Beginning Sunday evening, we are posting as much information and highlights as possible about the unofficial "first weekend" of the high school basketball season in, and beyond, the greater Augusta area. ABR Live was present Saturday (November 10) at Evans High School for the Hoops preview scrimmage games, featuring some of Georgia and South Carolina's finest basketball programs. And we also observed a tournament of a different kind, the Crusader Classic in Ludowici, Georgia, featuring some of the southeast's finest "prep school" and independent school teams. Here we post stories and highlights from both events!
I do NOT praise Greater Augusta Independent School (GAIS) point guard Austin Crown so highly because I am his coach. Players who play against him, coaches who watch him, and teammates who witness his toughness and leadership ability will verify that Crown is worthy of the praise given to him by me and others.
The highlights above are from the opening contest of the Crusader Classic. Trailing The Rock (FL) 11-0 early, Crown led his squad back into the game with 18 first half points before finishing with 30 in the game.