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November 22, 2013

PREP BASKETBALL: Chambers scores 26, powers Cold Springs to sweep of Fairview

COLD SPRINGS — This year’s prep basketball season may be in its infancy, but don’t say anything to Triston Chambers.

The sophomore continued to show midseason form, scoring 26 points to lead Cold Springs (3-1) to a 67-48 home victory over county-rival Fairview (0-2) on Friday night.

Chambers’ production didn’t come via the jump shot, either, as the Eagle guard made his home inside the paint on post-ups and dribble penetration. His aggressiveness also paid off at the free-throw line, where Chambers was 15 of 16 on the night.

“I wanted to get to the rim and get kickouts to my team,” he said. “We all know we can shoot, but we want to be the kind of team that grinds out wins in the paint and at the charity stripe. We also want to play really good defense.”

The Eagles accomplished both those goals on Friday — they were 28 of 30 at the foul line and forced a number of Fairview turnovers using a press defense often in the game — to all but take the life out of the Aggies midway through the third frame.

Kurt Knight’s squad trailed by 13 points entering the second half and never got any closer despite a number of almost runs.

Chambers’ and the Cold Springs’ defense was just too much, limiting the Aggies’ half-court offense all evening long.

“Coach (Tim Willoughby) emphasizes getting down and dirty on defense,” Chambers said. “If you don’t go after all of those loose balls and play hard, then how can we expect to play well on defense for the easy ones?”

Josh Freeman poured in 18 points — including back-to-back treys in the second quarter to begin the Eagles’ rout — while Layne Rice added seven of his own.

Chance Hill and Devan Parker each netted 10 points for the Purple and Gold in the loss.

Cold Springs will head to Hanceville on Monday, while Fairview will hop on a bus to Vinemont on Tuesday.

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