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Robert E. Lee Point Guard Duke Miles Earns AHSAA Boys’ Basketball Spotlight

AHSAA Prep Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY – Robert E. Lee High School senior point guard Duke Miles and his Generals’ basketball teammates are a team on a mission this season  -- a journey he says that must be completed one game at a time.
    So far this season, unbeaten Lee (18-0) is on the right path.
Miles had 14 points in a 72-62 win over Thompson on January 4 and scored 16 in the Generals’ first Class 7A, Area 3 win of the season the night before beating Jeff Davis 63-48 to lead Lee to the AHSAA’s first Boys’ Basketball Spotlight of the 2019-20 season.
     Generals Coach
Bryant Johnson says the trip has been a good one so far but Lee still has plenty of important games still ahead. Miles nods his head in agreement – Like a return to Enterprise on Friday night where Lee lost its only area game last season en route to a 29-4 record, Southeast Regional championship and a state tourney semifinal appearance.
    That team lost a tough one to Mountain Brook 59-48 in the semis. Ten seniors from Lee’s squad are gone, but their quarterback
Miles is back and more determined than ever.
    “We have 10 seniors on this team too,”
Miles said.
    Lee and Enterprise met again last season in the area tournament and again in the Southeast Regional finals. Two Area 3 games remain. The Generals also have an area game at home against Prattville next Tuesday and play the Lions at their place tonight.
Miles can score with the best of them – but loves watching his passes wind up as slam dunks by his strong, physical post players inside.
      “We love to play defense,” he said. “That’s the main reason we are still undefeated.”
Miles and his teammates edged out three other top performances turned in by a trio of exciting scoring machines. Tommy Murr of Lindsay Lane, Jerddarian Davison of Calhoun and Kam Woods of Pinson Valley ranked 1-2-5 in the nation’s prep scoring leaders according to MaxPreps, the AHSAA’s statistics partner which collects data from schools across the nation.
Murr scored 22 of his game-high 45 points in the fourth quarter as Lindsay Lane picked up an 81-77 win over Class 4A North Jackson last week. That brings his total career points to 5,112 since joining the Lindsay Lane varsity as a seventh grader in the 2014-15 season. The state’s all-time leading scorer has amassed 4,270 points in 111 games played since becoming a freshman in 2016-17 – and has averaged 38.5 points per game during that span.
    Murr set the AHSAA single-season scoring mark last year with 1,442 points in 32 games. His current 45.1 points per game average this season leads the nation in scoring, according to MaxPreps. He led the nation in scoring as a sophomore as well – clipping 45.1 per game. He has scored 902 points in 20 games this season for the Lions with 51 in a 74-69 win over Lexington and 60 in an 83-72 loss to R.A. Hubbard.
   He is shooting 86.9% from the foul line this season (233-of-268) and was 18-of-18 versus North Jackson on Jan. 2 in an 81-77 win. He was 24-of-30 in the win over Lexington and 15-of-15 in a season-opening 84-72 loss to Belgreen.
     MaxPreps lists three AHSAA players in the nation’s top five scorers with Jerddarian Davison of Calhoun second at 42.4 ppg in nine games and Kam Woods of Pinson Valley listed fifth averaging 35.8 ppg for the defending Class 6A state champion Indians (15-3).
   Davison, a junior, had a career high 54 points in a 78-75 win over Autaugaville in early December. Calhoun beat Murr and Lindsay Lane in a game played at Columbia High School in Huntsville on December 7 81-67. He had 47 points and Murr had 45.
   Woods, last season’s Class 6A State Tourney MVP, had 48 points in a 92-58 win over Jefferson Davis, 52 in wins over Gadsden City (81-64) and Midfield (83-49) and 49 in the WKY Hoops Classic at Princeton (KY) 84-82 win over North Little Rock (AR). Woods nailed a game-winning three-pointer in the first game for the Indians (15-3).
   Another player, Russ Marr of North Sand Mountain, had the top single game in the AHSAA this season with 62 points in a 104-99 win over Sylvania in the second game of the season on Nov. 29. He is averaging 28.9 ppg.
     North Sand Mountain’s Thundering Herd (9-5) is ranked second in the nation in charges taken – with an average of 5.3 per game (74 total). Lakeland County (GA) is the national leader with 5.5 per game.

Other Boys’ Highlights:
JADARIOUS BLACKSHIRE, EUFAULA: Was 7-of-12 from the field and finished with 18 points as Eufaula (12-5) beat Enterprise 59-34 to win the Downtown Dothan Hoops Classic championship for the second year in a row. The Tigers’ defense allowed 34 points or less in each of their four wins to finish 4-0 in the tourney.
COLBY JONES, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Helped the defending Class 7A state champion Spartans (19-1), currently ranked seventh in the nation by MaxPreps, win two regular-season games and the Arby’s Classic tourney title at North Mecklenburg (NC). He earned MVP honors at the tourney with 29 points against the host school in s 77-66 win and scored 30 in a 59-50 win over powerful Hoover to close out the week.

COLLINS McCLINTOCK, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Sank a 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds left to lift the Eagles to a 53-50 win over G.W. Long. He finished with 10 points.
BRODY PEEBLES, HARTSELLE: His 33 points led the Tigers to a 72-48 win over Class 7A Florence.
CHARLIE MORRISON, LINDSAY LANE: Sank eight 3-pointers and finished with 30 points in an 81-77 win over North Jackson last week.
JUSTIN BUFFORD, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Scored 28 points in a 79-59 win over LAMP for the Knights (15-3). He also had 13 in a win over Winter Park (FL), 20 in a 73-35 win over Blount (TN) in a tournament at Freeport, FL.
CHRISTIAN LEWIS, PLEASANT GROVE: Had 21 points in the finals of the Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach Christmas Classic as the Spartans (8-2) downed Van Buren (TN) 63-55 to claim the title.
CHANEY JOHNSON, THOMPSON: Had 25 points in a 92-87 win over North Laurel (KY) in the final game of the Rock Holiday Classic at Orlando.
EVAN SMITH, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had a school-record 13 assists in a 65-37 win over Clay-Chalkville in a regular-season game and scored 18 points with five assists in a 51-52 win by the Eagles (12-7) over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Homewood Metro Tourney.
JOSH HARRINGTON, SPAIN PARK: Had 16 points in three Metro Tourney wins as the Jags won the tourney held at Homewood.

WILLIAM NORRELL, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had 16 points, eight in the final period, to lead the Eagles (9-5) to their eighth win in their last nine outings beating Prattville Christian 53-51.
JAVIER WILLIAMS, BARBOUR COUNTY: Tallied 25 points to lead the Jaguars past Abbeville 73-53.

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