12-12 Recaps & Scores

Class AAAAAA

No. 6 Collins Hill 89, Clarkston 23: The Eagles overpowered the Angoras in blowout fashion. TeShaun Hightower paced all scorers with 16 points. JD Ozoh added 13 while AJ Cheeseman and Justin Lee finished with 12 and 11 points respectively. Kenny Stanciel also chipped in 10.

No. 7 Lambert 68, Centennial 26: 15, yes, 15 players scored for the Longhorns. Tre Bell led Lambert with 12 points while Tanner Hall added 11.

No. 9 Dacula 74, Central Gwinnett 64: Wofford signee Kevon Tucker continued his offensive onslaught with 33 points and 11 rebounds. Derek St. Hilaire added 14 points and six rebounds while Gary Bishop netted 10.

Berkmar 70, 3A No. 2 Jenkins 62: At the Valhalla Classic, Zach Cooks scored 17 points and Al Durham added 14 to knock off AAA’s No. 2 ranked team.

Peachtree Ridge 67, 3A No. 9 East Hall 58: The Vikings fell at the Valhalla Classic night cap. Triston Cooper and Luke Cooper both scored 11 points in the loss. Tylor Brown added 17.

Roswell 56, Walton 53: Hours before the Hornets kicked off their state championship game with Colquitt County, the basketball team came away with a Region 5 victory. Junior James Anderson poured in a game-high 18 points to lead the way.

Harrison 71, Houston County 66 OT: The Hoyas won the battle of Sandy’s Spiel Super Sleepers edging Houston County in overtime. Austin York scored a team-high 20 points while Ryan Boler added 16 inside. Justin Matthews and Juwan Owens scored 11 and 10 points respectively.

Brookwood 76, White County 64: Bubba Parham scored 15 points and handed out seven assists in the Bronco win. Micah Kinsey filled the stat sheet with 14 points, six steals, five rebounds and five assists. Amari Kelly posted 10 points and seven rebounds inside.

Grayson 69, Parkview 59: Austin Dukes powered the Ram attack with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Hafeez Anifowoshe posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Kenyon Jackson also had a big night with 13 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks.

Northview 56, South Forsyth 48: Garrett Stewart scored 17 points to power the Titans after scoring 29 on Friday night.

Class AAAAA

No. 2 Gainesville 86, Salem 60: D’Marcus Simonds paced the Red Elephants with 18 points. Michael White scored 15 and Tae Turner chipped in 12 points. Bailey Minor added 10 points and both Messiah Dorsey and KJ Buffen added nine points apiece.

No. 4 Allatoona 58, New Manchester 47: Guard play was the deciding factor in the Bucs victory. Trey Doomes scored 23 points and collected seven steals, seven rebounds and two blocks. Ephraim Tshimanga went for 12 points, eight steals and eight rebounds.

No. 5 Cedar Shoals 73, Clarke Central 44: Jerrick Mitchell scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and added six assists in the Jaguar win. Phlan Fleming finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Stavion Stevenson chipped in 11 points.

No. 7 Riverwood 59, Creekview 49: Riverwood rolled to 12-0 at the Region 7 Krossover Showcase. Kohl Roberts scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while adding two blocks and three steals defensively. Charnchai Chantha led the Raiders with 18 points, four assists and three steals. Elijah Jenkins added 13 points.

No. 9 LaGrange 80, 3A No. 8 Callaway 68: Rico Smith went for 31 points and LaPerion Perry added 20 to hold off the Cavaliers. Kenan Gray posted 10 points in the win.

Apalachee 77, North Oconee 74: Kamar Baldwin was nearly unstoppable with 35 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and four steals to power the Wildcats. Sophomore Derek Miller played big after a 13-point, 13-rebound night and posted 12 and 12 tonight. Jabari Hill added 14 points.

Discovery 71, Loganville 40: The Titans picked up a convincing win in Region 8. JeVonte Gordon led the way with 13 points. Jaden Stanley chipped in eight points. Jordan Hatcher and Brian Liles both added seven points.

South Paulding 79, Paulding County 32: The Spartans advanced to 6-0 after crushing county rival Paulding. Kane Williams flirted with a triple-double, scoring 19 points, snatching 11 rebounds and recording eight assists. Ja’Cori Wilson went for 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Kell 65, Marietta 46: Brian Thomas controlled the paint with 14 points, 14 rebounds and five block. Jonah Patton added 12 points and Demetris Page notched 10.

Class AAAA

No. 1 Lithonia 55, No. 6 St. Pius 44: The Bulldogs rebounded in an important Region 6 meeting after falling to Grady the night before, 62-52. Jacara Cross and Tyheem Freeman both scored 18 points to lead the charge. Cross posted a double-double with 11 rebounds.  Rodney Chatman finished with nine points, nine assists and six rebounds.

Seneca (SC) 93, No. 3 Henry County 75: The Warhawks fell at the Valhalla Classic after Braden Galloway scored 33 and Xzavier Barmore 26 for the Bobcats. Henry County was paced by Javon Greene’s 24 and Damion Rosser’s 23.

North Hall 63, Woodward Academy 56: North Hall picked up a road win behind Carson Heinen and Evan Easton. Heinen, who leads the Trojans in scoring this year, poured in 26 points to lead the way. Easton chipped in 15.

Perry 82, Northside-Warner Robins 75: Jake Smith led Perry with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Damion Bagley went for 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists while Chris Clerkley scored seven points and pulled down eight rebounds. He also added four blocks. Chandler Rawls chipped in 14 points and Evan Lassiter finished with 10.

Class AAA

No. 7 Calhoun 64, Adairsville 30: The Yellow Jackets scored a region victory behind a balanced scoring attack. Chapin Rierson and Ray Reeves led the way with 12 points apiece. Rierson added four rebounds while Reeves chipped in six. Dyaln Greeson scored 11 points. Kaelan Riley narrowly missed out on a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

No. 10 Southwest-Macon 66, Northeast-Macon 51: The Patriots used a 20-to-9 fourth quarter to advance to 6-1 and drop Northeast to 0-7. Justin Slocum finished with 21 points and nine rebounds while Nick Hargrove added 20 points. Slocum also added four assists and six steals while Hargrove notched eight assists and four steals.

