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Hartselle Enquirer

Priceville upsets top seeded Brewer. Advances to finals.

Priceville's McClain Thompson works around a Brewer defender. | Caleb Suggs
Priceville’s McClain Thompson works around a Brewer defender. | Caleb Suggs

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

Coming in, Brewer was the odds on favorite to reach the Morgan County tournament finals from their side of the bracket. The Patriots were the top seed in the tournament and the tournament was conveniently being played on their home court. Meanwhile, Priceville, the defending county champions, came in as the underdogs. The Bulldogs suffered a mass exodus of seniors last year and many considered it unlikely they would make a return trip to the finals to defend their title. However, Priceville came in with a game plan. Shoot three pointers and shoot lots of them.

Priceville jumped on Brewer early as the Bulldogs knocked in three shots from beyond the three point line, two from Dylan Cross, to take a 9-3 lead. Priceville didn’t stop there as they knocked in three more shots from beyond the arch and took an 18-8 lead. However, Brewer went on a 8-0 run, capped by a Dakota Bennett dunk, to cut the lead to 18-16 at the end of the first.

The second quarter featured very little offense. Priceville added two more three point shots and took the led at halftime 27-18. 24 of Priceville’s 27 first half points came from beyond the three point line.

Preston Bryan opened the third quarter wit a three point play for the Patriots. However, Priceville managed to stay ahead and still led 39-33 at the end of the third. Brewer finally closed the gap in the fourth when Haden Holmes tied the game at 43-43. However, the Patriots only managed one point the rest of the game and Priceville completed the upset by winning 53-44.

The Patriots almost completed the comeback but Priceville Head Coach knew his players could pull it out. “I just told them we had to settle down.” Haynes said. “These guys have put in the same hard work that the team last year did.” Brandon Speegle led the Bulldogs with 19 points while Dylan Cross had 13. John Jay Graves and Dakota Bennett led the Patriots with 13 and 11 points respectively.