Talladega College defeated Carver College 96-44 Saturday afternoon in the 2nd Annual Boys and Girls Club Basketball Classic held at Gadsden City High School.
The Tornadoes started out the game with 27 straight points before Carver was finally able to light up their half of the scoreboard.
The Cougars managed to edge back into the game, but the fast-paced, hot-shooting Talladega squad kept up their offensive attack up all game, sprinting out for the 51-point win.
Talladega’s Dondre Alexander led all scorers with 20 points, while Da’Jon Streeter and Brandon Johnson both had 17.
Carver’s Antonio Gardner had 14 points, while Marquel Gibbons had nine for Carver.
This year’s Boys and Girls Club Basketball Classic is the second iteration of the annual event, which began in 2017. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Boys and Girls Club of Gadsden/Etowah County, helping them to expand the services the organization provides to the youth of the area and to grow next year’s BGC Classic.
After the game, both Head Coaches expressed their gratitude for being chosen to be a part of the event, and said they feel the Boys and Girls Club is an important cause to give back to.
“I’m really appreciative of the Boys and Girls club. This was a very good event. We’re looking forward to coming back and doing this again next year,” Talladega coach Chris Wright said.
“I grew up in the boys and girls club, and four or five of our guys did as well,” said Carver coach Bryan Spencer, “We’re glad just to be a part of this and do whatever we can to help this cause.”
The game featured local flare both on the court and off.
Former Gadsden City High School standout and current Talladega forward Ja’Shon Chinn returned to his former gymnasium to play for the tornadoes, and local dance club Prodigious Elements of Perfection (PEP) Competitive Dance of Gadsden provided pregame and halftime entertainment along with Talladega’s Crimsonettes danceline.
Chinn, who played for the Titans before graduating in 2018, had 3 rebounds but did not score in his return to his home gym.
“I know there is quite a few of our guys that were involved in the boys and girls club growing up, so to get to come here and play in this classic is really great for them. We have a lot of guys that have kind of had a rough background and haven’t had the easiest lives. For them to have the chance to give back is awesome,” Wright said.