Westminster 59, Decatur 44: The Wildcats scored a Region 4-AAA sweep by defeating the Bulldogs. Will Benson led all scorers with 18 points.

Lumpkin County 74, Oglethorpe County 42: Coach Jeff Steele keeps on winning no matter where the location. Lumpkin County is off to an 8-1 start in Steele’s first year with the program after leading Johnson-Gainesville to a school-record 29-1 mark last season. The Indians finished just 9-20 in 2014-15, but they are well on their way to surpassing that mark. Jack Howard poured in 24 points, Brandon Zarate added 16 and Zach Pulley pitched in 14 to pace the suddenly high scoring offense. Jacob Zarate scored 12 points and Justin Haskew pulled in 10 rebounds in the team effort.

Class AA

No. 1 Seminole County 77, Berrien 58: Jordan Harris poured in 37 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block to add to his legendary career. Anfernee King added 12 points, seven boards, five assists and four steals.

Class A

No. 4 Whitefield Academy 60, Lanett (AL) 55: Brendon Myles exploded for 26 points and six rebounds to lead the Wolfpack. Isaiah Hart went for 19 points and six assists, while blocking two shots and collecting two steals on defense. Jimmy McCarthy scored four points and seven rebounds in the win.

No. 6 Lakeview Academy 59, Prince Avenue 42: Carter Reeves posted another double-double to lead the Lions. He finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tre Gober scored 12 points and Daniel Fadool handed out eight helpers.

No. 7 St. Anne-Pacelli 70, Excel Christian 61 OT: A night after losing in overtime, the Vikings found a way to win in the extra period. Tre Sudberry scored 28 of his game-high 32 points in the second half, dished out seven assists and grabbed 10 rebounds to power the Pacelli. Armon Prophet tacked on eight points and 11 assists in the win. Triston Wells notched 12 points and seven rebounds. Chris Hale scored a team-high 22 points for Excel.  “Our overall energy kept us in the game tonight. Our execution has to improve. Against a well-coached, tough team like St Anne Pacelli (Coach Alan Griffin), execution is what often makes the difference in games like tonight. We’re going to get better and learn from tonight. Games like tonight prepare us for a tough region and hopefully for a run in the State tournament.” Said Matt Sanders of Excel after the game.

No. 8 Landmark Christian 55, Mt. Pisgah 43: Zack Allen posted another double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Wix Patton hauled down 15 rebounds.

Tallulah Falls 58, Providence Christian 47: The Indians advanced to 5-3 and dropped the Storm to 1-7. Jeremy Hardnett led Providence with 17 and Bobby Rodgers added 13 in the loss.

Lincoln County 78, Josey 72: Ahmad Rand was unstoppable for the Red Devils. The 6-foot-7 center scored 23 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and swatted away 14 shots to post a triple-double. Zach Crite added a double-double of his own with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Girls

Class AAAAAA

No. 4 South Forsyth 73, Northview 41: Maryland signee Sarah Myers finished with 22 points to power the War Eagles to a blowout win. Emily Dreslinski added 12 points while Zoe Maisel notched 10.

Lambert 56, Centennial 52: Leah Cote posted 16 points and eight rebounds to lift the Lady Longhorns over the Lady Knights. Molly Williams and Kylee Beecher both played well, scoring 12 and nine points respectively.

North Forsyth 65, Habersham Central 40: Morgan Grindle went for 21 points and six assists to lead the Lady Raider offense. Amber Jones scored 14 points in the win while Madison Moye chipped in six.

Class AAAAA

No. 2 Sequoyah 60, Cherokee 52 2OT: Kelley Hartman scored 18 points and sister Lauren added 12 to lift the Lady Chiefs over rival Cherokee in double-overtime. Lauren also added 13 rebounds while Kelley pulled down 13 of her own and added seven blocks. Alyssa Cagle and Emily Seres both pitched in eight points apiece. Cagle notched four assists and four steals. Cherokee was led by Lacie McCoy’s 18 points.

Class AAAA

No. 3 Marist 40, No. 6 Redan 33: Dominique Oden paced the Lady War Eagles over Redan in a top ten showdown in Region 6. Oden scored 15 points and added three assists and six rebounds. Ansley Gross chipped in five points, eight assists and five rebounds in the win.

Whitewater 53, East Coweta 42: Two freshmen powered the Lady Wildcats. Jada Claude scored 12 points and collected 11 rebounds while Janiya Jones went for 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Senior Jordan Barnett scored a team-high 17 points to pace the Cats.

Class AAA

Westminster 53, Decatur 42: Hannah Morgan poured in a team-high 23 points with five three-pointers to lead the Lady Wildcats.

Calhoun 74, Adairsville 47: Jana Johns netted 18 points in the Lady Yellow Jacket win. Ashlyn Barnes and Ryan Brzozski finished with 12 and 10 points. Adairsville was led by Havyn Isaac’s 13 points.

