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BRHS falls to Sylacauga

Published 10:52am Wednesday, January 16, 2013

By Ed Bailey

The mid-season slump for the Benjamin Russell Wildcats boys basketball squad continued with a loss to Sylacauga Monday night.
The Wildcats fell 58-49, as a strong second half was unable to reverse the damage done by a slow first half.
The defeat drops Benjamin Russell to 5-11 on the year, and it is the fifth loss in the Wildcats’ last six outings.
Ronnie Stacy led the Wildcats with 12 points.
The frontcourt tandem of Woo Varner and Javoskie McNeal posted identical stat lines.
Both Varner and McNeal scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards.
The Wildcats struggled mightily to find the basket in the first half.
Similar to the first meeting between the two teams, Benjamin Russell was anemic offensively in the first half. BRHS only managed 15 points in the half, one less than the 16 they scored in the first two quarters of action versus Sylacauga.
The Wildcats out-scored the Aggies 34-33 in the second half but it wasn’t enough.
“I thought we played them much better than the last time  we played them,” BRHS head boys basketball coach Jeff Hines said. “They had us down 42-16 at the half in the first meeting.”
Hines chalked up Benjamin Russell’s struggles to an offense that hasn’t found a consistent rhythm.
“I thought we played well enough to win,” Hines said. “But we’re having a hard time scoring in all phases, whether that is from two-point range or three-point range.”
Next for BRHS is a Thursday night tilt with Childersburg. On Friday they will face Marbury in area play. Portions of the proceeds from the Marbury game will go to the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for cancer awareness.