- Cullman, Alabama

February 22, 2013

NORTHWEST REGIONAL TOURNEY (BOYS ROUNDUP): Sparkman surges past Hazel Green in double-OT thriller

By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times

HANCEVILLE — Hazel Green had been unable to solve Sparkman's riddle during three previous matchups this season heading into Friday's Class 6A Northwest Regional Tournament final.

Go ahead and make it four.

The Senators erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter, eventually handling the Trojans 64-59 in a double-overtime thriller to advance to Birmingham.

Devin Hankins came up big for Sparkman (28-8), scoring 21 points, including the go-ahead 3-point basket in the second overtime to earn All-Tournament MVP honors. Teammates Will Crowell and Lemonte Turner both scored 11 points en route to All-Tourney Team selections.

Hazel Green (24-10) was led by Lewis Sullivan's 26-point performance, which helped the junior earned an All-Tournament Team nod. Parker Cothren received recognition as well with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Hoover's Brandon Defore and Hillcrest's DJ Johnson were the remaining members of the All-Tournament Team.


% Wenonah 58, Parker 54: The road to a three-peat is still alive for Class 5A's top-ranked boys team.

The Dragons built enough of an early lead to hold off a furious fourth-quarter charge from the Thundering Herd, securing a close championship triumph at the Tom Drake Coliseum.

The win was Wenonah's fourth of the season over Parker. All four contests were within seven points, including the last, which the Herd turned into a four-point affair twice late in the fourth quarter.

The Dragons' Isaiah Maston earned All-Tournament MVP honors after exploding for 20 points in the title tilt. De'Runnya Wilson and Justin Coleman joined their teammate on the All-Tournament Team. Wilson pulled down 14 rebounds, while fellow Wenonah (33-2) teammate Cedrick Mcginnis pitched in 10 points.

Parker's Marquell Oliver was an easy inclusion on the All-Tournament squad after going off for 23 points and seven rebounds. Omari Williams also garnered recognition for the Herd (18-7) with nine points and nine rebounds.

Athens' Giddy Potts and East Limestone's Jordon Gandy were the remaining members of the All-Tournament Team.



% Tanner 58, Hatton 48: The Rattlers are headed to Birmingham after holding off the pesky Hornets Friday in the 2A Northwest Regional Final.

Tanner (26-4) led by as many as 15 points, but Hatton (19-9) never quit, cutting the deficit to as little as six points in the fourth quarter.

It was too much Jace Haggermaker in the end, though, as the 6'5 senior collected 13 points and 11 rebounds en route to being named All-Tourney MVP.

Greg Maclin was the only other All-Tournament recipient for the Rattlers.

Hatton's Ty Terry also garnered recognition, finishing the game with 22 points and 10 boards. Laron Cooper joined his teammate with eight points and six rebounds.

Cold Springs' Chayse Elliott and Vincent's EJ Datcher were also named to the All-Tournament Team.


% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.