Vincent continues strong play

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Vincent Yellow Jackets (13-9) (5-0) used a 33-6 second half run to catapult them to a 62-35 road win against the Montevallo Bulldogs (1-13) (0-6) Friday night at Susie DeMont Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs controlled the tempo of the contest by slowing down a sputtering Yellow Jacket team capitalizing on turnovers and going 100 percent from the free throw line.

Leading into intermission, the score was dead locked at 29-29.

The Yellow Jackets rejuvenated their aggressive play of old in the third quarter, starting out to a 13-2 run, only to allow a mere four more points by the Bulldogs as the game rolled on.

Despite a rugged first half, the Yellow Jackets hit their stride in the second half with greater intensity and Josh Kelley leading the way with 17 points and six steals.

Octavious Looney was a consistent force in the paint for the Yellow Jackets putting up 13 points while pulling down 10 rebounds.

Dejuan Fulgham led the Bulldogs with eight points in the defeat.

&8220;We didn&8217;t come ready to play tonight and didn&8217;t start out with a lot of intensity, especially in the first half. Coach Pierson did a great job of getting his team ready to play,&8221; said Vincent head coach Stacy McGehee.

&8220;We came out of the half wanting to play with more intensity on defense.

I think giving up only six points in the second half was a big deal for us,&8221; McGehee added.

Earlier in the week, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Thorsby Rebels 57-29 to clinch the 2A Area 7 championship with the help of

Looney&8217;s 14 point outing.

&8220;We are real excited about being about to have the area tournament at home.

I am real proud of our kids and especially proud of our seniors, because it has been a long time since something like this has happened for our program,&8221; McGehee said.

&8220;Wining our area was one of our goals at the beginning of the season and hopefully playing a tough schedule will have us ready to play.&8221;

On the contrary, the Bulldogs are still experiencing the inconsistent offensive productivity and the effects rebuilding can have on a program.

Accompanied with the loss to the Yellow Jackets, the Bulldogs were defeated by the Shelby County Wildcats 81-43 Thursday night after being down by only eight at the half.

&8220;It&8217;s been hard and we cannot seem to get the ball to fall for us.

We are playing well in the first half but seem not to come out in the second half ready to play,&8221; Bulldog head coach Bobby Pierson said.

In two recent games, the Bulldogs have been outscored an overwhelming 83-24 in the second half.

&8220;We are a young team playing only with one senior.

We just have to keep working hard.&8221;

Currently, the Bulldogs are nestled in the fourth position in Class 3A, Area 6, as they wait to see how the area will shake out to determine where they will travel for the area tournament