By Ronald Frazier
For the Gators, the road was not a kind place as Glenwood won its home contest but lost all three games on the road to have a 9-9 record heading into next week’s key area games.
“Now the season is for real,” said Dusty Perdue after his team’s win against Calvary Christian on Jan. 4. “These games count for the area championship.”
Glenwood will host both their area opponents, meeting Springwood Academy on Jan. 9 before hosting arch-rival Lee Scott in a key game on Thursday. The schedule will be reversed the following week as the Gators go on the road to meet both those teams to determine the area title.
The week of Jan. 3 -7 started with the Gators traveling to Cecil, Ala., and losing a tough contest to Macon-East, 57-43.The Knights are the defending state champion in class AA as they completed last season with a perfect 33-0 record. Dontavious Murry had 28 points for the defending AA champions while Glenwood’s Christian Clausell worked though several double teams to get in double figures with 12.
“It was a sloppy game and we couldn’t hit free throws when we needed them,” surmised Perdue.
The Gators then returned home on Jan. 4 and had a tough game against Calvary Christian’s Knights. What made it even tough was leading scorer Clausell fouled out of the contest with 16 points with 4:24 to go.
However, senior Nick Adams stepped up and scored a team high 19 points and for the first time this season four Gators scored in double figures with Brooks Barton and Bryce Valero adding 12 each. Adams’ total was a season high for him.
“Coming off three tough losses where we got it handed to us in two of those games, this win was great,” said Dusty Perdue after the contest. Winning without our best scorer was great as it proved we could win a game when he was not in the lineup,” Perdue added. ‘Having four players in double figures is huge.”
Following that win, Glenwood traveled to Eufaula and lost 68-47 on Jan. 5 to Lakeside. Perdue reports that the Chiefs “are one of the best teams in the state in AAA and could easily win their area and region.”
Clausell had 17 and Adams had 12 in the game, all three-pointers.
“We stayed with them in the first half and Nick hit all four of his shots in the first period,” said Perdue. “But their 6-7 post player kept us off the boards and we didn’t have an offensive answer in the second half.”
It was the second win by Lakeside over Glenwood as the Chiefs won early in the season, 65-60 at the Gators gym. Glenwood completed the road trip with a game against Southland Academy and lost a low-scoring affair, 53-45. Valero led Glenwood in scoring for the first time this year with 15 while Clausell added 12 and Adams was in double figures for the third straight game with 10.