The first round of the Class AAA heavyweight championship went to Savannah. The Blue Jackets won the first of two regular-season meetings against arch-rival Johnson on Saturday, 58-51.
UAB-commitment Chris Cokley, Branielus Ross and Jermaine Williams scored 14 points each, while Savannah State commit Jamal Norman scored 13 for Savannah (4-0). Johnson (5-2) was led by Antwan Maxwell with 16 points. Rico Bonds knocked down three 3-pointers and scored nine points for the Atom Smashers.
Johnson had a chance late. The Atom Smashers drew within a point with 31 seconds remaining, the Savannah made 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
Last year the teams split four meetings. Savannah and Johnson each won a game during the regular season. Savannah won the Region 1-AAA tournament and Johnson won the state championship.
No dropoff for Dawson boys: The Dawson County boys lost most of its firepower from a year ago, but that hasn’t stopped the Tigers from getting off to a 7-1 start. Dawson’s only loss was a three-point setback against Pickens, a team that Dawson beat by 25 points in the season opener. Dawson has done it with an attack led by Cameron Millholland and Levi Whitmire.
The Tigers have a big game tonight against White County, which has won five straight games. Coach Sam Borg’s Warriors won those games by an average of 19 points. White County (5-1) is led by Jordan Egerton; he had 14 points in the win over Riverside.
St. Pius girls streaking: The defending state champion St. Pius girls continue their unstoppable ways in Region 6. The Golden Lions (7-2) struck twice last week and have now won 49 consecutive regular-season region games. Coach Kyle Snipes’ team showed some resiliency on Friday when they rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Decatur 48-44.
The St. Pius boys have won four straight and take an 8-1 record into Friday’s game against Pickens. The Golden Lions won an impressive 54-53 decision over Decatur on Friday night. St. Pius will test itself against Class AAAAAA Sprayberry on Saturday at the SEBA Hoop Festival at Pope High School.
Blessed Trinity boys rolling: The Blessed Trinity boys have raced out to an 8-3 start, the only true blemish being a 60-43 home loss to Woodward Academy. The Titans knocked off Towers and Riverwood in Region 6-AAA games last week and have won five of their last six games. Coach Brian Marks’ team will move up in weight class on Saturday to play Class AAAAAA Kennesaw Mountain in the SEBA Hoop Festival at Pope High School.