EA’s Haynes, Nettles lead Cougars past Central, Fla. Tuesday

Published 9:02 am Wednesday, December 22, 2021

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Two finished in double figures as Escambia Academy beat Central High School (Fla.) 54-35 Tuesday night in Canoe.

Malaki Haynes and Bubba Nettles scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Cougars in the victory.

EA and Central started out slow in the opening period, trading shots. EA went up 9-5 on a Charlie Sasser rebound and putback more than midway through the first, and Haynes hit a layup for a 11-7 advantage a shor time later.

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EA led 15-12 going into teh second period.

Sasser added a pair of free throws, Haynes hit another free shot and Nettles converted after a Haynes block to highlight a second period in which EA outscored Central 13-0.

The Cougars went on to lead Central 41-21 at the end of the third period.

Sasser finished with five points and eight rebounds, and Sims added nine rebounds in the effort. Nettles had six assists.

Central’s L. Mathews, J.D. Jones and D. Collins scored seven points each.

In junior varsity boys action, EA won 35-20.

Ronta Watson led the Cougars with 15 points. Wy McNeal had four rebounds.

EA hosts Atmore Christian School next Thurs., Dec. 30. First tip is at 5 p.m. with the JV boys. Varsity follows at around 6.