POWERADE BASKETBALL FESTIVAL
Parkview 67, Miller Grove 61
SUWANEE - The Parkview boys basketball team scrapped its way to a 67-61 win over Miller Grove on Wednesday night, earning a spot in the Powerade Basketball Festival finals at North Gwinnett.
The Panthers (9-5) will face Region 8-AAAAA rival Shiloh for the championship tonight at 8:10.
Parkview led by seven points to start the fourth quarter and never allowed Miller Grove (8-5) to threaten the lead on Wednesday. Yaw Gyawu led the victors with 18 points and Michael Palmer scored 16 points. Evan Gold scored 12 and Travis Allison added 10 points for the Panthers.
"They've been working hard to this point," Parkview boys coach Tim Watkins said. "We kept fighting. We take pride in being both mentally tough and well conditioned. It's not pretty, but we fought our way to do it."
Miller Grove was led by Mfon Udofia's 21 points.
North Gwinnett 63, Sandy Creek 47
SUWANEE - Ebuka Anyaorah led all scorers with 22 points and the host North Gwinnett boys defeated Sandy Creek 63-47 on Wednesday at the Powerade tourney.
Ryan Smith and Adam Demuyakor each scored 10 points for North (4-8), while Gavin Montgomery had 19 points for Sandy Creek.
Houston County 60, Roswell 55
SUWANEE - Lydel Jones scored 11 points to lead Houston County to a 60-55 win over Roswell on Wednesday at the Powerade Festival.
Dominique Johnson and Ryan Stallings each had eight points for Houston (8-5). Roswell's Paul Harrison led all scorers with 17 points.
Berkmar 49, Miller Grove 32
SUWANEE - Kiara Evans' 15 points guided Berkmar to a 49-32 win over Miller Grove on Wednesday at the Powerade. Mariah Richardson added eight points for the Patriots (6-6).
Houston County 62, Centennial 50
SUWANEE - Janesa Jackson and Candice Clark scored in double figures to lead Houston County to a 62-50 win over Centennial at the Powerade Festival on Wednesday.
Johnson had 13 points. Centennial's Rachel Williams led all scorers with 23 points.
DEEP SOUTH AT SOUTH GWINNETT
Centennial 67, Peachtree Ridge 54
SNELLVILLE - Peachtree Ridge needed to beat fellow Region 7-AAAAA team Centennial on Wednesday to reach the Deep South Classic semifinals, but collapsed late in a 67-54 loss.
The game was tied 52-52 before Centennial close the game on a 15-2 run. The Lions missed the front end of three one-and-one free-throw attempts in fourth quarter, which contributed to their downfall.
Zach Graham led Peachtree Ridge with 19 points and Cameron Heyward had 17 points. Centennial was led by Alex Richey (20 points, 16 in first half) and freshmen Lorenzo Brown (18 points) and Taariq Muhammad (12 points).
South Gwinnett 68, Stonewall Jackson (Va.) 37
SNELLVILLE - Nick Gil's 16 points led three scorers in double figures and the host South Gwinnett boys bounced back from a first-round loss to beat Stonewall Jackson (Va.) 68-37 in the Deep South Classic.
Michael Chatman had 14 points and Avery Jukes contributed 13 points for the Comets.
Vigan Godeni (15 points) and Darryl Dyer (10 points) led Stonewall Jackson.
Buford 54, Douglass 49
SNELLVILLE - Buford picked up a second-round win on Wednesday in the Deep South Classic, beating Douglass 54-49 at South Gwinnett.
Nine Buford players scored on Wednesday, led by Terrance Birdette's team-high 11 points. Chase Burnette added nine points for the Wolves (8-2).
Spartanburg (S.C.) 76, Bishop McNamara (Md.) 64
SNELLVILLE - Spartanburg (S.C.) advanced to the boys semifinals of the Deep South Classic on Wednesday with a 76-64 win over Bishop McNamara (Md.) at South Gwinnett.
Sycorrian Robinson led Spartanburg with 20 points while teammates Omar Sanders (15 points), James Arledge (14) and Jameson Meadows (11) also scored in double figures.
Bishop McNamara got 16 points from Darryl Greene and 11 points from Marc Hill.
Peachtree Ridge 53, Walton 34
SNELLVILLE - The Peachtree Ridge girls forced 29 turnovers en route to their second win of the season, a 53-34 win over Walton on Wednesday in the second round of Deep South Classic at South Gwinnett.
Peachtree Ridge held the Raiders to just 13 points in the first half and forced 17 turnovers. Eleven players scored for the Lions (2-11), led by Sandy McAfee's 12 points and Rhea Taylor's eight points and seven rebounds. Fabiola Toussaint led the Raiders with 12 points.
Stonewall Jackson (Va.) 44, Sequoyah 34
SNELLVILLE - Stonewall Jackson (Va.) knocked off Sequoyah 44-34 in the second round of the Deep South Classic at South Gwinnett on Wednesday.
Gwen Washington led all scorers with 16 points, all of which came in the second and third quarters. She also pulled down seven rebounds. Barbara Davis added 11 points. Hannah Peacock led the Chiefs with 12 points.
DEEP SOUTH AT BROOKWOOD
Brookwood 74, East Anchorage (Alaska) 55
SNELLVILLE - Eleven Brookwood players scored and everyone played on Wednesday night as the host Broncos rolled to a 74-55 win over East Anchorage (Alaska) in the Deep South Classic.
Rashaad Hannah had 23 points, Russ Kanner scored 17 and Sean Johnson contributed 10 points for Brookwood, which advances to a semifinal matchup tonight vs. Chattahoochee.
