Three of the four ABR Live Tip-Off Tournament games at Evans Middle School Friday were decided on the final possession. The excitement began when Josey, playing with seven players due to disciplinary reasons, nearly completed a fourth quarter comeback against Greenbrier before falling 53-52. And after Gray Military made quick work of Faith Baptist, Richmond Academy used a second half burst to defeat John's Creek. Finally, the homeschool GAIS Eagles did their best Richmond Academy impression, overcoming a 35-28 halftime deficit before winning 66-64. Below are highlights and impressions from the evening.
Greenbrier 53, Josey 52
Greenbrier's Justin Hartfield and Rod Demmons provided most of the Wolfpack's scoring punch. Hartfield consistently got into the paint off the dribble and finished. He and guard AJ Hawes created scoring opportunities for Demmons and Kashawn Marshall. Josey's Juan Tolbert nailed four 3 pointers and the Eagles mounted a furious comeback before falling short.
Josey faces Grovetown Saturday (10 A.M. at Evans High School) and Greenbrier will play Georgia Military (11:30 A.M. at Evans High School).
Gray Military Defeats Faith Baptist
Gray scored 25 third quarter points, turning a 24-24 halftime tie into a runaway win for the War Eagles. Gray will aim to continue its recent dominance over the GAIS Eagles Saturday (5:30 P.M. at Evans High School).
Richmond Academy 52, John's Creek 49
John's Creek led 8-0 early and held a 31-24 advantage before Richmond made a basket to cut the deficit to 31-26 at halftime. But the Musketeers owned the second half. Explosive junior guard Tiger Dagett (16 points) kept Richmond close early, the team's patience and willingness to exploit its size advantage became the difference. Senior Frank Roberts turned in a monster 16 point, 17 rebound performance. The Musketeers face host Evans in Saturday's final game (8:30 P.M. at Evans High School).
GAIS Eagles 66, Central Park 64
Central Park's imposing front line and sharp shooting backcourt appeared to be too much for the Eagles early in Friday's game. But sophomore Malik Welch (17 points, including five 3 pointers) gave GAIS a spark. And seniors Kyle Brown, Sam Cubertson, and Taylor Murdock helped to keep the team within range during a fast paced first half.
But the action really heated up in the second half as juniors Jaylan Robinson and Daquarius Johnson got involved. Robinson created opportunities in the open court by attacking the press with the dribble. And Johnson showed why he is a matchup problem, scoring from behind the arc, on the offensive glass, and in the open court. Johnson scored the team's final three field goals to secure the Eagles' victory. Saturday's opponent, Gray Military (5:30 P.M. at Evans High School), should be every bit the challenge GAIS faced Friday.