Saturday, January 16, 2016

Josey tops Laney: full game highlights and updates from area games

8:16 update:
Donald Jordan put in a nifty finish to put Josey ahead of Laney 62-55 with 1:12 remaining. Josey topped the 3A region's leader 66-65 at home behind Donald Jordan's 17 points to force a three way tie at the top of the the standings with Laney and Westside.

Josey's Javen Whitehead added 11 and played like the town's best inside player, powering through contact to snag rebounds on both ends and dunk with authority in traffic. And Jordan made shots and finishes that made me shake my head.

As expected, there was absolutely no quit in Laney. Christian Keelimg scored 27 points and Zep Jasper added 17 in defeat. 

Josey improved to 9-7 overall and 5-1 in region play. Laney fell to 15-2 and 5-1.

I expect the finish of the region race to be scintillating!

7:53 update:
Josey leads Laney 49-34 with 7:52 remaining in the game. Zep Jasper is at the line for two shots.

7:32 update:
I am at Josey for the city's most exciting rivalry: Laney vs Josey!

Josey leads Laney 28-25 at halftime. When I think of Laney and Josey, I think of tough, quick, athletic guys who play extremely hard. And sure enough, tonight's game has had its high flying fun.

Daniel Chisolm kicked off the show with a steal-and-dunk to give Laney a 15-13 lead with 6:24 remaining in the second quarter. Javen Whitehead then flushed one after a sweet dish. And before I could blink, Zep Jasper and Christian Keeling got loss for a couple striding one-handers.

But this first half has been most notable by the highly skilled and patient play of the best players our town has. Keeling, Jasper, Donald Jordan, Domonique Hurst, and Javen Whitehead have been electric. We won't find a better 5 than they.

6:16 update:
Keshun Sherrill scored 27 points Saturday in Augusta University's 81-77. No basket was bigger than his three in the deep right corner that put the Jags ahead for good. Keshun gave his patented point to his favorite fans in the front row. And the Jags improved to 5-3 in Peach Belt play.

The Jags take on Young Harris at home Monday at 3:30.

4:45 update:
Westfield won 54-48 at Augusta Prep in a GISA region dual. The win completes a two day sweep by Westfield of the Augusta area's GISA 3A region representatives, Westminster and Prep.

Ryan Jolly led Augusta prep with 19 points.

4:40 update:
Alleluia blitzed Nat Greene 75-32.

4:30 update:
Senior Tommy Williams leads the Jaguars with 10 points, and Keshun Sherrill has scored 9 as Augusta University leads Columbus State 47-41 at halftime.

Freshman Ben Ursich made 2 three pointers in 2 tries. Tamyrik Fields has continued his stellar play in the post, scoring 6 first half points.

4:22 update:
Juniata topped USMMA 85-67 in Landmark Conferemce play. Augusta native Matt Miller scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as his Mariners fell to 4-5 in conference play. 

Below are previews of the first two of three games I am tracking today. And I'm getting updates from as many area games as possible. So this is your headquarters for area hoops action Saturday.

Matt Miller, a junior at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and former GAIS Eagle player of mine, scored 23 points and led his Mariners to a 66-65 win over NCAA Division III's #23 team Scranton Wednesday. USMMA improved its overall record to 8-6 and its Landmark Conference record to 4-4.

Matt is the team's second leading scorer at 14 points per game. The Mariners are fun to watch. Here are highlights of Matt from Wednesday's win, including his post game interview.

The second half of Saturday's double header involving my two favorite college teams features Augusta University's Jaguars, who return home to face Columbus after Wednesday's road win at Armstrong. Sophomore Tamyrik Fields scored a career high 22 points in the victory. The Peach Belt Conference road win was Augusta's second straight.

Senior Tommy Williams scored 15 points and scored the team's go ahead basket in Augusta's win over North Georgia. I show that basket, highlights from Fields's game at Armstrong, and the big shots made by freshman Aaron Byrd and junior Keshun Sherrill at Armstrong in this video.

Join me in watching this weekend's two double headers involving my two favorite college teams:

- USMMA vs Juniata at 2 PM:
- Augusta University vs Columbus State at 3:30 PM:

- USMMA vs Elizabethtown at 2 PM
- Augusta University vs Young Harris at 3:30 PM

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