Class 3A semifinal a repeat of last year
Wed. February 27, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS
Madison Academy vs. Greensboro
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: BJCC Arena in Birmingham
Records: Greensboro (28-2); Madison Academy (22-12)
Marty Everett, who coached at Livingston in 2011 and was an administrator last season at Greene County, was well aware that the Greensboro Raiders were in the process of winning two straight basketball championships.
Everett gets his chance to coach the Raiders in the AHSAA Class 3A semifinals. Greensboro, the Central Regional champion, faces Madison Academy in a rematch of the 2012 semifinals. The Raiders won that game 60-56 and went on to take the championship by defeating Carbon Hill 65-50.
"I heard about them while I was at Livingston," Everett said. "I knew they had a great sophomore group at the time. To have the opportunity to work with this group of kids is nothing but a blessing. It’s been great to work with these guys."
Greensboro beat Leeds 54-44 to win the Central Regional title in Montgomery. Jimmie Taylor, a 6-foot-9 University of Alabama signee, and point guard Donald King are veterans of past Greensboro championship seasons, but it was guard Keimondre Turner who led the Raiders with 15 points against Leeds.
Other starters included Jamarcus Gray and Kavoris Owens. Darryl Campbell, JeVontey Smith and Quintrell McGuffie played off the bench.
Taylor had 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.
"It’s sunk in," Taylor said after the win. "Coach tells us about it before every game. He tells us, ‘Try to leave a legacy.’ It’s just motivation every time someone says it.
"Everyone on this team has been coming up and giving more. They know how we play. They know what to do, so we’re going to be deep."
King had 14 points and five assists. Owens scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds.
"It feels good," King said. "We’re just trying to do the same thing we’ve been doing for the past two years.
"It means a lot. People said the first time it wasn’t supposed to be and the second time was a fluke, too. We’re doing the same thing again, so we’ve got to be doing something right. There are no weaknesses. We’ve got all the pieces."
Southside-Selma (23-9) faces Holly Pond (25-5) in the other semifinal game at 4:30 this afternoon. The championship game will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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