With the win the Lions advance to take on top seed Talladega on Friday night
“That was a big win, they are in our area, so you like to see a win like that,” Munford head coach Isiah Gaddis said. “We played a lot better in the second half. I got big play out of CJ (Chapman) off the bench. We are looking forward to Talladega on Friday.”
Lincoln and Munford went back and forth the entire first half, but Munford was able to take control of the game in the third quarter. The Lions and the Golden Bears went to the locker room tied at 22 -22.
Tavon Lawson opened the third quarter with a three point play to put Munford ahead, 25-22. Munford outscored Lincoln 21-9 with most of their damage being done from behind the arc. Logan Cooper got things started with a 3-pointer to make it 28-22. Zay Caldwell nailed a 3 –pointer for Lincoln to cut the lead to 28-26. Monteo Garrett hit a pair of 3-pointers and Logan Cooper drained another 3-pointer to increase the Lions lead 37-29 with 4:34 left in the period. Back to back layups in transition by CJ Chapman increased Munford’s lead to 41-31 with 1:39 left in third.
Garrett hit a layup in the finals second of the quarter to put the fifth seed Lions ahead 43-31 going to the final quarter.
Gaddis was pleased with his team’s effort on defense in the third quarter.
“We just picked our defense up,” Gaddis said. “We went into man to man and that is what we talked about: changing our defenses a lot. We changed them up and we went to that man in that third quarter and it paid dividends. We got a lot of steals and baskets. That’s what we wanted to do, we wanted to wear them.”
The Golden Bears were able to cut the Munford lead down to seven points on a Danny Bradford layup, but that’s as close as they would get. Garrett found Lawson streaking to the lane for a layup to make it 47-36. Chapman scored six of his game-high 17 points off the bench in the second half. His layup with 2:25 left in the game increased the Lions lead to 49-39.
Dee Johnson scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for Lincoln. His putback to end the game made it 53-43.
Lincoln head coach head Rush Ruthledge wasn’t at all pleased with the effort that his team gave on Wednesday.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Ruthledge said. “We didn’t play hard; we came out and just waddled around and lacked effort. As bad as we played we just got beat by 10 points. We just didn’t play.”
The Lions will look to get their first win of the season against Talladega on Friday. In all three of the game that they have played this season, Munford has struggled with Talladega’s press defense. Gaddis believes not turning the ball over off their press defense will be the key to dethrone the defending county champions.
“Handling their press is going to be key for us,” Gaddis said. “If we can handle their press we will give them a game.”