The offensive options were beginning to look thin for Prattville Christian boys basketball coach Jason Roberson.
JC Emerson found himself at the end of the bench with five fouls, and shooter Adam Roberson couldn’t find any daylight to get off a shot.
Good thing Jake Newcomb remained a reliable threat.
“Our options were limited, (Montgomery Academy) did a good job on defense and they made it tough on us so a lot of our plays were not there,” Jason Roberson said. “But I’ll tell you one thing, if I am limited in options; I’d love that option to be No. 2 Jake Newcomb.”
On Monday night, Newcomb poured in 14 of his 25 points during the decisive quarter to lift Prattville Christian to a 56-49 victory over Montgomery Academy in the championship game of the Class 2A, Area 8 tournament.
The Panthers (22-9) will host Central-Hayneville in Friday’s subregional matchup at 7 p.m.
A 6-foot-2 forward, Newcomb rolled off 12 consecutive points at one stretch in the fourth. The senior’s baby hook over a pair of MA defenders at the 1:46 mark supplied the Panthers some breathing room in the form of a 50-44 advantage.
“There isn’t many like Jake Newcomb,” the PCA coach said. “He’ll get the job done when we need him too.”
Newcomb — won was named tourney MVP — was warned early to not passive.
“At the beginning of the game, I had taken like five or six shots and coach was like, ‘stop passing the ball out of the post,'” said Newcomb, who also pulled down 10 rebounds. “I was getting the ball in places where I needed it to score.”
Josh Thomas’ 3-pointer from the top of the key made it a one possession game, but the Eagles were unable to inch any closer. Montgomery Academy struggled to run its offense smoothly and Prattville Christian hit 6-of-10 from the line.
“We’re too inconsistent, that’s the problem,” MA coach Anthony McCall said. “We’ll make one or two plays, then we’ll turn around and make some bonehead mistakes. … We just didn’t have the pose to win down the stretch at the end of the day.”
George Hook drilled four 3s to finish with 16 points and Thomas added 11 for the Eagles, who trailed by as many as 14 points in the opening half.
Prattville Chr. girls 58,
Montgomery Aca. 34
The Panthers (30-0) continued their winning ways, defeating the Eagles for the fourth time this season to capture the area tourney crown, too. PCA will host Calhoun in Thursday’s subregional at 7 p.m.
Kristen Emerson, a Troy signee, recorded a triple-double with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, while teammate Alex McLain scored 18 points for Prattville Christian, which grabbed control early behind a commanding 16-2 burst.
“We’re trying to get better at starting off the game fast like that,” said Emerson, who also had six blocks. “We want to get inside (opponents) heads early; a big part of the game is getting in someone’s head. We came out and we were ready to play.”
Gretchen Lee and Emily Garcia combined for 25 points for MA (16-11).