|Julius Brown was the "AugBball Game Ball" winner in the area's first official game.|
Brown also played a key role in last season's win over Grovetown, as you can see here.
For the second straight season, Julius Brown played a major role in a Columbia Middle School win at home over rival Grovetown. In Wednesday's season opening 44-35 win, Brown led all scorers with 21 points, grabbing the "AugBball Game Ball" and early season momentum for the Raiders.
Brown had a hand in almost every positive play for Columbia, which led most of the game after taking a 20-17 halftime lead and darting to a 30-21 advantage early in the third quarter. Roaming the baseline against Grovetown's zone, he attacked the basket, shooting 10 free throws in the game; he knocked down several jumpers, including 3 threes; and despite his average size he constantly grabbed offensive rebounds.
|Josh Graham, who was highlighted in this "Splash Brothers" feature,|
found his rhythm attacking the basket in Wednesday's second half.
Two of Brown's offensive boards after teammates' missed threes led immediately to made threes of his own. And a third quarter snag allowed teammate Josh Graham a chance for an easy score that sparked a six point second half from the sharp shooter. Graham intelligently turned to attacking the basket after halftime after failing to find the mark from deep in the first 12 minutes.
|Rickey McGhee's game is advanced at 13 years old and 6'4" tall.|
Grovetown was paced by Rickey McGhee's 18 points. The 6'4" guard with a sweet stroke, a reliable handle, and an unselfish mentality has a special mix of talent and size I can't remember seeing from another eighth grader in this area over the decades. After helping lead the Patriots to a 13-1 record and a tie with Columbia for first place last season, Grovetown will rely on the do-it-all guard to help lead the way in a bounce back game Friday at home versus a very capable Evans team. Columbia hosts Harlem Friday.