Saturday, November 18, 2017

Today's AugBball Schedule

Today’s local hoops schedule:

High school games on the AugBball radar:

Baldwin​ vs Johnson (Savannah at Evans
- According to the AJC​, Baldwin is the #4 team in GA’s class AAAA and Johnson is #4 in AAA

Laney vs Savannah at Evans
- Laney is #5 in AAA

Lakeside vs Josey at Greenbrier

Augusta Christian at Greenbrier

College games on the AugBball radar:

Charleston Southern​ at USC Upstate on ESPN2
- Preseason Big South Conference​ first team pick Christian Keeling will make his 2017-18 debut in this one!

Augusta University​ at West Georgia
- The Jaguars will aim to improve to 3-0. Coach Dip Metress’s squad has 5 players averaging double figures after 2 games.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Previews for the 3 HS tip-off tournament games featured Friday at AugBball: Baldwin-Flora, Lakeside-AC, and Greenbrier-Josey

Kalen Williams (left) and Nate Dunlop (right), 2 of the area's best, meet tonight at Greenbrier

For Friday’s live highlights and updates from Greenbrier’s Wolfpack Tip-off Challenge and Evans’ Hoopfest Tip-off, follow the following @AugBball channels:

@AugBball on Facebook
@AugBball on Instagram
@AugBball on Twitter

Friday at the Evans Hoopfest Tip-off

Baldwin vs AC Flora at Evans at 5:30

- Buck Harris’ Braves are the defending region champs and are ranked #4 in the AJC’s preseason class AAAA rankings as well as 4th on my preseason list of this area’s best teams.

Friday at Greenbrier’s Wolfpack Tip-Off Challenge

Lakeside vs Augusta Christian at Greenbrier at 7:00

- Lakeside went 21-6 in coach Jeff Williams’ first head coaching season, complete with a 13-0 league record and the school’s first ever region championship. The Panthers return junior star Kalen Williams and a good mix of returnees and newcomers.

- Augusta Christian is finally able to play Georgia’s public schools and 6’5” 210 pound junior guard Nate Dunlop is the area’s top returning scorer and probably the top player entering the season. Dunlop averaged 28 ppg and shot 38% from 3 last season.

Josey at Greenbrier at 8:30

- Josey clocked in as the #4 ranked class AAAA team in the AJC’s poll to go nicely with the Eagles’ final 4 finish last March. Rodriguez Daggett will lead the Eagles who I hope are eager to prove me wrong for not putting them on my preseason area top 10 list.

Austin Canaday: Sr, Greenbrier

- Greenbrier’s Austin Canaday and Richard Crawford make for a dangerous backcourt. The Wolfpack will try to improve to 2-0 tonight after beating Harlem soundly Wednesday.

Last season tipped off when Crawford and Laney’s Donald Henley Jr. dueled in Friday’s Wolfpack Challenge night cap game:

In a recent text interview, Greenbrier coach Casey Heckathorn told me about the great relationships and matchups that the Challenge has fostered over its 3 year history and the neat addition of Augusta Christian:

We love having both Laney and Josey and have great relationships and cross rivals with those schools now. We did draw Laney for another tournament so we’re happy for that.

With Laney out this year and the opportunity to include private schools we thought ACS was a great fit as their fan base and population is greatly based out of the lakeside and greenbrier zones. There’s a lot of interest in them proving themselves against public schools. We thought it was a good fit.

Sounds like a great fit and a great night of area high school hoops!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gomillion leads Aquinas past Midland Valley and more results from Tuesday

Tre Gomillion (Aquinas)

Aquinas 64, Midland Valley 31

Preseason scrimmage game

Richmond 65, Grovetown 49

I only watched 1 quarter of Richmond’s 65-49 home win over Grovetown. But I was very impressed with the Musketeers. The team has good inside players and guards who can shoot and score and who want to throw the ball inside to the bigs. And I don’t think any of tonight’s starters were seniors. Coach Steve Nobles always does a good job.

