HANCEVILLE – It was a great day to be a Hanceville Bulldog fan Wednesday at Tom Drake Coliseum as the Bulldogs varsity boys’ basketball team ran through the Cleveland Panthers, 71-37, in one of the first matchups of this year’s Buffalo Wild Wings Christmas Challenge. The tournament, hosted by Wallace State men’s basketball, is in its second year.

Hanceville got out to an early lead in the first quarter and didn’t give it up for the rest of the game, leading by double digits for nearly the entire contest.

Junior RJ Evans led the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 points and brought down seven rebounds. There were several high-performing players for Hanceville, including senior Brendan Flanigan who finished with 12 points, six rebounds and two steals, junior Damion Johnson who had 14 points and four rebounds of his own and senior Josh Stanley with 12 points, seven rebounds and a game-high five blocks. Sophomore big man Raiden Morgan was also a factor in the Bulldogs’ offense, putting up 11 points and five rebounds.

Junior Guard Micah Fallin was the standout player for Cleveland, scoring a game-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals, but that wasn’t enough to keep the Panthers in the game.

The win moves Hanceville to 8-3 on the season.

The tournament continues today and tomorrow, with local teams Fairview playing at 6 p.m. and Cullman taking the court at 8:40. Thursday’s brackets will be determined by today’s games.

Thursday, Dec. 21

  • 11 a.m. – Mortimer Jordan vs. Colbert County (girls)
  • 12:20 p.m. – ‘Traditional’ bracket consolation (boys)
  • 1:40 p.m. – ‘Wingin’ it’ bracket consolation (boys)
  • 3 p.m. – ‘Boneless’ bracket consolation (boys)
  • 4:20 p.m. – ‘Traditional’ bracket championship (boys)
  • 5:40 p.m. – ‘Wingin’ it’ bracket championship (boys)
  • 7 p.m. – ‘Boneless’ bracket championship (boys)

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