Auburn sweeps BRHSPublished 11:36pm Friday, January 7, 2011
Auburn made its shots down the stretch to defeat Benjamin Russell 67-58 in Class 6A action Friday in Central Alabama Community College’s gymnasium.
With BRHS leading 8-5, Auburn went on an 11-0 run to take a 16-8 lead and led 18-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Auburn scored the first six points of the second quarter to extend the lead to double digits. BRHS closed the half with five straight points to make it 31-23.
The Wildcats were methodical to start the third quarter, trimming the lead to five points, but Auburn caught a break when A.J. Jackson drove the lane, hit the shot and was fouled. The referee also whistled the Cats for a technical, which pushed the lead to 43-34.
Then, Ryan Langford hit a 3-pointer as a foul occurred away from the ball, making the score 46-34, and Auburn retained possession, though the Tigers didn’t score..
At the end of the third quarter, Auburn led 50-39.
The Wildcats chipped away and cut Auburn’s advantage to 55-50 late in the game, bringing the Wildcat fans to their feet, but that was as close as they could get.
The Tigers used a pair of free throws and a Langford 3-pointer to double the lead and then made their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
LaPrintence Gunn led all scorers with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Cornelius Johnson added 10 points and five rebounds while Lagori McCain had 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Cody Brooks, Monterrious Johnson and Lagarious Varner each had 6 points for the Wildcats. Quan Huntley also had 2.
Dajohn MacKlein led Auburn with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Langford had 17 including five from behind the arc. Jackson and Jason Webb also added 11 points each.
BRHS only committed six turnovers for the game while forcing 19 Auburn turnovers, but the Tigers won the battle of the boards 43-35.
Lady Tigers pull away from BRHS girls
BRHS was outscored 43-21 over the final three quarters as Auburn defeated the Lady Wildcats 51-34.
The game started well for BRHS as the Lady Cats took a 13-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. Auburn rallied to tie the game at 19-19 in the second quarter, but from there it was all Lady Tigers.
Auburn then finished the half on an 8-2 run to lead 27-21. Then Auburn outscored BRHS 14-7 in the third quarter and 10-6 in the fourth to cruise to the win.
Tee Buckner led BRHS with 15 points and 4 steals. Jernika Russell added 9 points and 13 rebounds. Asia Stowes also scored 4 while Y’Keona Kelley and Akeria Barber both had 2.
The Wildcats committed 25 turnovers in the game, but they out-rebounded Auburn 43-37.