The 12th Annual Memphis vs Atlanta vs Birmingham Roundball Classic was held over the weekend at Tucker High School in Tucker, GA. The host state Georgia teams compiled a 2-5 record in the event as teams from Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee left the peach state with victories.
Host Tucker (GA) (9-0) withstood every blow Lausanne Collegiate (TN) (4-2) could deliver in a 77-73 double overtime win in the nightcap. Lausanne’s Dylan Andrews drilled a three-pointer in the corner with less than 3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime 56-56. Tucker took a 62-59 lead with 1:05 left in overtime on a three-pointer by Christian Yeates. Moussa Cisse scored back-to-back buckets to give Lausanne a 63-62 lead. Jermonte Hill split two free throws with one second remaining to force a second overtime 63-63. In the seocnd overtime Tucker was able to hold off Lausanne for the 77-73 victory.
Cisse had 22 points to lead Lausanne while Jalen Montgomery, who fouled out in the first overtime which led to controversy at the table on how many fouls he actually had, finished with 21. Terrance Edwards had a game-high 28 points and Hill finished with 11 for Tucker.
East Coweta (GA) (8-1) defeated McCallie (TN) 67-60 in the opening game of the event. Chris Youngblood led the Indians with 24 points while Brandon Stroud finished with 16. Joryam Sauzonou led McCallie with 21 points
Fairfield (AL) got five three-pointers and 22 points from Torrance JaDarrius in a 59-52 win over Therrell (GA) (8-2). Malachia Holt-Bennett finished with 10 for Fairfield. Therrell, playing without junior forward Robbie Armbrester, was led by Roman Son’s 16 points and 13 points from Ra’Sean Fredrick.
De’Marquiese Miles was named Team MVP for Lee
Montgomery Lee (AL) (7-0) used a full court press and a barrage of three-pointers to stifle Langston Hughes (GA) (3-4) from the opening tip in a wire-to-wire 76-45 win. De’Marquiese Miles led Lee with 26 points, Demarshia Davis put in 17 while Nicholas Barnes recored 11 for Lee. Lee connected on 10 of their 12 three-pointers in the first half. PJ Carter led Langston Hughes with 15 points.
Pinson Valley (AL) (7-1) set the tone with a 25-point first quarter and never allowed Columbia (GA) (3-2) to threaten in a 66-57 win. Kam Woods had a game-high 36 points while Kool Aid McKinstrey had 12 as Cam Scott finished with 10 for Pinson Valley. Devin Longstreet had a team-high 17 for Columbia followed by 16 from Kawasiki Ricks and 10 from D’Kwon Harris.
Memphis Arlington (TN) used a 14-9 fourth quarter to defeat Miller Grove (GA) (7-2) 51-44. Dontae Strayer led eight Arlington scorers with 23 points (15 in the first half). The loss snapped Miller Grove’s seven-game winning streak. Zyair Green led Miller Grove with 18 points .
Charlotte Christian (NC) (5-2) defeated Meadowcreek (GA) (0-8) 44-38 behind 21 points from Peter Lash. Kendall Campbell led Meadowcreek with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Meadowcreek has yet to find any team chemistry or win this season since the surprise coaching change one week prior to the season beginning.
The Georgia High School Basketball season is in its second full week and it’s safe to say the story lines and plots are thick. One recent development is the sudden head coaching change at Meadowcreek with the resignation of Curtis Gilleyen. According to sources close to the situation, Gilleyan’s resignation is due to an investigation into district procedures when it comes to the rental of facilities. Gilleyen was entering his fourth season at the Gwinnett County school with a 68-25 overall record (9-2 state tournament record), three straight state tournament appearances, 2018 state champions and 2019 state runner-up under his belt.
David Akin was named as the new coach and is off to an 0-3 start after suffering a region loss earlier this week to Lakeside-Dekalb after blowing a 15-point lead and losing on a what turned out to be a game-winning layup by Miles James. Akin was previously on the staff at Parkview as an assistant and will continue to fulfill his teaching duties at Parkview while serving as the coach at Meadowcreek.
The schedule does not get any easier. The Mustangs are playing in the 6th annual Holiday Hoopsgiving, 4th annual Tournament of Champions and the 2nd annual Emerald Coast 16 tournaments- all of have been national recognized as top-level tournaments national. In addition to region and city rival Norcross, Meadowcreek will take on revamped region foe Berkmar, Carmel Christian (NC) in the 12th Annual Memphis vs Atlanta Roundball Classic and North Clayton.
