Greensboro boys take down Midfield
Fri. February 22, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Greensboro’s Jimmie Taylor led the Raiders with 15 points and four blocked shots in Thursday’s Class 3A Central Regional Tournament game against Midfield in Montgomery. Greensboro won, 61-52. (Photo by Robert Sutton)
MONTGOMERY | After Jimmie Taylor and JeVontey Smith fouled out in the fourth quarter, the Greensboro Raiders still had a leader on the floor in senior point guard Donald King.
King proved to be a stabilizing influence, and the Raiders never lost their lead as they defeated Midfield 61-52 Thursday in the Central Regional.
Greensboro, the two-time defending Class 3A champion, plays Leeds in the final at 10:40 a.m. Saturday at Alabama State University. The winner moves on to the AHSAA semifinals next week in Birmingham.
The Raiders outscored Midfield 19-9 in the third quarter and started the fourth quarter with a 47-29 lead. Smith fouled out with 3:07 left. Taylor, a 6-foot-9 University of Alabama signee, fouled out with 2:46 remaining.
King had a couple of baskets in the fourth quarter, but Midfield (19-11) managed to chip away and cut the margin to 57-50 on consecutive baskets by Antoine Davis.
Greensboro (27-2) closed out its scoring with a free throw by Jamarcus Gray, a basket by Gray and a free throw by Keimondre Turner. Alvin Murry sank two free throws for Midfield with 30 seconds left.
"We knew it was going to be a very tough game, Midfield having won last year’s 4A state championship," Greensboro coach Marty Everett said. "We knew they were going to be tough because we’re all striving to win another championship this year. They fought all the way to the very end.
"Our guys got a little flustered there at the very end. We started moving a little too fast, trying to do a little too much there, but we were able to calm down at the very end and hit a couple of key free throws."
The Raiders would have maintained a more substantial lead, but they missed 14 of 23 free throws. Everett said his team will work on "finishing and free throws."
King’s contributions included 13 points, five assists and four rebounds.
"It was nothing that we don’t do at practice," King said. "We go over the situational plays all the time in practice. You’ve got to keep playing. If you try to stall, that’s when teams slip back on you if you’re not scoring.
"Our press was getting some real good traps (in the third quarter), and we were getting some easy layups, easy buckets."
Taylor led the Raiders with 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field. He had seven rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals. Kavoris Owens, who scored nine points, had a team-high 17 rebounds. Gray had six points. Smith had four points and five rebounds.
Davis and Murry led Midfield with 12 points each. William Ellington had 11 points, and Thero Sankey had eight points and eight rebounds.
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