PREP BASKETBALL: Hanceville drops Thanksgiving Tournament game against Dora 54-49

Hanceville’s Noah Jones posted 11 points in the Bulldogs’ 54-49 loss to Dora Tuesday night. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – This year’s Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament resumed at Lane Horton Gymnasium Tuesday and to get the day started, Vinemont knocked off Ardmore and Cold Springs took care of business against Falkville. To close out the night, Dora was able to edge Hanceville in a tight game 54-49.

Dora 54 – Hanceville 49 (Varsity Boys)

Dora drilled a three to get their scoring started, but Braxton Broad hit one of his own from long-range to tie the game up at three. Broad put in a pair of free throws to give Hanceville a 5-3 lead with 5:17 remaining in the first period. Both teams traded threes for a few possessions. After a Dora trey gave them a 12-11 lead, Eli Clements put in a basket in the paint, then later added a pair of free throws to give Hanceville the lead right back at 15-12. Dora drilled four straight free throws to give them a 16-15 lead going into the second period.

Jones’ and-one gave Hanceville an 18-16 lead early in the second. A rebound and putback by Carson Garrett, followed by a fast-break layup by J.T. Davis, pushed Hanceville’s lead to 22-16. Five straight points by Dora cut it to 22-21 almost halfway through the second period, then later on, they put in a shot from long-range to give them a 24-23 lead. A steal and a layup by Davis, followed by a floater by Broad, gave Hanceville a 27-24 lead. A rebound and putback by Noah Douglas made it a 29-25 game late in the first half, but another Dora three made it a one-point game. Both teams traded free throws to end the first half, and Hanceville held a slim 31-30 lead at the break.

A pair of baskets by Dora gave them a 34-31 lead, but an and-one by Garrett tied the game up at 34 with 4:39 remaining in the third period. An 8-2 run by Dora gave them a 42-36 lead with less than two minutes to go in the quarter. Jones and Clements each split their free throws to cut it to 44-38 going into the final period. An and-one by Dora pushed their lead to 47-38, then they added a free throw to make it a 48-38 game.

A free throw by Jones and a pair by Konnor Helms cut it to 48-41, then after getting a huge steal, Helms put in a floater to make it a five-point game almost halfway through the final quarter. Dora, though, answered right back with another and-one to make it a 51-43 game. A free throw pushed their lead to 52-43. Hanceville looked to make a big comeback late in the game. Jones banked in a floater to cut it to 52-45, then later on, Broad drilled a big three from the top of the key to make it a 53-48 game with 1:20 remaining in the contest. Unfortunately, though, they didn’t get any closer after that, as Dora held off Hanceville at the end 54-49.

Broad led the way for Hanceville (2-2) with 12 points. Jones added 11 points, and Helms ended up with seven points.

Vinemont and Cold Springs will face off against each other Wednesday at 4:15 p.m., while Hanceville will take on Corner in the third-place game at 5:30 p.m.

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