Blackman High School's basketball teams capped off district title seasons with a home sweep of the Oakland Patriots on senior night Friday.
The Blaze boys avenged their only regular-season district loss with a 48-32 win over the Patriots.
“We had a five-point lead at Oakland and couldn’t finish the deal,” Blackman coach Barry Wortman said. “Obviously you want to play better the second time and I think we did. The basketball gods can be cruel and we understand that so we don’t overlook anybody. But just like any team at this time of year you have certain goals and expectations.”
Though Blackman had a guaranteed piece of the title, the win Friday gave the Blaze the district championship outright.
“We wanted to prove a point, and if we had lost we would have had to share (the title),” Blackman senior Jalen Stayton said. “It’s a great deal. I’ve been here four years working hard and altogether has been fun and is paying off.”
It was Stayton who sparked a 9-0 run at the end of the third to stop a closing Oakland dead in its tracks, giving the Blaze a 33-23 lead heading into the fourth quarter of a low scoring game. The Blaze rode the momentum to the final buzzer.
“I hit a 3 and that’s really what started (the run),” Stayton said. “It gave our whole team momentum and after that we started playing together and getting easy buckets.”
Blackman now has a bye all the way until the semifinal round of the district tournament. So, the Blaze are tasked with keeping the momentum despite a full week off.
“That’s the million dollar question,” Wortman said. “I look at it as a combination of rest and getting our bodies right, but also trying to stay in rhythm. The first of the week we will just work on us and then we will start working on our possible opponents.”
Blackman (48): Jalen Page 11, Jalen Stayton 9, Ray Tyler 6, Zoryn Harrington 5, TJ Cross 5, Mark Cooper 5, Kailon Benton-Hamilton 4, Jacquari Johnson 3
Oakland (32): DeArre McDonald 13, DD Anderson 8, MJ Grant 5, Price Tramel 4, Antonio Patterson 2
Blackman 46, Oakland 38
The Lady Blaze completed their undefeated district season and captured their first title in 5 years.
Oakland gave Blackman a fight, leading the entire first half behind Claira Mcowan and Nicole Egeruoh. But then Iyana Moore caught fire in the third and Victoria Page went 6 of 6 from the stripe in the fourth to give the Lady Blaze the win.
Blackman (46): Victoria Page 14, Iyana Moore 14, Joelle Patton 7, Autumn Davis 3, Gracie Hamby 3, Asia Matthews 2, Kaylee Odom 2, Emily Monson 1
Oakland (38): Claira McGowan 12, Nicole Egeruoh 11, Beth Nelson 4, Erykah Collier 4, Ni’Kiah Chesterfield 3, Myah Sutton 2, Terianna Covington 2