After winning the first 10 games of the season, Talladega (11-1) fell to another undefeated team on the road, Ben Russell. However, the Tigers bounced back with a win against area opponent Chilton County Tuesday.
Richard Williams made sure the team bounced back by scoring 20 points in the first quarter alone, finishing the game with 30 points.
“Richard (Williams) is getting better and better,” Talladega head coach Chucky Miller said. “You have to remember Richard missed all of last season with a knee injury. Since his tenth grade year on the JV team, he played one full game last year before he got hurt. It’s been a learning curve getting into the flow, but I like Richard’s intensity. It’s real good every day—on offense, defense, everything. He gives 100 percent effort every play.”
Meanwhile, D’Angelo Scales distributed the ball well enough to earn double digits in assists, finishing with a total of 11.
“D’Angelo (Scales) is a second-year point guard,” Miller said. “He had a lot of assists against Chilton County, plus he had six steals to go along with the assists. He’s doing a very good job all-around. He sees that we have other people that can score. He can score if needed, but I believe he’d rather pass the ball.”
Munford and Talladega played earlier this season with Talladega winning at Munford, 70-59. Miller wants to see a stronger defensive effort from his team in tonight’s second matchup.
“They’re very athletic,” Miller said of Munford. “We played them last week. They shot the ball good the first half. Monteo (Garrett) shot the ball good and (Tavon) Lawson, he traveled to the basket good. But they have a couple of other shooters I didn’t know about, so we’re going to have to match up with their shooters a little bit better this time because they got so many open looks against us. They came out shooting so good. A lot of teams sometimes you give them some outside shots and take away the middle, but they were hitting so many shots, we’ll probably have to be aggressive in guarding them at the 3-point line starting now because it dug a hole last week for us.”
Munford (2-3) had a late start to the season, as the school’s football squad qualified for the semifinals of the class 4A semifinals of the playoffs. Many of the team’s key players are still working on adjusting to getting into basketball form.
Miller said he’s still looking for consistency on the offensive end of the court from his own team.
“We’re going to try to force the pace a little bit, pick up the pace,” he said. “We’re trying to work on our offense. Some games we’re playing real good on offense, and then we’re going through too many little spurts of not converting. Naturally, you want to cut them out; you want to be consistent on offense. We’re going to try to attack the basket and get some easy looks and try to get in a rhythm on offense because we might score 20 points one quarter and then score 10 the next quarter. That’s not very consistent; you need to be consistent.”
One element Miller is hoping to utilize is going to the post more with Ahmad Gooden having already earned several double digits games in rebounding.
“When we give the ball to Ahmad (Gooden) inside, he’s giving us a double-double inside,” Miller said. “We need to give him the ball and get him some looks. He’s such a big body inside, it draws people near him. If we get him some looks and he gets double-teamed, he can pass out of double-team to get some other people some shots.”
Talladega hosts Munford tonight at Chuck Miller Arena with tipoff slated for 7:30 p.m. The girls teams of each respective school are schedule to play prior to the game at 6 p.m.