Piedmont’s junior high boys basketball team capped an outstanding season by winning the Calhoun County Class 1A-3A tournament at Ohatchee last week. The junior Bulldogs defeated Weaver 69-39 in Friday’s championship game.
Coach JoJo Odam’s squad was never challenged in its three tournament games. Piedmont opened with a 61-28 win over Pleasant Valley on Jan. 24. In the semifinal round on Thursday, the Bulldogs breezed past Donoho 69-35.
All five of Piedmont’s starters – Dawson Brazier, Malachi Jackson, Weston Kirk, Sean Smith and Silas Thompson – were named to the all-tournament team. Kirk was named the outstanding offensive player.
In the championship game against Weaver, Piedmont led 17-5 after one quarter and added to that advantage in each subsequent quarter. Kirk finished with 24 points, including three 3-point baskets. Thompson netted two 3-pointers and scored 16 points. Smith scored 10 points. Brazier tallied nine points and had one trey. Coleman Reid and Jakari Foster each scored three points. Foster’s came on a triple in the second quarter. Jackson and Andrew Floyd had two points apiece.
Donoho stayed close to the Bulldogs for one quarter, trailing just 19-18 when the first period closed. Over the next three quarters, the Falcons managed just 17 additional points, six in the second, five in the third and six in the fourth. Piedmont put up 20 points in the second, 16 in the third and 14 in the fourth. Smith scored 18 points against Donoho to pace Piedmont. Kirk had 17 points with 13 coming in the second quarter as the Bulldogs began to pull away. Reid was 7-for-10 at the free throw line and totaled 11 points. Brazier, Floyd and Thompson each scored seven points and Jackson had two points.
Eight Bulldogs scored in their opening win over Pleasant Valley. Piedmont led 43-12 at halftime. Thompson canned three 3-pointers and ended with 16 points. Kirk scored 13 points. Smith and Brazier each had nine points. Smith was 5-for-6 at the free throw line and Brazier drilled three triples. Jackson and Reid added four points apiece. All of Jackson’s came in the first quarter when the Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-7 lead. Jakari Foster and Omarion Foster each had one 3-pointer for three points.
With the victory over Weaver, Piedmont ended its season 18-1. The lone setback came at Saks and the Bulldogs avenged that loss with a win over the Wildcats at home later in the season.