Van Deerman Classic: Weaver takes title with eighth straight win
by Brandon Miller
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Jacksonville's Tae Ackles (3) works to get past Weaver's Elliott Moore. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Jacksonville's Tae Ackles (3) works to get past Weaver's Elliott Moore. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
JACKSONVILLE – It’s been nearly a month since Weaver has lost, with the Bearcats' win streak reaching eight games Saturday.

Class 3A No. 8 Weaver went to Jacksonville High and defeated the Golden Eagles 73-44 to win the boys division of the Van Deerman Classic.

“We’re just playing well right now,” Weaver coach Daryl Hamby said. “We’re playing well defensively and offensively, and hopefully we can keep it up.”

The Bearcats were led by Shon’D McKinney, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Chris English, Delo Forbes and Brandon Smith each scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Elliott Moore added 10 points.

Weaver was able to establish its fast-paced game early, and after Jacksonville cut the score to 8-6 in the first quarter, the Bearcats score six straight points to widen its lead for good. The lead was extended even more in the third quarter, when Weaver outscored Jacksonville 29-15.

“That’s our game, everyone knows it,” Hamby said. “We’re lucky enough that we have a lot of guys that can handle the ball. And I think we’re only going to get better, especially when we get Paul Hubbard back. He’s one of the top athletes in the county, not just the school. That adds just another piece.”

Jacksonville coach Ryan Chambless said his team can gain something from the loss. The biggest thing is game experience, which is important for a young team.

“We’ve got to improve, and that’s what I talked to the guys about,” Chambless said. “We have to be able to play under control offensive. Weaver can run and jump you good and plays good defense, but we have to be able to play good across the court when people tried to speed you up.”

Jacksonville (4-7) will have a chance to gain more experience and rebound next week in Glencoe’s tournament. Weaver (9-2) doesn’t play again until January.

Ashville 56, Woodland 37: In a boys consolation game, Woodland saw its rally cut down midway through the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats had sliced the Ashville lead to seven points after Woodland entered the quarter trailing by 18. Andrew Bailey led the attack, scoring 13 points in the game.

John Wes Adcock added seven points for Woodland, and Koy Sims scored six. Ashville was led by Nick Looney’s 14 points, while Alex Looney and D.J. Cook each added 10.

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star
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