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Bryant players share scoring load in big win


Paul W. Bryant’s David Freeman (00) makes a pass to teammate James Currington (5) during their game Thursday night against Bibb County at Bryant High School. (Photo by Erin Nelson)


COTTONDALE | Paul W. Bryant’s offensive attack didn’t flow at times Thursday night, but the Stampede never quit on defense.

Eleven players scored as the Stampede defeated Bibb County 64-33.

"We didn’t play as good as we should have played," said Paul W. Bryant coach Shon Peck-Love, who saw his team improve to 9-1. "It’s one of those things we’ve been battling for the last year or two. We come out and play to the level of the competition. We’ve got to rise above that.

"Not taking anything away from that Bibb County team because Coach (Russ) Wallace is going to have them ready to play by the end of the year, but if we’re better than a team we need to go out and play like that from the get-go, and we didn’t do that tonight.

"One of the things we always pride ourselves on is playing defense. What they’ve got to realize is you just can’t show up and play. You’ve got to prepare yourself ahead of time, and I don’t think they’ve been doing a good job of that."

Kevin Holland scored 12 points to lead the Stampede. Demontae Duff added 10 points with two coming off a steal and slam dunk in the fourth quarter. Tony Whitehead had nine points, David Freeman seven and Patrick Porter six.

James Currington had only two points, but he dished out four assists. Duff finished with a team-high six rebounds.

"We have several guys that can score," Peck-Love said. "We’ve just got to spread the ball around and make that extra pass. James only having two, we wouldn’t look for that on any other given night and expect to win by 31 points. It’s just a team contribution. They all understand. They know how to play."

Joseph Lockett scored 12 points to lead the Choctaws (3-5). Buster Goode, the lone senior starter, had 11 points, and Garnett Holifield had eight.

Wallace said Goode picked up two fouls in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the half. The Stampede led 31-18 at halftime and 47-28 at the start of the third quarter.

"When your senior goes out and you have to play a bunch of youngsters, the weaknesses come out," Wallace said. "We’re trying to learn how to play defense, fundamental defense. It’s frustrating, but it’s like I told these guys, ‘It’s not about where we’re at now, it’s about where we’re going to be in February.’

"We’re playing a tough schedule. We’re playing 5As and 6As everywhere. You can’t be fundamentally unsound against a team that is fundamentally sound because they’re going to expose those weaknesses, and those weaknesses got exposed a lot tonight. We’ve got to learn from it and get better."

Bibb County plays at West Blocton tonight in Class 4A, Area 7 game. Paul W. Bryant plays at Central tonight in a Class 5A, Area 7 game.

 

Reach Andrew Carroll at andrew.carroll@tuscaloosanews.com or at 205-722-0223.