It was a regular season tune up listed on both teams schedule as a scrimmage between two of Georgia’s nationally known boys basketball programs. The respect was shown by both teams especially from host Norcross. Prior to the game there was a moment of silence for Terrell Coleman the Miller Grove freshmen who suddenly lost his life during a playing basketball game in late October. The Blue Devils continued to extend their hospitality and thoughts by having a donation box set up at the entrance for the Coleman family the entire evening.
Once the game started you never knew it was a scrimmage as both teams dived on the floor for loose ball, hustled until the whistle and took the game as though it counted in the standings. Gameplay was disjointed at times and there were a number of whistles that either side didn’t agree with preventing the game from developing a rhythm. There were close to 50 fouls called in the game and both teams combined for 40 free throw attempts in the first half.
“We don’t know anything but one speed,” Miller Grove head coach Sharman White said. “We wanted to see where we were and what we need to work on and we got a great opportunity to see what we need to work on.”
After all it was the defending 6A and 5A champions on the floor. It was nip and tuck in the first quarter with Miller Grove leading 12-11 heading into the second quarter. The Wolverines extended their lead to 9 at halftime with pressure defense and offensive rebounding that lead to multiple second chance points for a 35-26 lead.
In the third quarter the Wolverines opened the flood gates racing out on a 7-2 run to open the quarter forcing Norcross to call time out with 5:56 remaining trailing 42-28. The Norcross timeout did not stop the bleeding as Miller Grove would not let up extending their lead to 21 points at one point in the third outscoring Norcross 20-11 in the quarter.
“We just started connecting plays,” White said about his teams third quarter push. “We didn’t make just one play and then not make another one for a couple of trips, defense, offense, we’d get a score we’d get a stop and then we’d get a score and that’s how you get runs and that’s what we did.”
Norcross’ Tim Cameron nailed a three-pointer as time expired for the 64-57 final, that would be as close as Norcross would get after the third quarter outburst by Miller Grove.
The Wolverines finished with three double figure scorers in Keith Pinckney (19), James Walker (12) and Deven Dorsett (11). 13 of Pinckney’s 19 came in the second half. Norcross was led by Justin Kornegay’s 10 while Cameron and Farrar-the only player to foul out, totaled 9 each.
Miller Grove will officially begins their trek for a sixth consecutive state championship when they take on Buford in the Jared Cook Classic at North Gwinnett on November 23rd. The Wolverines are ranked nationally by Max Preps in the preseason at No. 19.
Norcross begins official play when they travel to Florida to play in the Montverde Championship Series beginning on November 22nd against Osceola and Montverde Academy. Montverde is the top-ranked team in boys basketball poll by Max Preps.
Other Scrimmage Scores:
Norcross 56 Tucker 53 Final
McEachern 83 Douglas County 53 Final/Tuesday