Tigers find rhythm in win over Red Raiders

  • Ron Albany of Allendale-Fairfax paced the team with 14 points in Friday’s win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

The Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers were hitting on all cylinders Friday night in a 68-45 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

The Tigers delivered an early knockout blow on their rivals. The combination of a relentless defense and an overpowering inside scoring game helped the Tigers build a 24-7 halftime lead.

It was the best defensive performance by the team as they held Bamberg-Ehrhardt High to just two of 19 shooting from the field in the first half.

Ron Albany was a big contributer on the unit. Albany, who had a team-leading three blocked shots, helped fuel an aggressive Tiger man-to-man defense that forced 15 turnovers in the first half.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax High improves to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in region play.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Coby Brandyburg said the team is coming along after a slow start in region play.

“I have to give a lot of credit to my players. We lost our first two region games, but we never lost our focus,” Brandyburg said. “In tonight’s win, we came out and locked down on them defensively. I thought the first half was the best basketball we’ve played all season.”

The Tigers’ offense was in rhythm with just about every player in the lineup having a hand in their success.

The Tigers came on hot in the first quarter. Ahomonta Holmes rattled in a three-pointer. Moments later, Demoray Devoe and Deon Priester finished baskets in transition to put the team ahead 10-4.

In the second quarter, the Tigers’ front court took control in the interior. Tyquavion Youmans converted on three baskets in the paint and Albany scored on two putbacks to extend the lead to 24-7 at halftime.

“I thought we were able to create offense with our pressure defense. We also did a good job of getting second chance points and creating turnovers,” Brandyburg said.

In the second half, the Tigers’ offense continued to thrive. The team shot 51 percent from the field for 44 points in the last two quarters.

Leading the way was Albany with seven third-quarter points. Deon Priester had eight points in the second half. Justin Polite and Jerome Polite III each scored six points in the half.

For the game, the team had a season-high three players to score in double digits. Ron Albany had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Deon Priester finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds and Ahomonta Holmes added 12 points and 10 boards.