By Fletcher Proctor
Battle of the States
Dawson County 39, Hayesville (N.C.) 25: Tyler Dominy scored 19 points to help Dawson County improve to 12-0 with a win over Hayesville. Zack Zottorell managed to keep Haynesville close with 11 points, but Dawson County, which has not allowed 30 points all season, stretched a 23-16 halftime advantage into the final score by pulling away in the third quarter.
Campbell Holiday Classic
Hiram 53, Pope 49: After jumping out to a 14-2 after the first quarter, Hiram appeared on its way to an easy victory. A barrage of 3-pointers from Pope tied the game 22-22 at the half, and Pope raced out to a 27-22 in the third. Hiram would recover to take a lead into the fourth, then bounce back from a 43-38 hole with a 9-2 run to ultimately pull away at the free throw line for a 53-49 win.
Capital City Classic
Aquinas 64, Ridge View (S.C.) 60: Ahmed Hill, one of the nation’s top juniors, scored 27 points to pace Aquinas to a 64-60 win over Ridge View. Michael Scott contributed 24 points in the victory as Aquinas ended the game on a 9-3 run. The Fighting Irish will next take part in the Centennial Hoops In Overdrive Shootout, facing Shiloh on Jan. 1.
Gainesville Christmas Tournament
Dunwoody 75, Johnson-Gainesville 70: Dunwoody rallied from a halftime deficit to top Johnson-Gainesville 75-70 in overtime. Johnson-Gainesville held a 36-33 lead at intermission, but Chris Lawrence helped bring Dunwoody back to force overtime. Dunwoody outscored Johnson-Gainesville 9-4 in the extra frame. Lawrence finished with 23 points.
Great Florida Shootout
Chamberlain (Fla.) 83, East Hall 64: East Hall spotted Chamberlain an early lead and could not rally back after falling behind by 14 at halftime. Senior guards Brian Edwards and Daniel McCravy tried to spark East Hall with 33 points and 14 points, respectively, but Chamberlain was too much. The 6-foot-1 Edwards also grabbed nine rebounds in the consolation round game.
LaGrange Holiday Tournament
W.D. Mohammed 64, LaGrange 57: Junior Muhammad Hamilton scored 19 points to help W.D. Mohammed slip past tournament host LaGrange. Seniors Jihad Hameen and Omar Majid each contributed 15 points as W.D. Mohammed won the semifinal matchup and earned the right to face Hillgrove for the championship.
Lanier Christmas Tournament
Whitewater 84, Stockbridge 81: Whitewater made a statement with an 84-81 win over Stockbridge in the consolation round of the Lanier Christmas Tournament. Phil Cofer scored 19 points in the first quarter and 39 for the game to help the Wildcats score the victory.
Collins Hill 68, Chattahoochee 58: Markus Terry scored 34 points, but it was not enough to help host Chattahoochee fend off the Eagles off Collins Hill.