Anniston boys upset Parker
by Chris Brown
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ANNISTON — In what was a back-and-forth battle between Anniston and Birmingham’s Parker, the No. 2 team in Class 5A, two made free throws by Qua Frazier with eight seconds remaining sealed the Bulldogs’ 54-50 upset.

“Oh, man, it was a great victory. Anytime you can beat a quality team like Parker, you’ll take it,” said head coach Schuessler Ware. “My hat’s off to these young men. They played a great game.”

A potential three-point play by Parker’s Bryant Gray that would have tied the game with a minute left fell short after Gray missed the game-tying free throw. Two made free throws by Anniston’s Quinterious Croft extended the Bulldogs’ lead back to three with 26 seconds left. Marquel Oliver only hit one of two free throws to pull the Thundering Herd to within two, before Frazier stepped to the line and put the game away.

“Hopefully we’ll take this win and grow from it,” Ware said. “Like I said, you can’t find a better team to play than Parker High School.”

Frazier was the high scorer for the Bulldogs (9-5), as he finished with 13 points. DeMarcus Thomas added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Quint Dobbins chipped in with nine points and 11 rebounds.

Oliver was the go-to guy for Parker, finishing with a double-double — 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Anniston girls 51, Parker 17: Despite earning a quality win over Class 5A Parker on Friday night, Anniston girls coach Eddie Bullock still sees room for improvement for his Lady Bulldogs.

“We are still not doing some of the things I want to do,” Bullock said. “We have to do some fundamental things better, such as man-to-man defense, deny the ball and things like that; which is what I tried to work on tonight.”

Senior forward Quanetria Bolton, already commited to Alabama, led the Bulldogs (11-4) on their way to a victory over the Thundering Herd. Bolton finished with a double-double — 11 points and 11 rebounds — despite only playing sparingly because of the sizeable lead. She also added five steals, four assists and three blocks.

“In a game like this, we tend to play down to the competition,” said Bullock. “(Bolton) should’ve had way more points than what she had.”

The offensive production didn’t stop with Bolton. Rakeema Najiy finished with a game-high 19 points, while pulling down five rebounds. Marticia Jackson also chipped in nicely with six points, six assists, eight steals and three rebounds. Ki-Yana Bullock added six points and seven rebounds.

Anniston’s defense suffocated Parker all night. The Thundering Herd didn’t get on the scoreboard until 19.5 seconds remaining in the first quarter on a Deanyanek Simmons’ free throw. Their first made field goal came at the 5:19 mark in the second quarter.

“It was a great win, and we played hard, but we just have to play a little bit smarter,” Bullock said.
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