AA Boys: #1 Crawford County vs. #1 Seminole County

Photo by Ashley Gordon


Region 4, 27-3

Crawford County finds itself in the state finals for the first time since 1982, the year the Eagles captured the program’s third state title. During this year’s playoff run, it’s been Crawford County’s offense that has heated up and the team is averaging more than 10 points per game higher than it did during the regular season at 83.75 points per game. Junior William Jarrell’s ability is well-known after he averaged 21.1 points per game last season and earned a spot on the Class AA Georgia Sports Writers Association Second team. Jarrell has been the Eagles’ top scorer throughout the season and the 6-foot-4 junior’s productive postseason has boosted his season averages to 25.8 points per game, 6.3 assists per game and 14 rebounds. Jarrell opened the playoffs with a season-high 48 points in Crawford County’s 96-89 win over Dublin, while corralling 16 rebounds and dishing out nine assists. Jarrell followed it with 27 points in the Eagles’ 88-81 win over Greater Atlanta Christian, all the while stuffing the stat sheet with 14 rebounds, seven assists and six blocks. Marcal Knolton is another double-double per night player and his postseason began with 27 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Dublin. In the 71-58 semifinals victory on Friday, Jarrell (28) and Knolton (23) combined for 51 of the team’s points. Free-throw shooting has been an area that the Eagles would like to improve but they do not hesitate to get to the foul line and an 11-of-13 stretch in the quarterfinals fueled a 33-point fourth quarter in a 80-65 win over Thomasville. Guard Monkeize Moore netted 16 points in the quarterfinals and is averaging four assists per game and Quay Wiggins has averaged double-figure scoring, including a 12-point performance in the semis.


Region 1, 27-3

Seminole County is one win away from returning to the podium for the first time since the program’s 1998 Class A state title. William Jarrell of Crawford County put together a 48-point performance this postseason but the Indians have their own explosive junior in 6-foot-5 shooting guard Jordan Harris to match him. Harris is committed to the University of Georgia and put on one of the best performances of the 2015 playoffs. In the first half, Harris suffered a deep cut above his left eye that would require stitches after the game. He went into the locker room with 10 points but exploded in the second half for 32 points of his game-high 42 points to lift Seminole County to an 89-81 victory over Manchester. Anfernee King added 18 points and Jahmyka Pearson chipped in an efficient 14-point night while Harris took over and demanded extra defensive attention. In the semifinals, this formula prevailed again as the Indians battled past Vidalia 59-56. Harris scored 22 points and made 7-of-8 free throws in the final three minutes and King finished with 15. Pearson was limited with foul trouble and got whistled for his game-ending fifth foul in the third quarter but finished with 12 points. Harris does much more than just score points and heads into the championship game averaging 11 rebounds per game and a team-high 7.2 assists. Harris puts up nearly 18 shot attempts per game but shoots nearly 55 percent from the field and is 43 percent from beyond the arc. The Indians attack the basket with Harris, who showcased his ability to change the game at the foul line during the team’s 85-70 win over Miller County on Jan. 17. Harris went to the charity stripe 22 times and made 16 attempts en route to a season-high 45 points.


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