- Cullman, Alabama

November 29, 2013

HANCEVILLE THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT: Bulldogs roll over Cold Springs 69-51 in consolation bout

By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times

HANCEVILLE — Hanceville just seems to have Cold Springs’ number so far in 2013.

A mere four days after easing past their county rival for the first time this season, the Bulldogs completed round two with an equally impressive 69-51 victory over the Blue and Gold in the consolation contest of Hanceville’s Thanksgiving Tourney on Friday evening.

Dant’e Reece and Brontae Harris spearheaded Hanceville’s O, scoring 21 and 20 points each, respectively. Harris also had a number of assists as well in the win.

Although his squad didn’t quite reach their tournament goal, Bulldog coach Daniel Wakefield was reasonably happy with his players’ effort over the past three days.

“We played really well except for one quarter in this tourney,” Wakefield said of his team. “We wanted to challenge ourselves tonight to rebound from that tough loss to Dora. Really proud of how my guys played and closed out the game tonight. We didn't defend too well at times, but all and all, I'm happy.”

Harris got the Purple and Gold off to a blazing start, swishing three 3-pointers early in the first quarter to propel his team to a 21-10 lead after eight minutes of play.

The third stanza, however, is where the Bulldogs ended any hope of a Cold Springs’ comeback.

Six points from Reece, as well as 3-pointers from Harris, Keith Twitty and Matt Burns, gave Hanceville (5-2) a comfortable 53-38 cushion heading into the fourth quarter.

From there, Wakefield and his boys simply played keep away from the Eagle offense to secure their third-place finish.

“We shot it very well tonight,” the coach said. “We wanted to make sure we got good shots. Brontae and Dant'e were forcing it a little bit earlier this season, but hopefully they’re starting to get more comfortable. Everybody knows those two guys need to play well for us to win.”

Twitty finished his night with nine points, while Xavier Malcom added a pair of threes to finish with six. Marshall Johnson had a good game with five points. Burns and Chris Smith rounded out the scoring with three apiece.

Senior Layne Rice scored 17 for the Cold Springs (4-4) in the loss, while Triston Chambers netted 15 and Josh Freeman, 11.

The Eagles travel to Fairview next Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have an away game with Corner prior to their first area showdown with Danville next Friday.

“We want to be prepared, especially for that area game,” Wakefield said. “We are going to have to play a really good game to beat them.”

% Good Hope 58, Curry 38: Andy Cofer and the Raiders were simply too much for the Yellow Jackets on Friday afternoon.

Cofer was a beast for Good Hope (2-5), scoring 27 points to lift his team to its second win of the season. Tyler Vanderburg was next in line with 13 points, while Alex Cofer was good for eight of his own. Jonathan Grigsby added six as well.

The Raiders host Hayden on Tuesday.

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at