By Brandon Speck
SMITHVILLE – Aberdeen and Biggersville aren’t saving up their intensity.
In their second matchup in seven days, Class 3A Aberdeen evened up a battle of heavyweights with a 67-62 win in the Smithville Classic, the first career win for Aberdeen coach Cornelius Gilleylen.
“As long as they understand their roles and we build team chemistry, I think we’ll see them in Jackson again, at a hotel somewhere,” Gilleylen said.
Inside Smithville’s newly-opened dome, Biggersville pulled within a point on a pair of Daniel Simmons’ free throws with 1:38 to play in the fourth of eight exhibition games. But Derrell Carouthers connected on a three-point play and Queshod Young hit a pair of free throws with 28.4 left.
There were a handful of scuffles. Biggersville (3-0) had beaten Aberdeen (1-1) 63-56 a week earlier in Nettleton.
Biggersville took four charges in the first half and was led by Simmons’ game-high 27 points. Nicholas Sims had 17 for Aberdeen.
“Either one of us could be 2-0 or 0-2,” Biggersville coach Cliff Little said.
(B) Blue Mountain 67, Amory 52: Another North 1A contender, Blue Mountain, took early control over Amory and never let go of the lead in a sloppy win.
“We’ve got a lot of things to work out and we will,” Blue Mountain coach David Mason said.
Blue Mountain got 19 from Taise Berry, 14 from Ismael Ruedas and 11 from Jacob Girley.
“Our defense has got to be there every night,” Mason said. “We saw Biggersville play before us and our intensity has got to be there to match up with teams like that.”
Amory got 16 points from Fred Garth.
(G) New Site 58, Byers 31: New Site ran away with a matchup of the two teams expected to be the top two Class 2A teams in the North.
New Site outscored Byers 15-2 in the second quarter and got a game-high 17 points from Cristin Pharr. Richenda Crutcher had 14 for Byers.