Grovetown Lady Warriors 51, Richmond 34

Grovetown improved to 2-0.
Ayana Collins - 13, Marissa Tate 11 (3 threes), Savannah Giles 8

Richmond's Jakiyah Parker led all scorers with 16.

Augusta Christian 72, Alleluia 47

Nate Dunlop (Augusta Christian) - 23 points

Ben Freed (Alleluia) - 33 points

Glenn Hills 65, Harrison 61

Several people approached me in the gym to tell me I was wrong for only ranking Glenn Hills #6 in my preseason ranking. Tuesday's result may be seen as a sign they were right and I was wrong. But time and results will tell for sure.

 College Basketball

Benedict freshman Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster ‘17) scored 21 points in a 105-71 win over Carver. Watson-Gayle has scored 58 points in the team’s first 3 games. Benedict (3-0) will host Augusta next Tuesday and I’ll report live from the scene.

Carver's Malique Gibbons (Thomson '14) scored 19 points in the loss.

Thank you Ron Freeman for the film and the updates!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Georgia Southern, South Carolina and Clayton State all win at home to headline Monday's AugBball college basketball results

Follow @AugBball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for live highlights and updates from the AugBball Game of the Day!

Georgia Southern 77, CSU Bakersfield 53

Georgia Southern creamed CSU Bakersfield 77-53 in the first home game of the season for the Eagles, who improved to 2-0 after an 85-83 win at Wake Forest Friday. Tookie Brown (Morgan County '15) posted nearly flawless shooting Numbers, making 7 of 8 field goals and 9 of 10 free throws. Fellow preseason All Sun Belt Conference first team pick Ike Smith added 21 points on 4-7 three point shooting.

South Carolina 70, Western Michigan 60

Hassani Gravett scored 15 points and Frank Booker (Westside '13) added 14 as the Gamecocks improved to 2-0 Monday on the night when last season's Final Four banner was hung at Colonial Life Arena. Booker made 5 of 8 field goals and 3 of 6 from deep to follow up a 12 point (3-5 3 pt FG) performance in Friday's win at Wofford.

Clayton State 106, Carver 78 (Exhibition)

Denzel Council, a senior transfer from Armstrong State, scored 25 points to lead the Lakers to a convincing exhibition game win at home. Aubrey McRae (Glenn Hills '14), who transferred from Georgia Southern, added 19 points on 4-7 3 point shooting. And Jaylen Taylor (Laney '15) added 12.

Wednesday Clayton State opens its regular season at Queens (2-0), which was ranked as high as #2 in Division II by at least one preseason poll.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday night’s AugBball college basketball schedule and one more weekend standout

Follow @AugBball's Monday night live coverage of Georgia Southern's home opener and more games including area players! 

Monday night’s AugBball college basketball schedule:

Follow @AugBball for live updates and highlights from CBB's opening day at these channels:

@AugBball on Facebook
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7:00 PM

Carver at Clayton State

Area players:
- Clayton State’s Aubrey Mcrae (Glenn Hills ‘14), Jaylen Taylor (Laney ‘15) and Moses Williams (Richmond ‘17)
- Carver’s Malique Gibbons and Marquel Gibbons (Thomson ‘14 and ‘16)
Live stats -
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7:00 PM

Temple women vs Rutgers

Area player: Temple’s Emani Mayo (Hephzibah ‘17)
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7:30 PM

Georgia Southern vs CSU Bakersfield

Area player: Tookie Brown (Morgan County ‘15)

Brown led the Eagles to an upset win at Wake Forest Friday night.

Tonight is GS’s home opener.

