“That was a good win,” Talladega head coach Chucky Miller said. “It was a good crowd. It was a good effort from our players. Three games in three nights is tough, but during the holidays the games are a lot better than practicing. Munford has a good team; I believe they got a little tired tonight towards the end. We had some people step up in the first half and in the second half some other people stepped up. It was a great team effort on our part.”
The Tigers used a late run in the second quarter to gain control of the game. Munford’s Brandon Graham knocked down a three pointer from the right wing to cut the Tigers lead down to six points 28-22 with 2:18 left before halftime. Jacob Twymon’s two-hand dunk off a Munford turnover sparked a 10-2 run to end the first half.
“It’s like we were doing good things, we would get a turnover, but we would give it right back,” Miller said.
“We couldn’t make two or three plays in a row. Finally right before half we went on a little spurt to push it out to around 14 points.”
After being held scoreless in the first half, tournament MVP Jarmarkius Truss got things going in the third quarter. Truss scored seven of his game high 19 points. He opened the half with a three-pointer to give Talladega a 41-28 lead. On the Tigers next possession Truss drained a mid-range jumper to make it 43-24. The senior forward pushed Talladega’s lead to 20 points, 53-33, on another mid-range jumper. Talladega took a 60-40 lead into the fourth quarter.
“Jamarkius was off a little bit in the first half,” Miller said. “Even his put backs on his tips weren’t going in. When he came out to start the third quarter and showed what a good player he is. I believe he hit three or four jumpers in a row and that loosened every body else up. When they saw him hit a couple everybody else loosened up. This is his second year and he knows what it is about by now.”
Graham tried to bring the Lions back in the fourth quarter, but his efforts fell short.
The senior scored five of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. With the game out of reach Graham showed off his impressive leaping ability as he threw down a two-hand dunk from under the basket.
Semaj Roberson scored 11 points for Talladega. Christian Hutchinson, Twymon, and Sedman Scott scored 10 points apiece for Talladega. Tyler Duncan chipped in with 10 points.
Jeremy Maxwell scored 12 points for Munford, while Kenren Handley chipped in with 11 points.
The Tigers had four players to make the All-Tournament team: Semaj Roberson, Christian Hutchinson, Jacob Twymon and Jarmarkius Truss, MVP.
The Munford Lions placed three players on the team: Brandon Graham, Jeremy Maxwell and Deonta Allen. The Lincoln Golden Bears placed two players on the team: Sharrod Cochran and Kendall Collins. Winterbor placed Josh Taylor and Caderic Hale on the team.
Talladega travels to take on Lincoln on Monday at 6 p.m.
Munford host Winterboro on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Contact LaVonte Young at lyoung @dailyhome.com.