Expectations are high for the Chambers Academy boys varsity team this year, and the Rebels didn’t disappoint as they opened the 2013-14 season last week. The Rebels picked up two impressive wins over 3A Hooper and area foe Abbeville and showed that they may put up a lot of wins.
The Rebels scored with relative ease in both games, controlled the boards and showed they have depth. Nine different players scored in the two wins, though none was more efficient than senior Quadarius Tinsley. Tinsley scored 42 points last week, and in both wins led the team in scoring.
In the opener at Hooper, it took the Rebels a while to get comfortable, but a strong defensive effort and efficiency at the free throw line carried them to the 64-52 win.
The game was tight in the first half. After a 10-10 score to end the first, the Rebels finally got a two-point edge at the break. They increased the lead to five after the half, and then erupted for 24 points over the final quarter to seal the win.
In the game CA collected 14 steals; they grabbed 39 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive side. Tinsley scored 24 in the win, 20 of which came in the second half. He also helped ice the game by draining nine-of-nine free throws in the fourth quarter and finished a perfect 10-for-10 for the game.
Jay Tinsley was a major part of the fourth quarter run, scoring 11 of his 19 points over the final eight minutes of the game. He sank 8-of-9 free throws during the win.
Tae Henry, Demetrius Lemon and Corey Bolt each chipped in six points. Lemon grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Henry had six rebounds and Bolt had three steals. Cord Dodgen added three points as well for CA.
Against Abbeville, the Rebels asserted their dominance in the first half. The General kept up for a while, trailing 24-18 after one. But in the second, CA erupted on a 19-0 run and Abbeville never recovered.
Heading into the third quarter, the Rebel lead was 62-29 and they would close out with a 70-33 win. They out-rebounded the Generals 61-28 and had three players in double digits.
Quadarius Tinsley scored 11 points in the first quarter, and finished with a team-high 18. Dodgen scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half and Bolt finished with 12 points. Henry had four points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Jay Tinsley had seven points and nine rebounds. Lemon scored four and grabbed seven rebounds and Jeremy Holliday finished with three points and seven rebounds. Jamie Brown had four points in the win, and Ben Wilkerson scored three.
The Rebels were set to participate in the South Montgomery County Academy Tournament on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and those games will be covered next week.
CA returns to the court after the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday, Dec. 2 with their home opener against Coosa Valley. They stay in LaFayette on Tuesday for another area game, this time against Lakeside. Their game next Saturday against Springwood has been moved to a date later in the season.