AAA boys championship: Columbia 65, Drew 46

The Columbia boys won their third state championship in a row on late Saturday night.

The DeKalb powerhouse won a 65-46 slugfest over Drew High for the Class AAA state championship.

Point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen scored a game-high 17 points, while teammate Jhaustin Thomas finished with 11 for Columbia (31-1). Drew, the Clayton school only in its third year of existence, was led by Derrick Frye with 13 points.

“The only thing I can say, with a target that big sitting on their back, you can’t say enough about the way our kids responded,” Columbia coach Phil McCrary said. “There was pressure on them, day after day and game after game. I’m proud of the way they responded.

“We didn’t play one of our best games tonight, but we played well enough to win. Maybe that was because of some of the things Drew forced us to do … we feel lucky to get out of here with a win.”

The game was like one long foul shot. There were a total of 47 fouls called between the two teams.

Columbia appeared to be cruising to an easy win until Drew rallied in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to 53-46 after a layup by Cory Graves with 2:29 left in regulation.

However, Columbia finished the game on a 12-0 run to capture a third straight state title.

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March 11th, 2012
12:49 am


March 11th, 2012
12:50 am

Congrats CHS a true dynasty. Go Tahj!!!!

Eagle 1

March 11th, 2012
1:01 am

Congrats to the 2012 AAA Boys & Girls State Champs… The Mighty Columbia Eagles!!
The Eagle Nation is very proud of you!!


March 11th, 2012
6:40 am

Congratulations again to Coach McCrary and Columbia HS. DeKalb County is the home of the best basketball players, boys and girls, in the state.

Eagle C/O 97

March 11th, 2012
8:22 am

Great job, fellas. Way to bring the hardware back home again to 2106 CD last night!! Enjoy the championship run and let’s get ready to do it again!!


March 11th, 2012
8:35 am

Shouts out to Columbia High School for once again sweeping AAA. I really wish we could get one with Miller Grove Boys and Girls. They swept AAAA so come on. Put us back on the schedule Sharm. The rankings are over. We could play this one at Georgia Perimeter. Let’s go Eagles……..The #1 Basketball program in the state of Georgia period. Kobe Bryant must have given us the Midas touch because ever since he visited the school we been good as GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nathan Powell

March 11th, 2012
9:25 am

Congrats to Coach Phil and the Columbia High Eagles.


March 11th, 2012
3:02 pm

CHS all day!

Titan Fan 1

March 11th, 2012
6:10 pm

Way to Go DREW, you made it to the STATE Championship with a 2 year program. You gave Columbia something to work with, HOLD YOUR HEADS UP with much pride and they will always REMEMBER THE TITANS!

Titans Rule

March 11th, 2012
6:12 pm

Drew Titans Congratulations on a GREAT season, and for playing Columbia tough! You guys are # 1 in my heart.


March 11th, 2012
9:03 pm

Well here goes. My first time seeing CHS and I was more impressed with the CHS girls than the boys. I like the intensity the girls showed and never argued on the court. Like #23, #13, and the post players. Love the energy they displayed.

CHS Class of 75

March 12th, 2012
11:15 am

Great wins by both squads- get to a game or two every year, always a fun time for true basketball fans. Take that Avondale…oh, never mind!


March 12th, 2012
4:03 pm

Very proud of the DREW TITANS VARSITY BOYS for doing their thing and making it to the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP game. Well Done!

Eagle Fan 4life

March 12th, 2012
4:41 pm

Congrats to the mighty Eagles for bring home the titles. Special thanks to Coach McCrary for continuing to do a outstanding job for so long and Coach Frost for putting the ladies on board too.

Coach Felton

March 12th, 2012
6:19 pm

Making the championship game and winning it is two different things…. Congrats to CHS ….


March 13th, 2012
5:18 am

Go eagles. But I will say great job to drew titans and there fans. Great group of people. Hope to see u guys in the future. Best wishes to u guys


March 16th, 2012
4:15 am

@white. You’re right not the eagles best game. But on a bad night to win by 19. Every team can’t say they could win by 19 on a bad night. Some couldn’t went by 19 on a good night. Just depends on how u look at it. But I agree the girls were so focused that i think they could have played back to back games that night