Chamblee took home a pair of titles and Southwest DeKalb grabbed another as the fifth annual DeKalb County Holiday Basketball Tournament came to a close on Tuesday night.
The Chamblee Bulldogs (7-5) avenged a pair of earlier losses this season to the Martin Luther King Jr. Lions (9-4) by reeling off an impressive 57-42 win to take the American Division Boys’ title at Martin Luther King Tuesday afternoon.
Fred Miller hit for eight of his 18 points in the second period as the Bulldogs extended a 15-10 lead to 31-18 at the half. Miller closed out the half with a pair of baskets, the last coming on a steal and layup just before the buzzer.
A three-point play by Larenz Griggs with 2:40 to play in the third period cut the lead to 35-32, but Miller and Sederious Boyd (12 points, 14 rebounds) scored the final six points of the quarter to push the lead back out to 44-34 heading into the fourth quarter.
Miller took over again in the fourth quarter after Thomas Dunans and De’Aires Tate put together six consecutive points to trim the lead to 44-40. Miller scored seven of the final 13 points for the Bulldogs as Chamblee allowed the Lions just two points in the final 5:28 of the game.
Charles Savoy added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Chamblee. Tate finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lions.
(G) Chamblee 55, M.L. King 38
The No. 6 ranked Lady Bulldogs gave Chamblee a sweep of the Lions of Martin Luther King with a 55-38 victory in the National Girls’ Division title game at Arabia Mountain.
Amber Mendes pulled the Lady Lions within 15-14 with three free throws with 3:06 to play in the first half, but Bre McDonald would hit for six points in the final 2:40 of the first half to put Chamblee ahead 25-14 at the break. Chamblee would put together a 20-11 run to take a 45-25 lead into the fourth quarter. Chamblee improved to 11-0 on the season while the Lady Lions fell to 5-5.
(B) SW DeKalb 66, Alcovy 56
William Goodwin scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Southwest DeKalb Panthers to an easier than it looks 66-56 victory over the Alcovy Tigers (7-4) at Arabia Mountain to claim the National Boys’ Division championship.
Goodwin got off to a quick start with eight points in the first quarter as the Panthers (8-2) lead by as much as 15-2. He scored the first seven points of the second quarter for Southwest as the lead expanded to 28-10 with 1:30 to play in the first half. Southwest took a 33-13 lead at the break.
Jordan Price scored eight of his 15 points in the game during the third quarter including a three-point play with 1:47 left that extending the lead to 26 points at 51-25.
Alcovy took advantage of the Panthers’ substitutions with the big lead to cut the final margin to 10. Jamaree Jones had seven of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead Alcovy.
(G) Carver (Atlanta) 57, Central (St. Croix) 47
Carver jumped out to a 14-0 lead and held off Central to win the American Girls’ Division championship at Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday.
The Caribs battled back with 42-38 in the fourth quarter, but saw the lead jump back out to 48-39 with 3:27 to play.
– Courtesy of DeKalb Schools SID Mark Brock