“It was a great win tonight,” Talladega head coach Chucky Miller said. “I thought our boys came out in the first half and showed a lot of energy on defense. If we play good defense, our offense will take care of itself. We got them into some traps, got TC running, and tried to use our skill to our advantage, which is press and then run.”
Crystyle Stockdale scored the first basket of the game with a two-point basket in the post.
Josh Madden helped Talladega get their first basket with a steal, passing ahead to D’Angelo Scales for a layup to tie the game, 2-2. Ahmad Gooden gave Talladega their first lead of the game with a basket in the post, making it 4-2.
Stockdale answered for TC Central scoring on a baseline drive to tie it up, 4-4.
Madden knocked down two free throws, but TC Central answered with a tip-in by Dewayne Wallace.
With the score tied 6-6, Talladega went on a 14-4 run to close out the first quarter.
Richard Williams started the run with a two-point basket in the paint. Later, Williams grabbed a defensive rebound and aggressively fired the ball ahead to Scales for an easy transition layup. Kendarius Smith complete the run, using the backboard for a putback to give Talladega a 20-10 lead.
The start of the second quarter gave fans from both sides something to get into the game. Joushau Wilson had a huge blocked shot, much to the delight of the home crowd. But on the ensuing Talladega possession, Stockdale grabbed a loose ball and finished it off with a thunderous dunk, giving Fighting Tigers fans a moment to cheer.
However, Talladega responded with a 20-5 run to give the Tigers a commanding 40-17 lead. Madden started the run with a successful off-the-glass shot, and he capped the run with another defensive steal and ensuing layup. In between, he also hit two 3-pointers, while Richard Williams also hit a 3-pointer.
“We tried to see their press break and we finally picked up some things and were able to get in there,” Miller said. “I think Josh Madden had seven steals in the first half, which is unreal for steals. He got his hand on some. What we’re doing now that we weren’t doing at the first of the year is we’ve been deflecting, but we haven’t been getting them. In this tournament, we’ve been getting the deflections and turning it in to easy baskets.”
Talladega closed the half on another run, this one an 11-2 run. Deangelo Pointer hit one of two free throws to get the run started. Later, Madden had another steal and gave Pointer an assist for an easy layup. Williams capped the drive with a basket in the post to give Talladega a 51-23 lead at the half.
Midway through the third quarter, Madden had yet another steal and ensuing layup to give Talladega a comfortable lead of 65-27. They led 73-34 by the end of the third quarter, as the starters gave way to the reserve players.
TC Central outscored Talladega 18-3 in the fourth quarter.
For Talladega, Madden scored 19 points, while Williams finished with 15 points. Scales contributed 12 points.
For TC Central, Stockdale scored 19 points. Both Lamar Suttle and Dewayne Wallace finished in double digits with 10 points.
Following the game, the Round Robin All-Tournament was named and the selections were: Kenyatta Brown, Winterboro; Monteo Garrett and Tavon Lawson, Munford; Tervarus Garrett, Crystyle Stockdale, and Zekyle Stockdale, TC Central; Ahmad Gooden, Josh Madden, and D’Angelo Scales, Talladega; and Talladega’s Richard Williams was named tournament MVP.
“I felt like I did pretty good, but it was really a team effort,” Williams said. “They worked the ball and I got open shots at the tournament.”
Miller agreed with Williams that his entire team is playing well at this point in the season.
“D’Angelo Scales really upped his game the last couple of weeks,” he said. “He can score if needed. Josh Madden is getting his shooting touch back. Ahmad is rebounding good. The whole team is doing good. Richard Williams brings a lot of intensity every game. These three games are just trying to get us back in shape for the area.”