The Cedar Shoals Jaguars returned to action this week in the 15th annual Sweet South Classic in Madison, Ga after an 11-day break. Cedar Shoals defeated Lanier (7-6) and Stephenson (7-6) in the first two rounds to set up a rematch against host Morgan County.
Cedar Shoals defeated Morgan County exactly four weeks earlier this season 57-50 in Athens.
Phlandrous Fleming and Snipe Hall combined for 47 of Cedar’s 57 points in a 57-48 win over Morgan County in the championship game Friday night. Morgan County entered the contest ranked 6th in class 3A.
Phlandrous Fleming (Tournament MVP) averaged 23 points while Snipe Hall averaged 17 over the three-game tournament.
Cedar Shoals- ranked 5th in class 5A entering the week, improved to 12-2 and have won 8 straight games. The Jags return to action Wednesday against region foe Johnson (6-8) before hosting non-region foe Washington (4-10) next Saturday.
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.
The 39th Kingdom Of The Sun High School basketball post holiday tournament was completed at the end of December 2012. The Ballard Bruins out of Louisville, Kentucky won the 2012 tournament.
The tournament committee released the following information on the value of the tournaments.
“Kingdom of the Sun is born off Illinois tourneys & becomes the 1st 16 team tourney in the Southeast in 1974 Fairdale, Ky. goes to the Kingdom of the Sun & starts the King of the Bluegrass tourney Bristol, Tn. goes to the 1st Bluegrass & goes back & starts the Arby’s tourney Decatur, Ga. Columbia HS goes to the Kingdom & starts the Nike Classic All events are 16 team formats”
Morgan County (Madison, GA) competed in the 2012 tournament which is hosted by Vanguard (Ocala, FL), who also competed in the tournament.
Potential participants for the 2013 tournament are still unknown at this time.
The Morgan County Bulldogs boys basketball team has taken their act south of the Georgia border to the Kingdom of The Sun basketball tournament hosted by Vanguard High School in Ocala, Florida.
Entering the tournament Morgan County was 6-2 on the young season with their only two losses coming to Berkmar in overtime and Greater Atlanta Christian.
The Bulldogs first opponent was Dr. Phillips (Orlando) in the first round. Morgan County advanced in the winners bracket after a 58-54 win. CJ Turman led Morgan County with 22 points while Tookie Brown scored 20 in the win. The Bulldogs used a 22 point second quarter to lead 32-30 at the half. Then the Bulldogs outscored Dr. Phillips 26-24 in the second half, only allowing eight points in the third quarter, to earn the win. RaShawn Powell led Dr. Phillips with 24 point and was 10-16 from the foul line.
“We’ve had a great visit so far and the competition has been outstanding and we are just really excited and honored to be able to participate in this tournament”, Morgan County Head Coach Charlemagne Gibbons said.
In the quarterfinals Morgan County went up against Ballard (Louisville, KY), who led Morgan County 27-23 at halftime after throwing what seemed like five alley oops in the first half. In the third quarter Ballard increased their lead with scoring in the post and on the perimeter and increased their lead to 12 at one point and led 49-39 at the end of the third quarter. Kalan Martin scored 13 of his team high 21 points in the third quarter for Ballard. Throughout the fourth quarter Ballard kept their lead between five and nine points and advanced to the semifinals with a 64-57 win.
Mike William and Tookie Brown both finished with 12 points to lead Morgan County in scoring while CJ Turman finished with 10 points.
“We played a great opponent tonight. We didn’t make some of the open looks that we had especially in the third quarter. We just didn’t convert enough of the opportunities we had and they did, they made a couple of big time shots down the stretch”, Morgan County Head Coach Charlemagne Gibbons said.
“We come to these tournaments because we feel we have a state championship caliber basketball team so you want to be pushed every night so that is why we come to events like this to try to get better. I feel better about my guys after this game than I did before this game because they showed a lot of fight to get back in the game and make it a war and that is what we want to do every night out and think that was step in the right direction and we just have to be ready to play tomorrow night”, Gibbons added.
Morgan County will play Vanguard in the losers bracket Friday evening. Ballard (KY) will play West Gadsen in the semifinals. In the other semifinal Deerfield Beach will play LaSalle (Cincinnati).
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