Purvis comes away with 62-57 season finale win over Sumrall

By ANDREW ABADIE,
SUMRALL – Purvis and Sumrall closed out the regular season with a game of runs thriller on Friday night. The Tornados pulled ahead into the final minutes of the fourth quarter and came away with a 62-57 win.

SUMRALL – Purvis and Sumrall closed out the regular season with a game of runs thriller on Friday night. The Tornados pulled ahead into the final minutes of the fourth quarter and came away with a 62-57 win.

Neither team found separation until the final minute of the fourth quarter and traded points throughout most of the night. At the end of the first quarter, Purvis scored right at the end of the quarter to hold a 15-13 lead.

Sumrall took a 30-27 lead in the second quarter, but Purvis stayed ahead and closed the quarter with a 5-0 run.

Sumrall's first-half success stemmed from Cole Daniels' ability to penetrate the Tornado defense and scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half from the paint.

"In stretches they forced turnovers," Sumrall head coach David Bush said. "They stretched that 1-2-2 zone defense out and its hard to attack. Instead of just passing it back and forth finally found some crevasses and were able to get in. When we did that, we could throw it down to Cole."

Purvis stayed ahead with its 3-point shooting and as the Tornados made four 3-pointers in the opening half.

At the start of the second half, Purvis jumped extended its lead to 38-30, but Sumrall answered with a 10-0 run and took a 40-38 lead.

"We were very weak tonight defensively," Purvis head coach Eric Cooper said. "I didn't think we came out with the strong effort that we had been seeing with our guys lately. We allowed too much penetration. They moved the ball extremely well tonight from side to side, which allowed them to get some penetration. They did the kick-outs, inside looks. They had a really good game plan tonight."

According to Cooper, Purvis' offense was fueled by its passing game as it forced openings in the Sumrall defense.

"It was just simple basketball where you just move the basketball," Cooper said. "You make the ball move and then you get the defense out of position and it leaves some wide-open shots."

Sumrall's lack of depth at the bench proved to be the defense as it slowly took a toll on the team in terms of foul trouble. The fourth quarter became a free throw contest with the entire quarter seeing 22 free throw attempts between each team.

"We got into some foul trouble," Bush said. "Really, three of my key players were guards and were kind of thin at the guard spot. We had to piece some lineups. When I had to do that, I felt we got a little stagnant. We had a shot there at the end, and I'm proud of them."

Purvis managed to hold a two-point lead over the Bobcats after retaking the leading a 49-48 and sealed the win by reaching the free throw line six times to close the game out.

Sumrall was led by Patrick Williamson, who scored a team-high of 19 points. Purvis' trio of Ashton Westmoreland, Trell Camp and Bryson Rowell combined for a 38-point effort in the Tornado's win.

According to Cooper, unofficially due to a lack of archives, Purvis' 21-win season is the best mark since the 1961-1962 season.

For Sumrall, in spite of losing, Bush has seen consistent improvement from his team and believes that the team's late momentum can carry forward in the first round of the district tournament.

"I'm really proud of them," Bush said. "The last couple of weeks they improved every game. That bunch beat us by 33 a couple weeks ago. I told them that night we have to make a change and they committed to getting better. We are playing better basketball and were doing it at a good time too."

The 4A Region 7 district tournament will be hosted by Greene County starting Tuesday night. Both Purvis and Sumrall will play in the opening round as the Tornados will open with Greene County while Sumrall will play Poplarville.

Purvis 62, Sumrall 57

At Sumrall

Purvis (21-5, 7-3) – Tyler Garrison 1 0-0 2, Bryson Rowell 3 4-4 11, Ashton Westmoreland 2 8-14 13, Cameron Cummings 1 0-0 3, Logan Thornton 2 1-2 6, Trell Camp 3 7-8 13, Gabe Young 3 0-0 7, Manny Raanes 0 5-7 5, Tyler Hill 1 0-0 2. Field Goals: 21, Free Throws: 25-35, Total Points 62.

Sumrall (5-15, 1-9) – Cole Daniels 6 5-5 17, James Ford 0 0-0 0, Hayes Rayner 0 0-0 0, Terrion Greenwood 0 0-0 0, Tyler Williamson 3 0-0 7, Jaran Gore 1 1-2 3, Patrick Williamson 9 2-2 19, Austin Lewis 0 1-2 1, Cade Miller 1 4-4 6, John Ford 1 0-0 2. Field Goals: 20, Free Throws: 13-15, Total Points: 57

Purvis         15    17    13    17      -    62    

Sumrall    13    17    14    14    -    57

3-Pointers – Purvis 5 (Rowell, Westmoreland, Cummings, Thornton, Young), Sumrall 4 (P. Williamson 3, T. Williamson). Total Fouls: Purvis 11, Sumrall 24. Fouled Out: Camp, T. Williamson.