By Ashley Oliver
The CA Rebels finished up the regular season with a 73-56 loss against EMCA on Monday. Despite Payton Allen’s 22 points scored and 10 rebounds and CJ Lyons’ 9 points and team high 12 rebounds, the Rebels just weren’t able to get the win against the Wildcats. Also scoring for the Rebels were Rodriguez Dark with 8 points, Jake Waldrop with 6 points, Colton Hand with 5 points, Gabe Brooks with 4 points and Braxton Allen with 2 points. Blake Sheppard also had 4 rebounds in the loss.
The Rebels finished the week playing 3 games in the regional tournament on Friday and Saturday at Macon-East Academy. The Rebels first faced Sparta, defeating them 69-39. Payton Allen scored an impressive 26 points in the win. Blake Sheppard scored 9 points. Braxton Allen scored 8 points. Other scorers for the Rebels were CJ Lyons and Rodriguez Dark with 6 points each, Colton Hand with 5 points, Jake Waldrop with 4 points and Gabe Brooks with 3 points. The top rebounder was Payton Allen with 9 followed by Sheppard with 6 and Braxton Allen and CJ Lyons with 5 each.
Game two pitted the Rebels against area rival, Evangel. Evangel was the victor by a score of 58-33. Payton Allen led in points with 11. Rodriguez Dark scored 7. Colton Hand scored 6. Blake Sheppard scored 4. CJ Lyons scored 3 and Quay Johnson scored 2 in the loss. CJ Lyons and Payton Allen shared top rebounder status with 7 each.
Game three was a close one with Chambers defeating Abbeville by a score of 56-55 advancing the Rebels to the Elite 8. Against Abbeville Payton Allen led the team with 22 points. CJ Lyons scored 11 points. Rodriguez Dark scored 10. Colton Hand scored 8 points and Braxton Allen scored 5 points in the win. CJ Lyons and Payton Allen again shared top rebounder status with 10 each. Payton Allen was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Varsity boys will compete in the elite 8 on Tuesday, January 30th at the Multiplex at Crampton Bowl in Montgomery. They will face Marengo beginning at 1:30.