Jeff Davis shined in the second half, rallying to beat St. Jude on Friday in the quarterfinals of G.W. Carver’s Dwight Madison tournament.
Shane Osborne scored all 15 of his points in the second half, and the Vols overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to take a 70-63 victory.
“I was in foul trouble early, but it made me more confident to come back in the second half strong,” Osborne said. “We were down 13, but we had to come out in the second half and finish it off.”
JD (12-3) plays Midfield at 10:30 a.m. today in the semifinals. The boys championship is at 7:30 p.m.
Jarrald Sanders led the Vols with 16 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, while Desmond Deramus also had 15 points.
Roderic Scott had 22 points and Andrew Rogers 17 for the Pirates (8-2), who shot 37 percent in the second half. Jude plays Calhoun at 4:30 p.m. today.
“I was real proud of the defensive effort,” JD coach Terry Posey said. “When we got down, we didn’t quit. We kept fighting and battling.”
G.W. Carver 63,
Demetrius Houston and Caleb Provitt scored 14 points each for the Wolverines (6-3), who will play Francis Marion at noon today and have a special ceremony at halftime.
Carver will retire former star Craig Sword’s No. 32 jersey. Sword is currently a sophomore at Mississippi State and will attend today’s ceremony.
Mason Daniel and Ken Holmes had seven points each for Auburn (5-8).
Alvin Murry and Arron Gaines had 21 points each to lead the Patriots (12-4), the top-ranked team in Class 3A. Jermaine Turner added 12 points and Jeremy Shields 10.
Jamarcus Davison’s 17 points led the Tigers (8-5). Jakeem Davison finished with 13 points and Jamine Jordan 11.
Francis Marion 70, Mundy’s Mill (Ga.) 63
Rod Shelton scored 22 points, Arthur Johnson 18 and Cedric Essex 13 for the Rams (6-10). Malik Osborne had 17 points for Mundy’s Mill (4-8).
Anfernee Simmons had 27 points and Walton Young 11 for Keith (10-5) in a consolation game. Brandon Fisher poured in 29 points for the Lions (3-9), while Kalen Whitlow added 14 and Kamryn Pettway 10.
Robert E. Lee 66,
Kendarius Hartwell and Ken’darrius Hamilton scored 20 points each and Trenton Clayton had 17 for the Generals (6-7) in a consolation. Quinterious Craft’s 15 points and Quintavious Dobbins’ 12 paced the Bulldogs (8-5).