Sardis boys redeem themselves against Gaston
Tue. January 17, 2012 at 10:57 p.m. | By Andrew Schmidt Sports Writer
Sardis' Toby Pee puts up a shot as Gaston's Shai Ogles defends during Tuesday's game at the boys Etowah County basketball tournament. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)
The Sardis Lions had been wanting a shot at payback, and they got it Tuesday evening with a 51-34 win over the Gaston Bulldogs in the Etowah County boys basketball tournament at Gadsden State.
“They beat our brains in back on December 16,” Sardis coach Tracy Cheek said, recalling his team’s 53-30 loss to the Bulldogs that night. “I’ve been challenging our guys since that night.
“This was a game we wanted back.”
Sardis controlled the offensive glass in the game. Jared Shirley scored a team-high 14 points for the Lions (6-16), with many of his buckets coming on putbacks after offensive rebounds. C.J. Feemster also was effective in the paint and finished with nine points for Sardis.
Toby Pee added 12 points for the Lions, while Dylan Bolding netted 10, with each player knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.
“We shot the three well tonight,” Cheek said. “We’ve struggled to find shooters this year, which is kind of unusual for us. But they’re starting to come around now.”
Cheek also was happy with how the Lions played despite taking the court without starting point guard Jesse Hubbard, who was out with an injury.
“We’ve experienced a lot of adversity this year,” Cheek said. “We had no experience returning from last year and got off to a 1-9 start against a pretty tough schedule. We were a little shorthanded tonight, but we had some guys step up.”
Sardis used a series of spurts to slowly build its lead. The Lions had a pair of 8-0 runs in the first half and put the game away for good with a 13-1 run that covered the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth and turned a 32-27 lead into a 45-28 advantage.
Only three players scored for Gaston in the game. Jackson Bogle and Trevion Rooks finished with 13 points apiece, while Shai Ogles scored eight. The Bulldogs’ chances were dealt a blow when Ogles quickly picked up his fourth and fifth fouls early in the third quarter and was disqualified from the game.
“I thought Ogles fouling out was a key,” Cheek said. “When (Ogles) and Jackson (Bogle) are out there together, those guys can really give us some problems. Jackson hit some from (deep), but they didn’t have that other threat.”
Gaston also was hurt by its inability to convert at the free-throw line. The Bulldogs made just 5 of 17 attempts from the charity stripe.
Sardis’ win moves the Bulldogs into Thursday’s semifinal round, where they will meet Southside.