Tigers thrash Vols, 66-38Published 7:49pm Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Dadeville Tigers had a good night in Lineville.
With the return of top post player Anfernee Jennings, big second halves from Malik Tolbert and Jay Foster propelled the Tigers to a 66-38 shellacking of the Central – Clay County Volunteers.
On the year, Dadeville is 3-0 (2-0 in area).
“The kids played really well, and we shot the ball extremely well,” said Dadeville coach Rodney Taylor. “We’re nowhere near where we need to be, but we’re playing well.”
Dadeville led 28-22 at the half before Tolbert and Foster exploded, particularly from the perimeter.
“Jay and Malik were pretty much on fire for the third and fourth quarters,” Taylor said.
Tolbert scored 20 points, five boards and six assists, and Foster scored 25 points and three assists.
Jennings and D.J. Black dominated the boards on behalf of Dadeville.
“We moved Shawn Jennings to the perimeter to accommodate Anfernee, and that worked really well,” Taylor said. “Having him back helps us big time. All nine of our guys played and contributed positively, and that’s what I want to see. I felt coming into the season that we’d have more depth and versus Central – Clay, it showed. The more they play, the more it will help us late in the season and in February as we’ll have kids ready to step in and fill minutes when we need them.”
Next for Dadeville is the Pepsi Classic, which the Tigers have won the past two years. Their first-round opponent is Horseshoe Bend, and they will face either Coosa or Benjamin Russell on Saturday, depending on first-round results.
“Our kids get fired up for the tourney,” Taylor said. “These are all rivalry games, especially with Coosa and (Benjamin Russell), and it usually draws a pretty good crowd. The gate should allow each team to get a piece of the pie so we can help our programs. Hopefully people come out and support these kids.”