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Alabama Boys 101, Mississippi Boys 88

    Alabama’s All-Stars won its fourth straight Alabama-Mississippi  Classic boys’ basketball game Friday night with a 101-88 win over Mississsippi to improve to 14-11 in the 25-year series of the annual border-states rivalry.
    The boys’ win gave Alabama a sweep in the all-star games hosted by the AHSAA and the AHSADCA and played at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
    Theodore senior Dazon Ingram scored 12 points on a 5-of-8 shooting performance, had six key rebounds and four assists to earn MVP honors for Alabama. Donta Hall, a 6-foot-10 Alabama-bound center from Luverne, and Carver-Montgomery’s Brandon Austin paced Alabama’s balanced attack with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Hall had a game-high 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. He was 7-of-8 from the field with one 3-point goal. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Hoover’s Dylan Smith with 12.
    Cullman guard Lawson Schaffer had just five points but finished with four steals and four assists and played well in setting up his teammates all night.
    Mississippi guard Leroy Buchanan of Madison-Central led all scorers with 20 points to earn MVP honors for his team.  He had a 9-of-14 shooting effort from the field.  Quinndary Weatherspoon of Velma Jackson added 12 points, Bruce Stevens of Bay Springs, Jerekius Davis of Provine and Moses Greenwood of Velma Jackson scored 10 points each. Terence Davis of Southaven led Mississippi’s rebounding effort with nine boards.
   Hoover’s Charles Burkett and LaFayette’s Obadiah Threadgill IV coached the Alabama squad. Mississippi’s coaches were East Marion’s Calvin Brown and McComb’s Hilton Harrell.
   Alabama, which lost in 2011, has now won all three games at Alabama State and last year’s game at Jackson State. 



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