Albemarle basketball teams win Anson’s Christmas Tournament titles – Reuters Sports News

Even before the opening of the holiday basketball tournaments this week, Albemarle varsity teams both played and won championships in a two-day tournament hosted by Anson County last week.

women’s basketball

The Bulldogs opened the tournament with a 45-41 win over Christ the King High School in Huntersville.

Amari Baldwin, who would eventually be named the tournament’s most valuable player, led the Dogs with 23 points and added six assists, six steals and four rebounds.

Jasmine Brown added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Kai Spencer led the team with 10 rebounds, adding six points and four blocks.

Head coach Eric Davis said it was a hard-fought, physical game that was neck and neck throughout.

“In the second half, I felt that our defense and the rebound made the difference.”

The Bulldogs then faced the host Bearcats in the championship final and won 55-33.

Baldwin finished with 23 points while Brown, who made the all-tournament team, added 20 points.

men’s basketball

The Bulldogs picked up victories over Christ The King and Union Academy to win the tournament championship.

Against the Crusaders, Albemarle trailed by 15 at halftime and by 14 heading into the fourth quarter. Ali Currie, the tournament’s most valuable player, scored 14 points in the final period to lift the Bulldogs to a 71-66 victory.

Currie led Albemarle with 25 points while Omare Price added 13 points and Malakhi Gatewood had eight.

In the win over the Cardinals, Albemarle had 25 points from Currie and 10 from Price in a 66-51 victory. Price was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Gatewood and Jabari Brooks each added eight points for the Bulldogs.

Winning the tournament “was a big thing,” head coach Chauncey Bruton said, “because we felt like we had a chance to win every game this season, but in the tournament we learned how finish the game.

Even after winning the title, Bruton said the general feeling in the team was “unsatisfied”.

“We keep walking into the locker room feeling like we could have played a lot better, which is a cool mindset to see in a group of guys who understand we have much bigger goals this season.” , Bruton said.