Sumter Central's boys hopes bounce away
Tue. February 19, 2013 at 4:33 p.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Sumter Central's Jykwentin Johnson (50) collides with Shelby County's Brandon McKinney (34) under the basket during the second half of a game at the AHSAA 2013 5A boys central regional basketball championships in Montgomery. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter | Tuscaloosa News)
MONTGOMERY | Dayvon Maye’s last-second 3-point try bounced off the rim, ending Sumter Central’s season.
Shelby County’s boys basketball team held on to defeat the Jaguars 50-47 Tuesday in the AHSAA Class 5A Central Regional.
Shelby County (28-6) took its three-point lead when Cedric Youngblood made one of two free throws with 22.6 seconds left. Sumter Central’s Donnell Childers missed on a 3-point try, but Shelby County was called for a foul under the basket.
The foul didn’t result in a free-throw opportunity, so the Jaguars had to throw the ball in from the side. Maye used his dribble to free himself at the top of the circle, but the shot didn’t go down.
"We got a good look at it," Sumter Central coach Jazmin Mitchell said. "We just missed it."
Fred Seals, a 14-year-old sophomore, and 6-foot-4 senior JyKwentin Johnson scored 10 points each for Sumter Central (23-5).
Early in the fourth quarter, Seals scored three straight baskets for the Jaguars, while Brandon McKinney made three straight baskets for the Wildcats.
Seals fouled out with 1:31 left.
"That hurt a lot," Mitchell said. "We couldn’t get him going. That’s our leading scorer. He averaged about 23 points a game this year. He got three fouls early. We drive off Fred Seals, and we didn’t have him today. That’s what really cost us the ballgame."
Moments earlier, momentum shifted when Tyler Madison drove the lane for a basket that gave the Wildcats a 47-44 lead. Mitchell said he thought Madison should have been called for a charging foul.
"Our player took the charge, and they didn’t call it," Mitchell said. "That was the change of the ballgame."
Childers and Maye had nine points each. Childers and Johnson each collected six rebounds.
Madison, a 6-4 senior forward, had 24 points and nine rebounds. McKinney, a 6-6 senior forward, had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
"They’ve got a good group," Mitchell said. "Those kids are big and strong. (Madison) is the best player I’ve seen all year."
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