LION JAYVEES BLISTER STANHOPE ELMORE, 48--24
January 18, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
DEREK GAPPA'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE PACE PRATTVILLE TO EASY WIN OVER MUSTANGS JAYVEES
Prattville’s boys’ Jayvees used a 14-0 run to open play against the Stanhope Elmore Mustangs’ Jayvees Friday night, January 17 at Powell Gymnasium. Coach Reginald Sprouse’ Jayvees romp to a 48-24 win over the Mustang for their second consecutive victory during January.
Stanhope Elmore opened play with a 2-0 lead following the tip-off as Clifton Ball tossed in a bucket. It would be the only basket for the Mustangs’ Jayvees for the next five minutes as Derek Gappa led the Lions on a 14-0 run to take a 14-2 lead with 1:10 left in the first period.
Derek Gappa led the way for the Lion Cubs with a double-double tossing in 16 points and pulling down 11 boards. Tevin Sharpe tossed in seven points while Cole Peak added six points.
Prattville tenacious swarming defense smothered the Mustangs holding Stanhope Elmore to single digits in all four quarters of play. By halftime Prattville had doubled the score with a 27-12 lead and Sprouse was substituting freely.
After the Mustangs short lived 2-0 lead Gappa drained a trey and then grabbed two consecutive steals, one a coast to coast trip, and another under the nets, each time tossing in 2-point buckets.
In the first two minutes of play Gappa scored seven points and sparked Prattville to the 14-0 run after Ball’s basket on the opening tip.
Cole Peak added a deuce; Caleb Hebert hit a trey, while Octavious Betts and Grappa each added one free throw in the 14-0 run.
As the first quarter came to a close Tevis Sharpe blistered the chords with a trey from downtown for a 20-6 margin.
Prattville cooled off during the second period as substitutes were freely entering the contest. Neither team did much damage as the halftime ended with Prattville on top 27-12.
The game got a tad ragged in the third period with the two teams spending most of the quarter at the free throw line. The two teams combined to shoot 12 free throws with Prattville winning the quarter, 12-7.
Jaron Cain and Kevin Stokes were top scorers for the Mustang Jayvees each with seven points, while Kendall Thomas added five points.