By East Alabama Sports Today
PIEDMONT — How primed is Alex Odam to make his last run as a high school basketball player?
How about school-record, 59-points ready?
The Piedmont senior reeled off his Rembrandt Tuesday and reached a new round figure in career scoring at the Bulldogs downed Hokes Bluff 94-64 in a Class 3A, Northeast subregional at Piedmont.
The victory lifted Piedmont back into the Northeast Regional for the 14th time. The Bulldogs (24-5) will play Geraldine in Monday’s 1:30 p.m. regional semifinal at Pete Mathews Coliseum. Glencoe and Plainview will play in other semifinal at 10:30 a.m.
Odam scored 47 points while helping Piedmont build a 50-38 lead at halftime. His 59 points overall broke Danny Bryan’s previous school record of 51, also set against Hokes Bluff on Feb. 11, 1966.
Odam reached 3,200 career points.
Odam said playing his last game in Piedmont’s gymnasium brought extra motivation.
Otherwise, “I don’t know, really,” he said. “Just one of those nights, I guess.”
Piedmont coach Jonathan Odam said the Bulldogs needed every bit of Odam’s 47 first-half points.
“Everybody was like, ‘Why didn’t you let him get 60?'” said Jonathan, also Alex’s father. “I didn’t have any idea.
“He just went out and had a good one. He knew that was going to be his one at Piedmont and wanted to go out with a bang.”