Ellwood tops 6A Brookwood in tournament for ‘monumental win’

Published 8:45 pm Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ellwood Christian proved Wednesday that it can play with any size school.

The 1A Eagles defeated 6A Brookwood in their first game of the Selma Summer Slam Tournament, which took place Wednesday at Wallace Community College Selma, Concordia College Alabama and Selma High School.

“That was a big momentum changer for a school like us because our motto is small and mighty,” said Ellwood Christian coach Darrell Walker. “For us to beat a 6A, that’s monumental.”

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Later in the day, Ellwood lost a single digit game to county rival Selma High School and also fell to Park Crossing.

Walker said Ellwood was in the game against Park Crossing — even tied at 19-19 at one point — but couldn’t keep up in the second half.

“After that we started playing a lot of one-on-one ball,” Walker said.

Walker said Selma had a big rebounding advantage and it allowed the Saints to hang on against Ellwood. Rebounding is one area where the Eagles will work to improve the rest of the summer. Walker said Chris Lee, JaMel Phillips and Marvin White played well on Wednesday.

“I’m glad we got into this tournament because this is a 6A, 7A tournament and I’m glad we held our own against 6A and 7A opponents,” Walker said.