COUNTY TOURNAMENT: Hanceville handles Cold Springs 67-28, advances to semifinals

Hanceville’s Brayden Harris led the Bulldogs with 17 points in their 67-28 win over Cold Springs Tuesday night. (Bill Piper/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Hanceville and Cold Springs clashed in Tuesday’s nightcap at the Cullman County Tournament and the Bulldogs led wire to wire on their way to an impressive, 67-28 win over the Eagles. With the win, Hanceville advances to the varsity boys’ semifinals Friday night where the Bulldogs will face either Vinemont or Holly Pond.

Hanceville started out strong on offense as Braxton Broad hit a floater and Will Calvert followed that up with a layup to give the Bulldogs a quick 4-0 lead. Nic Fallin put in a shot in the paint for Cold Springs to make it 4-2, but Carson Garrett put in a shot down low and Calvert drilled a trey to push the Bulldog lead to 9-2. Garrett and Broad each put in a shot down low to give Hanceville a 13-2 lead with less than four minutes to go in the opening period. Noah Jones knocked down a trey with less than two minutes left to make it 16-2 and Hanceville took a 14-point lead into the second quarter.

Hanceville added onto their lead in the second as Brayden Harris and Broad each knocked down a long-range shot to push their lead to 22-2 with a little over five minutes to go in the first half. Harris put in another trey and Zach Campbell put in back-to-back-shots off his own offensive rebound to make it 29-2 a little over halfway into the second quarter. John Mark Smith drilled back-to-back threes to cut it to 32-8 late in the period, but J.T. Davis and Jones each added a long-range shot to make it 38-8. Campbell drilled a pair of free throws to end the first half as the Bulldogs took a commanding 40-8 lead into the locker room.

Calvert put in a pair of early baskets in the third period to make it 44-8. A pair of treys by Smith cut it to 47-14, but a basket in the paint by Garrett and five straight points by Harris pushed the Bulldog lead to 54-16. Davis and Konnor Helms each continued the three-point barrage for the Bulldogs as they each hit one from there and Logan Quick put in a floater to end the quarter as Hanceville increased their lead to 63-21 going into the final period. A hot clock was run for the entire quarter and Hanceville would go on to cruise past Cold Springs, 67-28, to move on to the semifinals of the county tournament.

Harris led the way for Hanceville with 17 points. Broad added nine points, while Calvert and Jones each put in seven. Smith led the way for Cold Springs with 12 points, while Nic Fallin and Harrison each added seven.

Hanceville will face either Holly Pond or Vinemont in the semifinals Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

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