Friday, January 15, 2016

@AugBball Previews and Updates: Friday, Jan 15

Thanks to everyone for sending scores, statistics, photos and video clips to @AugBball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I did my best to keep this blog and all of the social media accounts full of interesting information and stories from Friday's games.

12:26 update:
Josey's Donald Jordan exploded for 35 points to lead his Eagles to a 73-56 region 3A win over Hephzibah. Norvette  Wilson added 12 and John Williams 11 in the win.

Hephzibah's Chauncey Baker led 4 Rebels in double figures with 13 points.

Josey enters Saturday's home game with league favorite Laney only one game behind the Wildcats.

12:16 update:
Breanna Wilson scored 29 points to lead Josey's Lady Eagles to a 78-65 region win over Hephzibah. Josey improved to 5-0 and set up a showdown at home versus region favorite Laney, who also enters Saturday's rivalry game undefeated.

In addition to Wilson, three more Lady Eagles scored in double figures. Brianna Dubose scored 15 points. Janiah Williams added 14 and Debbie Simmons chipped in 11.

Emani Mayo led all scorers with 32 points and her sister Nicollete Mayo added 14 in defeat.

12:06 update:
Laney topped Washington County 84-64 to improve to 15-1 overall and 5-0 in region 3A play. 

Christian Keeling scored 34 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished 4 assists. Zep Jasper scored 16 points, assisted 8 times, and pulled down 6 rebounds.

Laney faces city rival Josey on the road Saturday.

11:50 update:
Laney's Lady Wildcats jumped to a 38-16 lead over region foe Washington County, and coasted to a 74-55 win at home Friday. Jhessyka Williams scored 19 points and sank 3 three pointers. Sophomore De'sha Benjamin scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Benjamin made 6 of 10 field goals and 6 of 8 free throws.

The Lady Wildcats bounced back nicely from last Saturday's non region loss to the state's top 3A team, Morgan County. After earning Friday's home win over Washington County, Laney can complete an important weekend sweep of its top region 3A competitors with a win at rival Josey's gym Saturday.

11:30 update:
Alleluia topped John Hancock 72-26 Friday.

11:25 update:
Lincoln County defeated Warren County 62-45. The Red Devils got contributions from many sources. Zach Crite led the way with 20 points. Devon Holloway scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Ahmad Rand flirted with a triple double, tallying 8 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 blocks. And Maciah Gunby dealt 9 dimes.

11:21 update:
Grovetown defeated Lakeside 77-70 in overtime behind 24 points from Shamar Barrett, 21 from Eric Graham, 11 from Trent Bowdre, and 10 from Chance Fugghett.

Lakeside's Deon Berrien scored 22 points and snagged 21 rebounds, and Kre'sean Hall added 17 points in defeat.

The result sets up a battle for second place in the sub region's standings as Lakeside will now visit Greenbrier Tuesday with both teams sporting a 3-2 record in league play.

Grovetown claimed its first league win in 5 tries. The Warriors are capable of making significant noise. Barrett, Graham, and Bowdre all score in bunches. I will not be surprised if Grovetown makes a run during the second half of the sub region schedule, which begins Tuesday.

11:05 update:
Greenbrier topped Evans 56-48 to improve to 3-2 in league play and set up a home game with Lakeside that will break a sub region 5A second place tie between the Columbia County rivals.

Senior Justen Hartfield scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 5 assists in the win. Jakob Nelson added 12 points.

Evans was led by Jo'el Grant's 18 points. The Knights fell to 1-4 in sub region 5A action.

10:50 update:
Westminster became the last area team to lose its first game Friday after falling to region foe Westfield 64-60. Jelani Watson-Gayle led the way with 23 points. Westminster's record stands at 13-1.

10:45 update:
More from Westside. The Patriots prevailed 65-61 over the Spartans of Glenn Hills behind 32 points from senior Trez Hawes

Glenn Hills coach Travis McRae was pleased with his team's performance and impressed by Hawes's play, saying he "made every play down the stretch."

Dekwan Lewis added 13 for the Patriots. CJ Bowers led Glenn Hills with 19 points. Robert Drew added 11.

10:20 update:
Thomson defeated Wayne County 69-44. Jucorius Thomas scored 16 and Raderan  Johnson added 15 in the win. Thomson's region record now stands at 2-1.

10:04 update:
Richmond handled Cross Creek 68-58 to improve to 5-0 in sub region play. The Musketeers have won 8 straight games.

Madison Williams scored 18 points, DT Stephens added 13, and Moses Williams chipped in 11 for the Musketeers.

Moses Jones scored 18 and Artis Chapman added 11 for the Razorbacks, who fall to 2-3 in subregion play.

9:57 update:
Greenbrier's Lady Wolfpack topped Evans 63-60 in overtime. Sydney Grayden scored 21 points to lead Greenbrier. Iman Andrews added 15. Mckenna Lawrence scored 26 points and Lexi Jeffcoat added 16.

Greenbrier improves to 4-1 and remains in a three way tie with Cross Creek and Grovetown.

9:52 update:
Westside beat Glenn Hills. I'm waiting on the score. But some awesome guys sent me video clips from the game's final minute. I'll share the final score and the clips soon.

9:46 update:
Westside and Glenn Hills are tied with 55 seconds remaining!

9:40 update:
Madison Williams has scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds as his Richmond Academy Musketeers lead Cross Creek 55-48 with 4 minutes remaining.

