For the second straight season the Cedar Shoals Jaguars are in the Georgia class 5A semifinals after defeating Mays (13-14) 66-45 in the quarterfinals.
Cedar Shoals (29-2) took its first lead 8-6 midway through the first quarter as Phlandrous Fleming scored 10 of his game-high 16 points. Cedar Shoals closed the quarter on a 13-5 run for a 19-11 lead after one. The Jaguars never looked back on its way to its 17th consecutive win.
In the second quarter the Jaguar bench- a staple of the team all season, scored 11 of Cedar Shoals 13 points behind Chris Gresham, JaVanni McDavid and A.J. Jones. The quarter was shorten by Mays stalling the ball the final three minutes of the quarter trailing 32-21 and missed the final shot of the half for the 32-21 halftime score.
Jerrick Mitchell and Greg Smith (eight points) opened the third quarter hitting back-to-back three-pointers and Smith added a fast break dunk moments later to give Cedar Shoals full control. The Jaguars finished the game in the fourth quarter at the foul line sinking 11-of-18 free throws in the quarter and went 18-of-25 (72%) from the line in the game.
Mitchell was the only other Jaguar in double figures with 12 points. Cedar Shoals scored 22 points off the bench led by Chris Gresham’s nine, A.J. Jones and JaVanni McDavid each scored five while seldom used Martavious Kennybrew finished with three on a three-pointer just before the final horn matching Cedar Shoals’ largest lead of the game at 21 points.
Reo Wright led Mays with 14 points while CJ Arnold finished with 13 for the Raiders.
Cedar Shoals will remain in Columbus and hold practice at Hardaway high school Friday ahead of Saturday’s 5A Final Four game against Allatoona (30-0). Allatoona defeated Southwest Dekalb (25-6) 56-44 to advance.
Cedar Shoals has never played for a state championship in boys basketball. Last season eventual state champion Brunswick defeated Cedar Shoals 45-44 at Fort Valley State University in the semifinals.