AAAA blog: Columbia boys’ win streak ends

The Columbia boys’ loss to South Atlanta Friday night was the Eagles’ first regular-season region loss since 2005, according to records on prepcountry.com, and it ended the Eagles’ 16-game winning streak.

Emotional night: Carrollton senior Riley Criswell, who suffered a major knee injury during a tournament game on Dec. 27 in Florida, went to Friday night’s game against Columbus in a wheelchair, according to the Carrollton Times-Georgian, serving as inspiration for the Trojans in their 66-51 win. Carrollton, which lost four of its first five games after Criswell’s injury, has now won three straight.

And then there were two: Class AAAA is down to two unbeaten teams, both on the girls side. While Cross Creek and South Effingham each improved to 20-0 this week, the Glenn Hills boys suffered their first loss at the hands of Augusta rival Butler.

Moving up in Region 1: The Dougherty girls’ dramatic win over Monroe Friday night – a last-second layup by Monroe’s Key Key Price was nullified by an offensive foul call, according to the Albany Herald – pulled the Lady Trojans into a tie with Monroe for first place in 1-AAAA.

South Effingham gauntlet: The South Effingham girls play their last home game tonight against Richmond Hill. The Lady Mustangs won at Richmond Hill 50-45 back on Dec. 1, one of four close calls they’ve had on their way to a 20-0 record. After today, it’s four straight road games leading into the Region 3-AAAA tournament.

A grand milestone: Dutchtown’s Domonique Clune reached 1,000 career points during Tuesday’s win over Stockbridge.

Cardinal wins: The Jonesboro girls’ win over Spalding Friday night was their ninth straight and 14th in their last 15 games. They’re unbeaten since the calendar flipped over to 2013.

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ron

January 27th, 2013
3:09 pm

Columbia is still the class act in Georgia boys basketball.

KLSouthside

January 27th, 2013
6:32 pm

Columbia is on borrowed time. Marist will win region 6 and the state in 4A!

G-dub

January 27th, 2013
7:46 pm

Please KL southside…Columbia all day

Da Coach

January 28th, 2013
8:51 am

Marist had a 10 point lead on Columbia in the 4th last time they played…just sayin’…

Decatur 4 Life

January 28th, 2013
9:00 am

Not only a 10 point lead in the 4th quarter but a 10 point lead with 3 minutes to play and loss, Marist won’t win with just Stephens in the playoffs they need better guard play. Lack of good guard play is the reason Columbia came back on them, they can’t handle the defensive pressure at the end of the game.

pjbrave

January 28th, 2013
10:37 am

@DA Coach Marist had a 10 point lead on Columbia in the 4th last time they played…just sayin’…

Who won the game?…. just sayin’…

Da Coach

January 28th, 2013
10:39 am

True. They play great team defense (limiting Columbia to the 40’s) and have great size, but it will come down to how well their guards handle pressure late.

Da Coach

January 28th, 2013
10:41 am

PJ, just sayin’ that this region is up for grabs.

Manny fresh

January 28th, 2013
12:46 pm

How y’all just going to count south atlanta out? Columbia has no shooters Marist has no guards. It really comes down to who can execute at the end. I was at the Columbia Marist game they was up 13 wit 4mins to go and they couldn’t execute. Marist and south Atlanta game came down to the end to it was tied up 54 wit 1 min 12secs left. Marist got a and 1. And they was able to stay focused all I’m saying is y’all saying Columbia and Marist but no south atlanta. Smh

Manny fresh

January 28th, 2013
12:53 pm

I feel like south atlanta got the best 2 gaurds in the state that’s in Qua and Costa and no body has really stop them 2 yet. The games they lost is to Grady they was up 25 in that game and lost. They lost to a team in fla they was up 20 and lost. They lost to lithonia in was up 10 in the 4th. The only real loss they have I felt like they coulda won dough was Marist. So cont count south atlanta out I’m just saying

Basketballfan

January 28th, 2013
2:31 pm

Manny, South Atlanta is good there is no doubt. But the sleeper in the region tournament will be Lithonia. They beat a very good south atlanta team, lost to grady by 6, lost to columbia by 9. There only blow out was Marist by 18. Having a new coach and being 11-8 is a great accomplishment in this region. If they can just score they may be able to pull a upset or 2.

