Friday, November 13, 2015

Grovetown topples Greenbrier after second half surge




Grovetown Middle used an 18-0 second half run to beat Greenbrier 46-31 and improve to 6-0 on the season. The Patriots' twin towers, Chris Williams and Kentrell Tyree combined to score 22 points in the second and third quarters, setting up the second half blitz that broke a once close game wide open.

Williams is as good as any middle school player I've seen in the area this season. Playing without Tyree and guard Rickey McGhee throughout the first quarter, Williams did it all, rebounding, leading the break , attacking the defense off the dribble, and nailing his soft floaters and turn around jumpers. Grovetown led 10-5 after one quarter.

Grovetown's Chris Williams led all scorers with 14 points.
Greenbrier got good inside play in the first half from Tristan Moore and seventh grader Jacob Matthews. Matthews led the Wolfpack with 11 points after getting to the line 9 times. A timely second quarter three by Jackson Fulmer sparked a 9 point Greenbrier run, as the Wolfpack established a 19-15.

Several lead changes and another Fulmer three later, Greenbrier led 26-25 only to have its run thwarted by Grovetown's dynamic inside duo of Williams and Tyree. The two worked extremely well together against Greenbrier's zone, passing up good shots to get each other great ones.

After watching these two play four games, I've decided coach Dan Sneeringer probably feels lucky they are on his side. They have both been so consistent in their effort and unselfishness. Their combination of skill and will may be tough for opponents to overcome.

But those things will be decided on the court, especially during the following match ups:

Tuesday, Nov 17
Evans (5-1) vs Columbia (4-1)

Evans beat Stallings Island 33-32 tonight. Mackenzie Norman led all scorers with 20 points. Stalling Island's Jayden Taylor scored 15.

Columbia beat Lakeside 60-35 Friday.

Thursday, Nov 19
Grovetown (6-0) at Columbia (4-1)

Monday, Nov 30
Greenbrier (3-2) at Columbia (5-1)

These games will go a long way toward deciding whether Grovetown will be caught before the 14 game season ends.

I'll see you in the gym.

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