EA drops to CCA, 59-54

Published 10:06 pm Monday, January 25, 2016

Escambia Academy's H.T. Fountain goes up for a jump shot earlier tonight. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Escambia Academy’s H.T. Fountain goes up for a jump shot earlier tonight. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Crenshaw Christian Academy took advantage of some miscues by Escambia Academy with 19.9 seconds left in the game and ended up spoiling senior night for the Canoe school in a 59-54 victory.

With less than a minute left, EA held a 54-53 lead and began to eat the clock on the offensive end.

Louie Turner, who got a nice deflection for a steal on defense, found himself at the line for a 1-and-1 with 19.9 seconds left. Turner missed the front end, and senior H.T. Fountain grabbed the rebound.

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Fountain, who was at the perimeter, was called for traveling to give possession back to the Luverne school.

Crenshaw’s Milos Zeradjanin shot a long pass to Gunner Glenn, who was fouled by EA’s Trae Lee with 2.9 seconds left.

Glenn made his first free throw, and EA took a timeout to regroup.

However, a technical foul was called on one of EA’s assistant coaches during the timeout.

After Glenn made his second free throw, Zeradjanin was called upon to made the free throws on the technical foul, which he did.

CCA led 57-54 and got possession back on the foul. Zeradjanin was immediately fouled with 0.7 seconds and iced the game after making his 1-and-1.

EA coach Hugh Fountain said there were many different things at the end of the game one could point to as the reason why his team lost.

“We just didn’t do all of the things necessary to win the game,” Fountain said. “I was proud of the effort we played with.

“We made a lot of mistakes,” he said. “He (the referee) called the traveling. I don’t think he moved. The thing about it is, you’ve still got to execute.”

CCA went on a 6-0 run in the 19.9-second span to win the game.

Fountain said in a game like this, every shot counts.

“We missed rebounds down on the other end,” he said. “We missed a couple of free throws. Whether it’s a one point or two-point game, every free throw matters.”

With the loss, EA falls to 14-7 on the season, and will travel to play in the AISA Class 3A, Region 2 tournament on Friday against the winner of Autauga Academy and Monroe Academy.

EA trailed CCA 44-40 entering in the fourth period, but Gary Campbell got the ball rolling with a 3-pointer to cut the game by one point.

CCA’s Britt Kelly found Brandon White on transition for a 46-43 lead, but EA answered when Lee fed the ball to Fountain for a turn-around jumper to bring it back to one.

Campbell then nailed a trey after a stop on the defensive end, Tyler Sells got a drive to the basket and Fountain added a pull up jumper to give EA a 52-48 lead.

Stephan Smiliganie dominated a basket under the rim, and then Lee swished a turnaround jumper with 1:54 left.

White nailed a 3-pointer with just over a minute to go.

The game went back and forth as neither team got above a five-point lead.

Smiliganie made a layup on transition late in the third period, but Kainoa Gumapac found Fountain for a jumper to keep the game close at 42-40.

EA led twice in the third period, thanks to two jumpers by Lee.

As the game was seeming to get out of control, the refs came in and calmed things down a little in the second period, which was a shootout between the two schools.

CCA led 31-28 at the break.

Brad Quimby made a turnaround jumper early in the first period, Sells drained a 3-pointer and added a layup off a drive.

EA led 13-12 after the first period, thanks to a lane splitter by senior Blake Allen.

Additionally, this was the first time EA has lost at home this season.

“We really wanted to (stay undefeated at home), but we definitely didn’t do what was necessary to finish undefeated at home.

“We never got into our groove,” he said. “

Campbell led EA with 12 points; Sells had 11; Lee and Fountain chipped in eight points apiece; Fred Flavors had six points; and Gumapac had five.

In girls action, EA demolished CCA, 46-8.

Alia Snow led EA with 23 points; and Mikayla Spruill added 12.

In junior varsity boys action, EA won 46-24.