. The Talladega 1-2-2 three-quarters court press appeared to be giving the Wildcats problems. Bo Nix ended the Scottsboro scoring drought in the first quarter with 3:07 remaining in the quarter with a layup and later ended the first quarter with a 3 pointer which tied the teams at 10 a piece.
Nix then began the second quarter with a 3 pointer and it appeared the Scottsboro had seized the momentum. The guard tandem of Brady Roberson and BJ Harris was deftly handling the Talladega press, but at the end of the second quarter, the teams remained tied at 26-26. Talladega was led in scoring and rebounding by Jae-Lyn Russ, a 6’5” senior who had 9 of each at the half, while Nix lead the Wildcats with 10 points. Scottsboro as a team shot 4 for 14 from 3 point range and 27.6% from the field.
The third quarter began with the teams trading baskets and turnovers, until late in the third when Talladega seized control for good. With 4:37 remaining, the score was tied at 32-32. 2 minutes later, Talladega had run off 9 straight point, capped with an emphatic dunk by Russ, which frenzied the Talladega crowd and players alike. At the end of the quarter, Talladega led 43-36.
Nix began the fourth quarter with a bucket and a block and Scottsboro drew even with around 6 minutes to go, but they would not regain the lead. With 2:30 remaining in the game, Talladega began running the clock and Scottsboro was forced to foul. Talladega guards Fred Dickerson and Chattin Tanner made their free throws down the stretch and Scottsboro’s fate was sealed.
Scottsboro was out rebounded by Talladega 37-31, and also lost the assist differential by 6 . The Wildcats shot a combined 4-20 from three point range, but was kept in the game by going 16-20 at the free throw line. Nix ended with a team leading 21 points, Jackson Bailey finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds, and Brady Roberson was the remaining Wildcat in double figures with 11 points.