Junior Corey Bissett returns to a youthful team which includes sophomores Kendall Campbell and Sedrick O’Neal and senior Darius Gaddy will be called upon nightly all season.
The young talent is there on the roster, the schedule is heavy so how will the team respond to the sudden coaching change and can Akin hold this group together, get them to buy in and make another run in a very deep class 7A. That is a story line we will follow all season.
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.
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.
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.
Meadowcreek improved to 5-0 with a 42-28 victory over Lakeside-Dekalb (1-4). Chauncey Williams rushed for over 300 yards and five touchdowns for the Mustangs. The victory assures the Mustangs their first non-losing season since 1997. Meadowcreek is now 1-0 in region play and will face Berkmar (0-5) next week and with a victory would clinch the first winning season in school history since 1990 (the schools fifth year of football). Through five games Williams has amassed over 1200 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.
Douglas County (5-0) defeated region and family feud foe Langston Hughes (3-2) 30-27 in a back and forth affair featuring a pair of solid running backs showcasing their talents. Douglas County jumped out to a 10-0 lead after a pick six touchdown by Xavier Hopson and a field goal. Langston Hughes then took a 14-10 lead after a Caleb Vaughn to Nae’Saan Dickerson touchdown pass and a Christian Roylaston touchdown run in the second quarter which held until halftime. After another Royalston touchdown run put Langston Hughes up 20-10, Uriah West rushed for a pair of touchdowns for a 23-20 Tigers lead. Royalston and the Panthers was not done as Royalston ripped off a 70-yard touchdown to for a 27-23 lead. Douglas County would get the last word when Marquise Collins connected with Dariyan Wiley for a 75-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning touchdown. The win marked the first 5-0 start for Douglas County since 2002.
One-Sided Clash In Classic City!
Clarke Central (4-1) jumped on Cedar Shoals (3-1) early and often in a 48-7 rout of their crosstown rivals in the region opener for both. The Gladiators scored three defensive touchdowns (pick six, scoop and score, and a fumble recovery in the end zone). Jack Mangel connected with Jacob Dula on a touchdown pass for a 7-0 Clarke Central lead, Mangel passed for two touchdowns in the game. Cedar Shoals responded with a drive that stalled deep in Gladiator territory and missed a field goal, the contest was never close again. Clarke Central came one point shy of tying the all-time series record for points scored by one team (49) while posting all 48 points in the first half. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock. Jonathan Sewell and O’Brien Bryant rushed for touchdowns for Clarke Central.
Other Games/Scores Of Interest
Ira Henderson returned his second kickoff return for a touchdown this season as Stephenson (3-2) defeated Mundy’s Mill (0-5) 38-14. Javier Morton returned an interception for a touchdown for Stephenson.
Taurean Taylor rushed for three touchdowns while Travon Ford hooked up with Josh Vann on a pair of touchdown passes as Tucker (4-1) shutout ML King (2-3) 44-0. David Davis rushed for a touchdown and Jalen Jefferson recorded a safety for the Tigers.
Tift (6-0) defeated Coffee (3-1) 33-31 on a game-winning field goal by Fernando Ramirez with five seconds remaining. Coffee overcame an early 21-0 hole to take a 31-30 lead with a Wade Sumner to Dalrone Donaldson touchdown pass with just over four minutes remaining. Tift quarterback Griffin Collier finished with over 300 yards passing, four touchdowns, two of them to standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Dalrone Donaldson caught two touchdowns for Coffee. Tift improved to 6-0, it’s best start since 1993.
Carterville (5-0) won it’s 35th consecutive game with a 41-7 victory over Cedartown. Trevor Lawrence passed for three touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for and caught a touchdown for Cartersville. Cartersville had held its last three opponents (Calhoun, Westlake and Cedartown) to 18 total points.
Tri-Cities (1-3) won its first game of the season to snap a 13-game losing streak with a 41-6 win over Creekside (0-5). Tarez Huddleston passed for four touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Creekside has only scored 22 total points this season.
