Saturday basketball playoff roundup

By Score Atlanta

Class AAAAAA

Hillgrove 72, Tri-Cities 63: Tri-Cities jumped out to a 4-0 lead over visiting Hillgrove, but Kyle Castline scored 10 of his team-high 19 points during a 19-0 run by Hillgrove to end the first quarter. Hillgrove led 38-20 at the half before holding a lead of at least 12 points for the entire second half. Keith Ray finished with 18 points while B.J. Brown chipped in 14 points in the victory.

Norcross 69, Archer 50: The host Norcross Blue Devils jumped out to a five-point lead after the first quarter and a six-point advantage at halftime. Archer outscored Norcross 23-17 in the third quarter, but coach Jesse McMillian’s team held Archer to just three points in the final frame. Norcross outscored Archer 22-3 in the fourth to prevail. Archer connected on eight 3-pointers while Norcross’ Brandon Goodwin scored 18 points in the win.

North Cobb 80, Morrow 76: Guard Lee Moore had 24 points while Jon Beausejour added 16, Austin Jacobs had 13 and Jordan Neff scored 11 for North Cobb in a game that was not as close as the final score indicated. A double-digit lead evaporated late, but the Warriors led 45-36 at the half and led comfortably for the majority of the game.

Tift County 100, Westlake 83: Tift County blitzed visiting Westlake with a 15-3 run to open the game as junior Tadric Jackson finished the first quarter with more points (15) than the entire Westlake team. Jackson scored a season-high 27 points while senior Brannen Greene scored 23 for Tift County before fouling out. Ali Vaughn (19), B.J. Bryant (13) and Donell Tuff (13) also scored double figures for Tift County. Westlake’s Tony Bagtas led all scorers with 34 points while Andre’ Elam had 17. Kejuan Johnson (12), Tyler Williams (10) and Raymond Saunders (10) all reached double digits for Westlake.

Class AAAA

Alexander 66, Grady 59: Alexander led 37-34 at the half and withheld a late charge from host Grady, which took a 57-56 lead late in the fourth. Tyrius Walker led Grady with 14, Brandon Watkins had 10 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks, and Kivon Taylor had 11 points.

Columbia 74, LaGrange 62: Visiting Columbia held a comfortable 38-22 lead at the half. Senior point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen set the tempo for the Eagles with 32 points. Teammates Maurice Rivers, a junior, and senior guard Kyle Wallace also had productive nights with Rivers posting 17 points and 10 rebounds and Wallace scoring 10 points.

Eagle’s Landing 86, Perry 50: The host Golden Eagles led 22-16 after one quarter, then stretched their advantage to 46-32 at the half behind senior point guard Eric Wortham’s eight second-quarter points. Eagle’s Landing reached the bonus in the first quarter, as Perry employed an aggressive full-court press. Senior guard Trevin Joseph led all scorers with 21, while senior power forward Chris Davenport had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Wortham finished with 14.

Marist 64, Shaw 37: The host War Eagles flew to a 12-0 start and led 17-6 after one quarter. Bobby Perez led Marist with 17 points while Quinton Stephens and Cameron Wiley each had 14. Cedarius Brantley was Shaw’s leader with 11 points. Shaw closed the gap to 24-17 at the half, but Marist pulled away with a 14-4 third quarter.

Class AAA

Buford 84, Gordon Central 68: Host Buford outpaced the Warriors by stringing together two 42-point halves. Buford’s A.J. Davis, Jr., had a game-high 32 points and teammates Isaiah Williams and Kyle Doyle chimed in with their 21- and 19-point nights. Roderick King and D.J. Prather gave valiant efforts for Gordon Central in the loss with 24 points each.

Class AA

Greater Atlanta Christian 88, Spencer 54: The host Spartans led just 40-39 at intermission but would outscore Spencer 48-15 in the second half. Cam Boyd scored 25 points including six 3-pointers. Teammates Justin Lewis and Isaiah Wilkins had strong games and chipped in 18 and 16 points, respectively.

Class A

Greenforest Christian 66, Savannah Christian 39: Leading the way for host Greenforest Christian was Rashad Swain, who had 14 points and seven assists. Ugo Celestine and William Turner both finished the night with 13 points, and a strong 8-point night from freshman guard John Ogwuche helped the confident Eagles secure the win.