9:36 update:
Glenn Gills leads Westside 47-43 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Sophomore Timmy Sellers has 6 blocks!

9:06 update:
Glenn Hills and Westside are tied at halftime. The Spartans are coming off a win at Butler and trying to hand Westside it's first loss to a team other than Laney!

9:02 update:
Grovetown's Lady Warriors blitzed Lakeside 77-20 to improve to 4-1 in sub region play. Grovetown has lost only one game this season.

Thomson leads Wayne County 32-19 at halftime.

8:55 update:
Richmond and Cross Creek are tied at 27 with 3 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Reports are that Cross Creek's Moses Jones and Richmond's Madison Williams and Moses Williams are playing well.

8:24 update:
Cross Creek's Lady Razorbacks topped Richmond 60-33.

And Greenbrier's Lady Wolfpack and Evans are tied at 54 at the end of regulation!

7:30 update:
Cross Creek's Lady Razorbacks lead Richmond 26-14 early. 6'2" Alana Davis, Augusta's best player, is off to a good start and that's never good for the opponent. Davis averages 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Because of a technicality, Greenbrier was recently rewarded a win over Cross Creek. There is now a three way tie between last season's power three: Cross Creek, Grovetown, and Greenbrier.

Below are my boys 3A and 5A Friday and Saturday previews. I'll update the site about the progress of as many teams, boys and girls, as possible in the Power Poll boundaries.

Before morning the site should be loaded with updates from Friday, previews for Saturday, and soon enough, action from Saturday's full slate.

For now enjoy the 3A and 5A boys previews for Friday's games.

Friday in 3A

WACO (2-3) at #2*Laney (4-0)
Glenn Hills (2-3) at #3 Westside (3-1)
Hephzibah (0-4) at Josey (3-1)

*denotes AugBball Power Poll ranking

Saturday in 3A

Laney at Josey
Westside at Hephzibah

3A region standings

#2* Laney 4-0
#3 Westside 3-1
Josey 3-1
Washington County 2-3
Glenn Hills 2-3
Butler 2-4
Hephzibah 0-4

Check out 3A Monday to see my reports from last week's key games between the region's top three teams: Power Poll #2 Laney, #3 Westside, and Josey. All three teams are the favorites in this Friday's matchups.

Laney and Josey will need to focus on the teams in front of them Friday and to resist the temptation of looking ahead to Saturday's classic rivalry game between two of our area's finest basketball programs.

AugBball Flashback Friday

#2 Laney hosts Washington County Friday. The Wildcats aim to improve to 5-0 before Saturday's game at long time rival Josey's gym. When Washington County visited Laney last season in the final weekend of the regular season, Christian Keeling and Jaylen Taylor put on a dunking exhibition. Keeling picked the ball handler clean and dunked with two hands twice in one quarter!

#3 Westside will also be wise to focus on its immediate opponent, Glenn Hills, and file away any thoughts of next weekend's double header against #2 Laney and #4 Richmond. Glenn Hills recently won at Butler 56-54 Saturday behind 22 points and 13 rebounds by 6'7" sophomore Timmy Sellers. Coach Travis Mcrae is very excited about Sellers's improvement. I am too.

Friday in 5A

Cross Creek (2-2) at #4 Richmond
#7 Lakeside (3-1) at Grovetown (0-4)
#8 Greenbrier (2-2) at Evans (1-3)

Region 5A standings
#4 Richmond (4-0)
#7 Lakeside (3-1)
#8 Greenbrier (2-2)
Cross Creek (2-2)
Evans (1-3)
Grovetown (0-4)

Richmond and Lakeside will aim to build the distance between their positions in the standings and Cross Creek, Evans, and Greenbrier's.

Cross Creek risks falling below .500 on the road at #4 Richmond. The Musketeers are red hot, having won 7 straight, the 4 most recent in league play. Moses Williams led Richmond with 23 points in Tuesday's 69-64 win over #8 Greenbrier.

Cross Creek has its own Moses. Jones that is, who has led the Razorbacks in wins over Grovetown and Evans, as well as Tuesday's loss to Lakeside.

Evans hosts #8 Greenbrier in rivalry game

Greenbrier's Hartfield and Nelson

Throw the records out the window for this one. The Knights host their county and sub region rival and have the chance to move into the top half of the league's standings. But #8 Greenbrier has been impressive. Seniors Justen Hartfield and Jakob Nelson lead the way with 16 and 11 point per game averages, respectively. And David Harris scores 9 points to go with his team leading 7 boards per contest.

Evans is led by seniors Jo'el Grant, Michael Steflik, and Chris Stone. Grant is a top ten area scorer at 18 points per outing. The 6'7" center Steflik scores 13 points and hauls in 7 boards per contest. And Stone, who averages 13 points, has made 58 threes this season, second in the area to Alleluia's Ben Dresser.
(Senior Nick Smith, above,
scored 12 points and
grabbed 4 rebounds in
Tuesday's win at Cross Creek.)

#7 Lakeside visits Grovetown

It would be a mistake for Power Poll
new kids Lakeside to look past 0-4 Grovetown Friday. The #7 Panthers are rolling after consecutive wins over #8 Greenbrier and Cross Creek (game report a couple sections above).

During Deon Berrien's first four games, the 6'5" junior forward has averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds per game, and the Panthers have won three of four league contests. Freshman Kalen Williams scores 16 points, grabs 4 rebounds and dishes 3 assists on average. Junior Kre'sean Hall averages 10 points and 7 rebounds. And senior Nick Smith scores 9 points per contest.

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