McEachern Ends Season 32-0, No GEICO Nationals

On Saturday night in Macon, GA nationally-ranked McEachern completed their undefeated season with a 62-54 victory over defending champion Meadowcreek. Sharife Cooper led the Indians with 20 points while Issac Okoro (Auburn) finished with 16, Alyn Breed had 15 and Jared Jones (Northwestern) had 7 points and 9 rebounds.

Meadowcreek was led by Jalen Benjamin (UAB) 19 points while Jamir Chaplin (South Florida)  and Damian Dunn (Temple) each had 13 points.

McEachern’s season is complete at 32-0. Despite being nationally ranked No.1 or No.2 depending on the outlet and having defeated 9 teams that were ranked nationally at some point during the season the Indians will not be playing in the GEICO Nationals due to scheduling conflicts with several players and the school decided it would not send the team without it’s full complement of players. 

Wheeler and Miller Grove remain the only boys teams from Georgia to participate in the GEICO Nationals, which was formerly known as the Dick’s (Sporting Goods) Nationals when those teams played in the event.

 

Westlake Season Complete; No GEICO Nationals

Westlake (30-0) won their second consecutive 7A state championship this past weekend in Macon with a 60-53 win over Collins Hill. Raven Johnson and Lydia Freeman each scored 16 points while Brianna Turnage scored 14 in the victory.  The win put them in serious contention for a return visit to the GEICO Nationals in New York where the Lady Lions played last year and lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Central Valley (WA).

Westlake will not be return to GEICO Nationals according sources close to situation have confirmed they were not invited. St. Johns (MD) was selected after they made a petition to the state of Maryland.

The Lady Lions end the season on a 50-game winning streak and are 60-2 the past two seasons under head coach Hilda Hankerson. They are the first team to repeat as state champions in the highest classification since McEachern won four consecutive titles from 2014-2017.

GHSA 7A Championship On TSC Audio

Total Sports Coverage is pleased to announce it will webcast its first-ever high school state championship game of any kind in any state. The independent network will provide a LIVE audio stream only webcast of the Georgia GHSA Class 7A Boys basketball state championship game between the McEachern Indians and Meadowcreek Mustangs.

Meadowcreek (26-5) is the defending 7A state champion while McEachern (31-0) is ranked as the No.1 team in the nation in the Max Preps Xcellent 25 and in the top 5 of other respected national polls.

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McEachern vs Meadowcreek in GA 7A State Finals

Pregame coverage begins at 6:30pm EST with tip-off approxiamatley scheduled for 7:00pm EST from the Macon Coliseum in Macon, GA. The announcing team of Joel Hillsman and Lewis Preston will call the play-by-play action.

Hillsman is in his 10th season broadcasting high school athletics in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama and has announced for various networks including being the lead play-by-play announcer for SUVTV’s extensive coverage of grassroots and high school basketball and Total Sports Coverage. Hillsman, a member and co-host of the Georgia Hoop Circle, has been apart of the announcing team for the basketball championships in Georgia the previous two years however this will mark the first time he will be the play-by-play announcer for a Georgia basketball championship game in his career.

Preston, also a member of the Georgia Hoop Circle, is a former NCAA head coach at Kennesaw State and also served as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida and Penn State during his career. While at Florida, Preston was apart of the 2006-2007 National Championship team coaching staff under former head coach and current Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan. Preston is in his second season of announcing high school basketball.

 

Georgia GHSA HS Basketball Championships

The 2018-2019 Georgia GHSA high school basketball championships are underway in Macon, Georgia this week. Here are some updates on the action so far.

In Class 3A Morgan County beat region rival Hart County for a third time this season 68-54 to win the State Championship. Tyrin Lawrence led Morgan County in scoring and rebound with a massive 19-point 18-rebound effort. Stevin Greene finished with 14 points and 4 assists while Austin Peay commit Alec Woodard tallied 13 points and 5 assist. Phil Crawford scored 11 points for the boys from Madison, GA. Rex McCord fouled out after a 19-point effort to lead Hart County. Shone Webb put in 11 points and dropped off 5 assist and Tyrese Morrison scored 10 points for Hart County.

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In Class 2A boys Therrell overcame poor free throw shooting to hold of Vidalia 51-49. Therrell went 13-of-26 from the foul line, that and perimeter shooting was a concern all season however in the end as it they have all season long they withstood it to come out on top. Zyquon Morton put in a game-high 19 points while Robbie Armbrester and Ramon Son each finished with 10. Ra’Sean Fredrick finished with 8 points for the Panthers. Toriun Mull led Vidalia with 14 points. Vidalia, who lost in the finals for the second consecutive season received 10 points each from Anthony Jones and Mark Wardaw.

In Class 1A-Private Boys state title went to St. Francis after they defeated Eagles Landing Christian Academy 67-63. Xavier commit Dwon Odom finished with a game-high 28 points for the Knights. Jasuan Holt finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for the Knights who shot 51% from the field in the victory. Eagles landing Christian Academy was led by KJ Jones’ 17 points followed by 16 points from Felix Uadaile. College of Charleston-commit Trevon Reddish finished his career with 15 points 9 rebounds and 9 assists.

In Class 1A Public Calhoun County finished of an undefeated 32-0 season with a 69-67 victory over Treutlen, it was the Cougars second victory over Treutlen this season. Quanderious Powell made the game-winning layup as time expired to give Calhoun County it’s fourth title in program history.  James Byrd 17 Arkavias Lovett 15 Kameron Jordan 14 led Truetlen (30-2) in the loss.

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