By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent
Aliceville pulled away from Gordo in the Pickens County championship game to win their third straight county championship. It took overtime for the Yellow Jackets to get past Pickens County in the first round of the tournament, but things would be a bit easier in the championship, as Aliceville pulled away from the Greenwave late, 44-32.
Chris Walker is in his third season as Yellow Jackets head coach and has now won the Pickens County tournament in all three years of his tenure. The Aliceville alumnus said the ‘three-peat’ is special and does not recall accomplishing a feat like this during his playing days.
“First off, they did this. All the credit goes to them. They went out and ran the plays and they went out and made the shots,” Walker said. “I think we may have won (county) two straight, but I never won three in a row.”
The Yellow Jackets did not play well early, however, as Gordo jumped out to a 5-0 lead midway through the first quarter. The Yellow Jackets finally got on the board when Caminion Hughes made a layup with 3:32 remaining in the first quarter, cutting the Greenwave lead to 5-2. Two Matthew Clark free throws would be Aliceville’s only other points in the quarter, as the Yellow Jackets made only one field goal and trailed 7-4 after one quarter.
Jercurtis Wilson drained a three-point basket two minutes into the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7, but Gordo would respond with a three by Keiden Prude to go back ahead 10-7. Aliceville tied the game again with 3:58 left in the first half when Kentrell Eddins made a layup and was fouled to convert the three-point play.
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.