The RCHS and Handley boys basketball teams both went on the road Tuesday night for a subregional matchup, and both teams came home empty handed, putting an end to their seasons.
RCHS traveled to Pike Road and fell 78-38. RCHS was looking for its first subregional victory since 2015. The senior-laden Tigers finish with a record of 11-13, but they will be looking at nearly a complete rebuild heading into next season.
All five starters for RCHS – Dante Jordan, Nick Sims, Johnathan Prothro, Braxton Daniel and Daniel Benefield – are seniors, as are rotation players Damarcus Davis and Keyshawn Garrett. The only lineup regular who will return is junior guard Joshua Burns, who came off the bench as a three-point specialist.
Handley dropped a 64-55 decision at the hands of Montevallo. It's the first time since 2014 that Handley has not advanced to a regional. The Tigers finish the season with a record of 21-10.
It's a disappointing finish for a Handley team that returned four starters from last year's team that advanced to the regional final.
Looking ahead to 2021, the Tigers lose senior starter and leading scorer Corey Bell as well as sixth man Devontae Houston, but a solid core of juniors is set to return.
Starters Graham Martin, Dylan Brooks, Josh Smith and Christian Jones will be back, as will bench players Jalen Herren and sophomore Tae Snead.