By Damian Mitchell
CENTER POINT— The Pinson Valley boys’ basketball team stands as the new number one team in class 6A, and in their first game at the top, they did not disappoint, with a dominant 80-59 win over Center Point.
The Indians were the number two team in class 6A, but took the top spot in the Alabama Sports Writers Association rankings that were released on Jan. 17. Carver-Montgomery stood as the number one team ahead of the Indians, but after a 19-point loss to Sidney Lanier last week, fell all the way to eight in the new rankings.
Center Point kept the game competitive in the first half of the game and only trailed the Indians 31-28 into the halftime break, but the second half proved to be a different story. The defensive pressures and the high rolling offense by the Indians took over as they outscored the Eagles 24-13 in the third quarter, then finished the game out scoring 23 in the final quarter while holding the Eagles to 18 points.
Junior guard Kam Woods dominated the game leading all scorers with 36 points. Woods, one of the most well-known names in high school basketball, shot 60 percent from the field going 12 for 20 from the field. He even added 15 points from the behind the three-point line with five of his shots finding the bottom of the net.
Sophomore Ga’Quincy “Koolaid” McKinstry scored 20 points and added five steals on the defensive end.