DHS leaves Notasulga feeling bluePublished 8:36am Monday, December 31, 2012
By Ed Bailey
With a 67-35 beatdown of the Blue Devils of Notasulga High School, Dadeville High got their post-Christmas tournament started on the right foot.
Senior guard Terry Toler was the high point man for the Tigers, scoring 19 points.
Nicholas Tolbert scored 13 for Dadeville High and Devonte Pogue added 12 points of his own.
Tomas Foster netted eight points for the Tigers in their 32-point victory.
The Tigers controlled the game virtually from start to finish, as Dadeville ended the first quarter up 13-4.
Dadeville closed the opening stanza with 10 unanswered points.
In the second quarter, the Blue Devils’ offense began to show life, but Dadeville’s offensive attack never wilted. Toler scored five of his 19 in the period.
Pogue exploded for nine points, using the three ball to his advantage.
By this point the Tigers had all but sealed the outcome of the game and headed into the break up 34-17.
Foster hit two quick long balls to extend the lead as play entered the third. Notasulga had no answer for Toler, who capped off a strong third quarter with a highlight lay-in off of an alley-oop assist from Pogue.
Toler was fouled during the shot and completed the three-point play to send team into the fourth up 57-31.
From here, Dadeville’s backups took over, holding the Blue Devils to only four points.
Dadeville head basketball coach Rodney Taylor said he was pleased with the Tigers’ effort, calling it one of the best of the season.
“It was one of the best games we’ve played all year,” he said. “I thought we executed very well offensively and defensively. This was a good start to the second half of the season.”
Taylor said that the win was a complete team effort as led by Toler.
“He’s our captain and when he plays up to his ability, he’s tough to deal with because he’s hard to guard and he’s got height,” he said. “We got a lot of positive things from everybody, from the young kids to the older, more experienced kids. It was just a good ball game.”
With Dadeville’s win, the Tigers will face the Bulldogs of Lafayette High School in the finals.
The Bulldogs advanced thanks to a 46-10 defeat of a Xavier Moon-less Central-Coosa Cougars squad.
DHS is scheduled to tip-off against the Bulldogs at 6:45 p.m.