State’s best home-court advantage? The Columbia boys’ home winning streak is currently at 72 games. The Eagles are 75-0 vs region foes since 2005, including a stint in Class AAAA, compiling an overall record of 198-18 in that time.
Speaking of streaks, the Washington County girls pushed their winning streak to 45 games Friday night with a win over Glenn Hills, getting 28 points from Allisha Gray. The Lady Hawks will face their toughest regular-season test Jan. 20 with a road game at Cross Creek,which improved to 16-2 with a route of Burke County Friday night behind 18 points from Ashleigh Outler and 14 from Breanna Bryant.
Ready for a showdown: On the 5-AAA side opposite Columbia, the Grady and Washington boys meet Tuesday night for sole possession of first place in the sub-region. Grady beat St. Pius Friday night to improve to 12-3, while Washington downed North Atlanta to improve to 10-5 overall. Both teams are 4-1 in 5-AAA Division A.
Gimme gimmicks: A sharp-shooter on the perimeter is sometimes referred to as a zone-buster, making teams pay for focusing its defense on the lane.
What the Eagle’s Landing boys have done the last four games could more accurately be described as a gimmick-buster. With 6-foot-11 center Desmond Ringer in the paint, teams are putting three players on him to slow him down. Spalding did this to some effect Friday night.
“We’ve been seeing that for two years,” said Eagle’s Landing coach Clay Crump. “You’ve got to punish teams that do it.”
With foes deciding that Ringer will not beat them, the Golden Eagles have bombed away from outside, hitting 55 percent of their 3-point attempts in wins over Stockbridge, Locust Grove and Jackson. They cooled a little against Spalding, which was to be expected, but their perimeter game is good enough where an opposing coach has to pick his poison.
Said teammate Isaiah Dennis, “He’s not a selfish player. If we make cuts he’s going to get us the ball. Somebody’s always open.”
Envy Mr. Greene: Mary Person’s Brandon Greene exploded for 37 points in the Bulldogs’ win over Veterans. Greene made five 3-pointers as Mary Persons earned a regular-season split with Veterans.
Dunktastic: Albany-Monroe walked out of the gym with sole possession of first place in 1-AAA, beating cross-town rival Westover Friday night. The highlight? According to the Albany Herald, it was Tornadoes’ post player Rantavious Gilbert and his five dunks, part of a 14-point effort that helped Monroe avenge a loss to the Patriots earlier in the year.
More vengeance: Westside-Macon, which lost to Bibb County rival in the second game of the season, exacted revenge Friday night with a 46-33 win. The Seminoles are 12-3 overall and lead Region 2-AAA at 8-2. Two of their three losses were in plural overtime. The win over Howard Friday was their sixth straight.