The Scottsboro varsity boys basketball team closed out area play with an resounding win.

The Wildcats built an 18-point halftime lead and cruised to a 68-38 Class 5A Area 15 win over visiting Brewer Tuesday night at Hambrick Hall.

“Looking at the film, last time we played (Brewer) we beat them by six. I’d saw where they had just, Friday night, beat Decatur. So I was a little nervous about it,” said Scottsboro head coach Kenny Hill. “We encouraged our guys to come out and play hard, play smart, and really get after it. We’ve really been working on the offensive end and it’s paying off. We’ve been shooting it pretty good the last two games.”

Scottsboro, which made nine 3-pointers, led 17-9 after one quarter, 31-13 at halftime and 50-30 after three quarters.

Jacob Cooper scored 15 points for the Wildcats while Parker Bell netted 13, Butler Bell 10, Dominik Blair nine and B.J. Harris eight.

Connor Hall and Kristopher Bramlett scored 15 and 12 points respectively for Brewer (8-13, 0-5).

— Jason Bowen

NSM 86, Section 81 — At Higdon, No. 9-ranked North Sand Mountain ended a three-game losing streak against its Class 2A Area 15 rival Tuesday night.

NSM (12-6, 4-2) hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a 26-14 lead. The Bison led 44-35 at halftime before stretching their lead to 66-50 after three quarters. Section (8-9, 3-3) came charging back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bison 31-20, but NSM hung on for the win.

Luke Maples scored a game-high 21 points for NSM, which also got 16 points from Derek Bearden, 13 from Russ Marr, 11 from Drue Carlton and nine from Lake Bell.

Logan Patterson led five Section players in double figures with 19 points. Gabe Hilley closed with 17 points and Alex Guinn and Drake McCutchen scored 13 points each while Bo Bradford added 10.

The teams will meet in the first round of the Class 2A Area 15 Tournament if Fyffe defeats Ider on Jan. 21.

Skyline 63, Cleveland 58 — At Cleveland, the Class 1A No. 2-ranked Vikings rallied in the second half Tuesday night to post their fifth straight win.

Skyline (19-3) trailed 16-13 after one quarter and 32-28 at halftime before outscoring the Panthers 22-9 in the third quarter to move in front 50-41 entering the fourth.

Collin Lockard scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half for Skyline. Jaxen White finished with 16 points while Dawson Wynn added 15.

Logan Washburn scored 27 points and Payton Chitwood added 13 for Cleveland (6-12). 

New Hope 67, North Jackson 66 (OT) — At New Hope, the Indians sank two free throws with 1 second left to edge North Jackson in overtime Tuesday night.

North Jackson (13-8) led 17-12 after one quarter, but New Hope (13-6) moved in front 24-23 at halftime and led 42-39 after three quarters. The game went to overtime tied 57-all.

Five Chiefs scored in double figures. Tyrus Jackson closed with 15 points while Eli Gill had 14, Carter Gass 13, Cade Reed 11 and Zeke Ballard 10.

Isaac Zandbergen scored 23 points for New Hope while Caleb Lewis and Hudson Hill scored 14 each.

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