Albany boys beat Cook, girls fall

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- For the past five weeks, Albany High coach Archie Chatmon had been waiting for a sign his young basketball team was beginning to grow up. On Tuesday night, he got just that.

Freshman guard Tyrone Culbreth pumped in a career-high 19 points as the Indians roared back from a three-point halftime deficit, outscoring Cook, 21-7, in the third quarter, to earn a hard-fought 56-53 Region 1-AA win over the visiting Hornets.

The Indians (6-5 overall, 3-2 Region 1-AA) led by as many as 16 points late in the third quarter before Cook -- behind a game-high 23 points from B.J. Henry -- cut the gap to three points with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game. But the Hornets (3-6, 1-2) could get no closer.

"Tyrone is going to be a nice player for us," Chatmon said of his 6-foot-2 wing guard. "Right now he is up and down, but he was up (Tuesday)."

The Indians, who trailed the entire first half, got off to a rough start but clawed within three points, 19-16, at the intermission.

The second half, however, was all orange and green.

Culbreth opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer to tie it and Roscoe Byrd followed with a basket to push the Indians into a 21-19 advantage they would not relinquish. Albany clamped down defensively and embarked on 14-2 run over the next six minutes to grab a 37-21 advantage with a minute remaining in the quarter.

"When we got up by double figures, I told our guys that this was the type of game we have to learn how to finish and how to win," Chatmon said. "A young team can easily give away a game like that. It was a big win for us and at one point we are going to see a light bulb go off in these kids' heads and they will learn to trust their coaches."

Albany has back-to-back road games Friday and Saturday. The Indians will travel to Berrien before visiting Monroe.



Measha Davis scored Cook's final nine points as the Lady Hornets rallied from five points down in the final period.

Cook (4-4) trailed, 29-23, with 3:46 to go before Davis went on her tear. Davis, who led Cook with 13 points, hit three straight buckets and added a free throw to give Cook a 30-29 lead with two minutes left. But Albany's Jasmine Myers, who led all scorers with 15 points, dropped in a layup as the Squaws (2-8) regained the lead, 31-30, with 1:08 to go.

Seconds later, Davis canned a pair of free throws to make it, 32-31, with 30.2 seconds remaining. And the Squaws never got off another shot.