Albany coach Archie Chatmon and the Indians improved to 2-3 Saturday with a 62-48 victory against Colquitt County.
ALBANY — Nearly everybody on the Albany bench scored Saturday for the Indians in a 62-48 win over Colquitt County.
Dezmond Newberry scored 14, with 12 coming in the second half, to lead the Indians, who had 10 players score on the night against a Class AAAAAA Packers’ team waiting for their football players to come back.
“They’re missing about five guys,” Albany head coach Archie Chatmon said of Colquitt, whose football team was knocked out of the football playoffs in the semifinals Friday. “This was a must win for us considering their situation.”
Freshman Sean Wooden had his best game so far in high school, scoring10 to go with eight boards. He was dominant in limited action, playing about 15 minutes.
“These were his best minutes in varsity,” Chatmon said of Wooden. “We thought we might be able to play him a little bit (Saturday). He didn’t disappoint.”
Chatmon rotated liberally throughout, but when Newberry and Wooden got their chances in spurts, they took advantage.
Newberry scored six points during a 11-2 run to start the third quarter that helped the Indians (2-3) jump out to a 36-16 lead before Colquitt’s sharpshooter ignited.
The Packers (1-2) were led by Xivier Terry's 26 points. Terry scored 16 in the third alone, including three 3-pointers in the quarter and five on the night. Colquitt got as close as 11 (55-44) with 1:34 to play, but Albany held Terry scoreless over the final 4:30.
Albany used a 13-3 run to close out the first half with a 25-14 lead. Colquitt went cold from the floor for four minutes in the second quarter and the Indians came alive behind six points off the bench for the freshman Wooden, who added five rebounds in the first half.
“Everybody who played really did some positive things,” Chatmon said. “Coming off the Monroe game (a 40-39 loss), I was a little worried about a letdown.”
Only the Packers' Donta Wilson's 3-pointer with 2:18 left in the second kept Colquitt from going scoreless over the final 6:46 of the second quarter.
Colquitt goes to Lee County Tuesday, while Albany plays host to Worth County.
Rally falls short for Albany girls, who drop to 0-4 with loss to Colquitt County
Albany rallied late to get as close as seven points in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Squaws never found as answer for Colquitt's Makeba Ponder.
Ponder scored 24 points, hitting five threes in the win, including one with 3:35 left that stopped an Albany 9-0 run. Nakeidra Green's 3-pointer with 3:54 to play had cut it to 40-33 before Ponder struck again.
Albany was led by Green's 12 points, five rebounds and two steals. The Lady Squaws (0-4) also got 10 points from Brianna Washington.
Colquitt County dominated the first four minutes of the game, taking a 14-2 lead on Ponder's 3-pointer before the Lady Squaws regrouped.
Albany's LaDaisha Green scored on a lay-in and Briana Williams added 1-of-2 free throws to cut the lead to 14-9, but that was as close as Albany would get.
The Lady Packers outscored Albany 14-6 in the second quarter to increase the lead to 28-14.