By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
HAMILTON – It will be Aberdeen and Amory facing off for a shot at host Hamilton in the 2011 Monroe County basketball tournament.
Aberdeen took care of business with a 92-54 win against Smithville Thursday night before Hamilton beat Hatley 67-49 in the third game.
Fourteen players scored for Aberdeen (12-2), led by Earnest Williams’ 23, Rico Haughton’s 14 and Fred Ward’s 11.
Aberdeen pulled away in the third, taking a 75-42 lead on Elliot Johnson’s two to close the period.
“We just told them to step up the effort,” Aberdeen coach Roy Hazzle said. “They agreed that they were playing when they got ready to play. They just laid their ears back and gave more effort.”
Damontrio Freeman had a game-high 26 points for Smithville (2-7). Antwune Freeman had 11.
Aberdeen and Amory face off tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Smithville kept it close in the first half, staying within three points in the opening quarter on baskets by Johnny Westbrook, Antwune Freeman and two free throws from Datrune Freeman.
– (G) Aberdeen 60, Amory 52: Amory’s Destiny Devauld tied the game at 49 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in regulation, but Aberdeen (7-6) opened the second half with a three-point play from Regina Barker and Ebone Williams’ steal and bucket.
Barker had a game-high 22, followed by Alexis Walker’s 10. Alexandria Thompson had 18 for Amory (2-11). Devauld had 17.
Aberdeen will face Hatley in the semifinals tonight at 4:30 p.m. Smithville and Hamilton’s girls play at 6 p.m.
– (B) Hamilton 67, Hatley 49: Hamilton got 12 points and eight blocks from 6-foot-10 sophomore Ben Seely in a win to close out the first of three tournament nights. Cojuante McMillian had 14, Demetrice Trimble 11 and Markey Jordan 10 for Hamilton (9-5).
Hatley (3-13) got 18 from Chris Tartt and 12 from Demarcus Hampton.