Good Hope topples Hanceville 65-47 to capture first County Championship since 2010

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Noah Fendley (30) posted 17 points in Good Hope's 65-47 win over Hanceville Saturday night. (Martha Needham for The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE – In our final title match of the Cullman County Tournament, the top seeds in the varsity boys’ bracket faced each other with the county crown on the line.

The game was tight for most of the opening quarter, but Good Hope led the way 20-14 by the start of the second. The Raiders began to add to their lead and create separation in the second quarter. A basket by Noah Fendley off a phenomenal assist from Cole Maddox put Good Hope on top 29-16 midway through the second and a pair of free throws from Drew Maddox made it a 31-18 game shortly after that.

 RJ Evans chipped away at the lead with a layup inside of three minutes to play in the half, but Dawson Turner responded with a corner three on the other end to restore the double-digit lead. Both teams traded baskets in the final two minutes of the quarter, but the Raiders maintained a 41-29 lead at the break after another corner three from Turner in the final seconds of the half.

The Bulldogs were able to get the game back into single digits midway through the third but turnovers late in the period made it tough for them to get closer to the lead. The Raiders led 47-39 with less than a minute to play in the period but a last-second tip in by Tanner Malin put Good Hope on top by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter.

A three from Fred Ellis cut the lead to 50-42 early in the fourth but turnovers continued to plague Hanceville. A pair of free throws from Cole Maddox gave the Raiders a 57-42 lead midway through the fourth quarter and Good Hope was able keep the Bulldogs at a safe distance the rest of the way. The Raiders pulled away to win it convincingly, 65-47.

Cole Maddox led Good Hope with 18 points, followed closely by Fendley with 17 and Drew Maddox with 10. RJ Evans led the way for Hanceville with 18 points, followed by Ellis with 12 and Raiden Morgan with six.

2019 Joe Shults Award winner:

Rylan Jones – West Point

2019 Eli Thomas Award winner:

Matt Dixon – Good Hope

2019 varsity boys Cullman County All-Tournament Team:

Austin Jackson – Fairview

Kolton Sapp – West Point

Fred Ellis – Hanceville

Cole Maddox – Good Hope

Romain Pochon – Hanceville

Noah Fendley – Good Hope

2019 varsity boys All-County Team:

Kolton Sapp – West Point

Cole Maddox – Good Hope

Fred Ellis – Hanceville

RJ Evans – Hanceville

Landyn Freeman – Cold Springs

Tyler Boatright – Holly Pond

Katch Johnson – Vinemont

Noah Fendley – Good Hope

Adam Hill – Cold Springs

Kyler Chaney – Holly Pond

Dow Nichols – Fairview

Rylan Jones – West Point

Romain Pochon – Hanceville

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