St. Francis 93, Pace Academy 74: Host St. Francis jumped to a 43-27 lead at the break before tallying 50 in the second half. Kobi Jordan-Simmons led with a game high 21 points. Kaiser Gates scored 16 points while Malik Beasley and Jordan Jones each finished with 15 for the victorious Knights. McKinley Brown set the pace with 12 assists.

GIRLS

Class AAAAAA

North Cobb 70, Rockdale County 37: The host Warriors led 11-0 to start the game and 22-4 at the end of the first period. North Cobb’s full-court man-to-man pressure defense frustrated Rockdale County all game. Sophomore guard Kyrie’ Chandler led the Warriors with 17 points while sophomore guard Chantel Strahorn totaled 15, senior Sierra Barrino had 14 and senior Amber Reeves scored 11.

Class AAAA

Sandy Creek 47, Marist 39: Sandy Creek led 31-19 at the half, but host Marist rallied furiously to tie the game at 31 late in the third quarter. However, the Patriots would own the final quarter 18-8. Recee Walker led the Patriots with 15 points while Minnea Harris scored 10. Marist was headed by junior Briana Bell’s 13 points and freshman Dominique Oden’s 12.

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Class AAAA...Region 6

February 23rd, 2013
7:22 pm

Marist 64
Shaw 37

Marist v. winner of LaGrange / Columbia winner

Eagles Fans

February 23rd, 2013
7:22 pm

columbia boys beat lagrange 74-62 on to round 3 #march for 6

Class AAAA...Region 6

February 23rd, 2013
7:33 pm

It’s on…Marist / Columbia for the third time this year. Marist out coached the other two games, hopefully, they can squeak by this time (lost both games by a combined three points). Maybe Coach McClaire will get lost on I-285 on the way to the game? Marist has the talent, but do they have the guts to win, in-spite of the lack of a quality head coach? Marist wins AAAA title with either Coach Reddick from South Atlanta or Coach White from Miller Grove leading the team…possible but doubtful?

South GA doin well

February 23rd, 2013
7:49 pm

Effingham Co Girls beat McIntosh, 44-40. Effingham Girls will host Thomas Co Central

Ba Zing

February 23rd, 2013
8:25 pm

Reddick? Really? He has titles due to talent….that guy is a prick and rely’s on talent. White? Anyone that had their teaching certificate suspended is a crook in my book!!

whoa nelly

February 23rd, 2013
8:29 pm

Ba Zing GET A LIFE

kwikbill

February 23rd, 2013
8:31 pm

Anyone know the status of the Seminole County vs Stewart County game?

South GA doin well

February 23rd, 2013
8:33 pm

Effingham boys lead Starr’s Mill boys 33-13 at half…its over pretty much

IDK

February 23rd, 2013
8:37 pm

Marist can pull Dr. McCrary, the former coach of Columbia out of retirement. He will make a Great hire.

gene ginn

February 23rd, 2013
8:53 pm

Brunswick Pirates victorious over the DH’s Red Devils! Victory celebration @ the Varsity!

Bleed Red

February 23rd, 2013
9:03 pm

Enter your comments hereI’m very disappointed in the coverage in high school basket ball scores

Steve Daniels

February 23rd, 2013
9:03 pm

Marist winning games and people complaining….I’m sure since yall make comments on the AJC website that you know what your talking about…….What a sad life you live.

Alexander fan

February 23rd, 2013
9:04 pm

Alexander next stop is south Atlanta.

Manny fresh

February 23rd, 2013
9:07 pm

Yea Alexander next on out list i remember playing them in summer league like twice they lost for a combine of 50pnts. It shouldn’t b close if south atlanta stop playing to they completion and just go head and beat these teams stop playing around

Manny fresh

February 23rd, 2013
9:08 pm

Can anybody give me a update on westlake tift game???

Devillover

February 23rd, 2013
9:10 pm

Norcross beat Archer, Wheeler beat Medowcreek, Ridge beat Sliloh and Berkmar beat Apharetta. So Norcross plays Berkmar and Wheeler plays Peachtree Ridge next Saturday St Ga Tech

South GA doin well

February 23rd, 2013
9:12 pm

Effingham boys beat Starr’s mill. Effingham Boys vs Creekside and Girls vs Thomas County Central. Both games broadcast on playonsports.com for those unable to travel.

