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Brighton's Tramaine Cooper gets off a shot in front of Munford's Andrea' Bell (44) and Kylon Hall (24) during action Friday night in Brighton. Munford rallied late for a 57-44 win. Photo by Jeff Ireland


For for the first three and half quarters of Friday night's Brighton-Munford game in Brighton, neither team led by more than five points. 

In fact, the point differential hovered between one and three points for the majority of the time. 

But Munford finally surged in the final three minutes of the game and went on to a 57-44 District 13-AAA win, completing a season sweep of the Cardinals. 

“For three quarters, we played awful,” Munford coach Butch Hopkins said. “They (Brighton) were the cause of it, but we played awful. A game of basketball is 32 minutes. We have to experiment to find what works. We finally began to find some things.”

With 3:11 left in the game and the scored tied at 44, Munford's Juane Tolton hit a 3-pointer. The basket was the beginning of a 13-0 run that finished off the Cardinals (3-18 overall, 0-5 district).

Tolton, who finished with a game-high 18, also scored the final two points of the run. Kylon Hall had four points during the surge and Andrea' Bell and David Hunter each had two. 

The scored was tied at 16 after one quarter. Brighton led 29-28 at the half and Munford (14-11, 4-1) held a 38-35 advantage through three quarters. 

Tyvon Cooper, who led Brighton with 15 points, scored to cap off of a 6-0 run early in the second quarter to put the Cardinals ahead 22-17. 

Munford's Reggie Holmes hit a 3-pointer moments later and Tolton converted a 3-point play to give the Cougars a 26-24 lead. 

Brighton's lead rose to five points again midway through the third quarter after Cooper and Lorenzo Hunt (13 points) hit back-to-back baskets, but a Tolton 3-pointer and buckets by Hunter and Hall pushed Munford ahead again. 

Tramaine Cooper hit a 3-pointer in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 38. 

Hunter finished with 15 points for Munford. Hall scored 11 and Bell added 10. 

Munford wraps up the regular season with a game at Hardin County on Friday and a home game against Fellowship of Christian Athletes on Monday. 

The Cougars are currently second in the district standings. A win over Hardin County on Friday will clinch the second seed in the district tournament, which begins next week in Savannah. 

Brighton finishes up the regular season at Dyer County Friday night. The Cardinals will be the fourth seed in the tourney. 

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