The McGill-Toolen boys’ basketball team traveled to New Orleans last weekend to take part in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic at the Alario Center. The Yellow Jackets came away with the tournament championship, led by the event’s Most Valuable Player, Barry Dunning Jr., who signed in November to play at Arkansas.
Dunning produced 17 points and 13 rebounds in Saturday’s 60-51 championship game win over Ellender High in Louisiana. He was aided by teammates Myles Murphy, Gavin Veasey and Devin McCraine, each of whom joined Dunning on the all-tournament team. Veasey scored 13 points in the title game with Murphy and McCaine adding 12 points each. In Friday’s semifinal game against Family Christian of Baton Rouge, Murphy scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Yellow Jackets claimed a 59-38 win. Dunning had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Bennett Russ had 12 points and 10 rebounds. In the first-round victory over Frederick Douglass High in Louisiana, a 71-43 win, Dunning had 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Murphy scored 14 points and Russ added 11 points. McGill is now 19-3 on the season overall and carries a 1-0 area record into this week’s schedule of games. The Yellow Jackets are the top-ranked team in the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A basketball poll, taking over the No. 1 spot last week.
Toros’ players honored
In a recent home game, Spanish Fort players Kolby Horace and Colby McAllister were recognized and presented with commemorative basketballs noting their individual achievements of scoring more than 1,000 points in their Toros’ careers. Both achieved the milestone this season. In fact, Horace has become the school’s all-time leading scorer and will only add to that record as the season continues.
Bishop State, Coastal South split
In a rivalry and Alabama Community College Conference matchup last week between Bishop State and Coastal Alabama South in Bay Minette, the Bishop State women came away with a convincing victory while the Coastal Alabama South men rolled to its win. In the women’s game, won by Bishop State 73-46, Tenequa Rhodes led the way for Bishop with 18 points and two rebounds. Cordasia Harris added 14 points and 11 rebounds to the effort. Coastal Alabama South was led by Emily Tucker with 12 points and three rebounds. In the men’s game, Coastal Alabama South produced a 110-50 victory and had several players score 10 points or more. The leader of the pack was Lue Williams with 22 points and six rebounds. He was aided by Alonzo Wright who scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Heading into this week’s play, the Bishop State women’s team has an overall record of 6-8 and is 2-2 in conference play, while the Coastal Alabama South women’s team is now 2-7 overall and 0-4 in conference matchups. On the men’s side, Coastal Alabama South is now 8-4 and 2-3, while Bishop State continues to struggle, posting a 2-11 overall record and a conference mark of 0-5.
UMS-Wright tops St. Paul’s
In the basketball version of the “Battle of Old Shell Road,” UMS-Wright picked up wins in both boys’ and girls’ play. The boys’ team claimed a 43-36 win, led by Arthur Chitty’s 12 points and 10 rebounds and Barton Elliott’s 11 points and five rebounds. The UMS girls won 60-45, with Dorsey Parker scoring 21 points and Elizabeth Meador adding 14.
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