Linden, Sunshine eliminated
Wed. February 20, 2013 at 11:58 p.m. | By Staff Report
DOTHAN | Big-time players step up in big-time situations.
Wesley Person Jr. stepped up when Brantley needed him most Wednesday in the Class 1A South Regional at the Dothan Civic Center.
Person scored 31 points in Brantley’s hard-fought 55-51 win over Linden in the regional semifinals.
Brantley (19-5) advances to play J.F. Shields for the regional title Saturday at 10:40 a.m.
Linden finished 23-3.
Person, a 6-foot-2 junior guard and son of former Auburn and NBA standout Wesley Person, scored 16 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Linden turned the momentum of the game in the third quarter, holding the Bulldogs to just four points in the period. Brantley, which led 30-23 at halftime, was clinging to a 34-33 lead going into the fourth quarter.
That’s when Person took over, scoring the first six points of the fourth to put Brantley up 40-33 with six minutes left.
Linden, however, fired back with a 3-pointer by Shauka Reese and two free throws by Christien Rogers to pull back within two.
Person then scored eight straight Brantley points to push the lead to 48-40 with 2:30 left and the Bulldogs got a breakaway dunk by O.J. Guice to make it a 10-point game with 2:11 remaining.
Linden cut it to 52-51 when Imoras Agee scored on a leaner with 33.8 seconds left.
Person was fouled with 26.9 seconds left and missed his only free throw of the night but connected on the second try to put Brantley up 53-51.
Linden was whistled for traveling on the ensuing possession, giving the ball back to Brantley with 16.3 seconds left. Guice was fouled and hit a free throw to extend the lead to three with 13 seconds left.
Linden’s Nicholas Rogers launched a long 3-pointer, but it was off the mark and Terence Bogen came down with the rebound and was fouled with 2.6 seconds left. He hit one of two free throws for the final margin of victory.
Linden was led by Reese with 19 and Agee with 14.
J.F. Shields 72,
DOTHAN | J.F. Shields hit four key 3-pointers in the first quarter then pounded it inside the rest of the way.
The Panthers (14-12) advanced to Saturday’s regional final against Brantley.
Cletrell Pope paced the Tigers (13-11) with game highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Walter Jones Jr. had 14 points and Keonta Edwards 13.