By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
opened play in the Region 7-AA Tournament last Friday night knowing they
already had a spot in the state tournament locked up but seeding in that
tournament would be very important.
faced the Model Blue Devils, a team they had beaten by only one point just a
got off to a quick start and up 18-13 at the end of the first quarter as six
different players put points on the board early in the game.
Model 10-2 in the first three minutes of the second quarter to build a 28-15
lead but the Blue Devils rallied back, scoring 10 unanswered points to close
the gap to 31-25.
Cole Birchfield hit a three point shot at the buzzer to increase Dade’s lead to
36-30 at the end of the first half.
The Blue Devils
opened the second half by burning up the nets from the free throw line, hitting
seven of eight in the first two minutes.
Late in the
third quarter the Wolverines found themselves trailing 46-44 but rallied to
lead 48-46 heading into the fourth quarter.
quarter turned out to be a wild one as there were 13 lead changes and the game
was tied four times.
Dade was up
70-67 with 6.1 seconds remaining but the Blue Devils’ Tyler Dean hit a long
three point shot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
The Blue Devils
continued their hot shooting from the free throw line in the overtime period
hitting 15 of 16 and took the game away from the Wolverines 89-79.
For the game
the Blue Devils hit 38 of 44 free throws.
all scorers with 46 points including the last 29 Wolverine points over the
final 10 minutes of the game. Clynt Bell was the only other Wolverine to score
in double figures as he finished with 12 points.
Fisher finished with 37 points.
Model 13 17 16 24 19 89
18 12 22 9 79
Dade (79)-Cole Birchfield 46, Clynt
Bell 12, Howard 4, Gaddis 5, Chitwood 3, Page 7, Sharp 2, Smith, Walden
Three Point Field Goals: Dade 8
(Birchfield 3, Chitwood, Bell 2, Gaddis, Page)
Other highlights: Howard
12r; Birchfield 6r; Page 6r
The loss put
Dade in Saturday afternoon’s consolation game against the Coosa Eagles, a team
the Wolverines lost to 109-89 just a week ago.
jumped out to the early lead, up 19-15 at the end of the first quarter.
apart for the Wolverines in the second quarter as the Eagles rallied for 30
points in the quarter and took a nine point lead into half, 45-36.
Dade team came out in the second half as they dominated the Eagles and took a
two point lead after three quarters, 57-55.
It was more of
the same for the Wolverines in the fourth quarter as the Eagles managed only
four points while the Wolverines cruised to a big 72-59 win and the third seed
for the upcoming state tournament.
again led Dade in scoring as he finished with 23 points followed by Bell with
20 and Nic Gaddis with 19.
15 30 10 4 59
Dade 19 17 21
Dade (72)-Cole Birchfield 23,
Castleberry, Howard 4, Chitwood 2, Sharp, Smith, Clynt Bell 20, Nic Gaddis 19,
Walden, Page 4
Three Point Field Goals: Dade 7
(Birchfield 2, Bell 2, Gaddis 2, Page)
Other highlights: Birchfield 8r;
Page 15r (DC)
also named Region 7-AA Player of the Year and Bell was named to the All–Region
will travel to Wesleyan today to face the Wolves in the first round of the
state tournament. The Wolves are the second seed from Region 6-AA and finished
the season with an overall record of 11-15.
advances to the second round with teams to be determined on Wednesday night.