They’ve played twice and settled nothing. But Johnson and Savannah can both make a claim that it’s the best team in Class AAA.
In the second meeting of the season, Johnson prevailed 54-48 before 4,000 fans at the Savannah State University gym. That means the two squads are tied with one loss in Region 1. Should they finish that way, as expected, a coin flip would be used to determine first place and the site of the region tournament.
Johnson won this time thanks to the play of Tim Quarterman, who scored the game’s first points on an emphatic dunk and wound up with 23 points. Quarterman, who will play next season at LSU, missed the first meeting because of a suspension.
But the Atom Smashers (13-5) were not at full strength in this one, either. Saadiq Muhammad, considered Johnson’s second-best team, missed the game because of a suspension he was required to serve after being ejected from a game.
Savannah (15-3) was at full strength, as three players who had missed a game for disciplinary reasons were back. Jovante Spivey led the Blue Jackets with 15 points.
Woodward-Cedar Grove face off in Region 6
The muddled picture in Region 6-AAA will be clarified somewhat on the boys side after today’s game between Woodward Academy at No. 8 Cedar Grove.
The two teams share the lead in the region, each with one league loss. Woodward (17-4) has won six straight since its last loss. That includes an important 64-48 victory over Blessed Trinity last week. Woodward’s only region loss was a 50-45 overtime defeat at St. Pius.
Woodward defeated Cedar Grove by six points on Dec. 14. That is the only region game the Saints have lost
St. Pius-Decatur girls battle for first
The No. 3 St. Pius girls take an eight-game winning streak into tonight’s Region 6-AAA showdown against No. 9 Decatur. The Golden Lions (18-3, 10-0) warmed up last week with victories over three of the league’s bottom-division teams.
Sophomore Asia Durr had two 20-point games, getting 20 against Towers and 26 against Excel. Jasmine Carter also had 20 against Towers and 12 against Cross Keys. Durr averages 18.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals, Carter averages 14.8 points and 4.5 rebounds, and Laura Redmond averages 6.2 points and 3.6 rebounds.
The Durr-Carter duo has provided much of the team’s scoring this season.
Decatur (16-5, 9-1) is led by all-star candidate Jordan Dillard, who is coming off a 24-point effort against Woodward Academy.
Dawson Count regains stride
After hitting a bump in the road with back-to-back losses, the No. 10 Dawson County boys appear to be back on course. The Tigers beat East Hall 60-49 on Monday, giving them a sweep over the Vikings for the first time. Dawson (19-2, 8-2 in Region 7-AAA) got 19 points from Tyler Dominy.
The No. 8 Dawson girls (19-2, 8-2) got 17 points and 16 rebounds from Sheyenne Seabolt and beat East Hall 64-50.
Dawson gets another shot at Buford on Friday night. The Wolves swept the Tigers on Jan. 8.
Buford hosts memorial fund raiser
Buford High School will host a fund raiser against a team from Gainesville on Saturday at 3:30. Money raised at The Devin Durden Memorial Scholarship Game through concessions and via donations will be used to fund scholarships for students at Buford and Dade County.
Devin Durden, the son of Buford girls basketball coach Gene Durden, was killed last fall when his motorcycle was struck.