“It is meant as no disrespect, I think you just saw that I am not doing a very good job with these guys,” Sylacauga head coach Will Copeland said. “I told the guys about hosting the County Tournament, we have a chance to play in the finals and they don’t get up to play. Nothing against TC, they kicked our tail. I told them this Monday against Chilton, I said we have a chance to finish third and we don’t have to play Talladega in the first round of the area and we don’t get up to play them. So I’m not doing a good job, because we came out and beat a real good basketball team that had the same amount of time off as we did. They are a solid team and we decided to play. Nothing against TC or Chilton or anybody, those were good teams that we got beat by, but we just didn’t come ready to play. I think tonight Kadeem Jackson stepped up and played a good game. Some of the other guys played a good game to beat a really good 6A basketball team.”
Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter as they combined to score six points. Kadeem Jackson scored all three of the points for the Aggies. The senior hit a layup to Sylacauga ahead 3-0 in the first quarter. Thompson tied the game up at 3-3 going into the second quarter.
Sylacauga finally got into a rhythm on the offensive end of the court in the second half. Dekerius Chambiss nailed a 3-pointer to give the Aggies an 8-3 lead.
Jackson scored seven straight points including a 3-pointer to increase their lead to 15-3 with 1:50 left in the half. Layups by Rodney Gilbert and Jonathan Crawford helped the Aggies take a 19-6 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Sylacauga’s lead increased to 19 points on a Jackson 3-pointer to make it 27-8, but Thompson began to slowly chip away the lead as they went into the fourth only trailing 30-16.
The Warriors opened the fourth quarter on a 15-6 run. Reginald Chambers, Tavarus Hall scored three points apiece during the run to cut the lead down to 36-27. Marshall Thomas nailed a 3 pointer to make it 36-30 with 1:19 left in the game. Thompson cut the lead down to five, but that is as close as they would get as Sylacauga hit three out of four free throws late to seal the victory.
Sylacauga returns to action Monday as they travel to Hanover to take on Central Coosa in their regular season finale.