“I liked our team tonight,” Talladega head coach Chucky Miller said. “They moved the ball good and we knocked down some outside shots. If we’re hitting some outside shots, it’s going to make us better. This was our best shooting night of the year.”
In the first quarter, Munford jumped out to an early 10-2 lead. Monteo Garrett fueled the drive by hitting two 3-point shots and making two free throw attempts.
Talladega responded by going on a 13-0 run. Richard Williams got the run started by knocking down a 3-pointer. Josh Madden capped it with a 3-pointer to give Talladega a 17-11 lead.
“We got off to a quick start—it was 10-2,” Munford head coach Isiah Gaddis said. “After that, they picked up the tempo and we were just a second or two slower than they were on every play. Then, they started making shots. I don’t know the exact shooting percentage, but that was probably one of their best games of the season.”
Talladega finished off the first quarter strong with a 7-2 advantage. Josh Madden had a tip-in for the last points of the quarter to give Talladega a 24-13 lead.
In the second quarter, Talladega started out strong with a 7-3 run that was capped by a long-range jumper by Ahmad Gooden to give Talladega a 31-16 lead. Munford closed out the second half with Logan Cooper hitting two free throws to cut the Talladega lead to 38-24.
Miller acknowledged Munford is still probably not up to full speed at this point in the season, although he praised his team for their level of play.
“I thought our intensity was good,” he said. “Munford is still trying to legs under them. Their better players are football players. They just went cold in the second half. In the first quarter, I thought they were going to blow us out of the building.”
Talladega used another big run in the third quarter to gain a difficult-to-overcome 49-26 lead.
After an impressive baseline drive by Tavon Lawson for two points, Talladega went on yet another run behind the 3-point shooting of Josh Madden, who knocked down two 3-pointers over the course of a 13-2 run to close out the third quarter. By the end of the quarter, Talladega held a lopsided 62-30 lead.
Kendarius Smith hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give Talladega the 40-point final advantage.
Gaddis is optimistic his team will regroup and bounce back from the lopsided defeat.
“If you’ve ever played basketball before in your life, you’ve been blown out before,” Gaddis said. “The thing is how do we bounce back after the blowout. I think they’ll respond pretty good. Our goal is to continue to get better. That’s what I said at the beginning of the season. We want to continue to get better and hopefully at the end of the season, we can make some noise like we have in the past.”
Josh Madden led Talladega in scoring with 20 points, while Richard Williams had 14 points. Ahmad Gooden led the team in rebounding with 12 rebounds, while also scoring eight points. Marius Echols was also in double digits in rebounding, finishing with 10 rebounds. D’Angelo Scales led the team in assists with eight, while also scoring seven points.
Garrett led Munford in scoring with 11 points, while Lawson finished with eight points.
The win moves Talladega to 12-1 overall, while the loss dropped Munford to 2-4 overall.