Boys basketball results: Eagles prevail over Spartans

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Oak Mountain&8217;s Tyler Gallimore wanted a chance at redemption Monday night in his team&8217;s Class 6A, Area 6 final game against Mountain Brook.

He got that chance &8212; with four seconds left on the clock.

Deadlocked with the Spartans at 40 apiece, the Eagles in-bounded the ball with 10 seconds left in the final quarter. Gallimore took the ball, drove down the left side of the floor, pulled up and sunk a jump shot with four ticks left on the clock.

A desperation heave by Mountain Brook fell short and the Eagles celebrated a 42-40 victory and an area title.

&8220;I wanted the ball in my hands,&8221; Gallimore said. &8220;I had been playing a bad game and wanted to redeem myself.&8221;

Gallimore finished with six points, hitting two-of-nine from the floor on the evening. In the end, however, it was only one shot that mattered.

&8220;Tyler is such a greater shooter,&8221; head coach Jerry North said. &8220;We&8217;ve been able to count on him all season long.

North noted that despite coming away with a victory, the entire team struggled throughout the game.

&8220;We had some letdowns during the game,&8221; North said. &8220;Defensively we had trouble getting to their outside shooters.&8221;

Colby McNorton led the Spartans in scoring, hitting three-of-three from behind the arc to finish with 12 points.

&8220;Mountain Brook was able to hit a lot of those outside shots.&8221;

North called a full timeout before Gallimore&8217;s game-winning shot to set up a play.

&8220;We had a play against man and against zone,&8221; North said. &8220;It was a clear-out play for Tyler and I&8217;m glad it worked.&8221;

The Eagles&8217; Thomas Nordyke finished with a team-high 12 points for his team, including a clutch three-pointer that gave OMHS the lead with 1:29 left in the game.

Justin Luquire was named the most valuable player on the Area 6 all-area team and was joined by Gallimore and teammate Bryant Gardner.

Spain Park&8217;s Adam Mims and Jonathan Hall and Thompson&8217;s Gary Cunningham were also named to the team.

With the win, the Eagles earned a chance to host one more home game.

Area 7 fourth place finisher Shades Valley comes to OMHS this Friday in a sub-regional matchup at 7 p.m.

Spain Park 64, Hoover 63: The Spain Park Jaguars were able to escape with a 64-63 win Monday night in their Class 6A, Area 6 consolation game against Hoover, despite committing two big turnovers in the final 30 seconds of the game.

Adam Mims netted a team-high 16 points, including 12 in the final half of play, while teammate Jonathon Hall finished with 10 points.

&8220;We played pretty well at times,&8221; head coach Brian Moon said. &8220;But their pressure really hurt us.&8221;

The Jags committed 25 turnovers in the game but were able to hold off a pressing Bucs squad.

&8220;We were throwing the ball into the eighth row of the stands at times,&8221; Moon said. &8220;But our guys persevered and found a way to win.&8221;

The victory saved the Jags from having to face the top team out of Area 7. Instead, Spain Park will face runner-up Hewitt-Trussville on the road Friday night at 7 p.m.

Altamont 47, Calera 43: The Calera Eagles came up just short against the Altamont Knights Monday night, falling 47-43 in the Class 2A, Area 8 championship game.

The Eagles missed a three-point attempt late that would have given them the lead.

TJ. Green led Calera with 14 points while Kaderious Lacey netted 10 in the loss.

Kyle Nichols and Green were both named to the all-tourney team.

Calera now has to stay on the road this week and face R.C. Hatch on Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Talladega 72, Briarwood 64: The Briarwood Lions fell to Talladega Monday night in the Class 5A, Area 8 championship game.

The Lions will travel to Wetumpka this Friday for a sub-regional playoff game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Holt 46, Montevallo 24: The Montevallo Bulldogs dropped their Class 4A, Area 8 championship game to Holt Monday night, 46-24.

With the loss, the Bulldogs will head to Dallas County for a sub-regional playoff matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Midfield 73, Indian Springs 36: John Bains scored a team-high 25 points for Indian Springs Monday night in their Class 3A, Area 7 championship game, but it wasn&8217;t enough as the squad fell to Midfield, 73-36.

Indian Springs will travel this Friday to face Leeds in a sub-regional playoff matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

AHSAA Sub-Region Schedule

– Oak Mountain vs. Shades Valley; Friday, 7 p.m.

– Spain Park at Hewitt-Trussville; Friday 7 p.m.

– Calera at R.C. Hatch; Friday, 7 p.m.

– Briarwood at Wetumpka; Friday, 7 p.m.

– Montevallo at Dallas County; Friday, 7 p.m.

– Indian Springs at Leeds; Friday, 7 p.m