Savannah wins Round 1 vs. Johnson

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.

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December 17th, 2013
9:05 am

Round 1 goes to the High… We have to play a complete game to take round 2. The beauty of this rivalry is that Tim and I have competed since ‘88. He has been steady at the High. I’ve moved a few times, from Beach to Windsor to Hardeeville to the High and now Johnson. I like the winds of change so… who knows. We are back in the lab mixing the Chemistry to come up with the winning formula. Know this, you will always get more than your moneys’ worth when we both strap up… That’s G!!

Dekalb Co. BBall FAN

December 17th, 2013
9:25 am


How about the Cedar Grove Boys? They are 6-0 with wins over St. Pius, Wooward and Green Forest. If you write about those other teams surely you write about the team that is leading 6AAA right now. Those kids have a lot of talent and are getting better every game.

Bball Fan

December 17th, 2013
9:48 am

Perhaps if Cedar Grove reported their scores people would notice!! They are one of the top teams in all of AAA, but they do not post thier schedule and they do not post their scores (as required by the GHSA). So no one knows about them. It’s too bad too, becuase they deserve some recognition!!

Dekalb Co. BBall FAN

December 17th, 2013
9:54 am

Bball Fan check out maxpreps where the GHSA says its mandarory for them to post score, schedule and stats. Then tell me they aren’t posted.


December 17th, 2013
11:45 am

Savannah high has a better team then Johnson this year. Honestly they did last year also they was just young and Johnson had one of the best players in GA if not the best in Tim. This savannah team is better but Johnson has the swagger from being champs and this rivalry is still a great one!