 

BOYS FINALS
Apalachee 77, North Oconee 74
Arabia Mountain 67, Chamblee 37
Archer 59, South Gwinnett 44
Bacon County 50, Appling County 45
Berkmar 70, Jenkins 62
Brookwood 76, White County 64
Buford 73, Greenbrier 60
Calhoun 64, Adairsville 30
Cambridge 63, Johnson-Gainesville 61
Cedar Shoals 73, Clarke Central 44
Chattooga 89, Trion 42
Coahulla Creek 58, Sonoraville 46
Collins Hill 89, Clarkston 23
Crisp County 51, Cook 28
Dacula 74, Central Gwinnett 64
Discovery 71, Loganville 40
First Presbyterian 48, Brookstone 45
Gainesville 86, Salem 60
Grady 66, Columbia 63
Grayson 69, Parkview 59
Harrison 71, Houston County 66
Hebron Christian 67, Athens Academy 39
Johns Creek 51, West Forsyth 46
Johnson-Savannah 73, Savannah 43
Kell 65, Marietta 46
LaGrange 80, Callaway 68
Lakeview Academy 59, Prince Avenue 42
Lambert 68, Centennial 26
Landmark Christian 55, Mt. Pisgah Christian 43
Lincoln County 78, Josey 72
Lithonia 55, St. Pius X 44
Locust Grove 63, Union Grove 54
Long County 74, Ware County 68
Lovejoy 63, Banneker 44
Monticello 77, Greene County 32
Mountain View 60, Lovett 57
Mt. Zion, Carroll 66, Bremen 55
North Hall 63, Woodward Academy 56
North Murray 53, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 25
Northview 56, South Forsyth 48
Our Lady of Mercy 68, Walker 51
Perry 82, Northside-Warner Robins 75
Rabun County 65, Franklin County 47
Redan 40, Marist 32
Richmond Hill 64, Tattnall County 59
Ridgeland 54, Morris Innovative 26
Riverdale 52, North Clayton 46
Riverwood 59, Creekview 49
Roswell 56, Walton 53
Seneca, SC 93, Henry County 75
Social Circle 70, Taliaferro County 56
South Paulding 79, Paulding County 32
Southwest 66, Northeast-Macon 51
Sprayberry 76, River Ridge 39
St. Anne Pacelli 70, Excel Christian 61
Stratford Academy 49, Schley County 20
Tallulah Falls 58, Providence Christian 47
Tattnall Square 43, Swainsboro 35
Twiggs County 63, Elite Scholars Academy 58
Villa Rica 64, Hiram 56
Westminster 59, Decatur 44
Westside-Augusta 77, Hart County 56
Whitefield Academy 60, Lanett, AL 55

GIRLS FINALS
Alcovy 62, M. L. King 41
Alpharetta 49, Chattahoochee 46
Americus-Sumter 64, Westover 45
Appling County 33, Bacon County 24
Archer 48, South Gwinnett 39
Athens Christian 58, Towns County 15
Bremen 57, Mt. Zion, Carroll 33
Cairo 79, Thomas County Central 54
Collins Hill 51, Holy Innocents’ 44
Commerce 59, George Walton Academy 43
Creekview 53, Riverwood 28
Cross Creek 75, Hephzibah 26
Dacula 71, Central Gwinnett 49
Darlington 58, Rockmart 40
Douglass 63, Washington 41
East Jackson 44, Evans 41
Flowery Branch 79, Oconee County 14
Gilmer 43, Fannin County 37
Haralson County 73, Randolph County, AL 12
Heritage-Catoosa 55, Gordon Lee 43
Hiram 52, Villa Rica 17
Kell 61, Marietta 60
Lambert 56, Centennial 52
Landmark Christian 46, Mt. Pisgah Christian 32
Loganville 56, Discovery 28
Lovett 33, Thomasville 20
Model 53, Pepperell 39
Morrow 42, Starr’s Mill 27
North Gwinnett 49, White County 33
Northside-Warner Robins 76, Perry 45
Parkview 65, Grayson 57
Pebblebrook 46, Tri-Cities 31
Quitman County 71, Baker County 7
Ringgold 55, Gordon Central 28
Sequoyah 60, Cherokee 52
South Atlanta 49, Paideia 48
South Cobb 36, Therrell 28
South Effingham 60, Effingham County 52
Southeast Bulloch 38, Screven County 10
St. Pius X 59, Lithonia 24
Statesboro 46, Portal 35
Stratford Academy 62, Schley County 7
Tallulah Falls 38, Providence Christian 37
Taylor County 40, Carrollton 29
Telfair County 56, Treutlen 49
Trion 48, Chattooga 33
Veterans 61, Swainsboro 33
Vidalia 72, Toombs County 29
Wesleyan 66, Mill Creek 34
West Laurens 55, Dublin 38
Westminster 53, Decatur 42
Whitewater 53, East Coweta 42
Winder-Barrow 67, Monroe Area 40
Woodward Academy 76, North Hall 52

Bakari Bryant Notches Win 100 with No. 2 Jenkins


Defending 3A state champion, No. 2 Jenkins High School, earned head coach Bakari Bryant his 100th career win on Friday Night, 70-44 over Toombs County. Savannah Now’s Travis Jaudon was in attendance and wraps up an emotional night. Click the link below for the full story and please follow @Jaudonsports on Twitter for some of Savannah’s best high school sports coverage in town.

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4A: No. 5 Grady Knights Tame No. 1 Lithonia Bulldogs

No. 5 Grady 62, No. 1 Lithonia 52

Another stiff test vs. a ranked opponent, another win for the No. 5 Grady Knights. Coach Brian Weeden’s team made the trip to No. 1 Lithonia for a crucial Region 6-AAAA showdown between the top two teams in the standings.

The Bulldogs, with the size advantage inside between Tyleen Patterson and Jacara Cross, took a 15-11 lead into the second quarter behind seven first quarter points from Patterson,  who finished tied for a team-high with 15 points. Rodney Chatman and Tyheem Freeman were able to cut inside and find the big man who finished with ease with the smaller Grady players surrounding him.

Then something happened in the second quarter. That something was Christian Bryant. The switch turned on and the Knights led by Bryant began attacking the rim fearlessly. Bryant scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the second quarter and sank 8-of-10 free throws in the period. He finished 10-of-15 from the line and caused problems all game long for the Bulldogs.

