Saturday, November 21, 2015

Initial thoughts from Augusta University's win over Paine and a schedule for coming posts

I will post an Augusta University versus Paine College game report Monday morning. See the bottom of this post for the schedule for more game reports from the weekend.

But for now, here is a short recap of the most entertaining college game I think I’ve ever seen...

Keshun Sherrill scored 30 points, including 7 in overtime, to lead Augusta University to a 117-108 home win over crosstown rival Paine Saturday. After Richmond Academy graduate Tommy Williams scored twice to give the Jaguars a 103-101 advantage, Sherrill’s three pointer with 2:35 remaining in overtime gave the Jaguars its biggest lead since halftime, when Augusta held a 54-47 advantage.

Freshman Jashawn Brooks scored 24 points off the bench. The Laney graduate made 6 of 8 field goal attempts, including 4 of 5 from deep, and sank 8 of 10 free throws. Williams added 19. Josey grad Keith Crump chipped in 18, and Aquinas grad Tamyrik Fields contributed 10. Talk about a “City Classic." That’s the name this game was called during my childhood.

The game featured the most impressive offensive display I have seen in a long time. Paine’s Denzel Dillingham scored 41 points and posted these shooting stats: 13-20 FG, 5-8 3pt FG, 10-10 FT. The SIAC preseason player of the year played amazingly. Teammate Arnis Libasz was spectacular as well, scoring 22 points while making 8 of 12 field goals and 4 of 7 from deep. And Richmond Academy graduate Don Quarles scored 12 points, snatched 11 rebounds, and made the free throw that forced overtime.

The game even had some unique “AugBball” moments. At least that is what came to my mind when former Richmond Academy teammates Williams (Augusta) and Quarles (Paine) gave each other a big hug after the final buzzer. These two took Richmond deeper into the state playoffs than any Musketeer team in recent memory. They also played together for Augusta University graduate and player, former Laney coach, and current Baldwin head coach Buck Harris’s AAU basketball team in 2010.

And Brooks made a beeline to childhood friend Don Coleman when he came out of the locker room. Don came home from college to see his buddy play. And Jashawn didn’t disappoint him!

I can’t wait to make the game report! I will post it Sunday night. Here are my current plans for more game reports from the weekend:

Monday morning - Augusta University vs Paine

Monday evening -  Evans vs Hephzibah

Tuesday morning - Butler vs Savannah

Tuesday evening - Westminster vs Myrtle Beach Christian

Wednesday morning - Richmond vs Jefferson County and North Augusta

Wednesday evening - Glenn Hills vs Grovetown

Thursday Morning - Cross Creek vs Josey

*This schedule may change without notice

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