Montgomery Academy Speeds to Victory Over Lanett: Six different players from Montgomery Academy drained 3-pointers in a dominant 74-46 victory against Lanett in the opening round of the Coach Larry Chapman Foundation Tip Off Tournament on Monday.
The absence of the Eagles’ top 3-point shooter, Cole Caddell, for Monday’s game would likely have made it even more challenging for the Panthers.
Coach Jeremy Arant shared his thoughts, stating, “I thought we played OK. We made a lot of shots on offense, which is encouraging. Defensively, Lanett did a really good job of pushing the tempo. We weren’t great on transition defense. We secure a lot of rebounds due to our size, but we need to do a better job of putting bodies on people and getting rebounds.”
Montgomery Academy, with a 3-0 record, is set to face Brew Tech in the tournament semifinals on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Lanett will take on Notasulga at the same time.
Skyler Stovall led the charge with an impressive stat line of 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals. His eight points in the early minutes helped the Eagles establish a 20-11 lead. Brewer Welch and Seth Edwards contributed with a pair and one 3-pointers, respectively, in the first quarter. Edwards continued his sharpshooting in the second quarter, hitting three of the Eagles’ five 3-pointers and extending the lead to 43-18 at halftime.
Montgomery Academy’s inside-outside game, featuring Stovall and DJ Vinson inside and the sharpshooting perimeter players, kept the Lanett defense stretched throughout the game.
Coach Arant praised the defensive strategies of Lanett, saying, “They get after you, and they do a really good job of changing up their defenses. They’re 1-3-1 on one possession, 2-3 on another, then they’re in a three-quarter court trap. I thought our guys did a good job of sharing the ball and finding the open guy. Then they made those shots when they were open.”
The balanced scoring effort saw Edwards finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds, an assist, and a steal, while Vinson contributed 11 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and four blocked shots. Brewer Welch added nine points, nine assists, and four steals, and Jarrett Friendly chipped in with six points and five rebounds.
Nakia Bynum led Lanett with 19 points, followed by Jeramiah McGilberry with 10.