Thompson cruises to home win over Helena

Published 11:10 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

By ANDREW SIMONSON | Sports Editor

ALABASTER – In the showdown of the two top men’s basketball teams in the county, the Thompson Warriors came out on top and cruised to a 69-47 victory on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at home over the Helena Huskies.

The Warriors kicked off the game on a 7-0 run in just 1:10. The Huskies quickly clawed back with a 6-0 run to draw within one, but a three-pointer from Colben Landrew kicked off Thompson’s response.

The Warriors led 18-9 at the end of the first quarter to establish control early on.

Thompson was unable to build its lead by much in the first four minutes of the second quarter, and that led Warriors coach DJ Black to call a timeout with 3:34 left in the half up 25-16.

That made the difference in the half as the Warriors went on a 9-2 run in the next two minutes to force a Helena timeout to regroup.

From there, Thompson closed out the half and led 38-22 at the break.

After the teams came out of the locker room, they combined for 32 points in the third quarter to keep the scoring going. The Huskies won the quarter 17-15, but that only cut the Warriors lead by two points.

With Thompson up 53-39 going into the fourth quarter, Helena continued to chip away at the deficit and forced a timeout when the gap was down to 14.

However, the Warriors pulled away and cruised to a 22-point lead, which proved to be the final margin of victory.

Thompson’s Jay Green led all scorers with 20 points and added three assists and four steals. Landrew scored 16 points and racked up seven assists, seven rebounds and two steals.

Daeshaun Morrissette had 12 points off 5-7 shooting and earned four rebounds and four steals, Riley Bryant scored six points and had four rebounds and Cam Pritchett earned five points and six rebounds.

For the Huskies, Ian Johnigan and Josh Williams combined for 36 of their team’s 47 points. Johnigan scored 20 points and Williams had 16 points, six steals and four rebounds. In addition, Joseph King scored six points.