Blue Devils beat TRM, advance to area title game

Published 4:38 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Escambia County beat T.R. Miller 52-31 in the semifinals of the Class 4A, Area 2 tournament Monday night at Jackson.

The Blue Devils had three who finished in double figures, including Stephen Williams, Cleo Bolar Jr. and Ta Henderson. Williams led with 16 points, and Bolar and Henderson scored 11 each. Williams added 13 rebounds for a double double. Michael French contributed with nine points.

With the victory, ECHS improves to 15-8 overall, and will face Jackson Wednesday night at 7:30 in the area championship. The Blue Devils also punched a berth in the sub regional.

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Blue Devils basketball coach Layton Knight said the team played great on defense, and they were basically in control of the game for the most part against the Tigers.

Knight said they know it’s going to be a battle against JHS.

“These are two athletic teams,” he said. “Jackson’s very, very athletic. If we can weather the storm, do the smart things like box out and be solid defensively, and limit turnovers, we should come out with the victory.”

When asked how one goes up against an athletic team such as JHS, Knight said the key is to control the tempo of the game.

“(JHS) Coach (Anthony) Hayes is one of my good, close friends,” Knight said. “It’ll always be a battle.”

The Aggies enter the area title game on a 13-game win streak.