Greensboro wins D.J. White Tournament


Greensboro center Jimmie Taylor, a University of Alabama signee, scored nine points and had 12 rebounds in the Raiders’ 45-40 win against Hale County in the championship game of the D.J. White Holiday Basketball Tournament at the Umphrey Center on the Shelton State campus. (Photo by Erin Nelson)


TUSCALOOSA | Keimondre Turner, a senior guard, scored five of his 10 points in the fourth quarter Saturday to help the Greensboro High School boys basketball team win a championship.

Turner made one free throw, drove for a basket and made two more foul shots as the Raiders defeated Hale County 45-40 to claim the title in the D.J. White Holiday Tournament at Shelton State Community College.

In the other games Saturday, Paul W. Bryant beat Holt 53-45; Central downed Sumter Central 53-44; and Greene County defeated Brookwood 34-31.

Greensboro (13-1) reached the final after edging Paul W. Bryant on Friday.

"I’m a little disappointed in our overall effort tonight," Greensboro coach Marty Everett said. "We didn’t come out with the same fire and passion as we did last night, but give them credit. Hale County came out ready to play, which is the reason all of us came here this weekend — to win a championship.

"We were able to hit some crucial free throws down the stretch. We stepped up and got some big rebounds when we needed some. We got in a little bit of foul trouble; just didn’t play with any rhythm tonight and it made things very difficult for us."

Greensboro lost senior point guard Donald King, who fouled out with 2:03 left. Hale County’s Rod Arnold drove for a basket to cut the Raiders’ lead to 41-38.

Turner drove the lane and got fouled as he scored with 1:08 remaining. He missed the free throw but boosted the lead to five points. The Wildcats responded, getting a basket from Wyman King.

Turner missed a one-and-one free throw with 41 seconds left. Hale County missed on two 3-point tries before Kavoris Owens got the rebound for Greensboro. He was tied up, but the Raiders retained possession.

Turner made two free throws with 9 seconds left to give the Raiders their final margin.

"He knocked a couple of crucial free throws down and pretty much sealed the game for us," Everett said. "He’s a work in progress, but he’s coming along pretty well. We need him to step up, especially when our point guard Donald King is not in the game."

Owens, the tournament’s most valuable player, scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Jimmie Taylor, a 6-foot-9 senior center and University of Alabama signee, scored nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jamarcus Gray scored seven points and had three steals and three assists.

Arnold, a senior guard, scored 13 points to lead the Wildcats (5-7). Wyman King scored eight points and Xavier Crispin had five.

Hale County took its last lead at 34-32 when Arnold converted a 3-point play. After Owens made a free throw, Donald King hit two foul shots to give the Raiders a 35-34 lead with 6:30 left.

"I think we played one of the best games of the year – a complete game," Hale County coach Antwan Butler said. "We missed a couple of free throws and some open shots. I think if hit those we would have been all right. I was very proud of my team. I couldn’t ask for more on the effort. That’s the kind of effort needed, being undersized, to win a game. They fought hard."

Greensboro handed the Wildcats a 72-53 loss on Nov. 30.

"Nobody expected us to win, expect us," Butler said. "I told them we could do it, but it’s going to be hard. You’re going to have to outwork teams if you’re this size. That’s what they did tonight. We didn’t have the end result on the scoreboard, but we’ll get there if we keep working this hard."

 

Paul W. Bryant 53,

Holt 45

James Currington and Dexter Hood combined for 32 points as the Paul W. Bryant Stampede clinched third place.

Hood, a senior guard, scored 16 points and led the Stampede (16-3) with four rebounds. Currington, a senior forward, had 16 points and blocked two shots.

Kevin Holland added eight points, and Marcus Anthony finished with five points and five assists.

Zay Jackson, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, scored a game-high 25 points for the Ironmen (10-6). Jackson went 13-for-14 from the foul line and pulled down 13 rebounds. Devin Crawford had nine points, and Jaylin Foster scored four.

Paul W. Bryant had a 51-35 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Jackson banked in a shot, scored with an offensive rebound and hit from the baseline. The 6-0 run cut the Stampede’s lead to 51-41.

Demontae Duff scored with an offensive rebound to account for the Stampede’s final points of the quarter. Crawford made a foul shot, and Jackson sank three free throws. Neither team scored in the last four minutes.

 

Central 53,

Sumter Central 44

Guard Jevaris Richey scored 24 points to lead Central in the game that determined fifth place.

Vincent Davis scored 12 points for Central (10-3), and DeVonte’ Wells scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter. Davis had eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Jaylin Beard, who scored two points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked eight shots.

Fredrick Seals, a sophomore forward, scored 15 points for Sumter Central (13-4). Center JyKwentin Johnson had nine points, and guard Dayvon Maye scored seven.

Central started the fourth quarter with a 41-33 lead. After Central’s Terrence Rice hit a jumper, the Jaguars staged a 9-0 run. Jadarius Wilson made one of two free throws to cut the lead to 43-42 with 2:55 left.

Central answered with eight straight points, starting with two free throws by Davis. Wells hit a shot from the baseline, and Davis scored with an offensive rebound. Two free throws by Wells gave Central a 51-42 lead with 1:25 remaining. Sumter Central’s Kendarius Cunningham hit a jump shot, and Wells finished the scoring by making two free throws with 38 seconds left.

 

Greene County 34,

Brookwood 31

Darrius Hall scored 13 points for Greene County, which led from start to finish. Devin Merriweather added eight points, and Montel Harkness scored six.

Brookwood’s Dylan Hardeman and Justin Mickens scored seven points each. Cody Gaither and Zach Lee each scored six points.

Greene County (6-9) had possession of the ball out of bounds under the Brookwood goal with less than 2 seconds left. The Panthers (0-17) forced a turnover and set up an inbounds play with 0.9 remaining on the clock. The ball went to Gaither, who tried a 3-pointer from the right corner, but it missed as time expired. Brookwood coach Thad Fitzpatrick wanted a foul called as Gaither wound up on the floor, but didn’t get it.

 

Most Valuable Player: Kavoris Owens, Greensboro

All-Tournament: Zach Lee, Brookwood; Devin Merriweather, Greene County; Fredrick Seals, Sumter Central; Jevaris Richey, Central; Zay Jackson, Holt; James Currington, Paul W. Bryant; Rod Arnold, Hale County; Taderrius Lavender, Hale County; Donald King, Greensboro; Kavoris Owens, Greensboro

 

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