December 3, 2021  
East Alabama Sports Today  

Faith Christian so hot early they had to call the fire department; Donoho gets first win, Jacksonville keeps rolling, Weaver spoils Wellborn’s opener

Donoho 72, Jacksonville Christian 66
Faith Christian 69, Ragland 66
Hokes Bluff 69, Coosa Christian 34
Jacksonville 79, Gadsden City 69
Pell City 79, Lincoln 19
Weaver 61, Wellborn 43

Faith Christian was so hot shooting the basketball Thursday night they had to call the fire department – literally.

Jacques Prater and Thomas Curlee both hit three 3-pointers in the first half and the Lions opened a 10-point halftime lead in an eventual 69-66 area victory over Ragland.

“We were doing a lot of shooting in practice and I think it translated to the game,” Prater said. “It was big because it helped our confidence, getting momentum going early.”

“We came out and did our job,” Faith coach Cory Hughes said. “I’ve said before if our guys do our job we’re going to be tough to beat. The first half they came out and did their job.”

It was a rather unsettling scene for those arriving late. Just as the teams were headed into halftime something set off the fire alarm in the gym. It brought a truck from the Anniston Fire Department to the parking lot with red lights blazing and it stayed on site through the first four minutes of the third quarter as the firemen investigated.

The Lions cooled off after they left, scoring fewer points in the second half than they did in the second quarter. They scored only five points in the third quarter as Ethan Richerzhagen remained on the bench in foul trouble.

An ember caught fire in the fourth quarter as the Lions hit their first five shots from the floor to pull away from a tight game. [**read more]

Faith Christian 69, Ragland 66

FAITH CHRISTIAN – Yashua Arevalo 5 3-8 13, Jacques Prater 3 4-8 13, Thomas Curlee 11 1-2 26, Ethan Richerzhagen 5 5-7 15, Demonde Bell 0 0-0 0, Colton Pahman 1 0-1 2. Totals 25 13-26 69. [**read more]

Donoho 72, Jacksonville Christian 66

Drew Williamson scored 23 points and Dean Harrell and Nick Goad had 14 apiece as the Falcons claimed their first victory of the season in their area opener.

The Falcons (1-3) trailed 54-50 early in the fourth quarter, then got two 3-pointers from Williamson and one from Nick Goad to take the lead for good.

The Thunder got as close as 67-64, but the Falcons closed it out by hitting five of six free throws over the final 46 seconds after struggling from the line most of the game. [**read more]

Donoho 72, Jacksonville Christian 66

DONOHO – Dean Harrell 5 0-0 14, Isiah Smith 1 0-0 3, Nick Goad 5 0-2 14, Drew Williamson 8 2-3 20, Sean Keel 0 1-2 1, Rich Goad 2 3-4 7, Jack Burgess 1 1-3 3, Eric Tolson 4 2-5 10. Totals 26 9-19 11 72. [**read more]

Jacksonville 79, Gadsden City 69

JACKSONVILLE – John Broom, who missed the first meeting between the teams because of illness, scored 26 points and Caden Johnson had 21 and the Golden Eagles used a big fourth quarter to beat Gadsden City for the second time this season.

Broom hit 6 of 10 shots from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and went 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Johnson was 9-of-13 from the floor. He also grabbed nine rebounds and had three steals.

The game was tied after three quarters and Jacksonville pulled away with a 19-9 run in the fourth. [**read more]


Weaver 61, Wellborn 43

Kohl Perry scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half as Weaver opened a big lead and remained perfect at the free throw line. Perry hit two free throws and is now 13-of-13 for the season. Jeffrey Miles scored all 14 of his points in the first half and Tristan Brown had 10 of his 12 in the half.

Wellborn was opening its season. Ethan Tidwell led the Panthers with 14 points. [**read more]

Girls games

Gadsden City 40, Jacksonville 14
Hokes Bluff 54, Coosa Christian 15
Jacksonville Christian 67, Donoho 19
Pell City 70, Lincoln 19
Ragland 40, Faith Christian 22
Weaver 44, Wellborn 8 [**read more]

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