GssiT

February 23rd, 2013
9:14 pm

I believe the next round is Wednesday????????

Bleed Red

February 23rd, 2013
9:16 pm

You won’t play at GT to the final 4 your in the elite 8

Left Coast Dawg

February 23rd, 2013
9:26 pm

Marist coach not quality?? Really?? How many games have they lost this year?

ggee87

February 23rd, 2013
9:37 pm

First time watching Alexander boys.tonight. vs. Grady. Looked good. Really hogh tempo pressure D. If you arent on your A game with ball handling you will have plenty of TOs against these boys. Good luck in the next round Coach Slate.

rmbuck1

February 23rd, 2013
9:56 pm

@Devillover: You are jumping the gun. You forgot about Tift vs North Cobb and Brunswick vs Hillgrove. The winners of these 2 games and the winners of Peachetree Ridge vs Wheeler and Norcross vs Berkmar will play at Ga Tech next Saturday.

TIFT COUNTY

February 23rd, 2013
10:53 pm

Tift beat Westlake 100-83, and the game was not that close like the score indicates. Tift twice in the third quarter had a 30 pt lead and entered the fourth with a 27 pt lead. Westlake got within 17 when Tift put the bench players in with 4 minutes left. Tony Bagtas had a good game 34, but he was by himself. Tift had five players in double figures and when you have that it is tough to beat.

itsonlywrite

February 23rd, 2013
10:58 pm

Gville squeaked by Mays… 41-40 #ELEPHANTNATION #BIGRED

Love Basketball

February 23rd, 2013
11:02 pm

Really sick and tired of all of the hate geared towards Marist’s head coach. This team is playing in its second Elite 8 game in a row. They’ve only lost 4 games this season, 4!! And they’ve won over 20 games. I think they’re 24-4 or something, BUT you losers continue to hate on him. Man get a life and when he wins the State, don’t get on his jock. Coaches don’t get on the court and play basketball. The players do. Let the best team win on Wednesday. I wish Coach Mcclaire luck simply because all of this hate towards him is COWARDLY!!!!

Eagles Fans

February 24th, 2013
12:17 am

I see marist fans complaining about their coach seeing marist play columbia twice this year he didn’t seem that bad to me, hell Im a columbia fan and going from the hall of famer coach McCrary to this new coach is like night and day, but the marist coach has that team in the elite 8 give him a break because it could be worse

G-dub

February 24th, 2013
12:28 am

I agree…Marist coach can’t be that bad. Losing to Columbia is not a bad thing.

Mr. Wolverine

February 24th, 2013
12:42 am

@bazing

Who are you to call someone a crook? Do you know Coach White? Do you know the type of program he runs at MG. Rookie, don’t get on the blog screaming erroneous information.

The man has a job, training boys into men through sports and life lessons.

Most importantly, he has a 100 percent graduation rate, with at least 80 percent of the seniors going to College.

What have you done?

Been around MG since 2006!

Tift blue devilish

February 24th, 2013
12:49 am

What TIFT COUNTY at 10:53 posted is spot on about the Tift vs Westlake game. If the teams played 10 times Tift would win all 10.

Mr. Wolverine

February 24th, 2013
12:52 am

@AAAA…..Region-6.

I don’t want to insult you, but it will be imbecilic to say that Marist coach Greg McClair is a bad coach. Yes, he was the SECOND heir apparent to coach Bell, who did a great job as coach of Marist, but towards the end, Marist was not even as competitive as they are now.

Not sure what your beef is, but McClair has led Marist to the Elite 8 for the last three seasons. In restrospect, if it was not for Miller Grove, Marist could have atleast one or two state championships. It could very well mean the same thing this season, if the team loses to Columbia.

