Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Westminster and Augusta University win in Wednesday's exciting doubleheader

Wednesday started the most exciting 5 days of the season as Westminster, fresh off a region championship and sporting a nifty 26-3 record, thumped Edmund Burke 79-27 in the first round of its GISA state playoff journey.

So that score doesn't make the game sound so exciting?

Westminster’s rowdy student section, which was dotted with all sorts of different jerseys on “jersey night,” would disagree, especially because of this Jelani Watson-Gayle dunk in the game’s first quarter:

Not to be outdone, Augusta University’s Keshun Sherrill once again showed why he’s worthy of my nickname for him (Superman!) by hitting a trio of threes during the final minute of regulation and in overtime to spark the Jaguars’ 90-86 road win at rival USC Aiken:

Now that you’ve gotten a taste of Wednesday’s slate, let’s watch some more highlights and hear from some of the participants...

Few area teams can boast of the kind of season Westminster has had. Tonight’s first round win comes on the heels of last week’s region tournament championship. I talked to head coach Mark Tebbs about the benefits his team has derived from playing such a difficult region schedule:

I also asked Augusta University’s starting backcourt mates Keshun Sherrill and Trevor Foreman how much the two competitors appreciate each other. Their responses were genuine and indicative of the bonds guys form when they have played together for four years, as these two have:

Westminster faces Loganville Christian Saturday at 4:30 at home in the quarterfinals of the GISA state playoffs. Augusta hosts Young Harris Sunday at 4:00 in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Conference tournament.

Here is a list of games that are on my radar during this final week of hoops in our area.

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