Four days after routing Fort Payne in their regular-season finale, the Bulldogs got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Quint Dobbins and crushed Lincoln 73-38 in Friday’s Class 4A, Area 10 tournament opener.
The victory in an elimination round earned Anniston (19-6) a showdown with Cleburne County (10-16) in Monday’s 7 p.m. area final. Both teams will advance to the next elimination round, the sub-regionals.
“We’re just trying to get to state, trying to get the seniors a ring this year,” Dobbins said.
The Bulldogs dispatched Fort Payne 70-33 on Monday behind another strong performance from Dobbins, who turned in 16 points and eight rebounds.
Friday, Dobbins had a lot of help. Qua Frazier scored 13 points, and Tray Croft added 10. Quin Jackson had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Anniston led 13-9 after one quarter but began to take control in the second, building a 40-17 halftime lead.
This week’s routs came after snow forced cancellation of Anniston’s games against Gadsden City and Jacksonville this past week.
“We just keep going forward,” Frazier said. “That’s all we need right now.”
Devonte Whiteside led Lincoln with 14 points, and Zay Caldwell added 11.
As for Monday’s area final, Anniston is catching a Cleburne County team coming off an emotional victory. The Tigers beat Munford 63-51 in Friday’s other Area 10 game, advancing in the area tourney for the first time since 2003.
Still, Anniston has beaten Cleburne County 65-27 and 89-44 this season.
“I don’t ever underestimate them,” Anniston coach Schuessler Ware said. “That’ll be the third time, so there won’t be much changing up. We’ll play it like we normally play.”
Cleburne County 63, Munford 51: There were tears in Cleburne County coach Doug Ward’s eyes after this one.
Max Prichard scored a game-high 20 points, and Christian Henson added 18 as the Tigers (10-16) advanced out of the area tournament for the first time since 2003. That span includes all eight of Ward’s seasons on the job.
“I’m trying to take it all in,” Ward said. “We’d never made it out of the area tournament, and this group did it, and I’m proud of them for that.
“We’ve got eight seniors that bought in, and this was a lot of fun to watch.”
Munford led 19-18 at 5:20 of the second quarter, but Cleburne County burst ahead on hot shooting from Prichard. He scored 12 points in the second quarter, and the Tigers led 34-25 at halftime.
It was 46-35 after three quarters, and Cleburne County took as big as a 63-42 lead on Henson’s pull-up jumper with 2:45 to play.
Monteo Garrett led Munford with 19 points, and the Lions finished 11-11.
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