Thursday, February 26, 2015

GRU wins 11th straight; preparing for Saturday's conference quarterfinals

Keshun Sherrill is a leader in almost
every imaginable Peach Belt statistic.
GRU finished its regular season in style, winning its 11th straight game and doing it by beating arch rival USC Aiken in overwhelming fashion.  The Jags shot better than 60% from the field and just under that mark from deep, while out rebounding the Pacers 38-22 in an 88-69 victory with implications larger than just bragging rights.

The win secures GRU's position as the Peach Belt East Division's #1 seed.  This is important for two reasons.  The higher seed positions the Jags opposite the West Division's #4 seed (Young Harris), rather than the #3 seed, in Saturday's Peach Belt conference tournament.  But more important is that if GRU wins its quarterfinal game (Saturday at Christenberry Fieldhouse), coach Metress's squad will host the conference semifinals and championship game the following Friday and Saturday.

The Jags' final regular season game
was a party for GRU fans!
I have thought a lot lately about the game I think was the area's most exciting of the season, the Jags' 97-88 overtime win at Lander Jauary 10th.  The Jags entered that contest 2-3 in Peach Belt play and looked vulnerable.  Fourteen games later, GRU has stumbled only once.  And the team seems to be playing better than ever at the moment.  Here's to (hopefully) three more Jags games at Christenberry.  I can say that because I'm a fan.  I'll trust the best coach I know, Dip Metress, to keep the guys' minds focused on the only basketball thing that truly matters right now:  Saturday's game. I hope I'll see you there.

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