Gators win area, Elite 8 berth secured

Gators win area, Elite 8 berth secured

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By Ronald Frazier

The last time Glenwood played Lee-Scott, the Warriors hit 13 threes in a 70-64 victory at ‘The Pit”. This time the Gators put the clamps on the Warriors on the road. With the 48-38 victory on Feb. 1, Glenwood claimed the area championship and a berth straight into the AISA state Elite 8 at the Metroplex in Montgomery Feb. 13.

“We will play the winner of the Fort Dale-Tuscaloosa Academy game that is played next week in the sub-state,” said Glenwood’s Dusty Perdue. “The game is set for 11:30 ET.”

Tuscaloosa Academy is the AISA defending state champion. 

To get to that coveted berth the Gators had to defeat arch-rival Lee-Scott and not only win but win by more than six points. That they accomplished with some amazing defense that did not allow a Warrior point in the second quarter.

“We scored 21 straight points. They didn’t score at all in the second and did not score again until the second half.” reported Perdue of the contest.

The first quarter saw both teams score only in single digits but Glenwood’s Bryce Rozier got hot and scored 15 points in the second quarter and the defense did the rest for the Gators.

“We played great defense. We settled down and played hard in the second quarter and just took off. That’s what you want to see,” said Perdue in the press conference after claiming the area title.

The Gators are 11-11 overall and 3-1 in area play. Rosier was the game’s leading scorer as he finished with 21 total points. The inside tandem of Bryce Valero and Nathan Trzpuc kept the pressure inside as they each had nine.

“Tater and Bryce scored nine each and Anthony King made up the difference,” said Perdue of his offense. 

Leading scorer for the Warriors was Sam Aldridge with 16. The Warriors could get no closer than nine points the entire second half after falling behind.

Earlier in the week, the Gators went on the road and won their 10th game of the year against Abbeville Christian, beating the Generals, 61-55.

“We didn’t play all that great but played good enough to win,” said Perdue of the game.

Brooks Barton and King had 13 points each and Valero and Rosier had 11 points as for the second straight game the Gators had four players in double figures. 

Now the Gators will have several days to prepare for the Elite 8 game.

“This is what you play for, to get into the tournament and play your best. That was our goal when the season started- to get into the playoffs,” reported Perdue.