Butler followed a season opening 102-96 overtime win over Effingham Friday with a 58-40 win over Savannah Saturday at the tip-off tournament at Evans to start the season 2-0.
Coach Boddy's Bulldogs got key contributions from Jzwa Collier, Deandre Barton, and Stephon Washington, all returning players from last season's highly successful, senior laden team. Collier scored 27 points, while Barton added 21 and Washington 16 in Friday's thriller.
|Ozwa Collier scored 27 points in Friday's overtime win over Effingham.|
Junior Will Lambert missed much of last season with an injury. But in Saturday's game, he looked like he may become the area's most effective inside player. He scored 10 points, adding to Jerry Leverette's team high 16 (including 4 three pointers).
Despite losing every starter from last season's team that stood above all area competition except region rival Laney, Butler looks as likely as any team to win this season's bragging rights as Augusta's best. They will get a great chance to build on their early success this Friday when they face Richmond, another local favorite, at Paine college in the 100 Black Men Thanksgiving Tournament. And the two teams will do it again the following Friday in another non-region meeting.