“This is the second night in a row where we played with a lot of energy, beside the first quarter,” Sylacauga head coach Josh Golden said. “ I think we came out a little flat, but in the second, third and fourth quarter I thought we played with a ton of energy. I thought we played really hard for the second night in a row against a quality opponent and got 20-plus point win. This is kind of our goal; by this point in the season we wanted to try to get where we were playing as group and seeing who we are. We definitely haven’t arrived, but we are taking steps in the right direction.”
Both teams struggled offensively in the first eight minutes as they went into the second quarter tied at 6-6.
Going into the second quarter, Golden his team to pick up the tempo and they did.
Tazz Marbury got things started as he dribbled the length of the court for a layup, while getting fouled. The senior connected on the free throw to give the Aggies a 9-6 lead.
Marbury capped off his own 6-2 run with a layup to give the Aggies a 12-8 lead.
Darren Wilson made the most of his opportunity to start with TJ Green out for the second straight game with a hand injury. The 6-foot-6 center tipped in back-to-back shots to make it 16-8.
Jaylon McGhee nailed a 3-pointer right before halftime to give Sylacauga 23-14 lead going into intermission.
The defensive pressure put on by the Aggies gave the Eagles problems in the third quarter. Marbury and Juanya Walls opened the quarter with back to back off turnovers.
Jonathan Crawford’s hook shot gave the Aggies a 33-14 lead. The Aggies defense did not allow a field goal in the third quarter. Jason Siples drained a pair of three throws to make it 33-16 with 1:18 left in the quarter.
Sylacauga took a 38-16 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Sylacauga got good production from their younger players in the fourth quarter, which is something that has the second year coach excited.
“ We just have some that have been able to contribute,” Golden said. “ Early in the year it was the Tazz Marbury show and we went as Tazz went. Now we have guys that we pulled off the B-team that are contributing. Jaylon McGhee is a sophomore that has played B-team all year and he had 12 points tonight. He was 3-3 from the 3-point line. Daveon Nix came in and did a great job of handling the ball. Jonathan Crawford is another B-team guy that had to come in and played since TJ has been out. He scored six points and had four or five blocks. These are three guys that have been B-team guys that are stepping it up. I am most excited about the players we have and the depth that we are starting to get. We can run out any number of guys that can contribute on any given night. I think that was big for us when we press like we did all night you are going to need that depth.”
The Aggies centers outplayed Carroll’s talented big man Jason Siples who only scored four points.
Wilson led the Aggies with 10 rebounds and scored six points. Crawford scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds.
The Aggies take on rival Childersburg tonight at 7 in the final game of the championship game of the Coosa River Catfish Classic. The Tigers defeated the Aggies in both meetings this season.