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HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Randolph Southern boys now 4-0; Byne girls win Christmas tourney; heartbreak in Bainbridge

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ASHFORD, Ala. -- The Randolph Southern boys basketball program remains as one of the area's only unbeaten teams, winning its fourth game of the season Monday at the Ashford Academy Christmas Tournament in Alabama, beating South Montgomery Academy, 66-56.

The Patriots got a game-high 21 points from Loy Devane, followed by 18 points from Tanner Stone, who scored a career-high of 30 already this year. Kevin Melton added 18.

"Those three guys continue to carry the load, but really the whole team has just played great defense early on," coach Robert Bryant said. "We're not very tall, but we've done a good job of switching and keeping teams off balance."

Randolph now gets set to face Abbeville (Ala.) Christian today before traveling to the Lakeside Christmas Tournament later this week in Lake Eufala, Ala.

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BYNE GIRLS WIN CHRISTMAS TOURNEY:

ALBANY -- The Byne Christian girls basketball team is absolutely beaming after this weekend.

The Lady Saints, who improved to 9-4 with a pair of weekend wins, can now call themselves the champions of the Christian Knights Basketball Tournament after sweeping Rounds 1 and 2 for the title, while placing two players -- Trellie Padgett and Katie Phillips -- on the All-Tournament Team.

Padgett, meanwhile, was named the tournament's MVP.

Byne beat Grace Christian in Game 1 on Friday, 45-22, behind 15 points from Padgett and 10 from Phillips.

Then in the championship game Saturday against host Calvary Christian, the Lady Saints nearly duplicated that score in a 45-25 rout of Calvary.

This time Padgett led all scorers with 14, followed Phillips with 11.

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BYNE BOYS:

The Byne boys team didn't fare as well in the tournament, losing in the first round. But they bounced back in the consolation championship against Lafayette Christian for a win thanks to leading scorer Kasey Sanders, who was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

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HEARTBREAK IN BAINBRIDGE:

Bearcats boys coach Ricky McCullough says this about how his team lost over the weekend to Port St. Joe (Fla.): "That shot falls in once in every 10 times you try it. But it just so happened this was the time."

Leading by three points with time winding down Saturday night against Port St. Joe, Bainbridge's entire team watched as one of Port St. Joe's guards heaved a shot from 30 feet at the buzzer as it found the bottom of the net and sent the game into overtime, where the Bearcats then lost, 75-71, for their third defeat of the season.

"He just came down, squared up and Rohan (Gaines) was right there under him -- and sure enough, it went in," McCullough lamented. "I wish now I would've fouled and put him on the line, but you just never think that kind of shot is going to go in."

The loss dropped Bainbridge to 5-3, but it won Monday at the Hoopfest to move to 6-3. The No. 4 Bearcats play No. 3 Terrell County today in a Herald Top 5 showdown.