No. 3 Talladega downs No. 6 Sylacauga 68-57
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Talladega clinched home court with Thursday's win. Brian Schoenhals
Talladega clinched home court with Thursday's win. Brian Schoenhals
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TALLADEGA — Stedman Scott must like rolling cameras.

The senior scored 29 points and pulled down 17 points to lead No. 3 Talladega past area foe Sylacauga, ranked sixth, 68-57 in a game that was televised throughout the state on My68.

“It was a great team victory,” Talladega head coach Chucky Miller said. “It was a game of streaks, we were ahead, and they were ahead. We played a good fourth quarter and got back the lead. They caught up and went past us so quick. We were kind of shell-shocked. I am proud of the guys for sticking to the game plan going inside and out. That won the ball game.”

Chris Oden scored 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter to lead the Aggies back from an 11-point deficit. Oden drained five 3-pointers including one to take a 48-46 lead with 1:07 left in the third. Oden then hit a reverse lay-up to make it 50-46. Sylacauga took a 50-48 lead into halftime.

Scott dominated the fourth quarter. The senior used his big frame to score a lay-up while getting fouled. His free throw tied the game up at 57-57 with 3:55 left in the game.

Jacob Tywmon hit a pair from the charity stripe to give Talladega a 59-57 lead with 3:09 remaining. Scott then took over the game as he scored seven straight points including a 3–point play to put Talladega ahead 66-57.

Missed opportunities hurt the Aggies down the stretch. Justin Browning missed six straight free throws and the Aggies were unable to get Oden a good look at the basket in the fourth quarter.

Twymon sealed the victory for the Tigers with a two-handed dunk to make it 68-57.

“I just wanted it bad,” Scott said. “I had to step up and play my best game o help my team win.”

The win clinched home court for the Tigers in Class 5A Area 7 tournament in February.

“It is an area game and we clinched home court for the area tournament with this win,” Scott said. “I really wanted it to be at home and I believe that we could do it here at home.”

Sylacauga head coach Josh Golden was far from pleased with the way his team performed in the fourth quarter.

“I think we had a few empty possessions where we didn’t score and we lost our composure a little bit,” Golden said. “We were worried about things that we can’t control on the other end of the floor and that is what we just got done talking about. This group has a ton of ability, but we have to stay in it together and worry about things that we can control and the things that we can’t, we can’t worry about. I thought that was the difference tonight. I think when we made a huge run at them they were able to keep their composure and get a few stops and score. When they made the big runs at us I think we lost our composure and obviously we didn’t do a good enough job guarding the post. I feel like we didn’t do our work early enough and we allowed him to get it to easily.”

Both teams went basket for basket in the first quarter as they went into the second quarter tied at 16-16.

Jarvius Lawson nailed back-to-back 3–pointers to give Talladega a 23-19 lead in the second quarter. Scott drained four free throws after Craig Cunningham was whistled for a personal foul and a technical foul.

The Aggies then went on an 8-0 run to get back in the game. Browning threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk in transition to tie the game up at 27-27. The Tigers ended the quarter on a 6-2 run that was capped off by a two-handed throw down by Twymon.

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The Sylacauga Lady Aggies defeated Talladega 60-43 in the early game. Shakayla Thomas scored 30 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and dished out six assists for the Lady Aggies.

Maliyah Patton scored 12 points, while seventh grader Tierra Dark scored eight points and dished out eight assists.