By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
GARDENDALE — Caleb Lindsey was Tabernacle Christian's playmaker all night Tuesday. But his biggest play of the night was his last.
Down by a point in the last seconds of the game, Lindsey drove to the hole, scoring with 27 seconds left as the Torches edged out Chilton Christian 41-40 in ACEAA basketball action.
Lindsey had an opportunity moments earlier to take the lead, as he stole the ball and was fouled at mid-court by the Patriots' Trent Ray (his fifth foul). But with :59.2 left, Lindsey missed both free throws and Chilton rebounded.
The Pats went the other way but missed three shots. Lindsey got the rebound and coach Matt Grimes called time out. After the breather, Lindsey made his winning move.
Chilton had another opportunity, but missed three shots again. After the got the ball back and called their own time out, a shot by Drew Hodges missed the mark and the Torches got the rebound to run out the clock.
The Patriots had depended on the inside play of center Landon Hall all night long. But when he fouled out with 3:35 left, no one else took up the scoring slack. He scored Chilton's only four points of the fourth quarter, allowing Tabernacle to come back from a deficit of as much as eight points.Hall finished with 26.
Shooting was a big problem for the Torches all night, and passing was problematic early in the second half as well; Tabernacle simply threw the ball away out of bounds on three straight possessions.
"It's been an issue for us, but Caleb's picked up a little bit lately in that area," Grimes said. Still, Lindsey shot just 25 percent (6-of-24) from the floor.
Kyle Thomas also scored points for Tabernacle (3-7). Ray ended up with eight points and Josh Burns had four; together with Hall, they were the only three players to score for the Patriots (0-10).