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8:00 PM

South Carolina vs Western Michigan

Area player: South Carolina’s Frank Booker (Westside ‘13)

The Gamecocks will hang their 2017 Final Four banner before this home opener. Booker scored 12 points Friday in the Gamecocks’ opening night win at Wofford:

Live stats:

8:00 PM

Savannah State women at Alabama State

Area player: Savannah State’s Jazmine Bartlett (Laney ‘17)
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One more standout performer from the weekend

If you followed the @AugBball live coverage on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter this weekend you know all about Don Coleman's 62 points in two Cal games; Ahmed Hill's 19 point, 9 rebound performance, complete with a highlight dunk off the backboard, in Virginia Tech's season opening win over Detroit Mercy; Jelani Watson-Gayle's blistering beginning for 2-0 Benedict; and Tamyrik Fields's opening 19 point opening night thunderous second half dunk that put Augusta ahead of Mount Olive.

Before we move into a new week, I want to recognize the play this weekend of Augusta University forward Deane Williams in the Jaguars' back-to-back season opening wins at Barton College. 38 points on 15 of 18 field goal shooting (including a poster dunk on the first possession of the season shown here) and 16 rebounds was an eye popping stat line for the 6'8" junior!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

AugBball schedule - Sat, 11-11-17

HS Bball’s 2017-18 opening game:

Butler at Grovetown (girls) - 5:00
Butler at Grovetown (boys) - 6:30

Expect @AugBball bonus coverage (score updates and video highlights) for these opening HS Bball games

Men’s and Women’s CBB schedule:

Augusta at Barton College - 1:00
Live stats

Benedict vs AUM in Orangeburg - 1:30
Area player: Benedict’s Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster ‘17), who scored 23 points in BC’s season opening 86-74 win over Montevallo Friday.

Queens vs North Georgia at Georgia College - 1:30
Area player: Queens’s Daniel Carr (Midland Valley ‘16)

Lander Women vs Carson Newman at USC Aiken - 2:00
Area player: Lander’s Tabitha Dailey (Butler ‘16)

USC Aiken women vs Lincoln Memorial - 4:00
Area players: USC Aiken’s Janae Simpson (Greenbrier ‘15), Lonesha Lee (North Augusta ‘16) and Kwajelin Farrar* (Grovetown ‘16) *likely out due to injury

Lenoir Rhyne vs Francis Marion at Pembroke - 5:00
Area player: Francis Marion's Jaquez Smith (North Augusta '16)

Albany State women at Valdosta State - 6:00 PM
Area player: Albany State's Gemiya Bowman (Laney '16)

NJIT vs Wagner - 6:00
Area player: NJIT’s San Antonio Brinson (Thomson ‘16)

Mars Hill at Limestone - 7:30
Area player - Mars Hill's Justen Hartfield (Greenbrier '16)
Area player: Limestone's TJ Sheppard (North Augusta '13)

*I am still double checking times. And thanks to the people who have been reminding me of names to check for. On that note, I will be populating my calendar (and this post if need be) with the info for the following players:

Naomi Hughes - Air Force
Morgan Taylor - Navy
Nick Meyers - Belmont Abbey
Destiny Brewton - Arkansas Pine Bluff

Jasmine Holloman - Mississippi Valley State

Standout performers from opening day of college basketball: Includes Tamyrik Fields, Ahmed Hill, Don Coleman, Frank Booker and more!

1) Tamyrik Fields (Aquinas '14) - Augusta University

2) Tookie Brown (Morgan County '15) - Georgia Southern

3) Ahmed Hill (Aquinas '14) - Augusta University

19 points and 9 rebounds in Virginia Tech's 111-79 win over Detroit Mercy

4) Aaron Byrd (Augusta University)

5) Frank Booker (Westside '13) - South Carolina

6) Don Coleman (Butler '15) - California

Don Coleman is the kind of player who will go down swinging if he has to go down. It was a big individual night for Butler's all time leading scorer in Cal's loss to UC Riverside.

7) Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster '17) - Benedict

Jelani scored 23 points (4-8 3 pt FG) in BC's 86-74 win over Montevallo in his first collegiate game.

8) Jasmine Robinson (Richmond '17) - Troy

10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in Troy's 89-62 win over Stillman

9) Deane Williams - Augusta University

10) Mckenna Lawrence (Evans '16) - Jacksonville

11 points (3-5 3 pt FG) in 103-44 win over Brewton Parker.