By Rob Ketcham
The Cullman Times
HANCEVILLE — Vinemont's junior varsity boys squad has been nearly flawless this season, and that trend didn't change one bit Monday night, as the top-seeded Eagles eliminated No. 5 Holly Pond with a 53-39 semifinal victory.
Austin Mosley couldn't be stopped early on, accumulating three 3-pointers and 17 points for Vinemont, which secured the first berth in the JV boys' championship. The Eagles will play either Fairview or West Point on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Tyler Tucker put Vinemont on the scoreboard with a shot from behind the arc, but Mosley took over from the there. He drained all three of his treys — the last rattled in after bouncing around on the rim — and picked up 11 points by the end of the first quarter.
“I'd been feeling it it a few practices prior to the game,” Mosley said of his hot hand. “I was just trying to score.”
Matt Cahoon converted a steal into a layup, and Nathan Duke added a free throw to close Holly Pond's deficit to four early in the second quarter before the Eagles turned on the jets and never looked back. Hunter Rollins, Trey Waldrep and Austan Hedgecock teamed up on a 14-0 run to end the first half with a 32-14 advantage in Vinemont's favor.
Foul calls were a dime a dozen throughout the entire game. The Broncos were whistled for 20 — 10 in each half — while Vinemont was slapped with 17 — nine in the first half and eight in the second.
Mosley might've had the most points, but he was far from the only player on his team that helped the Eagles take advantage of their top-seed status. Rollins was a perfect 7 for 7 from the three-throw line on his way to 11 points, and Hedgecock wasn't far back with nine. Other Vinemont contributors were Trey Tucker with seven points; Tyler Tucker, five; and Waldrep, four.
“It puts us in a better place to win,” Mosley said of Vinemont holding down the No. 1 spot. “But we can't get ahead of ourselves.”
Duke closed out his season on a high note for Holly Pond by reaching double figures with 10 points. Bailey Smith was good for nine points. Other Bronco scorers were Cahoon, six points; Josh Horton, five; Drew Jones and Jacob Jones, three apiece; Chase Allbright, two; and John Phillips, one.
Monday night's contest was the Eagles' first of the tourney after enjoying a bye over the weekend. Holly Pond had advanced by doubling up Cold Springs on Saturday.
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