ANDY CLINCHES XMAS CROWN: Bulldogs top Greenville for tournament title
The Andalusia Bulldogs clinched the title of the 51st Annual Andalusia Christmas tournament for the second-straight year with a 68-46 victory over the Greenville Tigers on Saturday night in Andalusia.
Greenville got hot early as Chris Martin quickly got the Tigers out front 9-0 behind a pair of 3-pointers and three free throws.
After struggling to get on the board, Andalusia’s first points came on a pair of free throws from Keaun Samuel that trimmed the Tiger lead down to 9-2 with 2:31 left in the opening period.
Andalusia gained some momentum after a pair of free throws from Trey Wilkerson and a layup from Ethan Wilson cut Greenville’s lead to 9-6.
Samuel grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up to make the score 12-8 heading into the second period.
B.J. Anderson started off the second period with a layup, but Greenville answered back with a bucket of their own to keep it a four-point game.
The Bulldogs dug into the Greenville lead when Wilkerson knocked down a 3-pointer.
After forcing a stop on the other end, the Bulldogs took their first lead of the game when Anderson tickled the twine with a jumper to give Andalusia a 15-14 advantage with six minutes left before halftime.
R.J. Drish bumped up the Bulldog lead to 17-14 following a pair of made free throws.
Greenville then tied the game up with a 3-pointer from Martin.
Andalusia responded and Samuel was fouled as he dropped in a layup to give the Bulldogs back the lead. Samuel made the free throw to put Andalusia up 20-17.
The lead quickly turned back into a tie game when Greenville got another 3-pointer.
In a game of anything you can do I can do better, Drish found nothing but net from behind the arc to put the Bulldogs up 23-20 with three minutes left in the first half.
Samuel continued to shot solid from the charity stripe as he made two more free throws to put Andalusia up 25-20.
Wilkerson came out strong in the second half and accounted from eight points to help the Bulldogs stretch their lead to double digits heading into the final period.
Anderson was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 22 points in the win. Anderson also won the tournament’s Bryant-Robertson MVP Award for the second-straight year.
Wilkerson finished with 20 points and Samuel tacked on 15 points for the Bulldogs.
“We were missing Curtis (Daniels) who was out with a wrist injury,” Andalusia head coach Anthony Clark said. “I was concerned with how would respond with out the guy who has been running point for us, but I thought B.J (Anderson) did a really good job. There is always pressure to win your tournament, but our main focus was just to improve with each game and I really felt like we did that.”
Along with Anderson, Andalusia’s Drish, Samuel and Wilkerson were named to the All-Tournament team.