- Cullman, Alabama

February 23, 2013

NORTHWEST REGIONAL TOURNAMENT (BOYS ROUNDUP): Marion County topples Parrish in 68-67 thriller to grab 1A title

By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times

HANCEVILLE — Marion County entered Saturday's matchup with Parrish with an 0-3 record against the Tornadoes on the season.

Deshawn Riebesehi wasn't about to let it get to 0-4.

The junior scored 23 points, while garnering All-Tournament MVP honors as the Raiders (26-6) squeaked by Parrish 68-67 to win the Class 1A Boys Regional crown.

Teammates Ready Swanigan and Sean Wallace also gained recognition for their tournament play.

Parrish's Brandon Sims went off for 33 points in the loss to earn All-Tournament Team accolades. Barry Hill and Reginald Harris were the other two players for the Tornadoes (28-2) to earn spots on the team.

R.A. Hubbard's Austin Beasley rounded out the All-Tourney honors.

% J.O. Johnson 53, Butler 41: The Jaguars used a stellar defensive effort to thwart  the Rebel offense and continue their season on into Birmingham.

J.O. Johnson (21-11) gave Butler fits all game long with its suffocating press, forcing 18 turnovers and converting them into 18 points on the other end.

Lionel Love was the easy choice for All-Tournament MVP, netting 19 points for the Jaguars, while teammates Charles Woodward and Keon Ray were also selections for the All-Tournament squad.

Rico Harris was good for 10 points for the Rebels (16-14). He, teammate KJ Gosa and Brooks' forward Holden Corum completed the All-Tournament Team.

% Madison Academy 48, Mars Hill 45: The Mustangs connected on 5 of 8 free throws in the final minute to pull away from the Panthers in the Class 3A Northwest Regional final on Saturday.

Mars Hill tied the game at 39 with 4:29 remaining in the fourth quarter when Thomas Swinea sank two shots from the charity stripe, but Madison Academy responded with a 5-0 run to put the game out of reach for the Panthers.

Josh Langford recorded a double-double for the Mustangs, finishing with a team-high 26 points and 12 rebounds en route to being named Tournament MVP.

Malik Miller tossed in 11 points and joined fellow Mustang Zach Bogardus on the All-Tourney squad.

For Mars Hill, Swinea had 14 points, followed by Harrison Chastain with 12. Those two, along with Joe Wilson, were the representatives for the Panthers.

Brontae Harris also garnered All-Tournament recognition.

% The Times’ staff writer Ashley Graves contributed to this report.