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Decatur wins close one this time
Red Raiders avenge loss to Patriots

By Brooke Milam
bmilam@decaturdaily.com· 340-2460

MADISON — When Decatur’s boys faced Bob Jones in the Huntsville Times Classic on Dec. 26, the Red Raiders fell apart in the fourth quarter.

In the rematch Tuesday night, however, Decatur won it in the final frame.

Class 5A No. 4 Decatur earned a 53-49 road win over Bob Jones after the Lady Patriots moved past the Lady Red Raiders 92-31.

“Our kids really competed in the fourth quarter,” Decatur boys coach Jamie Lee said. “It may be the proudest I’ve been in awhile. We didn’tplay good, but we competed good.”

The Decatur boys led 11-9 after the first and 25-21 at halftime, but trailed 41-34 going into the fourth quarter.

“I’ve been harping on them about our conditioning, and I think that really showed in the fourth quarter,” Lee said.

Lee said fourth-quarter play has been a concern and for a good reason.

Bob Jones (7-8) won the December game 62-60 when Decatur (14-4) let an early 27-10 lead slowly slip away.

“The only time they led last time was the final buzzer,” Lee said.

On Tuesday, the Red Raiders showed their coach improvement, outscoring the Patriots 19-8 in the fourth, and completing a come-from-behind win when Rashard Tapscott’s steal following a Drei Marthaler free throw led to a 3-point play by Mark Mason.

Decatur’s Rico Pickett led all scorers with 19 points, and had five rebounds, four assists and six steals.

Teammate Jarodiaus Willingham scored 15 and recorde“We knew we had to control (Randle) and limit their second-chance points,” Lee said.

Decatur held Randle to seven points and five rebounds.

Dion Mathis was the only Patriot to reach double-digit scoring, leading Bob Jones with 12.d a game-high 10 rebounds for the Red Raiders. Mark Mason added 10 points.

G Redus missed his second straight game after injuring his knee and is expected to miss at least two more weeks.

Bob Jones held the advantage most of the second half, before a steal and layup by Willingham tied the score at 47 with 2:03 left to play.

The score was tied again at 49 with a minute to go.

Decatur’s focus was Bob Jones’ inside man Terry Randle, who hurt the Red Raiders most in the teams’ last meeting. Decatur held Randle to seven points and five rebounds.

Bob Jones girls 92, Decatur 31: The Class 6A, No. 4 Lady Patriots took control early and never sloweddown.

“We chart the game in four-minute increments and the first four minutes tonight was the best we’ve played all year. We just let it get out of hand too soon,” Boy said.

The game was tied at 4 and 6 early before Bob Jones broke to a 21-7 lead at the end of the first.

“The first four minutes was great and we’ve got to learn to sustain that,” Boy said.

At halftime it was 48-14 Bob Jones, and the lead had swelled to 72-24 by the end of the third.

For Decatur (1-17), Ashley Henderson and Ashley Witherspoon each scored seven points.

Brittany Manning’s 16 points led Bob Jones (20-3), followed by Kellie Cook with 15. China Antoine scored 12 and passed out a team-high 14 assists, while Jasmine Green and Lauren Young each grabbed nine rebounds.

Bob Jones’ only losses this year were to No. 1 ranked Jeff Davis, twice, and No. 3 Sparkman.

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