Grady entered the half up 30-28 and kept the pressure on, this time behind Bucknell-commit Avi Toomer’s six points in the third. He finished with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block after scoring seven points in the first half. Chatham picked up his third foul with under five minutes to play and went to the bench with the Bulldogs trailing 37-32. Grady surged ahead on a mini 8-4 run to take a 45-36 lead into the fourth after Lithonia squandered a chance at a last second bucket. After a mad scramble, Patterson scooped the ball up with three seconds left and had a two-on-one fast break. Instead of dumping the ball off, he tried to go over his defender for an and-one, but instead was whistled for his fourth foul on a charge as the buzzer sounded.

To open the fourth quarter, Grady put the game away with an 8-0 run that gave the Knights their biggest lead of the game, 53-36 with five minutes remaining. Grady began to take some time off the clock by holding the ball and being patient on offense which prompted Coach Wallace Corker to extend his Bulldog defense.

The game was seemingly out of hand before the Bulldogs showed some bite. Behind a 12-4 run Lithonia clawed the game back within single digits at 57-48 with 1:28 left to play. Bryant missed a pair of free throws after being fouled and allowed Lithonia a chance to crawl even closer, but Toomer had other ideas in mind.

The senior came away with a huge steal and tossed the ball up ahead to Tykwaan Bryant who slammed it home to make it an 11-point game with 1:10 left and in the process, slammed the door shut on Lithonia.

Lithonia had chances to come back, but missed free throws haunted them. At one point they missed five consecutive foul shots. They finished 15-of-28 at the line which proved costly in the 10-point loss.

My Take: Grady has to be taken seriously as a dangerous threat to making a deep run in the state tournament. There is no true front runner aside from No. 2 Jonesboro, who is the two-time defending state champion, but the Cardinals have lost a lot of championship pieces. Grady gets after it with their lightning quick guard play. They like to play fast on offense when they want, streaking to the basket, or they can slow things up and make you get out and extend your defense, leaving open holes for the ball handler to slice into. When I opened with Grady in my top ten to begin the season after a 14-15 season a year ago, it may have been met with skepticism. I knew they would have good guard play with the addition of DJ Brittian from Miller Grove, but I had no idea that Christian Bryant would assert himself into the picture. Bryant flew under the radar as a transfer from Bowie High School in Maryland, but he no longer is a secret. He’s tenacious with the ball and loves to draw fouls on the perimeter. He is the perfect complement alongside Avi Toomer and Brittian and has taken the load off of Toomer’s shoulders more so than anyone could have expected.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the play of an unsung hero: Kemari Averett. The 6-foot-7 post player is more known for his skills on the gridiron as a tight end and defensive end, but his size came in handy tonight. He chipped in seven points and four rebounds off the bench and gave the Knights a spark inside.

To sum things up in how Grady won, they just made Lithonia look slow. Tyleen Patterson, Tyheem Freeman and Jacara Cross all had nice games, but none of them stood out and took the game over. Cross looked like he was able to score at-will inside, Patterson at times too, but the Bulldogs were unable to feed them the ball consistently. Rodney Chatman had a very quiet night scoring the ball with just three points, but rebounded and passed the ball extremely well especially in the first half. For some reason I felt like Cross wasn’t 100% into it tonight. Maybe 95%, but not the extra five. He missed a big dunk and picked up a silly third foul early in the game at half court. He does have the skill set to dominate games however when he is fed constantly. He came away with three blocks as well, I just would have loved to see him get more touches inside and exploit Grady’s size.

Top Performers

Grady
Christian Bryant – 19 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
Avi Toomer – 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block
DJ Brittian – 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals
Kemari Averett – 7 points, 4 rebounds
Tykwaan Bryant – 6 points, 3 rebounds

Lithonia
Tyleen Patterson – 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
Tyheem Freeman – 15 points, 3 assists, 2 steals
Jacara Cross – 14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks
Rodney Chatman – 3 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists

12-12 Top Games Preview

IMG_7921No. 1 Lithonia (5-2) at No. 6 St. Pius (5-1)

The No. 1 ranked Bulldogs visit the No. 6 ranked Golden Lions in a crucial Region 6-AAAA showdown. Both teams along with No. 5 Grady have emerged as the front runners to win one of the state’s toughest regions. Grady visits Lithonia on Friday with a chance to extend their lead on the rest of the region after already knocking off St. Pius, 51-50. Even after back-to-back losses to Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC) and 3ANo. 3 Morgan County 44-41, Lithonia has maintained its No. 1 ranking all season. The addition 6-foot-7 forward Jacara Cross from Cedar Grove has seemingly put the Bulldogs over the top as a legitimate state title contender. Cross is coming off a 19-point, 10-rebound performance in an 85-52 blowout victory over Chamblee on Tuesday. His versatility to score inside and out coupled with the rest of a talented senior class makes Lithonia a diverse team that can get stops and get out and run while also being able to score in the half court. Tyheem Freeman scored 22 points on Tuesday while Rodney Chatman finished with 13 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Tyleen Patterson is another important guard and Derious Wimberly is an experienced body inside. St. Pius will counter with leading scorer, senior forward Kerney Lane. The 6-foot-6 southpaw leads the Golden Lions in scoring with over 21 points per game. His ability to drive the lane and hit the open jumper makes him tough to stop. In a 33-30 slugfest victory over Columbia on Dec. 4, Lane drilled a three at the buzzer to secure the victory and fend off the Eagles. He scored 24 of his team’s 33 points and doesn’t shy away from taking big shots. He receives help from another talented forward, Christian Merrill. Inside, 6-foot-7 Jakob Spitzer must play well. He has shown flashes this season of being a threat down low, but consistency is the one aspect he must find in order to take not only his game, but the Golden Lions to the next level. His play inside against Cross will be an important matchup to keep an eye on.

