The senior lived up to his new phrase in Anniston’s 84-41 win over Wellborn in the first round of the Calhoun County Tournament by scoring a game-high 38 points, adding eight assists and grabbing four rebounds.
Last Thursday, Frazier told The Anniston Star no one in the county could hang with Anniston. He added he wasn’t ready to show mercy to anyone. Wellborn wasn’t an exception to his statement
“I told Qua he had to live up to what he told you. I’ve been worried about that,” Anniston coach Schuessler Ware said. “I hold them to what they say. As a coach, I try to teach them that way with life. If you say it, then it’s your word. If you don’t mean it, don’t say it.”
The third-seeded Bulldogs took over the game early by outscoring the Panthers 24-2, including a 14-0 run, in the first quarter. While Frazier scored nine of those points and finished the first half with 17, he took over late in the game.
With the score 59-30 in the third quarter, Frazier scored 21 of Anniston’s final 25 points. Wellborn scored only 11 points.
“I had to live up to my word and what I said. Coach told me to just play,” Frazier said. “I’m just going to continue what I’m doing.”
Ware said he had several goals for the Bulldogs entering the game, including getting a feel of Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum, which has a more spacious background behind each basket than a standard high school gym.
“We wanted to work on some things that we’re implementing and get the kids to work together,” Ware said. “We had two players that didn’t play tonight, and Quinterious Croft just came back. What we’re doing is trying to get everyone back to where we need them to be.
“There were some other things that we wanted to do, but we wanted to work on man. This game was a good opportunity to work on that and helping out and talking.”
Anniston also received 18 points from Quint Dobbins. Demarcus Thomas finished with nine points and Croft added six. Wellborn (5-12) was led by Devron Taylor, who scored 24 points. Corri Tignor chipped in seven.
Next, Anniston (13-6) will face Saks in the quarterfinals Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
“I don’t know anything about them really. I only know what I’ve read in the paper,” Ware said. “I haven’t really had the time to go see them play. Either we’re playing a game or we’re doing some concentrational stuff. I’ve had some players see them play.”
Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star.