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Stampede wins suspended game over Central


The Central High School boys basketball team plays against Paul W. Bryant on Saturday in an empty gymnasium at Central. A fight broke out between fans and students Friday night and the game was suspended. The game concluded Saturday night with no spectators. (Photo by Dusty Compton)


TUSCALOOSA | The Paul Bryant Stampede finished Saturday what it started Friday.

A handful of people watched as the Stampede defeated local rival Central 56-35. Only essential personnel were allowed in the Central gym for the Class 5A, Area 7 game. A fight in the stands disrupted the game in the first quarter Friday night when a chemical spray was set off, which sent fans scrambling for the exits.

Central coach Robert Watson and Paul W. Bryant coach Shon Peck-Love agreed to resume the game Saturday afternoon, but no spectators were allowed in.

Paul W. Bryant, ranked No. 3, held an 8-2 lead when the game resumed. Peck-Love told his team "no easy shots," and the Stampede led 9-2 at the end of the first quarter and 27-17 at halftime.

Paul W. Bryant (10-1, 2-0) closed the third quarter with a 7-0 run. Tony Whitehead banked in a basket, Marcus Anthony hit a 3-pointer and James Currington converted a steal into a jumper for a 48-29 lead.

"That was our goal, to limit their shots," Peck-Love said. "We know they’re a guard-oriented team. They shoot the 3 pretty good. We wanted to make sure we contested their 3-point shots, cut the driving lanes down, make it tough on them when they decided to go into the paint."

Currington and Whitehead gave the Stampede a bit of a height advantage at the forward sports.

"I think our inside guys kind of set the tone for us early, which allowed our guards to play a bit more freely," Peck-Love said. "(Currington and Whitehead) are real athletic. They’re real unselfish. They share the ball with each other, and they’re great rebounders. It’s a good thing having two big guys that can play together down there."

Currington led the Stampede with 16 points and seven rebounds. Whitehead had 14 points and six rebounds. Dexter Hood, who scored four points, had five rebounds.

Anthony scored 11 points and dished out five assists. Kevin Holland scored seven points and recorded six assists.

Forward Vincent Davis scored 10 points to lead the fifth-ranked Falcons (6-2, 1-1). Guard Javaris Richey had eight points. Eddie Harris and Terrence Rice scored seven points each.

Jaylin Beard grabbed nine rebounds and blocked six shots.

"We started off last night shooting the ball bad," Watson said. "I thought maybe we would get better today. There were some strange things happening out there. We missed some easy layups that we normally make, jump shots that normally go in for us we couldn’t make. It was a game we were just off."

Paul W. Bryant plays at Fairfield Tuesday. Central plays at home Friday against Holt.

 

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