IMG_7923No. 9 LaGrange (5-0) at No. 8 Callaway (2-0)

5ANo. 9 LaGrange plays the first of a home-and-away tilt against 3ANo.8 Callaway on the road. LaGrange is still looking to hit its stride under first-year Head Coach Mark Veal. Junior LaPerion Perry was hampered at the beginning of the season due a fractured toe he suffered while playing football, but he has begun to work his way back into shape. He joins Rico Smith, an explosive guard who has produced games of 36 and 31 points already in the early season. In Tuesday’s 55-51 win over Whitewater, he scored a team-high 18 points to keep the Grangers undefeated. Mike Hardy, Qua Epps and Alex Dantzler are all capable scorers in the guard heavy lineup. A pair of 6-foot-6 forwards, Kenan Gray and Bryan Fanning, help balance the offensive attack. Fanning finished with 12 points Tuesday night. Callaway is another team that relies on its quick and feisty guards to harass opponents into turnovers which lead to easy buckets. Last year the Cavs were one of the highest scoring teams in AAA, averaging 79 points per game. Junior combo guard Braylon Sanders paces the attack with 18.5 points per game. Dre Martin has poured in 16 points in both games while 6-foot-4 forward Joe Brown is averaging 14 per game. Earnest Patillo is another dangerous threat and scored 17 points in the Cavs’ 75-62 season opening win against Greenville to lead the team.

IMG_7922Harrison (4-2) vs. Houston County (2-2)

On Nov. 3 I released my Sandy’s Spiel Super Sleepers (https://sandysspiel.com/sandys-spiels-super-sleepers/) for the 2015-16 season, and low and behold, two of them meet at the East Hall Showcase tournament. Harrison has played well this season as they battle for a top four seed out of Region 4-AAAAAA. On Tuesday the Hoyas dropped a close one, 69-68 at Hillgrove. Austin York is the team’s captain and go-to player. He is 6-foot-4 and has good feet inside, showing an ability to score down low with a variety of moves. York also likes to step outside and shoot the three when open, and is a steady defender, always eager to give his body up to draw a charge. Ryan Boler is another hard working post player that does the dirty work inside for Coach Clay Crump. Tate Coston, Chris Brown and Juwan Owens all do nice things from their guard positions and help keep the offense flowing. They will be tested by 2-AAAAA’s Houston County Bears, a dangerous team that continues to grow under Coach Stephen Walls. Zion Johnson, DL Hall, Jaylon Golds and Amari Colbert are all strong guards that can score the ball and defend. They will be put to the test on Friday at No. 8 Warner Robins, but it won’t be their first challenge of the year. After dropping the season opener to the nearly unstoppable Khavon Moore and Westside-Macon 64-41, a week later they quickly rebounded and defeated them at home, 78-75 in overtime. Three days later they fell to 1ANo. 4 Whitefield Academy 55-50. Last Friday the Bears beat Dublin 88-77 behind some big performances. Johnson scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists. Hall went for a team-high 25 points and 12 rebounds while Golds gave Coach Walls another all-around floor game, collecting 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Javion Johnson and Marquis Traylor are two athletic big men that complement the Bears’ strong guard play and make them a complete team.

12-8 Recaps & Scores

Class AAAAAA

No. 1 Westlake 85, South Cobb 58: The Lions were led by 35 points via guard Danny Lewis to blow by South Cobb on the road for a Region 3 victory.

No. 4 Norcross 93, No. 6 Collins Hill 72: The Blue Devils’ size and guard play was too much for shorthanded Collins Hill to overcome. Rayshaun Hammonds scored 25 points to do the frontcourt damage while Kyle Sturdivant, Jordan Goldwire and Dalvin White chipped in 19, 17 and 16 points respectively. The Eagles, who were without their starting point guard Max Clark and backup Dez Howard due to injury, received a game-high 31 points from TeShaun Hightower. AJ Cheeseman scored 11 points and Kai Lambert netted nine.

No. 7 Lambert 64, Chattahoochee 57: Connor Mannion continued his rampant pace, going for 29 points and 22 rebounds. Tanner Hall and Ross Morkem both chipped in 11 points apiece to remain undefeated.

No. 9 Dacula 69, South Gwinnett 68 OT: Dacula came back from down 11 points with four minutes to play to force overtime and prove why they deserve a top ten ranking. The Falcons gutted out a win behind Derek St. Hilaire’s 25 points and Kevon Tucker’s 18 points, who fouled out. Juwan white scored 12 and freshman point guard Mekhail Bethea added 10 big points in the win.

Berkmar 72, Grayson 46: Berkmar picked up a statement win at home behind Darius Harrison and Jay Estime. Harrison finished with 20 points and eight rebounds while Estime poured in 22 points.

Brookwood 70, Archer 63: Brookwood continued to use a balanced attack to score another Region 8 victory. Micah Kinsey did it all, scoring 22 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing four assists and collecting four steals. Big man Amari Kelly posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sean Agnant added 10 points and three assists.

McEachern 51, Marietta 40: McEachern outscored Marietta 18-to-4 in the fourth quarter to race past the upstart Blue Devils. Darius Jones led the way with 24 points while AJ Jones pitched in 16. Clay Croom had a big game on the glass, pulling down 12 rebounds.

Duluth 62, Peachtree Ridge 55: Adam Flagler finished with 16 points and five assists to pace the Wildcats in a Region 7 victory. Javis Diaz added 13 and Jalen Hodges netted 14 in the win. The Lions were led by Milz Tatum’s 15 points.

Pebblebrook 67, Langston Hughes 57: For the first time this season, Pebblebrook flexed its defensive muscle and showed that they can lock an opponent down after allowing 96 and 101 points in its past two games. Coming off a 40-point performance, Collin Sexton remained hot offensively with a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds. Jared Harper scored 17 points and dished out five assists. JJ Smith continued his solid all-around play with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with two steals. Langston Hughes falls to 6-2. The Panthers were led by Derrick Cook’s 15 points and Khalil Cuffee’s 12.

Milton 70, Etowah 54:  Alex O’Connell went for 25 points and eight rebounds while Harvard signee Chris Lewis finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds to win in the battle of Eagles.

