Photos by Willie Ann Shelton
Rod Reaves (5) leads the way as the Ashland Blue Devils celebrate the Class 1A championship Thursday afternoon at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

Cornelious Jones reaches out for the basketball to keep it from going out of bounds.

Photos by Willie Ann Shelton
(Left) Richard Brooks (23) gets inside a Hawk and puts up a shot. (Right) DeAnthony Tipler (3) goes to the goal versus a Shaw player.
 

The Blue Devils wait to get their hands on the gold ball, being held by head coach Rolley Tipler.

Richard Brooks of Ashland is recognized as the C Spire Scholar-Athlete of the Game.

Cadarrious Crumb is honored as the C Spire Player of the Game.

Athletic director Ayesha Brooks congratulates Rod Reaves during the post-game celebration at the “Big House.”

Back-to-back for Blue Devils

• Ashland rolls past Shaw for another state crown

The Ashland Blue Devils have done it again – brought home the gold ball from the “Big House.”

An 88-57 shellacking of Shaw last Thursday marked the Blue Devils’ second straight state title in Class 1A.

DeAnthony Tipler scored 16 points and dished out seven assists to lead Ashland to another championship at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

Ocquavion Agyekum, Cadarrious Crumb, and Juwan Martin each scored 14 points for Ashland. Richard Brooks added 12. Martin also pulled down 12 rebounds.

Crumb, who added nine rebounds and two blocked shots, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Brooks was awarded Scholar-Athlete of the Game.

“I’m just happy that we showed what type of team we really are,” coach Rolley Tipler said. “We had five or six players in double digits, and that shows that we are not a one-man team.

“I’m proud that my players were able to put together another memorable season, and I’m glad I was there to share it with them.”

The Blue Devils started the game on a 10-3 run and grabbed the first--quarter lead, 15-11.

At the half, the Blue Devils were up 38-26.

In the third, the Blue Devils added 20 more points to Shaw’s 16. The Devils held the big advantage, 58-42, going to the final period of play.

And the Blue Devils didn’t let up in the fourth. They kept pounding away. Ashland outscored Shaw 30-15 in the fourth to capture a 31-point victory and set off a huge celebration.

Anthony Davis Jr. scored 18 points for Shaw. Anthony Jackson had 13.

The Blue Devils finished the season with a 28-6 record.

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