BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Sparkman senior Thomas Melbert summed up his big game Monday afternoon at the Kings of the Court at Bill Harris Arena the only way he could. His modesty showed, but so did the reality of the matter.
“Scoring 31 points is a good game,” he said. “When you score that many, you have to say you were pretty hot. When it keeps going in like that, you are on.”
That he was. Melbert’s career-best 31 points were the driving force behind Sparkman’s 75-53 victory against Wenonah. The Senators improved to 14-10 this year.
“We were able to turn them over a few times and get some easy hoops,” Sparkman coach Jamie Coggins said.
Chazz Garrett had 13 and Rashawn Green also added another 10 in the winning effort. Wenonah was led by Kameron Hardrick‘s 15 points. He had five three-pointers against Sparkman. Carlos Rodgers also had 15 points for the Dragons. Quinton Gates also had 10 points for the Class 5A program.
“Wenonah has some pretty good athletes and a couple of guys who score the ball pretty well,” Scoggins said. “I thought early on if we control them a little bit that we thought we would be successful. I thought early on our pressure making sure that those guys didn’t get off was a big key for us.”
Melbert showed off his knack for getting into the lane and attacking the basket and making plays. Coggins said that was his strength and he played to that against the Dragons.
“I didn’t play outside the offense,” Melbert said. “When you score 31 points, that’s the way you want to say you were able to do it. I just did what I could with what was there for me.”
The two year-starter scored 16 points in the first half and had 23 at the half. He has picked up the nickname “T-time” from his teammates. Sparkman led 24-7 after the first quarter and 39-24 at the half.
“We showed them no mercy today,” Melbert said. “We came out and went for the necks and stopped them. We got to the room, broke their press and trapped the ball really well.”
The Class 7A Senators beat Huntsville 56-37 and Hazel Green 63-35 in their previous two games leading into another impressive performance Monday afternoon at the Kings of the Court.
“We played really well Friday night against Hazel Green,” Coggins said. “We played Hazel Green at Hazel Green and we very good on both ends of the floor. We really played great defense and on the offensive end we finally put it together making some shots inside and outside.”
Wenonah fell to 12-14 this season.
“We just didn’t play good man-to-man defense at all,” first-year Wenonah coach Audwin Howard said. “Our man-to-man defense was suspect. That will be rectified and will be fixed immediately.” Complete article