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Blue Devils lose two games at classic

Escambia County’s boys basketball team finished 0-2 in the Daphne Basketball Classic this week.

The Blue Devils lost 43-29 to Blount on Tuesday, and fell 54-51 to Robertsdale on Monday.

Blount 43, ECHS 29

Sheldon Williams led the Blue Devils with 13 points; and Jacobey James contributed with five points.

Blount led 21-19 at halftime, and outscored ECHS 22-10 in the second half.

T. Broadhead led BHS with 15 points.

Robertsdale 54, ECHS 51

Williams led ECHS with 14 points, six rebounds, three blocks and an assist. Tyson Moorer added 11 points, two rebounds and steals each and three assists. Hakeem Johnson added 10 points, three rebounds and assists each and two steals; and Stephen Williams scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Jared Jones led RHS with 18 points, and Demontre Prim added 13 points.

ECHS basketball coach John Shears said Monday they went back and forth with RHS, however.

“We just gave up a lot of offensive rebounds,” Shears said. “We gave up 15 offensive rebounds, and that hurt us down the stretch.”

Shears said the game came down to who got the ball last.

“They scored and we went up and had a chance to win with a shot, and we didn’t get it,” he said. “We fouled and had a chance to tie with a three points and missed it.”

Shears isn’t one to make excuses, but the lack of play over the last couple of weeks hurt the team, he said.

“You could tell we’ve been off for a couple of weeks,” he said.

ECHS visits W.S. Neal on Tues., Jan. 5, 2021, to start area play.