HANCEVILLE – After a solid week of blowouts and nail-biters, the championship games are set for the varsity bracket of the Cullman County Basketball Tournament. Here is a rundown of the games and how each team got to the championship.
Cold Springs vs. Hanceville
Cold Springs has been red hot throughout the entire tournament and they showed that in their opener against Fairview. Tristian Chambers and Josh Freeman each scored 20+ points in their 72-39 first-round win. Next they faced the No. 1 seed Holly Pond Broncos and they picked up right where they left off vs. Fairview. The Eagles could do no wrong as they built a big lead to open the game and stayed firmly in control for the entire game, coasting into the championship game.
Hanceville opened their tournament with a 61-18 victory over Vinemont. Their second game was against the West Point Warriors and it was an instant classic. It was the longest game in Cullman County Tournament history, with four overtime periods and a buzzer beating three-point basket to punch their ticket to the finals.
Cold Springs vs. Good Hope
The Cold Springs Lady Eagles started their run to the championship by defeating West Point in a 50-41 contest. The Lady Eagles were down going into the fourth quarter, but they were near perfect from the line in the final frame allowing them to advance. They then had to go on to face the Lady Broncos of Holly Pond in a thrilling contest. Cold Springs trailed by 12 at the half but turned the offense and defense up in the second half. Cold Springs held Holly Pond to just eight points in the third and fourth quarters, allowing themselves and chance to take the lead and head to the championship.
Good Hope had a little easier road, but not by much. The Lady Raiders’ road started with the Hanceville Lady Bulldogs and the game was a barn burner. With the game neck and neck in the early going, Good Hope found their rhythm and finished the game with a big run to advance to the semi-final game. Here they would face the No. 1 seeded Hanceville Lady Bulldogs. In a low scoring affair, Good Hope did just enough to pull out a win and advance to the championship final.
Make your plans to attend the championship games on Wednesday, starting at 4 p.m. at Tom Drake Coliseum on the campus of Wallace State Community College.