WETUMPKA JAYVEES DEFEAT PRATTVILLE
January 12, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
INDIAN JAYVEES COME FROM 18-POINT DEFECIT IN FINAL SEVEN MINUTES TO DOWN LION CUBS IN OVERTIME, 54-46
Prattville boys’ Jayvee coach Reginald Sprouse felt comfortable Friday night, January 10 at Powell Gymnasium. Sprouse had seen his team race to an 18-point lead over the visiting Wetumpka Indian Jayvees with only seven minutes left in the game.
Prattville led 38-20 with 53 seconds left in the third quarter. Suddenly Prattville fell apart. The Lions couldn’t buy a basket and for the next seven minutes turned the ball over nine times, including four attempting to toss to ball in after a Wetumpka goal.
Wetumpka went on a 24-6 run to finished regulation knotted at 44-all. The Indians actually had the ball with 5.8 seconds left, but Antonio Cotton couldn’t get a shot off to win in regulation.
In overtime The Indians continued their tenacious defensive effort and outscored Prattville 10-2 to notch the win, 54-46. It was a demoralizing defeat for Prattville sending their 2013-2014 season record to 2-7.
Cotton got his opportunity on the Indians first possession of the overtime period. This time Cotton played string music and sank a 2-pointer from top of the key. Prattville took the ball down court and had it stolen by Keldon Washington, who dashed coast-to-coast for an easy layup and drew a foul, converting to finish a three point play the hard way and a 49-44 lead.
Wetumpka ran off three more points for a 52-44 lead before Prattville could finally find the range for a 2-pointer. Tommy Buford tossed in a bucket under the nets with 45 seconds on the clock.
Prattville was forced to foul, but it was too little too late as the Indians hit 2-of-4 from the charity stripe and posted a 54-46 win.
Prattville led at halftime, 24-11. The Lions Jayvees scored eight points in the final ten minutes of the game (seven minutes of regulation and three minutes of overtime).
Keldon Washington led the Indians’ scoring parade with 19-points, which included three treys. Antonio Cotton added 13 points.
Caleb Herbert led the Lions with 14- points. Jordan parks added seven points.