ECHS crushes Monroe 56-39

Published 9:21 am Monday, January 17, 2011

The Escambia County Blue Devils defeated the Monroe County Tigers on Tuesday night in Monroeville.|Photo by AJ Beachy

Escambia County extended its winning streak to five games with a 56-39 victory over the Monroe County Tigers in Monroeville on Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils (12-6, 2-0) won the game in dominating fashion as they controlled the tempo from the outset of the opening tipoff.

In the first quarter, the Blue Devils established the tempo and took the momentum as they jumped out to an early lead outscoring the Tigers 9-3.

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Escambia County continued to make their presence known in the second quarter as they extended their lead to 13 points as they outscored Monroe County 15-8 to go into halftime leading 24-11.

Following halftime, the Blue Devils maintained their lead en route to picking up their 12th win of the season.

In the third quarter, Monroe County finally chipped away at some of Escambia County’s lead as they outscored the Blue Devils 17-15.

Leading 39-28 at the start of the final quarter, the Blue Devils finished the game in dominating fashion as they outscored the Tigers 17-11 to earn the win 56-39 road victory.

Blue Devils head coach Anthony Hayes said it was the best game his team has played all season.

“This might have been our best complete game from start to finish,” he said. “The guys really came out and executed our style of play within our offensive scheme. On the defensive end, they really paid attention to their assignments and worked hard.”

The Blue Devils were led by three players who hit double digits in points.

Blue Devils guard Cedric Pierce led ECHS in points by scoring 19 in the win. He also had two rebounds and two assists.

Guard DeMarcus McMillian added 15 points for the Blue Devils to go along with seven boards, one assist and one steal.

Andrew Rodgers posted another double-double for the Blue Devils with 12 points and 17 rebounds, which marked a career high for the post-player. He also had six blocks.

Forward Dalvin Craft recorded five points, nine rebounds, four blocks and one assist in the win, while Tacorian Broan had three points, four rebounds and an assist.

Fred Knight rounded out the scoring with two points.

Hayes said all of his players played hard and added there is only one thing lacking from their game.

“We had three players in double figures and everyone contributed from energy from the bench to the floor,” he said. “Our post-players really played strong tonight cominging for 26 rebounds and 10 blocks between the two of them. Our free-throw shooting still needs to be improved. We shot 57 percent as a team.”

The Blue Devils next game is on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Saraland High School. Games begin at 4:30 p.m.