KLSouthside

January 28th, 2013
2:49 pm

Marist didn’t lose to Columbia because of guard play, they lost because Columbia was in the bonus because of touch fouls on their big men in the 4th qtr (Home cooking in my opinion). The Marist guard play is what kept Taj (he avg 20+ plus a game but ended up with 13 pts) in check and had them up by 15 most of the game….just saying. State facts not what you want to believe. We will see what happens when Columbia comes to Marist. @Manny Fresh….As for South Atlanta, give me a break. LOL You are talking about Marist has no guards but one of their guards was the leading scorer for the game with 17 points….and they won. South Atlanta has no big men and was dominated inside by David Marist’s big center. Stephens is very good but he is by far not the only weapon for Marist. South Atlanta lives and dies by the 3-pt ball. Prediction: South Atlanta: Early exit in the region tournament. Columbia: Beaten by Marist in finals.

KLSouthside

January 28th, 2013
2:56 pm

@Decatur4Life, Marist didn’t lose to Columbia because of guard play, they lost because Columbia was in the bonus with touch fouls on their big men in the 4th qtr (Home cooking in my opinion). The Marist guard play is what kept Taj (avg 20+ plus a game but ended up with 13 pts) in check and had them up by 15 most of the game….just saying. State facts gentlemen/women, not what you want to believe. We will see what happens when Columbia comes to Marist. @Manny Fresh….As for South Atlanta, let’s be realistic. You are saying Marist has no guards but their guard, #1 Wiley was the leading scorer for the game with 17 points….and they won. South Atlanta has no big men and was dominated inside by Marist’s big center David. Stephens is very good but he is not the only weapon for Marist. Any of their guys can lead the team in scoring. South Atlanta lives and dies by the 3-pt ball. Prediction….. South Atlanta: Early exit in the region tournament. Columbia: Beaten by Marist in the finals.

Manny fresh

January 28th, 2013
3:20 pm

@klsouthside Marist lost bcuz of guard play to Columbia. They have no guards n da only reason they held Columbia to a low scoring game is not becuz of Marist gaurds it was becuz them 2 6′8 plyers in da paint Columbia can’t shoot thts y south atlanta beat them wit da 2-3 zone tahj like to attack da paint n thy couldn’t do tht against Marist, n Marist weakness is thy can’t handle da full court pressure thts y Columbia came back n won. U see wen south atlanta starting pressing Marist panic n dat Lil guard who had 17 dnt even start he is dey best guard. I dnt understand y he dnt but if he doesn’t make those big shots in da clutch Marist lose.

fambro

January 28th, 2013
3:22 pm

I think south Atlanta has a good chance to win the region simply because their guard play is real good Maris has good big men but Stephens couldn’t score when they played South Atlanta the center David made key plays down the stretch but the point guard hit two key baskets the 3 pointer and the and 1 that could’ve been a charge but that’s just basketball Marist is good Columbia is good but south Atlanta us right there with or might even be better South Atlanta don’t have great big men but they have great guards and someone said that south Atlanta will live and die by the 3 I seriously doubt that

KLSouthside

January 28th, 2013
3:45 pm

Sorry about the two posts. Had to pull up some names.@Manny Fresh and Fambro, no doubt South Atlanta is good. I am not saying that, I am just saying that South Atlanta #23 is their main baller. He has game, for sure! Columbia was outcoached by South Atlanta and that was the difference. As for Marist, I don’t know why the little guard doesn’t start. He was a beast against Chamblee. But the big men from Marist are a force too. That center David was dunking all night against South Atlanta. If they start that little guard, I think they can beat the press from Columbia. Once they beat that press, Stephens and David will have a field day on the boards… Prediction…Marist by 20 over Columbia.

fambro

January 28th, 2013
4:11 pm

Well you are right #23 is a beast but #12 beat Columbia not #23 #12 had a bad game against marist. But hell that’s basketball mairst center got a lot of key rebounds but south Atlanta still could have won But that’s what I like to hear that south Atlanta is not in the picture all that does is motivate. Us as a team

Manny fresh

January 28th, 2013
4:38 pm

@klsoutside u saying it like south atlanta didn’t stand a chance against Marist it was a min left tied up if #1 didn’t get dat get dat n 1 which coulda went either way it woulda been a diff ball gm. Marist had a better chance of beating Columbia than south atlanta they lead da whole gm on Columbia by double digits gm shouldn’t hve even been close. Same way with south Atlanta thy dominated Columbia da whole gm.

