Video Highlights: Augusta vs West Tennessee
In addition to the Augusta Basketball Report's "wall to wall" coverage of area teams competing in the Georgia High School Association's region and state tournaments, the source for basketball information in the greater Augusta, Georgia, area is giving fans a court side view of the area's premiere independent school team, the Augusta Eagles, as it travel across the country during this post season. In addition to the coverage of the Augusta Eagles, the only team in the Augusta area on which home schooled students can participate, we plan to follow Augusta's former high school athletes now competing at the college level during their conference tournaments over the next few weeks. The Augusta Basketball Report's initial "Post Season Feature" takes readers/viewers to Nashville, Tennessee, for the National Christian Homeschool Championship's (NCHC) Southeast Regional Tournament.
After failing to reach the tournament's final four during each of the last two seasons, the Eagles faced a difficult test Thursday against Memphis's West Tennessee Christian Gryphons. The Gryphons are one of the four homeschool teams from Tennessee that are generally regarded to be as good or better than any such team east of Texas. Additionally, the Eagles were eliminated (66-49) from championship contention in last year's quarterfinal round by the same Gryphons squad. Thursday's match up was labelled by hslive365.com, a website that covers homeschool basketball nationwide, as the Game of the Night, despite state and regional championships games from Indiana to Texas to Nashville. And the two teams did not disappoint.
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The Eagles scored 9 unanswered points to begin the 3rd quarter, and Zach Miller's late third quarter three pointer extended Augusta's advantage to 43-34. After the lead was cut to as few as 3 points (45-42), Matt Miller's three pointer with 4 minutes remaining gave the Eagles a 53-46 advantage that was enough of a cushion to preserve the 61-56 Augusta victory.
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And Eagles guard Matt Miller, who led all scorers with 22 points, is happy for the win, no matter the circumstances. "It was an ugly win, but I'll take an ugly win any day, as long as it is a win," said Augusta's high scoring guard.
In addition to Miller's 22, the Eagles got 16 points, in limited action, from Crown before fouling out. And Dominic Brown added 13. The Gryphons were led by Andrew Rowley's 20 points.
Other Eagles made significant contributions. Paul Jones, who is rapidly developing into Augusta's primary defensive player limited West Tennessee's high scoring guard Tyler Epting to 3 points during the game's first 28 minutes. Sophomore Jonathan Pye played tough defense, rebounded, and picked up numerous loose balls. And freshman guards Zach Miller and Jacob Greenway made timely three pointers during Augusta's third quarter surge. See the video at the top of the screen for the game's highlights. And see the video below for post game interviews from Eagles players.
For Augusta, the road ahead will continue to go through Memphis. The Eagles next face the Memphis Eagles in tonight's semifinal round at 8:10 P.M. Central Time. The other semifinal game pits the Nashville Warriors against the Memphis Nighthawks.
Check back for updates about the Augusta Eagles in our "Post Season Features" section.