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February 18, 2014

NORTHWEST REGIONAL TOURNEY (Class 6A): Bessemer City boys top Hazel Green 60-56 in knee-knocking semifinal

HANCEVILLE — Class 6A basketball rarely disappoints at the Northwest Regional Tournament.

Bessemer City and Hazel Green's semifinal Tuesday was certainly no exception.

In the end, it was Dusharme' Jones and the Tigers who pulled off the comeback, stealing the momentum late in the third quarter and barely holding on to it in a knee-knocking final minute for a 60-56 win over the Trojans.

Micah Fuller piped in with 14 points, and Jones had 11 to go along with four steals, none more important than his last that sparked a sweet left-handed finger roll to tie the game at 39-all at the third-quarter buzzer.

Hazel Green led by 16 midway through the second quarter and by 10 at intermission. The second half was more to Bessemer City's liking, however, with a 42-28 scoring advantage over the stretch.

Other Tigers (18-7) in double digits were Carlos Bell and Alexander Johnson, who each touted 10 points.

The first quarter was all Ethan Stair, who contributed 10 of the Trojan's 12 points during the stretch. He finished with a game-high 19 points, while UAB signee Lewis Sullivan rounded out a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Hazel Green (21-13), the 2012 tourney champs, were seeking its third consecutive title tilt appearance. Instead, it'll be Bessemer City playing Bob Jones for the regional championship Friday at 10:40 a.m.

 

% Bob Jones 58, Minor 48: The Tigers turned out to be a minor speed bump for the Patriots, who received 25 points from Josh Mitchell in a semifinal not nearly as dramatic as its predecessor.

Tanner Finley added 11 points for Bob Jones (19-11), which won its first regional game since 2010, the same year it topped Minor 63-45 en route to a regional and state tourney title.

The Patriots shot just a shade under 54 percent from the field, hitting 21 of their 39 attempts. Mitchell was the main man responsible for the high mark, draining 7 of 8 2-point tries, 2 of 3 from behind the arc and 5 of 8 free throws.

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