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The Eagles, a team of guards, none of whom are taller than 6'2" used multiple strategies to slow down Egbunu, who finished with 10 points, and teammate Micah Smith, a 6'7" forward. While a group of Eagles continuously clogged the paint to neutralize Georgia Elite's inside duo, they had to constantly recover to outside shooters like Georgia Elite junior guard Drew Davis, who also has committed to join the South Florida basketball program upon graduation.
The most impressive thing about the Eagles' 57-51 victory was probably that it came after Augusta's leading scorers, Matt Miller and Austin Crown, went much of the first half without recording a point. The Eagles, normally a consistently good shooting team, only scored 8 first quarter, and 23 first half, points.
But Crown was effective in other ways - defending, rebounding, and setting up teammates - throughout the game. And he eventually got red hot from the field, scoring 23 points, including 20 during the second half. And Miller joined his back court partner, making key defensive plays and grabbing difficult rebounds, while eventually logging 17 points in the win. In addition to the two leading scorers, junior guards Paul Jones and Dominic Brown made important shots at key times.
Davis led Georgia Elite with 14 points, including 4 three pointers, and Egbunu scored 10 points in the loss.
The Augusta Eagles next play Monday in Columbia, South Carolina, versus the Heathwood Hall Highlanders, the South Carolina Independent Schools Association's (SCISA) defending AAA state champions, Monday at 6 P.M.