McEachern (3-2) trailed 13-9 at halftime to Camden County (2-3) before scoring 29 unanswered points in the second half to win 38-13. Jaron Hall returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass for the Indians. Malik Evans rushed for two touchdowns and Ali Scott had a rushing touchdown for McEachern. Logan Berryhill caught a touchdown for Camden County.
Colquitt County (5-1) used four field goals from Ryan Fitzgerald to defeat Valdosta (2-4) 27-0. Ty Leggett scored the only offensive touchdown of the game with a four-yard run late in the second quarter.
Grayson (4-0) 74-0 over International School of Broward (FL) (1-2). DJ Irons passed for four touchdowns while J’Kori Jones passed for three touchdowns for the Rams. Grayson is now 3-0 this season in out-of-state games and will play their final non-Georgia opponent this Friday when they host Ramsay (AL) (4-1). Ramsay has won three straight games and is currently ranked in the Alabama Class 6A Top 5.
Lovejoy (3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 41-33 victory over Drew (1-4). Zion Custis rushed for three touchdowns for the Wildcats.
Cedar Grove (5-0) won their 15th straight game by defeating the last team to beat them, Westminster (1-4) 41-10. The 15-game winning streak is a new school record.
Rome (4-0) defeated Paulding County (1-4) 62-0. Rome will host Carrollton (4-0) in a class 5A top 10 matchup this week. Carrollton defeated Woodland-Cartersville (2-3) 41-6.
East Coweta (4-1) defeated Arabia Mountain (3-2) 48-14; East Coweta has won four in a row since their season opening loss to Lovejoy. Arabia Mountain has dropped two in a row since a 3-0 start.
Winder-Barrow (5-0) defeated North Oconee (1-4) 17-14
North Gwinnett (4-1) defeated Mountain View (4-1) 27-14
Westlake (2-3) defeated Lithonia (1-4) 45-12
Hapeville Charter (5-0) defeated South Atlanta (2-4) 42-7
Buford (2-1) suffers its first-ever out-of-state loss falling 33-27 to South Pointe (SC) (4-0). South Pointe quarterback Derion Kendrick powered the Stallions victory rushing for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns while passing for a pair of touchdowns. Buford entered the game allowing only 110 yards rushing through two games, Kendrick rushed for 110 in the first half.
Buford used special teams to take an early lead and to stay in the game multiple times. Mick Reese recovered a high snap on a punt in the end zone for a touchdown to crack the scoring seal as Buford led 7-0.
South Pointe answered on the following possession going 77 yards capping the drive with a Kendrick to Scott Robinson Jr 38-yard touchdown pass to knot it 7-7. In the second quarter Kendrick danced around Buford’s defense capping another 77-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run while evading several Buford defenders before lowering his shoulder for the score and the 14-7 lead. Kendrick accounted for every yard on the drive.
Buford’s special teams got back in on the act again as Eli Turner raced of the right edge to block BT Potter’s 32-yard field goal attempt. Buford cashed it in 61 yards later with an Anthony Grant 3-yard touchdown run pulling even 14-14, which stood til halftime.
South Pointe’s defense led by Eli Adams and Deangelo Huskey gave Buford fits all night. On Buford’s opening second half possession, Jaylen Mahoney intercepted Aaron McLaughlin setting up a 36-yard touchdown pass from Kendrick to Robinson on the following play for a 21-14 South Pointe lead.
The team exchanged punts and again it was Buford’s special teams putting up points as Austin Turner returned a punt 70-yards for a touchdown to pull Buford to within 21-20 with just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter after the extra point attempt failed due to a bad snap and hold.
Potter added a field goal for South Pointe in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 24-20. Buford answered that score with Grant’s second touchdown run of the game early in the fourth quarter for a 27-24 Buford lead.
The lead was short lived as Kendrick engineered a Stallions drive that he finished with a 17-yard touchdown run for a 28-27 lead. BT Potter added his second field goal of the game to extend South Pointe’s lead to 31-27. After a South Pointe fumble, Buford’s McLaughlin was called for intentional grounding in the end zone for the final 33-27 margin.
Sharrod Frazier rushed for a pair of touchdowns as Brunswick (2-1) had five different players rush for a total of six touchdowns in a 43-27 victory over Camden County. Brooks Bryan passed for two touchdowns and Jeremiah Compton return an interception 99 yards for a touchdown for Camden County. Brunswick’s victory snapped an 11-game losing streak to Camden County.
