Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Greenbrier drains 14 threes and claims second place; Grovetown (girls) first

5A boys standings

Richmond 6-0
Greenbrier 4-2
Lakeside 3-3
Cross Creek 3-3
Evans 1-5
Grovetown 1-5

Senior Justen Hartfield made 5 threes and led all scorers with 24 points, and freshman Richard Crawford buried 7 threes Tuesday as Greenbrier topped Lakeside 71-68 in overtime to secure sole possession of second place in sub region 5A's standings.

The Wolfpack drained 14 threes in the game. Lakeside was led by Kre'sean Hall, who scored all of his team high 19 points after halftime. Kalen Williams added 18 points in defeat.

Cross Creek topped Grovetown 84-79. Moses Jones led all scorers with 24 points. Kham Gordon added 21, and Colby Taylor chipped in 16 points.

Shamar Barrett and Eric Graham each scored 19 points to lead Grovetown.

Richmond defeated Evans 52-40. Moses Williams led the way with 17 points. The Musketeers remain undefeated in league play.

Chris Stone scored 17 points and Michael Steflik added 10 for the Knights.

Grovetown's Lady Warriors topped Cross Creek 62-49. The 5A sub region's standings now look like this:

1) Grovetown (5-1)
2) Greenbrier (5-1)
3) Cross Creek (4-2)
5) Evans (2-4)
5) Richmond (2-4)
6) Lakeside (0-6)

Greenbrier's Lady Wolfpack defeated Lakeside. I'll post the score soon.

Richmond's Lady Musketeers tied Evans for the fourth spot in the standings with a 47-41 win over the Lady Knights.

My next two updates are not complete but they are interesting! Butler beat Josey at home. Josey just topped Laney Saturday. Laney trailed Glenn Hills by one point tonight with 58 seconds remaining. But the Wildcats earned a 3 point win to preserve their first place tie with Westside leading into Friday's showdown at Laney.

More details to come!

The following are the previews I posted before Tuesday's games tipped off...

Let's tip off the previews with an update on Josey, Westside, and Laney's three-way tie at the top of the 3A region!
Josey stunned much of the high school basketball viewing crowd with Saturday's 66-55 home win over Laney, which until nine days ago owned an undefeated record. The win created a three way tie at the top of the region's standings. The teams are involved in games with each other four more times before the region tournament:

Region 3A standings* and key upcoming games:

Laney (6-1): defeated Glenn Hills (2-6); Friday vs Westside (5-1); Feb 6 vs Josey (5-2)

Westside (5-1): Friday at Laney (6-1); Saturday vs Richmond (non region game); Jan 30 at Josey (5-1)

Josey (5-2): fell to Butler (3-4); Jan 30 vs Westside; Feb 6 at Laney

*I updated these standings with Tuesday's results.

Josey aims to continue the roll it may have started Saturday with its convincing 66-55 win over Laney. Donald Jordan has proven to be as good as anybody on the court in every game I've seen him play this season: First against Cross Creek when he scored 24 points; next against Westside when he scored 31; yet again scoring 28 against Washington County; and finally a team high 17 points Saturday against long time rival Laney. Jordan has averaged 20 points per game while shooting 50% from three point land with 33 long distance makes during his first 9 games. He is 6'4" tall and he defends fiercely. He impressed me Saturday with his ability to create off the dribble, a skill I've seen him rapidly developing recently. Donald is the first player I mention to every college coach who asks about area guards.

After 10 games played, Josey's 6'3" center Javen Whitehead averaged 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. But the numbers don't tell the story here. In games against Richmond and Laney, two of the Eagles' toughest opponents, he dominated. He and Lincoln County center Ahmad Rand are the inside players who have made the biggest impact this season.

#3 Westside visits #2 Laney in the first game of a weekend double header that will settle many questions about the region 3A standings and area bragging rights. After visiting Laney, the Patriots host Richmond. The 5A sub region leading #4 Musketeers (5-0) have won 8 straight games while rarely being challenged.

The Patriots are on an even bigger roll than Josey. In fact, two of Westside's five consecutive wins have come over the Eagles, the most recent being two Fridays ago at home.

Cross Creek's game at Grovetown takes on a whole new meaning after ruling

After Cross Creek earned a 59-50 home win over then undefeated sub region foe Grovetown, it appeared that unless one of the other four sub region competitors would upset the Lady Razorbacks, Cross Creek had assured itself no less than a tie for first in the regular season standings.

But Greenbrier was later awarded a win over Cross Creek, forcing a three way tie at the top of the sub region between Cross Creek, Grovetown and Greenbrier.

Cross Creek is led by 6'2" center Alana Davis, who led all scorers with 23 points in the teams' first meeting:

Davis is flanked by sharp shooters KymMya Thomas and Nya Daniels:

But Groveotwn has a "big three" of its own in Destiny Marshall, Kwajelin Farrar,
and Ayana Collins:

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