WAP falls to hot shooting CCA
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Demopolis–Central Christian Academy Warriors continued its unbeaten season with a 69 – 32 route of the Western Alabama Prep Titans. Their defense held the titans to only nine-second half points. “Our game plan was to play hard and press for the entire 24 minutes of the game”, said Warrior Coach Rawls. ” It’s defense that wins games”, he added.
The Titans opened the game with a quick 3-pointer. There was no more scoring until the Warriors scored its first points with 4:49 left in the first. With scrappy play through the rest of the quarter, the first quarter ended with the score 9 – 4, with the Warriors on top.
The second quarter started with the Titans striking first again with 4 points. Tee Woods, of the Warriors hit a 3-pointer with 6:15 on the clock that ignited a 12 – 0 run that opened a 21 – 8 Central Christian lead. Western Alabama clawed its way back and cut the lead 9. After a CC free throw, Rusty Pope of WA knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Titans went into the locker room at the half trailing by only seven, 30 – 23.
In the third quarter the Warriors stepped up it’s defensive intensity and held the Titans scoreless the first 2:41 of the quarter. Both teams traded baskets during the next two minutes. The Warriors then scored 9 straight points to put them up 44 – 29 with 4:19 to play in the third quarter. The Warriors continued it’s full court defensive pressure and didn’t allow the Titans to score the rest of the quarter, which ended with a 50 – 29 score.
The Warriors scored 7 straight points to start the 4th before Pope, of the Titans hit a 3 pointer with 5:19 left in the game to stop the run. That made the score 57 – 32. That also turned out to be the last score the Warriors would allow the rest of the game. Final score: 69 – 32.
“Central Christian has a very talented team”, Titan coach Derrick Morrison remarked, ” I thought we handled their pressure pretty well in the first half. They stepped it up a little in the second half and we couldn’t overcome the many turnovers we made”.
The Warriors improved to 11 – 0, 6 -0 in area play. The Titans dropped to 4 – 10 for the season. “Our goal for the season is to win the area tournament and get to the state tournament”, added Warrior Coach Rawls.
Wood scored a game high 19 points for the Warriors. Simuel Walker added 17 points while Andre Pearson pulled down 13 rebounds. Pope led the Titans with 8 points.