Gadsden City collars Bulldogs

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By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Gadsden City High shared the wealth against Anniston on Tuesday (Dec. 6).

Five players scored in double figures en route to a 77-58 victory at GCHS, improving the Titans’ record to 15-3 in the process.

After a slow start that led to a 15-12 deficit after one quarter, the hosts used foul shooting to take control of the game. Gadsden City shot 85 percent (11-for-13) at the foul line during the second period while the Bulldogs went 4-for-11. 

Denzel Mooney’s layup and resulting free throw gave the Titans the lead for good at 25-22, and Darnell Mooney’s buzzer-beating jump shot sent the hosts into the locker room leading 35-24. 

Josh Juddine led GCHS with 23 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line. Chris Dudley added 13 points, followed by Darnell Mooney with 12, Denzel Mooney with 11 and Kalin Johnson with 10.

Denzel Mooney also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Jacob Hyde chipped in 10 boards and five assists.

Gadsden City ended up shooting 69 percent (22-for-32) at the foul line. 

“Once we got the lead, [Anniston] had to pressure us, so we got to shoot a lot of free throws,” said GCHS head coach Reginald Huff. “We knew they would have to come after us if we went man-to-man and got them out of that zone, and we were able to attack the basket.” 

Dudley’s trey a minute into the second half made it an 11-point Titan lead, and Anniston (7-6) never again got within single digits. Darnell Mooney’s basket at the close of the third period put the hosts ahead 53-38.

Quinterious Croft led Anniston with 26 points, while Davion Tippins added 13.

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