Clarke Central’s O’Brien Barnett rushed for three touchdowns while Jonathan Sewell rushed for a 92 yard touchdown as the Gladiators (3-1) defeated North Oconee (1-3) 47-20. Gladiator quarterback Jack Mangel passed for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown. Kapre Forbes continued his excellent season in the punt return department with a 74-yard return that set up Barnett’s final touchdown run.
Brookwood (2-2) used a dominating rushing attack to upset Colquitt County (4-1) 45-25. Dante Brown rushed for over 250 yards and five touchdowns for the Broncos. Brookwood led 21-0 after the first quarter with all three touchdown coming via Brown. Daijun Edwards rushed for two touchdowns for Colquitt County.
Winder-Barrow (4-0) scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Loganville (0-4) 17-14. Brock Landis rushed for the go-ahead touchdown with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter for the Bulldoggs. Jamar Mack rushed for a touchdown for the Bulldoggs. Winder-Barrow is 4-0 for the first time since 2007.
Meadowcreek (4-0) won its fourth straight game and is 4-0 for the first-time ever after a 38-0 victory over Lithonia (1-3). Chauncey Williams rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. Williams has rush for over 100 yards in every game so far this season.
Stephenson(2-2) handed Lovejoy (2-3) its third straight loss with a 14-7 win. Darren Parker and Deondre Jackson rushed for a touchdown for Stephenson. Love’s joys only score came on a late in the second quarter to give Stephenson a 14-0 lead. Jordan Huntington passed for a touchdown for Lovejoy, who wasted a number of scoring chances in the red zone most of the night.
Georgia Week 3 of high school football was played over the weekend with only a handful of games cancelled or postponed due the approaching Hurricane Irma. Most of those games were in the southeastern coastal portions of Georgia after mandatory evacuations were issued. Here is a look at some the games of interest from Week 3 in Georgia
Cartersville’s (4-0) Trevor Lawrence passed for over 280 yards and 3 touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass as class 4A Cartersville defeated 7A Westlake (1-2) 38-5. EJ Turner caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Purple Hurricanes who won their 34th consecutive game.
Mays (2-1) won its second consecutive game since a season opening loss to Stockbridge with a 32-20 region 5-6A victory over Langston Hughes (2-1). Jaquez Milam connected with Christian Royalston on a 42-yard pass to give Langston Hughes an early 7-0 lead. Later Mays pulled to within 7-6 on a touchdown run by Tyree Nelson. Mays took a 12-7 into halftime after quarterback Jaquez Evans hooked up with Amir Abdur Rahman on a 56-yard touchdown pass. In the third quarter the team quickly exchanged touchdowns as Langston Hughes’ TJ Portress briefly gave the Panthers an 14-12 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff Ihbin Tophia returned it 80 yards for a touchdown for an 18-14 lead. The Raiders expanded the lead to 25-14 on Nelson’s second touchdown run of the game. Antoino Grier block a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown and 32-14 Mays lead in the fourth quarter. Langston Hughes completed the scoring with a Tyrea Swanson 10-yard touchdown run for the final 32-20 margin.
Meadowcreek (3-0) improved to 3-0 for the first time in the programs 32-year history with a 29-27 win over Forsyth Central (0-3). Meadowcreek, located in Norcross, Ga in Gwinnett County, is 73% Hispanic. The Mustangs have one of the largest offensive lines in Georgia averaging around 320 pounds which paved the way for two rushing touchdowns by Chauncey Williams (180-plus yards rushing). Jeremiah Caldwell had a receiving touchdown while Alonzo Howard returned an interception for a touchdown. Meadowcreek led 26-6 at one point before Forsyth Central rallied. The Bulldogs closed to within 26-20 on a late third quarter touchdown run by Devron Orasn. Meadowcreek added its cushion early in the fourth quarter on a field goal by Christopher Linares to put the Mustangs up 29-20. Forsyth Central added another Orasn touchdown to make it 29-27 however on their next possession were unable to convert a fourth down which sealed the victory for Meadowcreek.
Cedar Shoals (3-0) defeated North Oconee (1-2) in dramatic fashion 13-6. Ken Johnson rushed for two touchdown but it was his 5-yard touchdown with 38 seconds remaining in the game that propelled the Jaguars to the victory. Cedar Shoals has won the last two meeting between the two schools.