KLSouthside

January 28th, 2013
5:04 pm

@Manny Fresh, I am saying that South Atlanta stayed in the game with a lot of 3 pointers. You can’t rely on that all the time. Marist was hitting 3’s and dunking. Complete game. Columbia can’t shoot but drives and looks for the foul. I give South Atlanta props for making the shots but you can’t rely on that every game. If Marist beats Columbia, then they will be the #1 seed coming into the regional tournament. You have to give them props if that happens. South Atlanta has 2 conference losses. Just saying….

Manny fresh

January 28th, 2013
8:20 pm

@klsouthside yea but those are open 3s those are like lay ups to #23 and #12 them 2 r complete scores they can drive and shoot but if you leaving them open for 3s is just like Michael Jordan in a game 7 it’s easy. Them 2 gotta be the best 2 guards in the state on the same team Columbia guards couldn’t match up with there’s. Marist jus beat them on key plays. It coulda went either way. But I tell you what if a team com out pressing Marist early they in trouble. But if they let Marist set they half court offense alot of teams in trouble and that’s because of they 2 6′8 footers. And we gotta mean somthing our 1st game of the season Marist whole team came to the game in street cloths wit pens n note books taking notes. South Atlanta gotta mean somthing to them.

Da Coach

January 29th, 2013
9:01 am

Manny fresh–
I definitely think South Atlanta means something to all of Region 6 based off tradition alone. Plus they are having a great year. At the same time, beating South Atlanta at their place says something about Marist’s character; and they scout every team they play, South Atlanta is no exception.
Why doesn’t every team press Marist early? Because they know Marist would kill it. Columbia had to press late because they were down double digits, and they made plays to win.
It still seems Columbia is the favorite going into the tournament. I think Marist has the weapons to beat them, but it will come down to handling the ball and taking the right shots.
I wouldn’t sleep on Lithonia like someone else pointed out; I would normally say this for Chamblee too, but they haven’t really impressed me this year.

Da Coach

January 29th, 2013
9:05 am

Basketballfan, Lithonia is solid and has a lot of upside, but them having a 3 or potentially even 4 seed in the subregion will be tough to make it to state–I wouldn’t want to be stuck playing South or Grady to punch my ticket to state.

Decatur 4 Life

January 29th, 2013
11:01 am

KLSouthside

What are you smoking? Marist by 20…lol, that’s quite funny. Columbia relies on touch fouls man c’mon I agree that the referee association we use stinks but that goes both ways. We’ve been dealing with bad officiating for years so don’t sing to the choir and to think that came from a Marist poster that’s even funnier, yall known for having home cooking in all sports. Now back to the game Marist inability to hold on to the ball in the crunch time is why they lost, you blame us coming back on officials but Marist had plenty of possesions where they turned the ball over consecutively. Can’t blame that on officials and I know we can expect some home cooking when we come to Marist too, if you want to blame someone blame your coach he kept #0 out the whole 4th quarter after he killed us on the glass all night.

Decatur 4 Life

January 29th, 2013
12:16 pm

Manny fresh

I don’t have nuthin but respect for S. Atlanta and their coaches, Reddick always has them prepared and playing well this time of year. I was impressed by #12 and #23 they’re a load to handle but as far as us having no shooters don’t get it twisted. We played horribly all game and didn’t make shots we normally make against S. Atlanta, still at the end we were in the game. Our loss was attributed to bad defense and getiing killed on the glass, that’s the key to beating Columbia getting second and third chances on the offensive glass. We couldn’t buy a defensive rebound down the stretch and if we could’ve the outcome would’ve been different despite how badly we shot and played. I like S. Atlanta’s squad they play hard and rebound well we expect a battle when yall host the region tourney this year

Da Coach

January 29th, 2013
12:52 pm

I don’t see a 20 point game going to either team lol.

KLSouthside

January 30th, 2013
11:39 am

@Decatur 4 Life, I think Da Coach said it best. Columbia had to press because you were getting blown out at your house. You were down by as much as 15 points in the second half of the game. Why do you think 20 points is out of range? But I will agree with you that #0 David should have been in the game. Mistakes are made and then corrected. Don’t think #0 will not be in the game the next time around. The point I was making is that the turnovers didn’t come from the guards as you guys stated previously. They came from the forwards. That along with touch fouls against Taj and missed FTs by Marist allowed Columbia back in the game. I don’t see all of those opportunities happening again for Columbia. @Manny Fresh, Marist scouts every team…even the bad ones like Redan. South Atlanta is nothing special. If #23 and #12 for South Atlanta are so good, why couldn’t they handle #1 Wiley from Marist? He was scoring at will (driving and 3 pointers) and he is only a sophomore.

