While the Eagles led the way for most of the game, Trinity outscored Hope 19-15 in the final stanza, which set up Hope’s last-second heroics. With 10 seconds remaining in the game, the Eagles took the ball up the court. Dylan Lynch passed the ball to Jay Jackson, who made the game-winning basket for Hope (3-2).
The Eagles held a scant one-point lead, 11-10, at the end of the first quarter, but managed to extend that lead in the second. Hope held a 23-18 advantage at halftime. The Eagle led 35-26 after three quarters, but Trinity fought back in the final period to set up a thrilling finish.
Jackson led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points. Ro Hodge finished with 13 for Hope. Trinity’s Michael Ruberg led all scorers with 28 points.
Both teams struggled at the free throw line, according to Hope Academy head coach Ricky Armstrong. The Eagles were 4-10 from the charity stripe while Trinity was 4-11. While the athletes struggled with free throws overall, Hope Academy’s Hodge was 3-4 from the line in the final period. Trinity made just two of six free throws in the fourth stanza.
Hope Academy (3-2) returns to action on Thursday when the Eagles host East Central High School. Junior varsity boys, varsity girls and varsity boys will all be playing, with the JV boys tipping off at 5:30 p.m.
PELL CITY 46
The Talladega Lady Tigers defeated Pell City, 64-46 on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers led 11-6 after the one quarter of action and they were able to increase their lead to 33-20 at halftime. Talladega took a 44-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
Jada Reynolds led Talladega with 21 points. Shemeshia Truss and Maya Buckhanon scored 12 points apiece for the Lady Tigers.
Laura Huling led Pell City with 14 points.
Talladega hosts Childersburg Friday at 6 p.m.
Pell City hosts Clay Chalkville Friday at 6 p.m.