Athensbball

February 24th, 2013
1:08 am

As much crap as the private/ public school split has taken… Myself included. The best 8 teams are in the Elite 8 for the private school championship. In the past that never happens cuz the private schools are always matched against each other in the first 2 rounds and they knock each other out before having to face the 2-3 really good public schools in class A. I’d put the top 8 class A private schools against any class this year

Eagle 1

February 24th, 2013
5:23 am

Columbia New Coach and Coach McCrary is like nite and day!! It kinda hurts to see this new Columbia Style ball!! Im just saying, time will tell!! We are used to something different. The Jury is still out!

Eagles Fans

February 24th, 2013
6:31 am

@Eagle 1 oh believe me I hate the way we play now it’s like give the ball to tahj and run ball screens all day, this new coach rotation is the worse but if he wins state I don’t have nothing to say, but I sure do miss coach McCrary, I wish coach Wallace couldve got the job to be honest with you

Black

February 24th, 2013
7:23 am

Athens list your top private schools n theymwouldntmske it! Please don’t say AC because they beat a couple 6A schools! Stop it! This is only way link may win a chip because of split, but he is heavily on recruiting trail in Walton and Franklin co

Cannibal Rector

February 24th, 2013
9:26 am

Per the Tifton Gazette, Tift County led Westlake 36-12 at the end of the first quarter and 56-30 at the half. Looks like the Blue Devils are peaking at the right time.

Talons Unleashed

February 24th, 2013
11:32 am

First of all, Ba Zing: quit spreading lies and hatred. Get your facts straight. I dare you to prove that you know either coach well enough or personally to state such things. Your unfounded vitriol is the example of why people dislike reading these comment boards.

Now to say what I really wanted: I agree with the majority of HS sports fans posting on here (everyone but the aforementioned). The quality of AJC HS basketball sports coverage is abysmal. I appreciate those that share the scores and updates in the absence of details from the AJC. So far, the tournament has been great, and I agree – Class AAAA is the one to watch. I wish Columbia and Marist didn’t meet so early because it would have made for a great semi-final or final.

mrcvsjr

February 24th, 2013
11:33 am

Seminole beat Stewart Co.

rmbuck1

February 24th, 2013
12:42 pm

AJC should have stayed with scoreatlanta on score updates. Score Atlanta had about 15 final scores before the AJC posted its first final of the day. I understand you want to get game recaps, but just post the score first. Your promised extensive coverage is no different than any other year. Can’t be at every game, but just give us score updates as they come in, the recap can wait for a later print.

Athensbball

February 24th, 2013
7:56 pm

@black: actually ACS has reaped the benefits of parents trying to get their kids out of terrible public school systems like in Walton and Franklin county. Parents and kids can’t get out of those public schools quick enough. If Franklin county and Walton was so great then ur kids would quit leaving. No one makes them leave. U wanna keep the good players in ur schools then have ur teachers and coaches look in the mirror

Black

February 24th, 2013
8:54 pm

Ok this is from athens paper

@nationalchamp1988: ACS is definitely part of the problem with highschool athletics in Georgia. The playing field is not level for the county schools who play kids from their county. The problem has been addressed in A class but it still exists in the other classifications with city and private school recruiting players from all over!!! ACS should have been banned from competition for their actions!! The other side of this problem is that it denies the schools legitimate students a chance to compete!! THE WIN AT ALL COSTS SOME SCHOOLS HAVE ADOPTED IS DESTROYING HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS IN GEORGIA

NCHS FAN

February 24th, 2013
9:22 pm

Wednesday is the Day! NC boys and girls playing at Tift. Co.! The bracket this year has the three best teams in the state all playing eachother before the final. TIft. NC, and Norcross are all on the right side. Three teams that deserve to be in the Final Four. The Tift and NC game Wednesday should be the biggest of the year so far. Tift has a high powered offense and NC has a brick wall defense. NC win over Morrow was no where near how close the final score indicated. NC has to come out firing like they have the past to games if they want to advance tot he final 4! GOOD LUCK WARRIORS! MARCH TO MACON!

