Region 4AAAA Final (Boys): Eagle’s Landing 58, Jonesboro 54

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

For the second time this season, Eagle’s Landing and Jonesboro went to over time.  And for the second time this season, Eagle’s Landing came out on top.

Senior Maurice Green came off the bench and was huge.  His only basket of the night was a three-pointer that broke a 53-53 tie with just 40 seconds left in overtime, as the Golden Eagles won the Region 4AAAA title, 58-44 over the Cardinals.

Eagle’s Landing (23-5) led by as many as eight, 36-28, midway through the third quarter after a bucket inside by 6-foot-10 center Desmond Ringer (committed to South Carolina), who finished with 14 points. But Joneboro (22-4) clawed back, and finally tied the game at 50-50, after reserve forward John Walker knocked down a three-pointer – his only points of the game – with less than a minute to play in regulation.

Both teams then had an opportunity to win in regulation. Eagle’s Landing forward Chris Davenport slammed home a thunderous one-handed dunk with 40 seconds left but was called for charging, which nullified the basket.  But Jonesboro turned the ball over on its next possession when senior guard Cam Sutton was called for holding the ball longer than five seconds, with :08 left in regulation.

Then each team missed the back half of a one-and-one free throw opportunity – Eric Wortham for Eagle’s Landing and Daniel Peace for Jonesboro – with less than 5 seconds to go.

4 comments Add your comment


February 17th, 2013
1:37 pm

Eagles landing is overrated and will not win state!

Garrison Stocks

February 17th, 2013
5:10 pm

what makes eagles landing overrated?


February 19th, 2013
2:21 pm

It was a great game even those the officiating was horrible both ways. One official in both the girl’s game and boy’s game dominated. I saw one official make a call that was not in zone area. It was the right call but if he was in zone area he could have called a foul that occured in his area. This same official made the next six call in or out of his zone. I hope that these teams turned in a video of the game. I know that officiating is not easy about these official of today they do not take pride in calling a good game. I feel like official and hs schools need to do live scrimmage during the off season so all can be on the same page. Some official feel empowered. They want to be the game instead enforcing the rules of the game. Some think they are to good to call some games. If that the case then be that in where you want to be. All the people want to see is a fair called game regardless of who wins. We want to see men and women officiated with professional, unbiased, and integrity.


February 22nd, 2013
11:07 pm