Isaac Jones scored 10 points and Kaleb Jones added nine points for the Collinsville boys, as Guntersville used a third-quarter run to pull away and hand the Panthers a 67-34 loss in the the first round of the First State Bank Shootout at DeKalb County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville on Thursday night.
Brandon Fussell finished with a game-high 15 points to lead five players in double-digit scoring. Campbell Leach scored 12 points, Cooper Davidson added 11 points and Jack Harris and Jerrell Williamson had 10 points apiece.
The Wildcats (9-2) went on a 10-4 run in the third, sparked by defense and transition baskets. Davidson hit a step-back jumper, Fussell made a fast-break layup and a jump shot and Davidson found Harris for a transition layup to give Guntersville a 54-30 lead heading into the fourth.
Ben Fussell made a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 60-30 with 6:26 left in regulation.
The Panthers (3-6) pulled within 12 at halftime after falling behind 24-8 early in the second quarter. A hot-shooting streak and timely defensive plays helped Collinsville cut the deficit. Isaac Jones and Toby Osborn made 3-pointers during a 1:16 span for a quick 3-0 spurt to make it 24-20 with 4:49 remaining in the half.
Guntersville’s Jack Harris tipped in a shot and scored again in the paint before Davidson made a 3-pointer to close the half on a 4-1 run.