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Altany sets milestone, BA wins

Altany sets milestone, BA wins

Altany sets milestone, BA wins

Zach Altany, a senior forward for Bul...

    Scoring from behind the 3-point arc is nothing new for Bulloch Academy’s Zach Altany. The senior is something of a 3-point specialist and routinely zips the net with the long ball to help lead the Gators to victory.
    But his 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter in Tuesday night’s 75-45 drubbing of Robert Toombs Christian Academy was different.
    It was his 1,000th career point.
    “Nobody works harder at the game of basketball than Zach,” said BA head coach Chandler Dennard. “Any kind of accolades he gets, he truly deserves them.”
    Altany is the first Bulloch Academy player since Stacy Olliff in the 1997-98 season to attain the magic number.
    “I knew I was getting close,” said Altany, “but I didn’t know how close.”
    He entered the game just 28 points shy of the mark and, for a while there, it look as if he would get it. The lanky shooter drew tight man coverage in the fourth quarter.
    “I knew my teammates were going to help set me up,” said Altany.
    With 1:34 left in the fourth quarter, senior Walker Blitch set monster screen at the top of the key, allowing Altany to get two steps away from his shadow. He got the pass, toed the line and let fly with a perfect shot. When it zipped the net, the BA crowd exploded.
    The magical moment capped a powerful, crushing victory by the Gators. Bulloch (3-0) pounded the previously unbeaten Crusaders with tough, quick defense and aggressive offensive maneuvers.
    “It’s going to be fast and furious all year long,” said Dennard. “That’s the way we are going to play.”
    Bulloch scratched off to a 12-4 lead in the opening quarter with an uptempo pace which was fed by the cheers of the Gator student section.
    The Gators really went off in the second quarter, outscoring RTCA 25-13. Bulloch’s backcourt trap caused numerous Crusader turnovers which were turned into easy buckets. BA’s overall game began to come around as the defense was solid, the perimeter shooting started to come alive and players like seniors Win Lee and Brandon Walker hard battled down low.
    “We either want to shoot layups or threes,” said Dennard. “Our defense has got to generate our offense.”
    Junior Jaylen Evans led the way in the quarter, scoring 10 of his 16 points. His cat-quick reflexes and smooth drives to the basket highlighted the Gators’ dominance. BA had a 37-17 halftime lead.
    In the third, Altany’s game started clicking as he got the opportunity to take the ball to the basket. He led with eight points in the quarter as BA outscored RTCA 23-17.
    Other BA scorers included Chris Young with seven, Walker with six and Ross Rainey with five.
    Bulloch travels to Edmund Burke Friday.

Lady Gators 56, Lady Crusaders 20
    It looked like sophomore Anna Newton was going to have yet another career night when she scored 10 points in the first quarter.
    But the Lady Gators (5-0) spread the wealth around in their victory over the Lady Crusaders.
    Newton wound up with 13, junior Taylor Collins had 10, both junior McKenzie Webb and sophomore Marianna Peebles had eight each and junior Amelia Akins added six.
    Bulloch went on a tear from the opening tip and outscored RTCA (2-6) 24-4 in the first quarter. The Lady Gators played great defense and easily penetrated the lane for easy shots. BA led 35-4 at the end of the first half.

BAMS sweeps Crusaders
    Both BA middle-school teams got wins in the afternoon games.
    In the first of four, Ashley Burke netted a game-high 16 points, Page Spence added 14 and Pate Lomax had seven as the BA junior varsity girls remain undefeated.
    In the boys’ JV contest, Smith Reeves scored 13 points, Lee Waters added eight and Will Marsh had seven.

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