Brantley tops Bobcats 67-44

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Opp’s JaKeith Edwards tries for a 3-pointer. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Opp’s JaKeith Edwards tries for a 3-pointer. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Brantley went on a 24-0 run in the third period and beat Opp 67-44 on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs trailed by four at 28-24 after the Bobcats put together an excellent second period, getting runners and making defensive stops during a 9-0 run.

However, BHS senior guard Wesley Person scored 18 of his 40 points in the third to help give the Bulldogs a healthy 51-32 lead going into the fourth.

OHS had a good plan in motion to stop Person as it put two players on the stand out throughout the second period. It was Person who stopped Opp’s run in the second with one of his eight 3-pointers of the night.

For the Bobcats, who finished in fifth place at Andalusia’s 47th annual invitational tournament, it was a tail of two halves.

“I was proud of the way they played in the first half,” OHS coach Sterling Driver said. “They didn’t play hard at all in the second half.”

Nobody finished in double figures for the Bobcats, who had JaKeith Edwards, Tavise Stoudemire and Derek Savage lead the team in points with eight each. Orlando Lacey finished with seven.

Brantley’s Darian Jones had 12 points in the win.

Person and Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game, and BHS led 6-0.

Edwards got in the scorer’s book with a 3-pointer to cut the game to 17-7, and then followed that up with a jumper to make it an 8-point game.

The stellar second-period performance for OHS started when Savage made two foul shots after getting a steal when the Bobcats started playing with pressure.

OHS started using its full-court press to get some turnovers, and Lacey’s rebound and putback later cut the lead to 19-16.

Stoudemire would give Opp its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer to conclude the 9-0 run.

BHS went ahead 24-21, but the Bobcats found their inside game again as Stoudemire found Savage in the paint to cut it back to one.

Brantley’s 24-0 run in the third started when Bulldogs’ senior forward Stefan King got an and-one play, which was followed by several good offensive possessions for the Bulldogs.

After BHS made it 32-28, Person scored the next 11 points.

Opp finally broke the run up when Edwards passed to Dyrian Savage for an easy bucket to make it 48-30.

OHS continued to struggle throughout the fourth period as it put up shots that wouldn’t go in the basket.