Northview 66, West Forsyth 58: Garrett Stewart scored 21 points and Jeremiah Shields added 15 for the Titans to pick up a region victory. West Forsyth was led by Jay Magee’s 20 points and John Patterson’s 17-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Class AAAAA

No. 1 Miller Grove 82, MLK 35: Colin Young sank six three-pointers en route to 26 points to lead all scorers. The Wolverines shared the ball extremely well with Alterique Gilbert scoring 15 points and handing out 10 assists, and Aaron Augustin finishing with 13 points, 14 assists and eight steals. Big man Raylon Richardson scored nine points and hauled in eight rebounds. Owen Clark led MLK with 11 points.

No. 2 Gainesville 80, No. 5 Cedar Shoals 77 2OT: The Red Elephants pulled yet another game out of the fire to remain undefeated and atop the ever competitive Region 8-AAAAA. Cedar Shoals led 34-25 at the half as Gainesville did not start D’Marcus Simonds for assumed disciplinary reasons. The Red Elephants trailed the entire game but continued to chip away, even after the host Jaguars would continue to extend the lead to double digits. In the end, Simonds got the visiting Elephants over the hump and collected their second region victory after trailing at the half. He scored a game-high 40 points – 27 in the second half and 15 in the fourth – and was aided by Tae Turner’s 16. Stavion Stevenson paced the Jaguars with a big first half and finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jerrick Mitchell chipped in 18 points, six assists and four steals  and Greg Smith, Snipe Hall and Phlan Fleming all scored 12 apiece.

No. 3 McIntosh 74, Drew 56: Jordan Lyons scored a game-high 27 points as the Chiefs were able to cool off the high-scoring Drew offense. Chase Walter added 13 points and Braxton Shaw 12, while Dishon Lowery pulled down 15 rebounds and blocked five shots. Will Washington collected 10 assists on the night.

No. 4 Allatoona 56, Alexander 46: Ephraim Tshimanga powered the Bucs to a region victory with 22 points, five rebounds and five steals. Trey Doomes scored 12 points and collected five rebounds and five assists as well. Dylon Ramsey chipped in 10 points and four rebounds.

No. 6 Heritage 75, Winder-Barrow 24: Both Makyle Wilkerson and Byron Abrams netted 14 points to power the Patriots. Jordan Thomas added 11 while Isaiah Banks and Marquis Davis chipped in nine and eight points respectively.

No. 7 Riverwood 64, Cambridge 52: Kohl Roberts dominated the paint with 12 points and 19 rebounds to lift the Raiders to a 10-0 start. Elijah Jenkins continued to show off his improved stroke shooting 7-of-9 from deep and finishing with 27 points.

No. 9 LaGrange 55, Whitewater 51: Rico Smith went for 18 points and Bryan Fanning stepped up with 12 to help the Grangers move onto 5-0 to start the season.

No. 10 Southwest DeKalb 69, Druid Hills 54: TiQuan Lewis helped keep the Panthers undefeated and moved to 6-0 after scoring a team-high 14 points. Nathaniel Ambersley and Keith Gilmore notched 12 points apiece.

Apalachee 59, Loganville 46: Kamar Baldwin posted a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lead the Wildcats. Jabari Hill and Omer Ahmed picked up the slack with 11 points apiece.

Discovery 83, North Hall 59: Andrew Moore scored a team-high 20 points and Brian Liles added 15 to help the first-year program to yet another win. The Titans have been a pleasant surprise and now sit at 7-3. DJ Young and Jaden Stanley both added nine points while JeVonte Gordon chipped in seven.

South Paulding 59,Villa Rica 31: Ja’Cori Wilson went for 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Spartan victory. Anthony Brown also posted a double-double, scoring 12 points and collecting 10 rebounds.

Clarkston 40, Dunwoody 32: AJ McNeil scored 13 points to lead the Angoras. Maawiya Musa chipped in 12, using the deep ball, and Su Su Entongwe finished with 10 points to hold off Dunwoody.

Class AAAA

No. 1 Lithonia 87, Chamblee 52: Tyheem Freeman scored 22 points and Jacara Cross finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to blow by Chamblee in the battle of the Bulldogs. Rodney Chatman added 13 points, nine assists and five rebounds in the rout.

No. 3 Henry County 76, Riverdale 67: The Warhawks held on at home behind big games once again from Javon Greene and Damion Rosser. Greene finished with 26 points and five rebounds while Rosser flirted with a triple-double, going for 22 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

No. 5 Grady 61, Stone Mountain 60: Another game, another narrow victory for Grady. The win is already their fourth 1-point win as the Knights advance to 7-0. Avi Toomer scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds while Christian Bryant continued his strong play with 20 points and five assists.

No. 6 St. Pius 70, Cross Keys 18: The Golden Lions were able to get younger players some valuable minutes in the romp of Cross Keys. A pair of sophomores led St. Pius in scoring. Christian Mattei scored 16 points and Everett Lane, younger brother of the season’s leading scorer Kerney Lane, added 10 points.

Heritage-Catoosa 70, Pickens 47: Dylan Bice scored 19 points and Hunter Erickson added 17 to overwhelm the visiting Dragons.

Northwest Whitfield 78, Cartersville 67: Luke Shiflett and Paxton Pardee both scored 18 points to pace the Bruins out of Tunnel Hill.

Perry 68, Upson-Lee 63: Damion Bagley scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Chris Clerkley scored six, pulled in 11 rebounds and blocked two shots. Willie Walters added 10 points and Evan Lassiter 11 in the comeback.

Class AAA

No. 3 Morgan County 52, No. 4 East Jackson 45: Morgan County held on against East Jackson and for at least one more meeting, proved they are still the team to beat in Region 8. Travis Anderson led East Jackson’s trio of talented sophomore guards with 22 points in the loss.

No. 7 Calhoun 65, Ringgold 41: The Yellow Jackets passed their first test of the season with a blowout win. Fresh off the gridiron, Kaelan Riley scored 25 points and seven rebounds in the Calhoun season opener. Chapin Rierson finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in the win.

