PRATTVILLE BOYS DROP CLOSE ENCOUNTER TO NUMBER FIVE RANKED THOMPSON
January 10, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
PRATTVILLE DROP TOUGH 58-52 DECEISON TO FIFTH RANKED THOMPSON
Prattville’s Lions played the Thompson High Warriors tough Tuesday night, January 8, falling 58-52.
Prattville’s CJ Coleman snatched a steal from the Warriors with 16.9 seconds left and sank a deuce to trim Thompson’s lead to 54-52.
However the Warriors zipped down court and Caleb Johnson hit a 2-pointer. Prattville went down court and turned the ball over giving up a steal. Duke Thomas drilled another 2-pointer at the buzzer sealing the 58-52 victory.
With the win the number five ranked Warriors improved to 20-2 on the season. The Warriors ended the first round of region play with a perfect 3-0 record.
Thompson had a tough time with the Lions in the opening quarter as Zack Darbry and Justin Coleman flipped in deuces for a quick 4-0 lead. The Lions kept the lead until 55 seconds in the period when Jared Jackson got a steal and raced down court to knot the game at 8-all.
Prattville regained the lead with 8.9 seconds left in the period when Darby drained a long trey and a 11-8 lead.
Prattville kept the lead in the second quarter until 5:28 when Thompson jumped on top as DeAndre Gamble pulled down a board and hit a put back for an 18-17 lead.
The lead then changed hands seven times until with 2:43 left in the half Kamryn Pettway hit a turnaround jump shot for a 23-22 Prattville lead. The Lions finished out the half on top as Coleman got a steal at half court and zipped down court for an easy layup and a 29-25 lead at halftime.
As the second half began the Warriors began to flex their muscles with six straight buckets and a 31-29 lead as Thomas tossed in a deuce from the lane.
Thompson never looked back, although Prattville played tough down the stretch. The largest Thompson lead was 43-35 at the close of the third period. Thompson held a 50-39 lead with 5:36 left in the final period.
From that period Prattville outscored the Warriors 13-4 trimming the lead to 54-52 and setting up the final sixteen seconds.
Zack Darby led Prattville with 10 points, hitting two treys. Coleman and Kamryn Pettway both added eight points.
Duke Thomas led the Warriors with 18 points, followed by Caleb Johnson with 12-points, and Deandre Gamble with eleven points.