MADISON — It was almost as if someone had flipped a switch.
Having played most of the game at a slower than normal pace, the Austin High boys basketball team found itself trailing by seven points with two minutes to play in the fourth quarter before the Black Bears shifted gears, claiming a 57-53 come-from-behind victory over a stout Bob Jones team.
With 1:25 remaining, Camron Reedus hit a 3-pointer from the corner to lock the score at 52.
From there, Everette Mayes connected on four straight free throws, putting the game out of reach.
“This one was big, big, big,” said Austin coach Demond Garth. “Bob Jones has a great home environment and that can play a role in how they play. But our guys kept fighting, stopped them on defense and came back in the fourth to win a very big game.”
Reedus led Austin (1-1) in scoring with 18 points. Mayes finished with 13 points while Malique Elliott had 11.
Austin hit 18 of 44 shots from the floor while hitting 17 of 28 from the free throw line.
Ryan Flanagan led Bob Jones (2-2) in scoring with 14 points. Dalton Barkley finished with 11.
The Patriots made 18 of 51 shots from the floor while making 8 of 12 from the free throw line.
A large portion of Bob Jones’ points came from beyond the arc as the Patriots connected on 9 of 23 3-pointers.
The Black Bears led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter and 25-19 at halftime.
Bob Jones girls 55, Austin 39: Bob Jones improved to 7-0 with the victory over the Lady Black Bears.
Takisha Jordan was the only Austin (3-3) player to score double figures with 12 points.
Lindsey Jennings had 18 points for Bob Jones while Sydney Booker added 14.
“Bob Jones just played harder than us tonight,” said Austin coach Bruce Hamilton. “Hopefully, we learned a lesson from this game. We have got to get better. We have two big area games against Florence and Decatur next week. We’ll need to execute a lot better against them."