No. 9 East Hall 74, Dawson County 57: Tylor Brown’s career-high 29 points paced the Vikings in a lopsided victory. Triston Cooper added 12 points and Jacquen Hopkins netted 13 to round out the scoring.

Central-Macon 70, No. 10 Southwest Macon 61: Starting guard Aaron Ridley missed the game with a stress fracture in his back, and the lack of his presence proved costly as the Patriots dropped a region game. In the defeat, Nick Hargrove Jr. finished with 27 points and seven rebounds to go with his four assists. Justin Slocum posted a double-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks.

Blessed Trinity 50,Washington 32: Jackson Svete scored 13 points and John Michael Bertrand added 12 to lead the Titan charge. Known for its grinding defense, Blessed Trinity held Washington scoreless in the first quarter and allowed only seven first half points. Mynome Bell led Washington with 10 points.

Sonoraville 70, Adairsville 62: Wil Walraven poured in a game-high 29 points to help the Phoenix rise over Adairsville. Jaeden Irving and Brad Wilson also played well, scoring 15 points and 10 points.

Class AA

No. 1 Seminole County 94, Mitchell County 73: Jordan Harris scored 41 points again, and added eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals to add to his legacy in south Georgia. Anfernee King went for 27 points, eight assists, seven steals and five boards.

No. 5 GAC 55, No. 2 Pace Academy 49: The Spartans officially announced their presence as a threat to contend for the Region 6 title after sending Pace Academy to a 0-3 start. Garrett Covington powered the attack with 20 points and received great balanced play from his teammates. Brian Coffey Jr. returned from an injured knee to add nine points while Jacob Hoffman and Hunter McIntosh added 10 and 11 points respectively.

No. 6 Holy Innocents’ 74, Hapeville Charter 50:  Cole Smith remained hot with 22 points. Jules Erving added 18 for the Golden Bears.

Benedictine 68, Bryan County 63 OT: Tyleek Collins scored 21 points to power the Cadets in a thriller. Terry Tolbert added 16 points while Chase Marini and Cooper Marini added 12 and 10 points respectively.

Class A

No. 2 St. Francis 67, Buford 65: Coach Eddie Martin gets closer and closer to earning a signature victory at Buford. The Knights held on against the Wolves behind 21 Kobi Simmons points. Anthony Showell and Chance Anderson scored 18 and 11 points respectively. Sahil Patel finished with 12 points for Buford. Will Springer sank four threes en route to a 14 point night. Alex Jones chipped in 13 points in the loss.

No. 3 North Cobb Christian 56, Trion 27: Demiere Brown scored 12 points and snatched 10 rebounds to lead North Cobb Christian. Will Crumly controlled the glass with 13 rebounds of his own.

No. 4 Whitefield Academy 75, No. 9 Walker 57: Brendon Myles posted another double-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the Wolfpack. Isaiah Hart finished with 18 points and five steals while Malik Jones added 10 points.

No. 6 Lakeview Academy 66, Union County 33: The Lions received 15 points and 10 rebounds from Carter Reeves to blow by Union County. Drew Cottrell and Josh Randolph both scored 12 points while Daniel Fadool and Jack Blackburn both notched six assists.

No. 7 St. Anne-Pacelli 71, Central-Talbotton 55:  Tre Sudberry and Armon Prophet continued their strong play for the Vikings. Sudberry scored a team-high 22 points with five assists, two blocks and four steals while Prohpet finished with 18 points, 12 assists and seven steals. Triston Wells also chipped in 12 points.

GIRLS

Class AAAAAA

No. 4 South Forsyth 68, Habersham Central 37: Maryland signee Sarah Myers led the way with a game-high 19 points. Emily Dreslinski and Caroline Diem scored 11 and 10 points respectively in the win.

No. 8 Tucker 73, Rockdale County 36: Morgan Collins scored 12 points while Jayla Morrow and Chiqueria Cook both added nine. Morrow also collected three assists and three steals. Cook pulled down nine rebounds.

Duluth 34, Peachtree Ridge 30: Freshman Torey Walker led the Lady Cats to an important region win, scoring 14 points at home.

Class AAAAA

No. 2 Sequoyah 77, Cass 44: The She-Chiefs routed host Cass behind Lauren Hartman’s 21 points and seven rebounds. Both Kelley Hartman and Emily Seres scored 11 points while Megan Garcia and Peyton Satterfield pitched in nine apiece. Alyssa Cagle finished with eight points, five rebounds and seven assists.

McIntosh 42, Drew 24: DeLayne Rotolo powered the Lady Chiefs with 17 points. Savannah Soles added 10 and Maddie Emmet netted six in the victory.

North Springs 49, Forsyth Central 41: Julie Richards went for 26 points and 11 rebounds, but the Lady Dawgs were unable to rally back for the win after a slow start.
Class AAAA

No. 3 Marist 42, Columbia 18: Ansley Goss powered a balanced War Eagle attack with 16 points and six assists. Dominique Oden dazzled on both ends with 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Annabelle Farabaugh added 10 points.

St. Pius 47, Cross Keys 25: 11 players scored for the Golden Lions led by Hannah Jones’ 10 points. Mai Vy Madden scored seven points and Leah Middleton finished with six. Cross Keys was led by Kahniya McField’s 12 points and Yuyan Ke’s nine points.
Class AAA

No. 3 Dawson County 62, East Hall 55 2OT: No. 3 Dawson County survived in 2OT against an extremely good Lady Vikings team. Karlie Bearden scored 18 of her game-high  24 points in the second half including a three-pointer with just over 30 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Haley Burgess scored 10 points. East Hall was led by Carly Winters’ 20 points, coming off six three-pointers. Kylah Mize netted 19 in the defeat

Sonoraville 61, Adairsville 35: Becca Cheeks poured in 22 points and Taryn Hickey added 12 to pick up the region victory.

Brantley County 57, Toombs County 42: Joann Gomez scored 14 points and Demetria Jones chipped in 10 points, but  the Lady Bulldogs fell to 1-6 on the season.