Manny fresh

January 30th, 2013
12:04 pm

@klsouthside I assume u wasn’t at da game u prolly just Hurd wht happen he was #1 and no he he wasn’t scoring at no will was doing wht he suppose to do knock dwn open threes n making his points on fast breaks not 1ce did he score on nobdy or anybody. He good doe I like him I thk he should b starting.

KLSouthside

January 30th, 2013
12:28 pm

@Manny Fresh, I was there. Saw it with my own eyes. 17 points and the leading scorer is hard to miss. #1 is nice. You admitted that that was a bad game for #12 from S. Atlanta. He couldn’t handle #1. At the same time Marist couldn’t handle #23 for SA. Now this was my first time seeing SA play, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt. I will see him again at the regional tourney.

Decatur 4 Life

January 30th, 2013
12:50 pm

KLSouthside

Not so fast my friend! Had to press because we were getting blown out of the water, once again c’mon man. Marist led the whole game but we were never getting blown out and to think we had to press because we were losing, of course we did. That’s what teams normally do when they’re down and time is getting away from them. Marist just didn’t have enough ball handlers to pull it out, to answer your question it wasn’t just forwards (Stephens) losing the ball in the crunch time it was their guards also. #1, the back up point guard and some of the other guards didn’t even want the ball in their hands at the end of that game it was obvious. Don’t quite see how you didn’t see that if you were at the game…lol. If it was just the forwards getting ripped like you say why would a coach have his forwards trying to break our full court press anyway? Beyond all of that Marist loss, you even had under 10 seconds left to try to win the game and couldn’t even get the ball in bounds. You have no ball handlers, your size hurt us but your guards killed yall.

KLSouthside

January 30th, 2013
1:22 pm

@Decatur 4 Life, simple basketball strategy. They pressed and trapped the guards, and the guards passed it to the forward in the middle of the floor. Hence the ball wasn’t in their hands. It’s called
Breaking the Press 101. You learn that when you first start in AAU. I am stating what happened at the game in basketball terms. You are trying to justify Columbia’s performance. How can you make a statement that they didn’t want the ball when they made plays all night long? This debate about Columbia will be settled in a few days. I am not taking anything away from the defending champion but if they play the same way as the first time, they will get blown out. Let’s be realistic.

Mays Maniac

January 31st, 2013
10:06 am

Congrats to South Atlanta on that Win!!!! APS has great talent and we deserve to be the best…..Mays Boys ranked 2nd big game Friday @ Miller Grove Let Go Raiders, THE HILL BEEN REAL

Decatur 4 Life

January 31st, 2013
10:39 am

KLSouthside

I see we’re still on this, they won’t get blown out that’s realistic! Now back to this breaking the press 101, the pass to the forward in the middle of the floor on the press release is just an outlet pass till he can find someone else to give it to. He’s normally a taller player so he can see over the guards as they come to trap him as well, Marist’s forwards (Stephens) lost the ball but the guards did as well that’s the only point I was making some of those turnovers didn’t even make it to the forward they lost the ball before that. And yeah I could see that their guards didn’t want the ball at the end it was quite obvious, they might have played better earlier in the game but at the end they were just simply not effective. What difference is playing at home going to make with ball handling, I agree that if we play the same way at Marist we won’t win but to get blown out by a team that’s strong inside and inconsistent guards won’t happen. You do realize that our guard play is our strength don’t you? Just hope that our defense continues to be poor like it has been lately and maybe Marist will stay close but if they wake up and start to play more consistently you’ll have the same disappoinment at Marist you had over here at Columbia. Trust me buddy!

Da Coach

January 31st, 2013
12:53 pm

KL I’m a Marist fan but I don’t see how we can blow them out if we haven’t beat them yet. That said, Columbia is beatable, but it will be a battle. Can’t wait for the region tourney (and the rematch next week!)

Decatur 4 Life

January 31st, 2013
2:40 pm

I feel ya (Da Coach), I’m ready for both myself! That region tourney is going to be brutal, every seed will battle tested for sure

fambro

January 31st, 2013
7:16 pm

when do marist and columbia play again cause it have them playing 2 more time within the week

Decatur 4 Life

February 1st, 2013
8:44 am

The Marist – Columbia game is Tuesday (2/5), the other date is a misprint on the schedule.

Da Coach

February 1st, 2013
8:54 am

Marist has a tough one with Chamblee tonight, hope they don’t overlook them for the big game tuesday.