Prep Roundup: Potter’s 3 saves Sprayberry
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February 14, 2013 01:06 AM | 2872 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Armel Potter’s 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds on the clock Wednesday sent Sprayberry to a 53-50 win over North Springs and into the state playoffs.

It was Potter’s only 3 of the Region 7AAAAA quarterfinal. He finished with a team-high 16 points on the night.

Sprayberry (17-9), which is going to the state playoffs for the fourth time in seven years, led 27-22 at halftime, but North Springs rallied to take the lead in the second half.

Torrey Richardson added 13 points, while Nkem Ojeh had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Maurion Skrine came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers and score 10 points.

Sprayberry will play Friday for a spot in the region championship, hosting east Cobb rival Pope.

McEachern 60, South Cobb 58: Logan McIntosh drove the length of the floor and scored the game-winning basket off a layup with 1 second left to lift the Indians to the Region 4AAAAAA quarterfinal victory at Marietta.

McEachern (15-10) led 48-40 at the end of the third quarter, but had to rely on McIntosh’s late layup to get the win. He finished with eight points, while Deonta Patterson, who had 15 in the second half, totaled 21. Jalil Braxton chipped in 14 for the Indians, who are guaranteed a state playoff berth.

Malik Johnson had 18 for South Cobb, which sees its season come to a close. Jalen Cook added 15.

McEachern will face North Cobb in Friday’s semifinal.

Pope 63, Kell 56: The Greyhounds were able to keep the Longhorns at bay and win the Region 7AAAAA quarterfinal at Sprayberry.

Pope (19-7) held a slim three-point lead going into the final quarter.

Eli Gruber hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points for the Greyhounds. Andrew Mendel added 17, while Sam Yarborough and Chase Hutchins each had nine.

After a stretch in which it lost six of nine games, Pope has since won its last seven.

Jonathan Twine’s 16 points and Grant Bryant’s 13 led Kell, which ended its season at 9-18.

Hillgrove 68, Pebblebrook 56: For the sixth time of their seven-year existence, the Hawks are bound for the state playoffs.

Tied at halftime and up six after the third quarter, Hillgrove (23-3) withstood a combined 54 points from the two teams in the final period of the Region 4AAAAAA quarterfinal at Marietta.

Kyle Castlin scored a game-high 29 points for the Hawks. B.J. Brown added 15, Keith Ray 11 and John Franklin 10.

Only in its inaugural season of 2006-07 has Hillgrove not reached the state playoffs. It will play Campbell, which beat Kennesaw Mountain 58-56 in its quarterfinal, on Friday for an opportunity at the region title.

Ty Hudson scored 17 for Pebblebrook (13-14). Trhae Mitchell had 15 and Kevin Murph scored 11.

Walton 63, Woodstock 55: The Raiders won their Region 5AAAAAA quarterfinal at Roswell, setting up another grudge match with archrival Wheeler.

Walton (14-12), headed to the state playoffs for the fourth time in five years, will face top-seeded Wheeler in Friday’s semifinal, eight days after scoring an upset of the Wildcats.

The Raiders held on to win after Woodstock whittled away at their 16-point halftime lead.

C.J. Wingate led Walton with 17 points, Maurice Gibson had 14, Rico Overall 13 and Malik Chenault nine. John Ashley added four blocks.

Allatoona 56, South Paulding 51: Shamar Griffin scored seven of his eight points in the fourth quarter to help lift the host Buccaneers to a quarterfinal-round win in the Region 5AAAAA tournament.

Allatoona (21-5) reached the semifinals and qualified for the state playoffs for the fourth straight season. It will face New Manchester on Friday.

Forrestt Lane totaled 21 points and eight rebounds for the Buccaneers, who were 7-of-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to hold off South Paulding. Daniel Fowler added 12 points and six boards.

Sequoyah 74, Osborne 64: The Cardinals couldn’t upset their top-seeded opponent and saw their season end in the Region 7AAAAA quarterfinal at Sprayberry.

D’Haire Haney led Osborne (13-15) with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Neil Berrien added 17 points, while Gerry Weaver had 16.

Cherokee 60, Lassiter 50: Despite Justin Hahn’s 14 points, the Trojans suffered a season-ending loss in the quarterfinal round of the Region 5AAAAAA tournament at Roswell.

Khrishna Khatri and Jeff Green each scored eight for Lassiter (7-19).


Gordon Lee 77, Mount Paran Christian 67:
The Lady Eagles became just the fourth team this season to score more than 60 points on Gordon Lee, but it wasn’t enough in the quarterfinals of the Region 6A tournament.

Gordon Lee led 40-30 at halftime. The Lady Trojans shot 54 percent from the floor and drained seven 3-pointers, while the Lady Eagles (15-8) went 48 percent from the floor and connected on five 3s.

Brianna Brown led Mount Paran with 26 points. She added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Emily Spillane totaled 14 points and seven rebounds, while Sarah Kelly had five assists and Renee VanHorn collected four steals.


Sprayberry 2, Woodland-Henry 1 (PK):
The Yellow Jackets won their season opener at home off a 4-3 edge in penalty kicks.

Alfredo Padilla put Sprayberry in front 1-0 before Woodland tied the contest in the second half to force overtime. Neither squad scored in the extra frame, leading to penalty kicks.

Rodrigo Blankenship, Adrian Rodriguez, Antonio Valenzuela and Farahmand Rurouhani all scored in the PKs.

Eric Aguirre had two saves and was in goal for the first half and penalty kicks. Mackenzie Brackett gave up a score in the second half and did not allow a goal in overtime.

Sprayberry will host East Paulding on Friday.


Kell 5, Osborne 0:
The Longhorns didn’t allow a game in doubles play and cruised to the Region 7AAAAA victory.

Trent Laney and Michael Tarbell won at No. 1, as did Steven Klausman and Andy Hollis at No. 2.

John Mark Walker won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while No. 2 Ryan Rowedder and No. 3 John Pittner each won 6-1, 6-4.

Kell (2-0, 1-0) will travel to Northview today.

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Basketball Fan
February 14, 2013
Region 4-AAAAAA better look out for the Pebblebrook Falcons for the next couple of years. They gave Hillgrove a game last night barring some questionable calls in the fourth they had Hillgrove on the ropes. The class of 2015 is something special in the state of Georgia.
McEachern Fan
February 15, 2013
If the McEachern job comes open at the end of this season I would love to see the Pebblebrook coach come. He has turned Pebblebrook into a good team in a short time. We don't have any passion on our sideline. My son is transferring to Pebblebrook and I know several other top players in the region moving there too.
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