North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

December 16, 2013

Boys basketball: Gardendale 79, Mortimer Jordan 54

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

GARDENDALE — Gardendale's victory over Mortimer Jordan is brought to you by the letter "D."

The Rockets amped up the defensive pressure, particularly in the second half, as they rolled to a 79-54 win over the Blue Devils in boys basketball play Monday night.

Gardendale collected 15 steals, most of them after halftime, while turning the ball over just five times as they expanded on their nine-point advantage at intermission.

It's another game where the Rockets have gotten their game together. Gardendale has won seven of its last eight games, with the sole defeat being their one-point loss to Hewitt-Trussville on Friday.

"I don't know if it's any specific thing; we've been playing with a little bit better effort," Rockets coach Ryan Griffin said. "Tonight wasn't that great on the defensive end in the first half, but in the second we were better, and it showed in the score."

Austin Hicks and his 21 points was tops out of four Rockets scoring in double digits. Marcus Coley came off the bench to score 19 points, including 3-of-7 from beyond the 3-point line. Allen Williams scored 15 points with three treys, and Quatarrius Wilson scored 13, hitting 6-of-9 from the floor. Gabe Hill also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Dalton Hudson led all scorers with 24 points for Jordan, including five 3-point shots. Hunter Herron added 12.

Gardendale (8-2) hosts Huffman on Friday night, while the Blue Devils (6-8) go to Oneonta on Tuesday night.