 

Boys Finals

Allatoona 56, Alexander 46
Apalachee 59, Loganville 46
Bainbridge 81, Colquitt County 68
Berkmar 72, Grayson 46
Blessed Trinity 50, Washington 32
Brookwood 70, Archer 63
Calhoun 65, Ringgold 41
Central-Macon 70, Southwest 61
Clarke Central 58, Lanier 41
Clarkston 40, Dunwoody 32
Dacula 69, South Gwinnett 68
Discovery 83, North Hall 59
Douglas County 77, Newnan 65
Duluth 62, Peachtree Ridge 55
East Hall 74, Dawson County 57
Eastside 73, Griffin 61
Effingham County 55, Statesboro 53
Fellowship Christian 46, Pinecrest Academy 42
Gainesville 80, Cedar Shoals 77
Grady 61, Stone Mountain 60
Greater Atlanta Christian 55, Pace Academy 49
Habersham Central 56, South Forsyth 36
Henry County 76, Riverdale 67
Heritage-Catoosa 70, Pickens 47
Heritage-Conyers 72, Winder-Barrow 24
Hiram 67, Paulding County 50
Holy Innocents’ 74, Hapeville Charter 50
Jordan 70, Peach County 46
LaGrange 55, Whitewater 51
Lakeview Academy 66, Union County 33
Lambert 64, Chattahoochee 57
Lithonia 87, Chamblee 52
Lovejoy 60, Lakeside-DeKalb 55
Lumpkin County 73, Franklin County 46
McEachern 51, Marietta 40
McIntosh 76, Drew 54
Mill Creek 47,Meadowcreek 45
Miller Grove 82, M. L. King 35
Milton 70, Etowah 54
Morgan County 52, East Jackson 45
New Manchester 104, East Paulding 79
Norcross 93, Collins Hill 72
North Clayton 57, Towers 56
North Cobb Christian 56, Trion 27
Northview 66, West Forsyth 58
Northwest Whitfield 78, Cartersville 67
Pebblebrook 67, Langston Hughes 57
Perry 68, Upson-Lee 63
Pope 56, Woodstock 50
Redan 61, Arabia Mountain 49
Riverwood 64, Cambridge 52
Rome 86, Woodland-Cartersville 54
Roswell 54, Lassiter 48
Salem 47, Flowery Branch 28
Shiloh 75, Central Gwinnett 47
South Atlanta 58, Cedar Grove 49
South Paulding 59, Villa Rica 31
Southwest DeKalb 69, Druid Hills 54
St. Anne Pacelli 71, Central-Talbotton 55
St. Francis 67, Buford 65
St. Pius X 70, Cross Keys 18
Vidalia 96, Long County 76
Westlake 85, South Cobb 58
Westside-Augusta 60, Lakeside-Evans 51
White County 80, Towns County 52
Whitefield Academy 75, Walker 57

Girls Finals

Alexander 54, Allatoona 50
Alpharetta 40, North Forsyth 38
Americus-Sumter 80, Dougherty 29
Archer 32, Brookwood 25
Banks County 77, West Hall 71
Bleckley County 58, Putnam County 49
Bowdon 47, Mt. Zion, Carroll 28
Bradwell Institute 42, Richmond Hill 41
Brantley County 57, Toombs County 42
Brunswick 58, Ware County 31
St. Francis 51, Buford 48
Centennial 41, Johns Creek 36
Clarke Central 68, Lanier 51
Collins Hill 57, Norcross 54
Colquitt County 36, Bainbridge 26
Cross Creek 65, Greene County 29
Dawson County 62, East Hall 55
Duluth 34, Peachtree Ridge 30
Dunwoody 56, Clarkston 18
Eagles Landing Christian 63, First Presbyterian 41
Effingham County 58, Statesboro 40
Fellowship Christian 49, Pinecrest Academy 41
Flowery Branch 66, Salem 18
Gainesville 48, Cedar Shoals 26
Grayson 41, Berkmar 35
Haralson County 59, Temple 28
Harrison 49, Hillgrove 44
Hart County 57, Jackson County 33
Heritage-Catoosa 64, Pickens 46
Hiram 72, Paulding County 12
Jeff Davis 63, Bacon County 18
Jefferson 33, Oconee County 7
Johnson-Savannah 62, Southeast Bulloch 23
Kennesaw Mountain 49, Osborne 47
Lakeside-Evans 41, Westside-Augusta 37
Lakeview Academy 54, Union County 30
Lovejoy 57, Lakeside-DeKalb 29
Lovett 56, Rabun Gap 46
Marist 42, Columbia 18
McEachern 65, Marietta 56
McIntosh 42, Drew 24
Mill Creek 65, Meadowcreek 16
Milton 63, Etowah 47
Morgan County 55, East Jackson 24
New Manchester 51, East Paulding 33
North Clayton 54, Towers 40
North Springs 49, Forsyth Central 41
Northwest Whitfield 65, Cartersville 30
Prince Avenue 40, Oglethorpe County 31
Ringgold 59, Calhoun 33
Riverwood 43, Cambridge 34
Rome 57, Woodland-Cartersville 26
Roswell 44, Lassiter 24
Sequoyah 77, Cass 44
Shiloh 44, Central Gwinnett 38
Social Circle 50, Athens Academy 42
Sonoraville 61, Adairsville 35
South Effingham 58, Metter 21
South Gwinnett 53, Dacula 46
Southwest DeKalb 60, Druid Hills 17
St. Pius X 47, Cross Keys 25
Stone Mountain 45, Grady 42
Stratford Academy 41, George Walton Academy 31
Tucker 73, Rockdale County 36
Wesleyan 80, KIPP Atlanta Charter 31
West Forsyth 58, Northview 43
Wilcox County 37, Mt. de Sales 28
Winder-Barrow 60, Heritage-Conyers 34
Woodstock 55, Pope 39

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