When Center Point moved their Class 5A Area 11 boys area championship game with Pinson Valley up to a noon tip-off Monday, it not only meant they would avoid problems with winter weather, but also be able to pack their stands with the entire student body.
But all those fans weren’t enough, as the Indians staged two separate comebacks to take the Eagles into overtime, then pulled off a 57-54 win.
“What a defensive struggle. These two teams normally score in the 60s, but this was in the 50s in overtime,” Indians coach Clint Argo said.
Rodricka Miller kept the Eagles alive by driving the lane for a lay-up at the buzzer in regulation time. But in overtime, Cordarius Reese put the Tribe ahead to stay with 47.1 seconds left.
On the next possession, Montego Haskins was called for a technical foul for touching the ball in the hands of the player trying to throw it inbounds. Pinson was 7-of-8 at the free throw line in the last half minute.
Donevan Waldrop led Pinson with 18 points, all but five of them in the fourth quarter or overtime. Zach Jackson added 14. Miller scored 17 points, Haskins had 14 and Derek Foreman also had 14 for the Eagles.
Huffman 64, Gardendale 55: In the 6A Area 12 finals Monday, the Rockets were eight points ahead with 6½ minutes remaining. But a rash of turnovers and a cold shooting streak allowed the Vikings to come back for the win.
Juan Jackson led Gardendale with 29 points; he was 6-of-11 from 3-point territory and 7-of-8 at the foul line.
Dalon Evans had 28 points and Decorian Evans 13 for the Vikings.
Walker 90, Hayden 61: In the 5A Area 14 finals Monday, Michael Bridges led all scorers with 23 points for the Vikings. Aaron Morris added 20 with four 3-pointers.
Dylan Bradford scored 15 and Chris Whitt had 14 for the Wildcats.
Jonathan Bentley, The Daily Mountain Eagle
St. Clair County 50, Locust Fork 47: The Saints jumped out to a 10-point lead with hot shooting and Hornet turnovers, but Locust Fork whittled away at the deficit and took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a Todd Goodwin 3-point play.
The Hornets were up by two with 57 seconds left, then Juan Montgomery’s trey with 38 seconds to go put the Saints ahead. But with 22 seconds left, Kyle Hornbuckle drove for a lay-up. That basket was nullified, though, when he was called for a charging foul. The Saints score once more to seal the win.
Hornbuckle finished with 16 points and six rebounds, and Goodwin tallied 13 points and five boards.