Montevallo boys and girls beat West Blocton

Published 4:29 pm Wednesday, November 29, 2017

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Sports Editor

MONTEVALLO – Montevallo’s boys and girls played host to West Blocton on Tuesday, Nov. 28, and each picked up a big win in differing exciting styles.

The Lady Bulldogs, as they did last year against West Blocton, just absolutely annihilated the visitors with a 62-10 win. The boys, on the other hand, saw one of the more exciting games in the state as it went down to the wire before the Bulldogs picked up a 61-57 win.

Heading into the final quarter of play, Montevallo actually trailed 43-35 thanks to posting just 21 combined points in the second and third quarter.

That’s a total that West Blocton was able to beat in one quarter of play as they posted 24 points in the third period to take the eight-point lead.

Montevallo came out in the fourth quarter, however, and played out of their minds by posting 26 points, something head coach Greg Dickinson is hoping will spark his team moving forward.

The Bulldogs went on to outscore West Blocton 26-14 in the final period to win by the slim margin of 61-57.

A big reason for the comeback in the fourth quarter was a combined 17 points from Davion Gilbert and Jamarcus Green. Gilbert posted all seven of his points in the game in the fourth, while Green had nine points in the frame.

For the game, Green led the way with 26 points, an unbelievable nine steals, five rebounds and six assists. If he can consistently do that, then this Bulldog team will be just fine moving forward.

Joseph Cardoza added 13 points and nine rebounds, while Gilbert chipped in seven rebounds with his seven points. With the win, Montevallo improved to 2-2 on the season.

The girls team, however, remained undefeated as they improved to 4-0 with their dominant win.

There’s not much to say about the game due to the dominant force by which the Bulldogs played, but the defensive effort was the key. Montevallo’s defense held West Blocton scoreless in both the first and fourth quarter as they gave up just six in the second and four in the third.

Lauryn Lilly, who picked up 2,000 points for her career in the Bulldogs’ first game of the season, posted 13 to lead the team. Jazmine Fitts added 10, while Loren Merritt posted nine.

Head coach Tena Niven was excited that some of her young players got some action due to their hard work in practice.