With the win Talladega improves to 26-2 on the season.
“I thought we came out with a lot of intensity,” Talladega head coach Chucky Miller said. “People like Ahmad (Gooden) give you a double-double it is a key for the game when he can give you rebounds to help set the tone and dominate the glass. The whole team played good, I thought we played pretty good defense. We made too many turnovers early, but we played hard. Oxford has really improved since the start of the year and I can see why they made the semifinals of the Calhoun County tournament.”
Talladega went on a 10-0 run to start the first quarter. Ahmad Gooden started the run with a layup to tie the game at 2-2. Josh Madden nailed a 3 –pointer to give Talladega a 5-2 lead. D’Angleo Scales found 2 for a layup to make it 7-2. Madden capped off the run with a 3-pointer to increase the Tigers lead to 10-2. Deon Wright scored five points at the end of the quarter to cut Talladega’s lead to 13-9.
In the second quarter, the Tigers picked up their intensity on defense which helped them take a 31-14 leads into halftime. Madden got things going with a layup to make it 15-9. Desmond Green scored five quick points including a layup off a turnover to make it 22-11. Madden scored seven of the last nine points in the quarter including a 3-pointer which gave Talladega a 31-11 lead. The Tigers took a 31-14 lead into halftime.
“We started out real slow and felt out the game, but that is what we do a lot,” Miller said. “We feed off of each other, so if we can get someone to hit one or two baskets we will have some other people to hit some baskets.”
Talladega continued to pour it on in the third quarter. Desmond Green scored six quick points to give Talladega a 39-19 lead. Gooden scored six points in the third quarter. The senior hit back to back layups to increase the lead to 45-21.
Oxford’s Querriun Mason scored 11 points in the third quarter. His 3-pointer cut the Tigers lead to 48-29.
Talladega put the game away late in the third quarter when Green threw the ball off the back board in transition to Marius Echols for a layup. The Tigers took a 54-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
Talladega now turns their attention to the Class 5A Area 7 tournament, which starts on Friday. Miller believes it is an advantage to hold the tournament at Chuck Miller Arena. The Tigers will host archrival Sylacauga on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Talladega has won both of their meetings this season.
“You always want to win your area, so you can get a chance to play at home,” Miller said. “That is a big benefit. In our area every team can beat each other and I believe we all proved that this year. It is such a competitive area. I am glad to be playing at home.”
Talladega had three players scoring in double figures. Madden scored 20 points to lead Talladega. Green scored 15 points, while Gooden recorded 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Mason led Oxford with 14 points. Kaleb Kibb and Wright scored 11 points apiece for the Yellow Jackets.
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