At Felton Easterwood Gymnasium:
Hanceville 11 14 11 17 - 53 (3-3)
Holly Pond 15 15 15 14 - 59 (4-2)
HOLLY POND: McKinley Garrett 17, Kyler Chaney 16, Griffin Morris 13, Zach Shaw 6, Jake Harris 3, Tyler Boatright 1.
HANCEVILLE: RJ Evans 13, Brendan Flanigan 11, Raiden Morgan 11, Damien Johnson 6, Josh Stanley 5, Allen Jones 5, Romeal Simmons 2.
FLASH NOTES: Holly Pond turned a 30-25 halftime lead on Hanceville into a 44-25 advantage with a 14-0 run to open the third period. The Bulldogs went scoreless for over 4:00 before a field goal by Flanigan was their first points of the third.
Hanceville patiently worked its way back into the game, closing to 45-40 early in the fourth on a field goal by Jones. Then Holly Pond regrouped, getting a three-point play from Morris to lead 48-40.
The Broncos could not put away Hanceville. Daniel Wakefield's Bulldogs got within four at 50-46 on free throws at the 3:00 mark by Flanigan.
But they fell behind by a 55-47 margin when Chaney drained a trey with 2:22 to play.
Free throws from Garrett with 13 seconds left, sealed the victory as Holly Pond was ahead 59-51. Hanceville got its final score from Evans as time ran out with Mitch Morris' Broncos going 3-1 in home games this season and snapping a three-game winning streak by Daniel Wakefield's Bulldogs.
Up next for Holly Pond: Vs. Cold Springs Friday (WKUL-FM)
Up next for Hanceville: Vs. Oakman Friday
Photo 1: Hanceville's Brendan Flanigan (2), Holly Pond's Kyler Chaney (22) at tipoff.
Photo 2: Hanceville PG Brendan Flanigan attacks the pressure of McKinley Garrett (23).
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
HOLLY POND - After falling to Cullman on Thanksgiving night, the Holly Pond Broncos rebounded to claim the second best record in their 61st Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday.
Holly Pond edged Good Hope 68-62, compiling two wins in three assignments at the oldest high school invitational tournament in Alabama history.
Good Hope put the Broncos down 21-10 after the first period, then Mitch Morris' squad shook off the slow start and pulled it out by going on a 7-1 run in the final two minutes, thanks to a field goal from Kyler Chaney and free throws in crunch time from McKinley Garrett.
Griffin Morris ripped the cords for 20 to lead the Broncos with Garrett supporting the victory by scoring 17. The Broncos are 3-2 on the young season.
Leading Good Hope in this encounter was Cole Maddox with 21 points, Kallen Sharpton 13 and Issac McDonald 12.
Under the direction of second-year coach Drew Adams, a Holly Pond graduate, the Raiders are 2-2 one week into the new season.
Holly Pond welcomes Hanceville to Felton Easterwood Gym Tuesday while Good Hope has its home opener Tuesday vs. West Point.
AHSAA 3A state playoff game
Thursday, November 9
Rebels Stadium - Trinity
HOLLY POND: 7-3, #4 in 3A, R 6
WEST MORGAN: 9-1, #1 in 3A, R 8
SERIES: West Morgan 2-0
LAST TIME: 1971, West Morgan 17-6
LAST WEEK: Holly Pond defeated Fairview 18-6
West Morgan was idle
FLASH NOTES: After one win in 30 games between 2013 to 2015, the Broncos have become the turnaround story for Cullman County football, claiming 13 of 20 regular season victories in the last two seasons and consecutive trips to the 3A playoffs as a qualifier from Region 6.
Now Mike Bates has another challenge waiting his young crew, a trip to West Morgan who is on a seven-game winning streak. The Rebels started the season August 25 and went 10 straight weeks before they had their bye week.
A 31-21 win against Lexington enabled them to go 6-1 in Region 8 and get help in the tiebreaking procedure that put them on top of the standings.
Holly Pond is coming off a victory over Fairview for the first time in a decade. In the last two years, the Broncos have gone with back to back seasons of defeating Brindlee Mountain, Susan Moore, Hanceville and Vinemont, plus adding a quality win last Friday under adverse conditions.
The Broncos completed the regular schedule with 292 points in 10 games and allowed 208, only 15 in the last eight quarters in victories over Vinemont and Fairview.
This is the first time that Holly Pond has been to the playoffs in back to back years since 2004 and 2005.