Thompson sprints ahead to dominate Tuscaloosa County

Published 2:14 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2024

By SETH HAGAN | Special to the Reporter

ALABASTER – Thompson boys basketball took a tough road loss on the chin last week against the No. 2 ranked Hoover Buccaneers to begin area play, but followed that with a dominating 70-46 win at home over the Tuscaloosa County Wildcats on Tuesday, Jan 9.

After the game, head coach DJ Black was pleased with the way his team responded.

“Team effort tonight,” Black said. “We had two great days of practice and had great carry over tonight. Proud of the response that we got from our guys. Back to work tomorrow.”

The Warriors were all business to start the game and charged out to a shocking 14-1 lead. Five different players scored the first five baskets of the quarter with Cam Pritchett leading the way with six points in the opening period as Thompson grabbed a 20-8 lead.

Next, it was Colben Landrew’s turn. The talented sophomore went unconscious to start the second quarter, scoring Thompson’s first 11 points, including three straight buckets from long range.

At one point, Landrew was nearly outscoring the Wildcats by himself, and the Warriors took a 38-20 lead into halftime.

The assault from beyond the arc continued in the third period as well. Thompson scored a game-best 22 points in the quarter, drilling four more three’s to give them 11 in the first three quarters alone.

Seven different Warriors scored in the third as Masiah Robinson, Carson McKenney and Jared Smith all scored multiple times. McKenney’s two three pointers to end the period gave Thompson a 60-31 lead and they would cruise to the win from there.

Landrew connected on four triples in a game-high 17-point performance. Smith also got into double digits with 11 points while McKenney and Daeshaun Morrissette chipped in nine and eight points, respectively.

No. 6 Thompson will head out on the road next for an area game against the Vestavia Hills Rebels on Friday, Jan 12 at 7 p.m.