It took the Apalachee High School boys basketball team a little bit of time to get rolling but once the Wildcats did, the visiting Salem High School Seminoles didn’t know what hit them.
AHS did not hold a lead until the second half Friday night, but the Wildcats suddenly got hot from 3-point land and would lead by as many as 30 points before eventually posting an 87-67 Region 8-AAAAA win. AHS has now won a program best 10 games in a row and is now 12-1 overall.
Sophomore Kamar Baldwin scored 28 points for the night after being limited to seven in the first half. Baldwin also had 10 rebounds and five assists. Kent Knowles had a career-high 22 points.
The Wildcats made seven 3-pointers in the third quarter alone and got contributions from several players including nine points and nine boards by Alantae Billings. On the defensive end, Billings was also a big contributor as he drew three charges.
Joey German had his usual “steady performance,” coach Kevin Morris said with four 3-pointers.
“That second half was quite a display of basketball,” Morris said after the game. “Once we got rolling, it was something to watch.”
Salem held a 16-14 lead after the first quarter and a 34-33 advantage at halftime. Even after AHS took its first lead in the third quarter, the Seminoles were able to answer.
Eventually, however, the Wildcats simply had too much offensive firepower for Salem to keep track. AHS, which had 33 points at halftime, scored 33 points in the third quarter alone to seize the game’s momentum.
“The team is playing well as a unit right now,” Morris said. “Someone is going to get hot. If it’s not one player, then it’s someone else. That’s what makes a good team.”