Ranburne advanced to the championship game of the Class 2A, Area 10 boys basketball tournament in Vincent with a convincing 71-47 win over archrival Woodland on Tuesday. The Bulldogs return to Vincent today at 6 p.m. to challenge the Yellow Jackets for the Area 10 title. The Area 10 champion will host the runner-up from Area 8 – either LaFayette or Lanett – while the Area 10 runner-up will travel to play the Area 8 champion on Feb. 14 in the sub-regional round. Those winners advance to the Northeast Regional tournament at Jacksonville State.
“We played pretty good,” Ranburne coach Dustin Smith said of the win over the Bobcats. “We had some shortcomings on defense but we shot the ball well.”
The Bulldogs got double-doubles from Jordan English and Wil Rainey in the win. English finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Rainey recorded 16 points, 10 boards and three assists. Asa Fordham had 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. Brock Young almost added a third double-double, contributing nine points and 10 rebounds. Josh Ralston had five points, Jake Burson four and Devon Chambers three. Sammy Green scored two points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists.
In their final regular-season game at Spring Garden on Friday, the Bulldogs got into a 3-point shooting contest with the Panthers and came out on the short end of an 83-69 score. Ranburne shooters nailed 12 3-pointers, led by English with five and Rainey with three. Zach Benefield, Burson, Fordham and Young each had one trey. Spring Garden countered with 14 treys in the Panthers’ home gym, paced by Draevan Bowman who was 6-for-7 from outside the arc.
English finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Rainey scored 13 points. Burson had seven points and four rebounds. Fordham, Benefield and Young each tallied five points. Chambers and Ralston each had two points. Green didn’t score but pulled down nine rebounds.
Visiting Cleburne County edged Ranburne 60-57 on Feb. 2. The Tigers led 34-22 at halftime and 44-38 after three quarters. Smith said his Bulldogs got within one point and had the ball in the final minute then had to foul after a missed shot.
English was Ranburne’s top performer with 16 points, 16 rebounds and four assists. Rainey added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. Young and Green each scored eight points and Green grabbed six rebounds. Riley Smith had six points and six boards. Burson scored four points, Benefield three and Fordham two. Fordham also had four rebounds and four assists.