ALPINE -- Brandon Dandridge recorded the first triple-double of his career in Winterboro’s 63-43 win over archrival Talladega County Central on Friday night.
Dandridge had 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks for the Bulldogs.
“We had things on the line, so I knew we had to come out and perform to our highest standard,” Dandridge said. “We came out here and did what we had to do to get the win.”
Dandridge led a second-half charge on the defensive end for the Bulldogs (11-7, 4-2). The 6-foot-4 forward dominated the paint as he rejected or changed several shots.
His presence in the middle also helped keep TC Central’s top offensive threat, JD Davis, scoreless, which proved to be costly for the visitors. Davis scored 12 points against the Bulldogs in the teams’ first meeting in December, won by the Fighting Tigers (7-9, 4-2).
Dandridge contested every shot in the paint, forcing the Fighting Tigers to miss several layups.
Having Dandridge as the back line of defense allowed Winterboro’s guards to play more aggressively in the second half.
The Bulldogs led 22-20 at halftime.
Winterboro opened the second half on an 11-4 run, which Cam Pointer capped off with a mid-range jumper to make it 33-26.
TC Central stayed with striking distance for most of the quarter, but a late surge by the Bulldogs pushed the lead to 41-31 going to the final period.
In the fourth quarter, Pointer scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer in transition, to make it 46-31 with 6:39 left.
The Fighting Tigers responded with a 10-4 run to cut the deficit to 50-41, but that’s as close as they would get.
Winterboro scored 13 of the game’s last 15 points.
Nyles Ashley sparked the run with a one-handed dunk in transition that brought the compact crowd to its feet.
Shaun Vincent scored seven points during that stretch, which included a layup in transition while being fouled. Vincent stood up and flexed, which hyped up the fans but ultimately caused him to get hit with a technical foul.
Three to know
- With the win, the Bulldogs moved into a three-way tie with TC Central and Ragland for the No.1 seed in Class 1A, Area 9.
- Pointer and Vincent led the way for Bulldogs with 16 points apiece. Cam Edward chipped in 10.
--Jayden Jones led the way for TC Central with 11 points. Karon Phillips scored 10 for the Fighting Tigers.
Who said it:
- Winterboro coach Sheroderick Smith on the fourth-quarter run by the Bulldogs: “Cam Pointer led that charge. He hit some big shots. Then Shaun finally got his transition game going.”
- TC head coach Acardia Garrett on the loss: “In the end, we just didn’t make enough basketball plays. We didn’t run our offense; we weren’t getting into our set. We were panicking. Winterboro did a good in the second half. … (Pointer) started making shots. They were able to get easy looks at the basket; we didn’t get back into transition. It snowballed on us right there at the end.”
- Winterboro travels to take on Victory Christian on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
- TC Central travels to take on Childersburg on Monday at 7:30 p.m.