Hoops: Don’t overlook St. Pius boys

The St. Pius girls won the state championship last season and are expected to be a prime contender again this year. Well, the school’s boys program isn’t too shabby, either.

The Golden Lions went 22-9 last year with a very young team and have started the season 4-0 by winning the Tabo’s Tipoff Tournament at Jefferson. St. Pius whipped Jackson County, Class AAAAAA Mill Creek and host Jefferson in the final, 58-54.

St. Pius is led by 6-foot-10 senior Nick Harris, who has signed with the College of Charleston. The Golden Lions were second in Region 6-AAA a year ago and reached the state quarterfinals.

Cartersville steps up in class: The Cartersville boys will step up in weight class for Saturday’s game in the fifth annual Greater Atlanta Christian Showcase. The Hurricanes will meet Class AAAAAA Hillgrove at 2 p.m.

Cartersville is led by wings Ryan Davis (17 points) and Corey Tobin (14.9 points)and will meet a Hillgrove club that went 28-5 and lost in the state final to Norcross a year ago. Hillgrove is led by guard Kyle Castlin, Keith Ray and B.J. Brown.

Morgan takes down Buford: If Morgan County can beat Buford again in February it will be considered a great win. For right now the Bulldogs’ 76-65 win over the Wolves will remain in the “good” category since Buford is without a handful of players still involved in the football season.

But Morgan County made a strong statement four nights later when it beat Class AAAAA Allatoona 69-63 in overtime. Coach Charlemagne Gibbons’ team has its next test on Friday at Elbert County in the Region 8-AAA opener.

Dawson boys start 3-0: The Dawson County boys are trying to get a headstart in tough Region 7. The Tigers won their first three games. The closest outcome was a 17-point win over Pinecrest Academy. Dawson graduated four starters and lost starting point guard Jonathan Sanderson to a knee injury.

Upcoming tournaments to watch:

The 54th Lanierland Tournament will be Dec. 14-21.It is the oldest non-postseason tournament in the state and features all the Hall County schools, including AAA competitors North Hall, West Hall and East Hall.

The Carroll County Holiday Classic on Dec. 19-21 features the likes of Central Carroll, Hart County, Rockmart and Villa Rica.

The Rome News-Tribune Tournament on Dec. 17-21 will be led by defending boys champion Cartersville, which beat Model in the championship game a year ago, and the Cartersville girls, who finished third.

13 comments Add your comment

ron

December 3rd, 2013
10:40 am

Mr. Awtrey
Please, we are still in the midst of football with the championships to be decided. This time of the season to discuss basketball obviously belong to the losers, they have nothing more to do.

RexDogma

December 3rd, 2013
10:50 am

aw Ron come on man.

Canes transfer

December 3rd, 2013
11:15 am

Blue Devil

December 3rd, 2013
2:25 pm

Ron, although I like football, basketball season has started also and I support that too. I am looking forward to another good year for the south Georgia teams and although my team maybe out of the running for the championship in football, I still route for Colquitt County to win the whole thing. I have to root for South GA.

ron

December 3rd, 2013
2:49 pm

Alright RexDogma & Blue Devil I rest my case, you guys can have the blog.

Stan Awtrey

December 3rd, 2013
6:44 pm

Ron — We were requested to write a basketball blog for Tuesday. The Friday blog will be football.

Dekalb Co. BBall FAN

December 4th, 2013
9:25 am

New blog should be don’t overlook Cedar Grove Boys. They beat St. Pius twice last year and beat them again last night. This team is loaded with young talent.

BT

December 4th, 2013
12:42 pm

Where are any pre-season rankings? I have not seem any thus far.

Big Fan

December 4th, 2013
2:16 pm

Dekalb Co. BBall FAN
December 4th, 2013
9:25 am

New blog should be don’t overlook Cedar Grove Boys. They beat St. Pius twice last year and beat them again last night. This team is loaded with young talent.

Nicely done

bball fan #1

December 4th, 2013
3:40 pm

What you mean don’t overlook Cedar Grove boys. They are athletic but can’t shoot the ball at all. They press a lot but let them play a team that easily beats their press and have good shooters, they are in trouble. No way you stand a chance of winning it at all when you just flat out can’t shoot the ball.

Dekalb Co. BBall Fan

December 4th, 2013
4:29 pm

bball fan #1

Cedar Grove went 21-7 last year and only lost 2 players off that team. I’m sure during those 21 wins they faced a team that could shoot and break their press. As for their shooting they really don’t need to shoot that great because they win with great defense. Anyone who knows basketball knows if you get transition points you can overcome bad shooting.

black magic

December 4th, 2013
5:03 pm

The state title will come through Savannah Ga. In AAA this year again. So dont be surprised if History repeat itself…….Savannah Vs Johnson 2014 State title game

BasketballGuru

December 5th, 2013
8:17 am

Morgan County Lost to Allatoona last Saturday 69-63.