Cedar Shoals defeated Morgan County 61-59 to win the 2015 Sweet South Tournament in Madison, GA. Tournament MVP Phlan Fleming scored the game-winning field goal with one second remaining to lift the Jaguars to the victory.
Fleming finished with a season-high 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. AJ Jones tallied 11 while Snipe Hall chipped in 10 in the victory.
“These last two games (Phlan) has been playing on that D-1 level,” Jaguars head coach L’Dreco Thomas said.
Fleming led Cedar Shoals with 22 points in a 48-44 victory over 1A-Private No.2 Southwest Atlanta Christian in the second game of the tournament. Fleming drew the defensive assignment of covering highly-touted De’Andre Ballard and held the explosive junior to three points in the first half, Ballard finished with 21 points.
Fleming averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 rebounds over the tournament and is beginning to show signs of becoming a very good two-way player for the Jaguars.
Winning the Sweet South tournament championship capped a thrilling week for Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas as his 100th career victory came in the tournament opener over Strom Thurmond (SC)- the Jaguars lone out-of-state opponent this season.
“100 was a miletone. Makes me remember all the kids I’ve coached, they laid a great foundation,” Thomas said. “We beat two good teams this week and won a championship in a championship atmosphere. I hope that helps us down the stretch.”
Cedar Shoals (14-2) returns to action Friday January 8th against region foe Salem.