Seth Swalve led all Bearcat scorers with 22, while Donaldson finished with 18 — 12 of which came in the first half. Lawson Schaffer also added 16 points in the loss.
Petty (25), Love (20) and Justin Hawkins (20) were all huge for J.O. Johnson in the win. Damen Freeman was good 16 as well.
“They’ve got a good team,” Meyer said. “But we have got to get back to team basketball. We had a little too much one-on-one tonight.”
With the loss, Cullman (0-1) will take on Butler in the consolation game Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Johnson, meanwhile, will battle it out with 6A Huntsville for the Tip-Off Challenge title.
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