Class A Basketball Blog: Turner County stuns Wilkinson County, ends prolific win streak

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Turner County stuns Wilkinson County. Taking a page from the old adage that begins, “If a tree falls in the forest …,” the biggest upset of the season took place last week and there was hardly anything said or reported about it. Unranked Turner County (7-0) hammered Class A’s top-ranked team, previously unbeaten Wilkinson County, 73-56, last week AT The Palace at Wilkinson County. The Indians, one of the top programs in the state, were the defending state champs and were riding a 36-game winning streak. They were 65-1 going back to the 2009-10 season.

But upon further examination, the win wasn’t quite as big an upset as it appears on first glance. Turner County has been one of the state’s most consistent programs, compiling a record of 156-36 going back to the 2005-06 season. Over that period the Rebels have played for the state title twice (2008 and 2009), and advanced to the state Final Four (2007), Elite Eight (2011) and the Sweet 16 twice (2006 and 2010). To get to the 2008 finals, Turner County defeated Wilkinson County 52-50 in the semis, after falling to the Indians the previous year, 67-45, also in the semi finals.

Now, back to last week’s game. Wilkinson County head coach Aaron Geter said before the start of the season that even though his team was the pre-season No. 1, that ranking might not last long. The Indians return just two players from last season’s undefeated state champs – senior guards Jerame McCormick and Montel Smith.

Conversely, this could be the year that the Rebels bring a state title back to Ashburn. Along with the win over Wilkinson County, Turner County has defeated Class AAA Crisp County – which handily has defeated Class AAAAA foes Valdosta (68-56) and Colquitt County (56-42) – and Greenville, which advanced to last season’s semi finals before being knocked out by Wilkinson County. Turner County is led by seniors Demarcus Daniels and Zuriel Muhammad, who each scored 16 points in the win over Wilkinson County, along with sophomore guard DJ Bryant, who led all scorers with 23. Daniels, a 6-4 center, has been dominant thus far, averaging 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks per game, including a triple-double performance (19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks) in a 70-42 win over Worth County, Dec. 10.

Over the holiday break Turner County is competing this week in the Georgia-Florida Shootout at Bainbridge and will face Vidalia (10-1), one of the top teams in Class AA, on New Year’s Eve at Brewton-Parker College. The Rebels will return to region play Jan. 6, when they visit Lanier County (9-2), a threat to advance deep into the post season in Class A.

15 comments Add your comment

c691017

December 28th, 2011
12:01 pm

Way to go Rebels!! I remember the days of Coach WIldes! He would be proud to know the tradition continues!!! Great JOB!! Conrats Alama Mater!!! Runnin Rebs!!

rusty

December 28th, 2011
2:12 pm

Wilkinson County is the Warriors, not the Indians.

indianman

December 28th, 2011
4:56 pm

vidalia show your pride beat turner county

LARRY

December 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

GOOD LUCK TRYING TO BEAT TURNER VIDALIA, LOL.

LARRY

December 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

WHY IS TURNER NOT RANKED IN THE TOP THREE YET?

LARRY

December 28th, 2011
9:29 pm

THIS ISNT SURPRISING. YOU DONT UPSET SOMEONE IF YOU “HAMMERED” THEM. LOL.

Big Bad Brad

December 28th, 2011
11:53 pm

Won again tonight! Keep it up Rebels!

Zone3canE

December 29th, 2011
2:23 am

My lil cuz DJ Bryant da TRUTH!!

TCRebs

December 29th, 2011
7:18 am

Proud of the hard work and determination the Rebels have shown thus far. They have not given up. They are coached by a genuine guy. Wished Kellogg had been here 6 years, no telling how many championships we would of had.

LOVELOVE06

December 29th, 2011
8:31 am

KELLOGG A GENUINE GUY….TIME WILL REVEAL

c691017

December 29th, 2011
9:16 am

I honestly think things were better in the old white gym! Man, you talking about racous sany crowd…you basically were right on the court in that place!!

damion smith

January 1st, 2012
1:16 am

now turner county who got the last laugh vidalia did lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

John

January 1st, 2012
2:59 am

There is no way Demarcus Daniels is 6′4″ tall. He has to be at least 6′7″, maybe 6′8″. Vidalia has a couple of players who are 6′6″ and 6′4″, and he was noticably taller than they were. Vidalia rallied for a 75-64 win over the Rebels in a tight contest that Turner led 32-30 at the end of the first half.

summerlynn

January 4th, 2012
8:32 am

Demarcus is 6′7″. REBEL PRIDE! :)

justafan

January 10th, 2012
2:35 pm

Lanier just took down Turner last week! Wilcox lost at Turner by 1 as well. Great basketball coming out of Region 2A this year!!!