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Tubbs gets Hillcrest off to hot start to beat Northridge


Hillcrest’s Quenton Cross goes up for a layup during Friday’s game against Northridge. (Photo by Erin Nelson)


TUSCALOOSA | Junior guard Rayshawn Tubbs set the offensive pace for the Hillcrest Patriots Friday night and joined his teammates in clamping down on defense.

Tubbs scored 11 of his 21 points in the first quarter, and Hillcrest downed Northridge 54-32 in a Class 6A, Area 13 game. Tubbs nailed three 3-point shots in the first quarter as the Patriots (17-7, 4-1) bolted to a 19-5 lead.

"My coach just told me shooters shoot, so I just shot," said Tubbs, who had eight rebounds and leaped high enough to block a shot by tapping the ball into the backboard. "I thought every one was going in then. Everything was good tonight."

Freshman Quenton Cross added nine points for the Patriots. James Thomas scored six points. Matt Reed scored four points and collected seven rebounds, and D.J. Johnson had four points and dished out five assists.

"I was real proud of the guys who were switching their passes and got (Tubbs) open looks off a little dribble-drive penetration, and he was ready to shoot it," Hillcrest coach Scott Suttles said. "He’s a shooter now. He’s ready to let it go most times."

Hillcrest led 25-12 at halftime and took a 39-21 lead at the end of the third quarter on a tip-in by Reed. Tubbs had eight points in the third quarter.

"I thought defense was the key to the game," Suttles said. "We did extremely well from the first quarter really all throughout. This group, I kind of refer to them as my Forrest Gump box of chocolates. I never really now what I’m going to get with these guys. We’ve been really inconsistent all season long. But this is two nights back-to-back now, the Central game the other night and this one where we’ve played eight consecutive quarters, a four-quarter game, so hopefully we’re peaking at the right time."

C’yontai Lewis scored eight points to lead the Jaguars (10-15, 2-3). Bo Scarbrough had seven points, and Desharis Dobbins scored six.

"We came out slow," Northridge coach Bob Brantley said. "I thought they did a good job of shooting the ball. We just played catch-up again. We can’t score from the outside. They sagged their man (defense) in and kept it out of Bo and C’yontai’s hands. They made us have to take some shots we don’t normally take"

Hillcrest plays at home Tuesday, facing Tuscaloosa County in an area game. Northridge travels to Bessemer City on Tuesday.

 

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