Hall of Fame games that take place in the pre-season have continued across the state. Last night was at Albany where 6 teams had the chance to get on the court in a real game atmosphere. Early season play showed…
Hall of Fame games that take place in the pre-season have continued across the state. Last night was at Albany where 6 teams had the chance to get on the court in a real game atmosphere. Early season play showed up at times but there was never a lack of effort on either end.
Ponchatoula 81 Independence 38
While the scoreline surely looks bad, both teams are improved from last season with Independence coming off a winless season. Ponchatoula just out early and never looked back with a balanced attack inside and out. J Baker led Independence with a double-double that included 18 points and a lot of energy.
For PHS, it was Reggie Johnson and Raymond McKay who led with 17 a piece. Ponchatoula hit 12 3s in the game and played a high level defense. They'll be an interesting team going forward with plenty of guards and athleticism.
Covington 53 Doyle 50
This game was intense from the jump with both teams finding scoring tough to come by. Covington coming off a 98-88 to Albany loss in a scrimmage clamped down on defense to make it a much more low scoring game. At halftime it was a 20-16 lead for CHS over Doyle.
Doyle is known for their intense defense and were able to hold Diego Smith to 17 despite his 38 point outburst last week. For Doyle, two seniors in Tyler Dawsey (12 points) and Akeem Bell (11 points) led the way. With Doyle's defense, they'll have a shot at winning their 2A district.
Salmen 58 Albany 46
The nightcap saw one of the 4A favorites and last season's runner-ups battle an extremely physical Albany squad. It was a battle of wills that saw the game stay close for the majority of the game. Albany led 12-11 after one and 24-23 at half before Salmen amped up the pressure.
Cameron Vickers led the way for Salmen with 16 points and the majority of that game around the rim. Senior PG John Norvel (12 points) ran the show and drew the assignment of Dylan Hoyt (10 points) who had 34 in the Covington scrimmage. Sean Sykes had 16 points to lead Albany while Quincy Sykes added 10 points in a double-double effort.