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***In addition to the 4 games below, we will also feature the area's hottest team, Richmond, when the Musketeers visit Midland Valley Thursday in a game that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence***

League play in underway. Who will reach 2-0 this weekend?

Quickly the area regions with 8 or more teams have launched into their league schedules. Georgia’s class 2A, region 4’s pack of nine teams will play its second round of region games this weekend as Hephzibah hosts Butler in an attempt for the Rebels to race to a 2-0 league start after last week’s surprising win over defending champion Screven County. Jefferson County can also claim a 2-0 record with a win at Josey after the Warriors topped Butler 57-16 last Friday. And we’ll get to see a special Saturday duel between two more class 2A teams trying to start 2-0 in region play when Harlem visits Laney in an attempt to follow up on last week’s 22-0 road win over Glenn Hills, a playoff team from last season.

4 teams from the class 2A region can exit the weekend 2-0.

Speaking of the playoffs, these league games carry so much more importance in a region with 9 teams than the more common 5 or 6 team regions in the other classes because every region sends 4 teams to the state tournament, with the top 2 teams earning at least one post season home game.

Previewing the playmakers

In addition to the post season implications of Friday’s games for this region, we can look forward to seeing an exciting group of playmakers in action. Some of them, like Jefferson County’s Jaden Jenkins and Harlem’s AJ Brown, are familiar to most fans. Jenkins, a 6’3” 205 pound senior quarterback, has committed to play at Georgia Southern next season. And Brown has lit up the area with rushing statistics for nearly 1.5 seasons. His 623 yards and 7 touchdowns through 3 games are numbers that have been unmatched area wide.

Rising stars

Also competing in these class 2A region games are a handful of players who are building their reputation as exciting, and, in some cases, young playmakers whom you don’t want to miss. On this list of players to watch during this weekend's coverage are Jaiden Wofford (Hephzibah), Dakale Fluellen (Josey), Jarvis Washington (Laney), Cameron Garnett (Harlem), Marshall Chambers (Hephzibah), Jordan Stringer (Laney), and Thomas Hudson (Butler).

A rivalry game at Aquinas starts things in the class 1A region

Jaden Blount and the Irish will seek revenge, and a region win, in Friday's rivalry game.

Aquinas will try to start region play with a win and to begin the season 4-0 Friday when the Fighting Irish hosts rival Lincoln County. The Red Devils came out on top 12-6 last season in Lincolnton. I documented the work of four of Aquinas’s playmakers after the Irish’s 33-31 win over Harlem in week 2. As you can see in these highlights from Aquinas's recent win at Wilkinson County, defensive playmaker Jaden Blount, who looks the part at 6’3” and 215 pounds, will be a load for the Red Devils to handle on the road.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fall League Live Blog (Aug 16)

Saturday, August 16 Results

8:30 PM:  Angels 24 vs Georgia Bulls 48 - JV

7:30 PM:  Angels 51 vs SAS 26 - Varsity

Leading Scorers
Angels - Mac McBride and Ben Dresser, 16 points each

6:30 PM:  Raptors 64 vs SAS 38 - JV

Leading Scorers
Raptors - Jerry Leverett, 15 points
SAS - Emanuel Bryson, 10 points

5:30 PM:  Raptors 28 vs Chaos 39 - JV

Leading Scorers
Chaos - Zalair Knowles, 10 points
Raptors - Keith Littles, 11 points

4:30 PM:  Timberwolves 53 vs Brown's Suns 70 - Varsity

Leading Scorers
Suns - Kyle Baker, 14 points
Timberwolves - Justin Hartfield, 14 points

3:30 PM:  Lakers 44 vs Celtics 76 - Varsity

Leading Scorers
Celtics - Collin Young and Christian Keeling, 20 points each
Lakers - Moses Jones, 10 points

2:45 PM:  GCA 39 vs SAS 0 - MS(A)

Leading Scorers
Garden City - Jarvis Washington, 13 points

2:00 PM:  Fusion 24 vs Cyclones 30 - MS(B)

Leading Scorers
Cyclones - Chris Lane, 7 points
Fusion - Brent Wilson, 8 points

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Fall League Begins

This is your place for 2014 Fall League news.  See the upcoming schedule directly below.  All Fall League games are played at the Alleluia Community School (2819 Peach Orchard Rd, Augusta, GA 30906).  And here is a link to the full game schedule.

 Here are results from recent Fall League action:

Tuesday's (Aug 12) Results

Game 1:  Chaos 69 vs Havoc - Junior Varsity

Leading Scorers
Chaos - #12 Mark Moore 22 points; Zalair Knowles 15 points, 10 rebounds
Havoc - #32 Xavier Harrison 11 points; #3 Tre Gomillion 10 points

Game 2:  Strikeforce 52 vs Angels 54 - Varsity

Leading Scorers
Strikeforce - #3 DeAndre 21 points
Angels - #36 Billy Conkright 14 points; #31 Elliot Balducci 13 points; #85 Ben Dresser 12 points (including buzzer beating game winner!

Game 3:  Power 7 vs GA Stars 29 - MS(B)

Leading Scorers
GA Stars - #12 Markell 12 points

Saturday's (Aug 9) Results

Game 1:  Cyclones 21 vs Power 44 - MS(B)

Leading Scorers:
Power - #2 Braylen Davis 9 points
Cyclones - #29 12

Game 2:  GCA 30 vs Elite 26 - MS(A)

Leading Scorers:
GCA - #5 11 points

Game 3:  Strikeforce 68 vs Angels 39 - Junior Varsity

Leading Scorers:
Strikeforce - #15 David Butler 29 points; #24 Jacobi Wood 14 points
Angels - #44 Germane Armstrong 13 points

Game 4:  Lakers 52 vs Strikeforce 50 - Varsity

Leading Scorers:
Lakers - #5 Kham Gordon 14 points
Strikeforce - #35 Dominique Hurst 18 points

Game 5:  Celtics 88 vs Angels 28 - Varsity

Leading Scorers:
Celtics - #34 Christian Keeling 17 points; #5 Zep Jasper 14 points
Angels - #73 Ben Dresser 9 points

Game 6:  Chaos defeats Open

Leading Scorer:
Chaos - Gerald Landy 15 points

Game 7:  Future Stars 52 vs GA Bulls 54 - Junior Varsity

Leading Scorers:
GA Bulls - #20 Kalen Williams 14 points; #1 Dante Jennings 11 points
Future Stars - #12 19 points; #2 11 points

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Johnson, Robinson, and Madison: ABR Live Summer Send-off

Darius Williams is not the only new* face on the GA Stars Augusta AAU team. Daquarius Johnson, Jaylan Robinson, and Keon Madison are also recent additions who seem poised to make an impact during the July evaluation period.

Johnson (6'4" forward) is extremely explosive with a soft shooting touch. Robinson has a very quick first step and he attacks the basket well. And Madison is a defensive pest who can run a team and knock down the open shot.

See these high school teammates (GAIS Eagles) in the video above of action from session 1 of the ABR Live Summer Send-off.

Brown's vs Angels: ABR Live Summer Send-off

The opening game of last Tuesday's ABR Live Summer Send-off was a good one between Brown's Electric and the Alleluia Angels.  Alleluia jumped out to an early lead behind the inside play of Hayden Hebert and the sharp shooting and heady basketball of guards Ben Dresser, Mac McBride, and Elliot Balducci.  But Brown's guards proved to be too much for the Angels in the end.  See the highlights from the game in the video above.

And join us Monday, July 14, at the Old Columbia Middle School for session 2 of the ABR Live Summer Send-off.