Stephenson (1-2) defeated Southwest Dekalb (2-2) 31-18 in a sloppy game featured five fumbles between the two teams . Ira Henderson return the second half kickoff 86 yards fro a touchdown to jump start Stephenson after trailing 6-0 at the half. Stephenson’s Deshon Stoudemire caught a pair of touchdowns, one from Ga’von Wray another from Daren Parker. Justin Tomlin passed for three touchdowns for Southwest Dekalb.
Stockbridge (3-0) for the second consecutive week allowed their opponent to score on their opening possession and for the second consecutive week after that they did not allow their opponents to score again. Dutchtown (2-1) jumped out a 7-0 lead after Shanaan McKoy’s short touchdown run capped the Bulldogs opening drive. Stockbridge pulled to within 7-6 after a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Demaje Carter. Marquez Ezzard added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the final 13-7 margin. Dutchtown’s final drive ended with an interception to cap another stingy night of Stockbridge defense which has allowed only 14 points in three games this season. It was Stockbridge’s eight consecutive victory over county and region foe Dutchdown. Lovejoy (41.5), Dutchtown (41) and Mays (36.1) are all averaging 36-plus points in games this season when not including their game against Stockbridge in which all were held to single digits (Mays was shutout).
Grayson (3-0) defeated John Curtis (LA) (1-1) 22-9 on the strength of a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. Quarterback DJ Irons rushed for a touchdown then hooked up with Jalen Rivers an 21-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as the Rams overcame an early 9-3 deficit for the win. Grayson collected its second victory over an out-of-state opponent this season and have International School of Broward (FL) and Ramsay (AL) remaining on the schedule. Grayson has won 17 consecutive games, including two over Alabama power Hoover, since losing to IMG Academy (FL) in their 2016 season opener.
Colquitt County (4-0) shutout Roswell (1-2) 28-0 to win its third consecutive game. Ty Leggett rushed for two touchdowns in the second half while Nigel Hillery rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Dacula (1-2) picked up its first win of the season by snapping Arabia Mountain’s three-game win streak with a 9-0 shutout victory. Jalen Perry rushed for the lone touchdown of the game and Zachary Gerts connected on field goal for Dacula. Arabia Mountain (3-1) had a short touchdown run called back for holding in the first half and missed a field goal in the second half.
North Gwinnett (3-1) won their third straight game defeating Norcross (2-2) 35-14. North Gwinnett’s Tyler Goodson rushed for over 240 yards and three touchdowns. Jimmy Urzua, who took over as quarterback for injured starter Cade Fortin in the first quarter of the Milton game, has led the Bulldogs to all three victories. Urzua and Devin Crosby each rushed for touchdowns as North Gwinnett amassed over 330 yards rushing as a team.
New Manchester (2-1) shutout Creekside 23-0. AJ Taylor rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns while Eddie Ellis caught a touchdown for New Manchester. Creekside (0-3) has been been shutout in all three games being outscored 89-0.
Other Scores/Notes of Interest:
Woodstock (2-1) became the fourth Georgia team to score 70-plus points this season in their 77-49 shootout victory over Kennesaw Mountain (2-1). Rockdale County (75 vs Berkmar), Habersham Central (72 vs East Hall) and Mountain View (71 vs Osborne) are the others.
Jenkins (3-0) defeated Liberty County (1-2) 43-41; Jenkins quarterback Javonte Middleton passed for three touchdowns.
Class 7A Tift (4-0) handed former region foe and defending 6A state champion Valdosta (1-3) its second straight loss with a 20-10 victory
Abbeville (SC) defeated Lincoln County (1-2) 28-24
Cedar Grove (3-0) shutout Columbia (1-2) 33-0
Peachtree Ridge (0-3) struggles to begin the season continued after losing 47-28 to Newton (3-0).
McEachern (1-2) defeated Jonesboro (2-1) 49-10
Douglas County (3-0) won it’s region opener on the road shutting out Northgate (2-1) 21-0
Hapeville Charter (3-1) shutout Wesleyan (3-1) 35-0
Games of interest postponed/cancelled due to Hurricane Irma:
Camden County at Glynn Academy
Grady at Ware County
Shiloh at Lowndes; The concern with this game was Shiloh having to travel back Gwinnett County after the game in heavy traffic due to Hurricane Irma evacuations from Florida.
Pierce County at Richmond Hill
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