Alexander fan

February 24th, 2013
9:28 pm

Alexander is the sleeper in this elite 8. Their players are home grown from DOUGLASVILLE. They have been well coached the past two years by Coach Slate. They have great boys and all could play at the next level. So all college recruits, you are sleeping on this team. GO COUGARS!!!!,!!!,!

basketballnut

February 24th, 2013
9:30 pm

It trips me out how everybody keeps overlooking Wheeler.. smh keep on.. They will see you in Macon

Sgabball

February 25th, 2013
7:11 am

Well wheeler only has the easiest draw out there.

some sense

February 25th, 2013
7:48 am

I’m only getting this by reading between the lines of commentary re. the Marist coach. Boy, does that guy get drug. Does the displeasure stem from the choice to replace Coach Bell? My God, that’s been, what, eight years ago? Long time for a wound to fester. Back then it seems that Ron wanted one of his former players to succeed him, but the AD and principal thought differently…c’est la vie. This is water that should have flowed clear of the bridge long ago, but someone insists on shining terrible light on one of the top h/s anywhere. He, the coach, and they, the school, deserve none of this. Petty, petty, petty.

Hubert Green

February 25th, 2013
8:36 am

To my knowledge, a school that doesn’t have transfers moving in has never turned a great player away.

Da Coach

February 25th, 2013
8:53 am

Pretty pathetic some Marist parents are trying to stir up something about the coach. He’s obviously doing fine and just because a select few aren’t getting the minutes their parents they think they deserve, they take to a message board to hide behind a user name to diss someone. Classy, and this is coming from a Marist grad.
Good luck to the remaining teams, the Columbia game will be a war–I know Columbia is higher seed, but I heard it’s being played at Marist??

Da Coach

February 25th, 2013
8:57 am

Nevermind, it’s at Columbia, the AJC adjusted it in a previous article

Andre Elam

February 25th, 2013
9:01 am

Quick recap and analysis of the Westlake vs. Tift Co. game. The fan support was unreal I’m not sure what’s seating capacity is, but every seat in the building was taken. They had to turn fans away for fire protection reasons. As for the game our youth/playoff experience and coaching catch up with us. All of the players didn’t get off the bus ready to play with the exception of Andre’ Elam his had no help on the inside. He opened the game with a LeBron like two handed slam that woke the fans up, but seconds later Tadric Jackson got a steal and quickly return the favorite with a two handed slam and the rest was history from the point forward as the earlier threads have mentioned. Westlake coach should have burned all of his first halftime out in the first qtr to settle the players, but he didn’t. Every single guard on the team was rattled including Tony. Andre’ Elam was having his way inside the paint, but they stopped going to him or should I say they wouldn’t go to him. In the first half he had about 14 pts and a boat load of rebounds. In the second half Westlake finally discovered that Tift Co. had no ball handler and we started to turn them over. Raymond Sauder settled down and started to knock the 3 ball and Tyler Williams got rolling as well as Tony Bagatas. Kejuan Johnson didn’t show up at all we would have better served playing one of the bench players. So, with the guards heating up the inside play of Elam went away he barely touched the ball in the 2nd half. As for Brennan Green he finished with 23 pts, but it was a quite 23 pts…Tyler Williams played outstanding defense on him the entire game even frustrating him into getting a technical foul. The ref gave him several home town cooking fouls for and 1’s along with him and Tadric driving to the basket in Kejuan face with not even an attempt to defend the basket. All in all Tift is solid team and will be tough to beat at home. Great coaching and even better fans. Good luck Tift Co. in your quest for a State Championship this season. Oh yeah! in case you all didn’t know my son is Andre’ Elam for Westlake. He finish his career at WHS with a gallant effort in Saturday game. Talk to you all later!

athensbball

February 25th, 2013
10:41 am

@black: Read Hubert Greens comment “To my knowledge, a school that doesn’t have transfers moving in has never turned a great player away”…ACS is a PRIVATE school. When parents BRING their kids to ACS, should we first ask them if they are good at any sports, and if they are, then we dont want them cuz people will accuse us of recruiting?? Athens Academy’s best player is from Franklin Count also, but no one accuses them because they dont win. We played Mt. Pisgah on Saturday and they have 2 players from Germany that are 6′10 and 6′11 sitting on the bench bc they are inelligable until next year. Greenforest has half their team from Africa. Several players on Norcross were on last years Whitfield’s state champ team. Parents have and will always move their kids where they will have the best options academically AND athletically. If they make a legit move there is nothing you can do about it but complain that kids keep leaving your pathetic public school institutions