Prep hoops: Tigers upbeat after loss; Luverne advances

Prep hoops: Tigers upbeat after loss; Luverne advances


Prep hoops: Tigers upbeat after loss; Luverne advances


The Calhoun Tigers walked toward the door of the Acadome, exiting the Class 2A boys Central Regional after a 67-61 loss to R.C. Hatch on Monday, when junior guard Jakeem Davison took a last peek back.

The Tigers, making their first regional appearance since 2007, don’t plan to wait so long again.

“It was great for us to get here, but we want to go further next year,” Davison said. “We want a championship.”

Consider Calhoun’s appetite simply whetted.

The Tigers (14-13) led after Jamichael Jordan’s 3-pointer with 2½ minutes left, but the Bobcats (18-8) scored 10 of the game’s final 12 points.

R.C. Hatch will play No. 1 Luverne at 8 p.m. Thursday for the regional championship.

“This will push me to work harder,” said junior guard Jamarcus Davison, Jakeem’s cousin. “This is going to motivate me a lot.

“This shows me that I’m not where I need to be.”

Jamarcus Davison, after a torrid late-season run, was just 3-of-22 shooting and finished with 10 points. Jakeem Davison scored 14 points and Jordan added 12.

Jamarcus said he would be back in the gym today getting ready for next season. “No days off,” he said. Jakeem said it would be this summer before he started preparing with gusto.

“I think it’s headed back in the right direction,” Calhoun coach Jim Hunter said. “Next year, our guards will be OK, but we need our two juniors (forwards) to come on.”

Hunter said Jatavious Taylor and Chris Morman are the key.

“If those two develop, we’ll be a pretty decent team,” Hunter said.

Eric Carter totaled 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who are in a regional final for the first time since 2009.

Jesse Goldsby scored 15 points and Bakuri Jackson 10. Hatch has 10 state championships, the most by an AHSAA boys team.

“Coach Hunter does a good job and they have a good ballclub,” Hatch coach Homer Davis said. “We had a good game plan and, thank the Lord, it worked out.”

Luverne 77, Aliceville 59

Quindarius Thagard had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the top-ranked Tigers (23-2), the defending regional champion.

TraQuez Watkins had 22 points. Donta’ Hall had 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots.

Luverne coach Richard Dorsey did not allow his players to speak to the Advertiser.

Joe Robinson’s 15 points and 10 rebounds led the Yellow Jackets (22-4). Anfrenee Mullins had 11 points and 12 boards.


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