By Darius Cates
Over the weekend Bullock County hosted the 2019 3A Area 5 Tournament. The teams that also participated in the playoff were St. James, Pike Road, and Montgomery Academy. Thursday, the Hornets would take on the Trojans of St. James.
Throughout the first round, Bullock County showed their complete dominance. Hornets were able to use their pure athleticism to out hustle St. James which resulted into their determined zone defense. The defense translated to fast break points in the second half. The Hornets even outmuscled the smaller Trojans giving them opportunities for inside scoring and second chance baskets. The Hornets dominated 59-41 as the final score.
Saturday, the Black and Gold faced Pike Road Patriots for the championship. The Patriots was looking to capitalize on their first round win over Montgomery Academy. The two squads were evenly matched. The game was full of fast tempo and physical play. Pike Road’s defense started off as a problem for the Hornets.
In the first half, the Hornets struggled with their outside shooting and handling the ball. Not only was it trouble for the Hornets’ offense but, their defense as well. With foul trouble along with the Patriot’s excellent shooting the first half looked troubling for Bullock County. In the second half, the Hornets kicked it up a notch.
They were able to step up on the defensive end with key stops forcing a great amount of turnovers. Along with their improvement on defense came the key scoring in the clutch. The high scorer of the game was Junior Jalaceon Green with 19 points and 7 rebounds. The Hornets came out on top in a close game 59-56 on the scoreboard.
Green spoke about the game: “I’m happy we all pulled through. We all had our heads down, but happy we pulled through. Hopefully we can go deep to state.”
Devontae Davis replied: “It feels good. We came out slow. For the seniors, this is our last ride and that is what we were thinking about all day.”
Senior Cedric Nichols mentioned, “It feels good that all our hard work paid off. We started the season slow, but we all pulled it together.”