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McKenzie boys down Excel, 76-64

Excel 64, McKenzie 76 (Boys)

Cliff Pugh led the effort for McKenzie (4-3), scoring 27 points, while Melvin Owens and Calvin Henderson each added six in the Tigers’ 76-64 Monday night win over visiting Excel.

The Tigers led 17-14 after one quarter of play, but opened that advantage up to a 40-27 halftime lead. All 10 players on McKenzie’s roster scored points, said head coach Miles Brown. – Staff

McKenzie 43, Brantley 72 (Boys)

In the Straughn Christmas Shootout, McKenzie finished runner-up to Brantley, falling to the Bulldogs, 72-43, in the championship game on Saturday night.

Marcus Mitchell had 11 points to lead the Tigers. Pugh added nine and Armond Ball and Owens each had seven.

Wesley Person had 18 points to lead the Bulldogs.

He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Mitchell, Ball and Pugh were all named to the all-tournament team for McKenzie. – Staff

McKenzie 60, Straughn 57 (Boys)

In the second round of the Straughn Christmas Shootout, the Tigers edged the host team, 60-57, led by Mitchell’s 15 points.

McKenzie’s Jarvis Womack dunked the ball with 24 seconds left to put his team up 59-55, but Straughn quickly answered when Bryan Walker put in a short jumper with 10 seconds left. Straughn then quickly fouled Owens, who made one of two free throws. Straughn’s desperation last-second 3-pointer fell well short.

Pugh had nine points and Henderson had eight. – contributing, Andalusia Star-News

Excel 34, McKenzie 41 (JV Boys)

Ian May had 11 points to help lead McKenzie’s junior varsity team to a 41-34 win over Excel. – Staff