Sylacauga earns top seed

Malik Powell and the Aggies are 14-4 on the season.

The Sylacauga boys will be seeded No. 1 for the 2019 Talladega County high school basketball tournament, set for Jan. 21-26 at Childersburg.

This is the third season in a row the Aggies earned the top seed in the county.

“The top seed is a prestigious thing in terms of the effort that the kids have put forward thus far in the season,” Sylacauga assistant coach Joel Jones said. “But really, it doesn’t mean a lot because we were the top seed the last two years and we didn’t win it either of those years.

“Three years ago, in 2016, we weren’t the top seed and we won the tournament. That’s just the unpredictability of the county tournament.”

The Aggies are 14-4. Sylacauga has won six of its last eight, including victories over Sacred Heart and Ben Russell. The Aggies also went 2-1 in Hoover’s Big Orange Classic, a showing that included wins over Central Gwinnett from Georgia and Central Tuscaloosa.

“We are playing pretty good as a team, but I don’t think that we are playing our best brand of basketball right now, which is good because you don’t need to peak too soon,” Jones said. “We are 14-4 at this point, and a lot of teams would be happy to have that record, but I think our record should be a lot better.”

Talladega is seeded second. The Tigers (14-5) have won eight straight, including a victory over Anniston on Tuesday night. Talladega enters the tournament looking to three-peat as county champion.

“We have had a pretty good year,” Talladega head coach Chucky Miller said. “We are getting a little more cohesiveness in our lineup, and everybody is playing their roles a lot better. We have settled down some.

“At the beginning of the year, we were playing a lot of good teams and we didn’t play up to our capability there. Now, I believe we are playing a little bit better.”

Childersburg is the third seed. The Tigers are 11-6 and will enter the tournament battle-tested.

The Tigers have only lost one non-tournament game, and Johnny Johnson’s squad played several tough teams in two tournaments. The Tigers lost to Ramsay and Hillcrest Tuscaloosa in Childersburg’s Batter Up! Classic in December. They also lost to Chelsea, Talladega and Smith Station to start out the season in Sylacauga’s Marble City Classic.

Winterboro is the fourth seed at 10-7. B.B. Comer is the fifth seed at 7-6. TC Central is sixth at 7-8. Lincoln is seventh at 5-11. The Golden Bears are a tough seven seed. Lincoln has taken Sylacauga and Anniston to overtime this season.

Lincoln and Munford have the same record, but the Golden Bears were awarded the higher seed because they won the head-to-head matchup.

Munford is eighth at 5-11, and Fayetteville is ninth at 1-11.

Munford will face Fayetteville to open the tournament Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m. The winner will take on top seed Sylacauga on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.