KILLEN — Brooks kept its perfect record intact, advancing to the semifinals of the Times Daily Classic with a 54-42 win over Colbert County (3-2) on Saturday.
Brooks (4-0) plays two-time defending champions Florence (4-2), which scored a 57-27 win over Wilson, at 6:30 p.m. in Flowers Hall on the campus of the University of North Alabama.
“Colbert County has some really good players,” Coach Brian Wright said. “We knew that it would be a good win for us. We just have a great group of kids that like to play together and don’t really care who gets the credit.”
Brooks knocked down three 3-pointers in the opening quarter to claim a 12-11 advantage.
Jacob Richardson scored 7 of his 11 points in the second, as Brooks extended its lead to 25-19 at that half.
Strong play from Tobias Qualls and Jonah Casteel kept it close for the Indians, as the two combined for 16 of Colbert County’s 19 first-half points.
The teams traded baskets for much of the second half, before a 3-pointer from Qualls cut the lead to four points with seven minutes remaining. Four was a close as the Indians would get, though, as Jack Singletary scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and Brooks knocked down free throws late to secure the home win.
Singletary led the way for the Lions with 14 points and Holden Corum added seven.
Qualls finished with a game-high 16 for Colbert County, while Casteel scored 15.
“They’re excited with the win,” Wright said. “But we understand that we have to lace them up again and go play again on Monday.
n Florence 57, Wilson 27: Wilson (1-5) frustrated Florence early with a stout zone defense and the Falcons managed just a two-point lead after the first eight minutes.
“They came out with a tight zone and we rushed some of our shots.” coach Stevie Martin said. “We started penetrating the gaps in the second half and got some easy baskets. Our layups and high-percentage shots came through.”
The halftime adjustments that proved to be the difference, as Florence opened the second half with a 19-2 run and held Wilson without a field goal in the second half to pick up the win.
Chaunce Watkins scored 10 of his 14 points for the Falcons in the third quarter, while teammate Darius Smith led the way with 16.
Houston Wear paced Wilson with 12.