Just too many athletes and fatigue were the factors that kept Sardis from pulling off what would have been the upset of the tournament.
Gadsden City had three players finish with double figures to lead the Titans to an 82-49 victory over the Lions in the first round of the inaugural Gadsden Area Christmas Classic at Gadsden City High School Wednesday night.
Dee Pearson and Jalen Huff led Gadsden City with 16 points each, while Demetrius Huff finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Jalen Huff forced Sardis to spread its defense in the first half by hitting some big 3-pointers for the Titans. He connected on three 3-pointers in the first half.
“Credit to them because we didn’t play our best in that game tonight,” Sardis coach Van Owens said. “Their ability to hit the three there left us scrambling a lot.”
Jacob Hopper scored 11 points in the first half and was held scoreless the remainder of the game but still led the Lions in scoring.
Sardis managed to stay in striking range with the Titans through much of the first quarter, but Gadsden City then went on a 9-0 run to close out the frame to take a 23-14 lead into the second.
“I knew that with this being their second game of the day that they would hit a brick wall and there for a while I was hoping they would hit that brick wall sooner than later,” Titans coach Reginald Huff said. “They were making some shots early, and it seemed like we couldn’t stop them. But we had some guys really step up tonight to give us a spark.”
Gadsden City followed suit in the second by going on an 11-2 run to close out the half with a 51-27 lead.
The Titans all but put the final nail in the coffin in the last few minutes of the third period when they went on an 11-4 run to close out the period to build a 25-point lead heading into the final frame.
The Titans move on to face Westbrook at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals of the Classic, while Sardis will take a day off and play again at 4 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday’s consolation game between West End and Hokes Bluff.