Thursday saw some incredible holiday hoops action, with Georgia teams facing top competition from across the nation.
Battle of the States (Towns County)
Dawson County 50, Piedmont (Ala.) 44: Visiting Dawson County trailed 35-25 at halftime, but a sharp Dawson County squad hit the hardwood in the second half and an offensive surge quickly changed the game. The Tigers charged to 20-0 run to start the third quarter. Gunnar Armstrong led Dawson County with 12 points and the flood of Tiger points erased a double-digit deficit and moved them to a perfect 11-0 on the season.
Down South Classic (Brookwood HS)
Brookwood 93 East Coweta 59: Host Brookwood went into halftime with a 48-36 lead. The Broncos continued their scoring outburst and dominated the second half, feeding Kendall Joseph and Khalil Abdullah, who had the hot hand. Abdullah had a team-high 18 points and Joseph had 17.
Lake City Classic (Allatoona)
Central Gwinnett 54, Woodland-Bartow 41: A pair of 6-foot-3 juniors, Shaun Jones and Neal Hodges, lifted visiting Central Gwinnett into to the semifinals of the Lake City Classic. Jones scored a game-high 15 and Hodges added 12 to credit the duo with half of the Black Knights’ 54-point total. Central Gwinnett pulled away in the second half after leading 27-21 at halftime.
LaGrange Toyota Holiday Tournament
W.D. Mohammed 79, Russell County (Ala.) 49: W.D. Mohammed point guard Muhammad Hamilton scored 15 points and had a career-high 12 assists in the Caliphs’ win. Russell County trailed 38-34 at the half, but a solid 17-point game from W.D. Mohammed’s Jihad Hameen added to the lead as the Caliphs outscored Russell County 41-15 after the intermission.
Gainesville HS Holiday Tournament (Gainesville)
Chattahoochee 66, Johnson-Gainesville 63: Monster games out of teammates Markus Terry and Trey Archambeau provided host Chattahoochee with just enough to get the win. Terry scored 27 and the 6-foot-7 senior Archambeau finished with a game-high 28 points.
Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic (Charleston, SC)
Roswell 66, Summerville (SC) 48: Visiting Roswell jumped to an early lead and entered the half with a 23-point lead, 45-22. Matt Beneduci helped the Hornets comfortably maintain their lead and scored a team-high 15 points. Teammate Sean Brennan added 14 points in the victory.
McDonalds Invitational (Tift County)
Archer 77, Johnson-Savannah 76: With four seconds remaining and down by one point, Archer guard Randall Smith hit a game-winning runner in the lane. Smith finished with 10 points. Archer’s Nafis Floyd had 26 points and Bryan Hamlet had 21. Johnson-Savannah standout point guard Tim Quarterman had 26 points. Archer improves to 10-1 on the season.
Shane’s Rib Shack Classic (Union Grove)
Woodland-Henry 53, Ola 50: Visiting Woodland-Henry was able to edge out Ola following a game-high 19 points from sophomore point guard Daniel Durrett. Ola forward Justin Wimberly’s 16-point game was not enough to help his team top the Wolfpack.