THOMASVILLE HOLIDAY HOOPFEST ROUNDUP: R-C boys, looking ahead to duel with T-ville tonight, just sneak by Cook; Trojans tumble vs. Bulldogs

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

THOMASVILLE -- When a high school basketball team scores 100 points against any opponent, expectations tend to soar through the roof that that's the way it's going to go each and every night.

Not so fast, said Randolph-Clay boys hoops coach Oglesby Jackson.

Jackson, whose team beat Lee County on Tuesday in its Thomasville Holiday Hoopfest opener, 100-54, fell a little flat against Cook on Wednesday night and barely squeaked out a 47-40 win after trailing by five points at the half.

The coach, however, said he thinks he knows why.

"I think everyone was looking ahead to (tonight)," said Jackson of the 9-3 Red Devils' matchup against Class AA No. 3 Thomasville (6-1) in a game that's expected to pack the house. "I've been told by (Thomasville's head coach Ben Tillman) that they expect it to be a standing-room-only crowd. It should be a good one."

The matchup is even more intriguing considering Jackson and Tilman are "good friends," says the R-C coach, and are both members of the Church of Christ.

"We haven't talked a lot this week because we're trying not to make it out (to our players) as being bigger than it is," Jackson said. "We just try to take it one game at a time, and we hope to play our brand of ball. Because if we don't -- and we get stuck playing theirs -- it's going to be a long night."

When asked how Jackson hoped to contain Thomasville's twin towers -- Robert Carter and Willie Clayton -- the coach just laughed and said: "We're going to throw everyone at them. That's how."

Shaquille Nunnally led the Red Devils on Wednesday, scoring 13 points, followed by Al'Kwan Sullivan (10).



Lee County kept it close for one half, but Thomasville's two big men -- Clayton and Carter -- combined for 26 third-quarter points to lead the Class AA No. 3-ranked Bulldogs in a rout on Day 2 of the Hoopfest.

"We played hard and played a great first half and we were down by eight at halftime, but their two big guys came out in the third quarter and one scored 16 and the other scored 10 and they pulled away from us,'' said Lee County boys coach Tim McPherson, whose squad fell to 2-8. "This was the first time all year we have had the five guys we wanted to have on the court at the same time. And we played hard.''

James Terrell led Lee County with 12 points, and Josh Cabrera added 11 points. Herald Super 6er Sanford Seay scored five points and grabbed 12 rebounds against the Bulldogs' big front line.

Lee County closes out the Hoopfest against Cook at 5:30 p.m. today.