High School Sports

Region 5-AA basketball tournament: Spencer, Jordan boys advance to region final

It wasn’t the easiest game for Jordan High boys coach Gerald Turner to be on the sidelines for, what with two starters fouling out with minutes left and the game still in the balance.

When the final horn sounded in the Red Jackets’ 61-60 win over Manchester in the region semifinals on Friday, though, Turner had a smile on his face.

“That was fun,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

With its win, Jordan (17-6) advances to the Region 5-AA finals, which will be played on Saturday. It also clinched either a 1- or 2-seed in the Class AA state tournament.

The game was so close the entire way that neither team built up more than a five-point lead the entire game. That lead came when Jordan led 61-56 with just two minutes, 21 seconds remaining in the final quarter.

Over the final two minutes, however, Manchester (21-4) knocked down a jump shot and two free throws to cut the Jordan lead to just a single point. With 10 seconds left, the Blue Devils had a chance to take the lead with two free throws, but missed them both.

At the other end, with six seconds left, Jordan had an opportunity to make it a three-point game, but it too missed the free throws to give Manchester one final chance at the win.

The Blue Devils got a good look at the other end, but the Jordan defense forced the shot to come from too far inside. The ball came from a bad angle and bounced off the rim as time expired.

“They got a good look at it,” Turner said. “We just forced him a little bit under the basket. These two teams just played great basketball, and that’s indicative of how tough this region is.”

Chris Glenn led Jordan with 17 points, while Jamar Sheppard added 13. The Red Jackets had a couple bench players step in for meaningful minutes when starters Demetrius Daniels and Cyrus Smith fouled out. Coming off the bench, Zay Smith (8 points) and Jesse Hill (4 points) combined for 10 of the team’s 19 points in the fourth quarter.

“Those guys really stepped up,” Turner said.

Kevis Martin lead Manchester with 14 points.

Spencer boys 75, Kendrick 64

The Spencer boys survived a thriller with Kendrick on Friday, withstanding a furious second half from the Cherokees to win 75-64.

With the win, the Greenwave (16-8) advance to the region finals against Jordan, which defeated Manchester, on Saturday. Kendrick (9-17) will play Manchester for third place.

The Cherokees fell behind Spencer by as many as 15 points late in the second quarter, but battled back to cut the lead to three at halftime. They took a brief lead in the third by as many as four points and trailed by just two points with two minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the game.

A strong finish for Spencer, however, secured the victory for the host.

Sean Buffen lead Spencer with 34 points, followed by 14 from Deondre Hubbard. MarQuise Bonner scored 30 to lead the Cherokees and Christian Bradford added 16.

Kendrick girls 65, Manchester 24

It wasn’t the same quick start the Lady Cherokees have become accustomed to this season, but it was nonetheless effective.

Kendrick (26-0) exploded in the second half after a lackluster first, topping Manchester 65-24 and advancing to the region championship game on Saturday. It will face Bremen, which beat Bowdon in the first game of the day. Manchester (10-13) will face Bowdon in the third-place game.

Kendrick was ahead by just five points after the first quarter and 12 at the half, a small lead by its high standards.

It outscored Manchester 24-5 in the third quarter, however, including runs of 10 and 13 points. After the third, it was 51-20 and the final period was a mere formality.

The Lady Cherokees were led by Kahlia Lawrence (14 points) and Brittany Thompson (13 points). Manchester got 16 points from Deaundra Copeland.

Bremen girls 50, Bowdon 26

Second-seeded Bremen advanced to the girls Region 5-AA finals with a 50-26 win over Bowdon on Friday night.

It will play Kendrick in the championship game on Saturday, while Bowdon will play Manchester for third place.

Led by Jordan Hill’s 22 points, the Lady Blue Devils (21-5) turned an eight-point halftime lead into 21 points, 42-21, after the third quarter.

Kayleight Medlin added 11 points for Bremen, while Bowdon (14-9) was led by Jacory Stephens’ eight points.

Bremen girls 50, Bowdon 26

Friday at Spencer

Bremen 13 11 18 8—50

Bowdon 8 8 5 5—26

Bremen (50)

Hill 22, Medlin 11, K. Johnson 9, Jaglinski 3, J. Johnson 3, Golden 2.

Bowdon (26)

Stephens 8, Phillips 4, Boddie 4, Strickland 3, McClure 3, Lane 2, Maze 2.

Records: Bremen, 21-5, Bowdon, 14-9. Next: Bremen, Saturday vs. Kendrick; Bowdon, Saturday vs. Manchester.

Jordan boys 61, Manchester 60

Friday at Spencer

Jordan 15 7 20 19—61

Manchester 13 11 18 18—60

Jordan (61)

Glenn 17, Sheppard 13, Palmer 10, Z. Smith 8, C. Smith 5, Hill 4, Daniels 4.

Manchester (60)

Martin 14, Campbell 9, Warren 8, Addie 7, Prather 6, Turner 6, Williams 4, Snelling 3, Hudson 1, Clements 2.

Records: Jordan, 17-6; Manchester, 21-4. Next: Jordan, Saturday vs. Spencer; Manchester, Saturday vs. Kendrick.

Kendrick girls 65, Manchester 24

Friday at Spencer

Kendrick 14 13 24 14—65

Manchester 9 6 5 4—24

Kendrick (65)

Lawrence 14, Thompson 13, Porter 9, Cheatham 9, M. Jones 6, McKissic 5, Draper 2, Dyson 2, A. Jones 2, Merritt 2, Farley 1.

Manchester (24)

Copeland 16, Green 3, Dunlap 3, Moody 2.

Records: Kendrick, 26-0; Manchester, 10-13. Next: Kendrick, Saturday vs. Bremen; Bowdon, Saturday vs. Manchester.

Spencer boys 75, Kendrick 64

Friday at Spencer

Kendrick 12 22 16 11—64

Spencer 19 18 18 20—75

Kendrick (64)

Bonner 30, Bradford 16, Parker 10, Griffin 5, Hampton 2, Brown 1.

Spencer (75)

Buffen 34, Hubbard 14, English 13, Bush 6, Davis 5, Coaxum 3.

Records: Kendrick, 9-17; Spencer, 16-8. Next: Kendrick, Saturday vs. Manchester; Spencer, Saturday vs. Jordan.