The Broncos (4-5) led 23-8 after the first quarter, but allowed East Anchorage to get back within 34-28 at halftime. But Brookwood outscored the Alaska squad 26-8 in the third quarter to take over the game.
"I'm most proud of the way the boys responded after letting (East Anchorage) back in the game in the second quarter," Brookwood boys coach Craig Witmer said. "We didn't let them back in the third quarter. They played a great second quarter and that's a credit to them. In the third quarter our defense stepped up."
Dennis Wilson led East Anchorage with 23 points.
Chattahoochee 48, Shelbyville Central (Tenn.) 44
SNELLVILLE - Chattahoochee overcame a scoreless first quarter to prevail 48-44 over Shelbyville Central (Tenn.) in the second round of the Deep South Classic on Wednesday. Chattahoochee, down 11-0 after the first period, was led by Kyler Vitko, who had 17 points.
Shelbyville Central was led by Dequan Twilley, who had 18 points.
Spruce Creek (Fla.) 65, Banneker 49
SNELLVILLE - Ben Walker scored 23 points on Wednesday to lead Spruce Creek (Fla.) to a 65-49 win over Banneker in the Deep South Classic at Brookwood. Jeremy Campbell had 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals and Justin Seitz contributed 12 points for the victors.
Banneker was led by Robert Jackson and Martez Howard, who scored 12 each.
Landmark 60, Northridge (Ala.) 46
SNELLVILLE - Landmark Christian beat Northridge (Ala.) 60-46 on Wednesday in the Deep South Classic behind a game-high 22 points from Stoney Hill.
Justin Favors added 17 points and six rebounds for Landmark. Jeremy McCollins and Thomas Perry scored eight each for Northridge.
Spruce Creek (Fla.) 55, Brookwood 53
SNELLVILLE - Two clutch 3-pointers by Lisa Reid nearly saved the Brookwood girls, but the host Broncos fell 55-53 to Spruce Creek (Fla.) on Wednesday in the Deep South Classic.
Reid knocked down a huge 3-pointer to close Brookwood's deficit to 49-48 with 1:30 remaining and with only 25 seconds to go in the game, she made another 3-pointer to tie the score at 53. But Spruce Creek pulled out the win on Brittany Terry's layup with 12 seconds left.
Terry led the way for the Hawks with 17 points and got much needed help from Tonia Gerty, who contributed 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ashley Postell added 13 points and five rebounds. Reid, who finished with 16 points, led the way for the Broncos while Chioma Okoli added 14 points. Courtney McLane gave a solid effort with eight points, six rebounds and six assists.
Avondale 73, Hebron 27
SNELLVILLE - Hebron Christian couldn't overcome a strong start by Avondale on Wednesday morning, falling 73-27 in the Deep South Classic at Brookwood.
Avondale, No. 4 in Class AAA, started the game on a 14-0 run and led 35-2 at one point before taking a 45-7 halftime lead over the Lions, ranked third in Class A. Shaday Woolcock paced the Blue Devils with 20 points, Angelica Mealing had 14 points, nine steals and six assists and Nicole Stroud added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Hebron (8-4) was led by Courtney Odum and Meredith Montgomery, who each scored nine points.
Central Gwinnett 73, Northwest Christian (Fla.) 27
MADISON - Jasmine Stovall scored 17 points as the Central Gwinnett girls basketball team defeated Northwest Christian (Fla.) 73-27 on Wednesday in the first round of the Sweet South Classic at Morgan County Middle School.
The Black Knights (8-3) also got 14 points from Dria David, 11 points from Ashley Taylor and 10 points from Jasmine Scott. Central jumped out to a 25-4 lead after the first quarter and coasted into today's 7 p.m. game at Morgan County High School against the Lawrence County (Tenn.)-Northgate winner. Nine different Central players scored in the blowout.
Duluth 53, Woodmont (S.C.) 44
HARTWELL - Daphne Adebayo had 13 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday, lifting the Duluth girls to a 53-44 win over Woodmont (S.C.) in the Dairy Queen Classic at Hart County.
The Wildcats (4-10) also got 13 points from Laura Moore and 10 points from freshman Rae Crowder. Moore and Crowder combined to go 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Duluth plays Pebblebrook today at noon.
Providence 47, Keswick (Fla.) 39
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Providence Christian girls reached the finals of the Suncoast Classic with a 47-39 win over Keswick (Fla.) on Wednesday. The Stars (8-5) play Nelson (Canada) today at 7 p.m. in the finals.
Carli West had 17 points, seven assists and eight rebounds, Cassi Flowers had 10 points and Caitlin Jones added six points (all in the fourth quarter) and seven rebounds.
Holy Innocents' 65, Norcross 50
WATKINSVILLE - Despite 25 points from D'Andra Moss, the Norcross girls lost 65-50 to Holy Innocents' on Wednesday in the first round of the Sweet South Classic at Oconee County Middle School. The 9-4 Blue Devils, who play Shiloh today at 11 a.m. at the same site, also got 14 points from Jasmine Godwin.
Highlands (N.C.) 51, Greater Gwinnett 49
WALHALLA, S.C. - A basket with two seconds left handed Greater Gwinnett a 51-49 loss to Highlands (N.C.) on Wednesday in the Apple Classic. Jayme Raab led Greater Gwinnett (6-6) with 20 points and 11 rebounds and Katie Terry had five blocks and two steals.
Wesleyan 58, Lely (Fla.) 52
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Howard Thompkins and Tanner Smith led the Wesleyan boys to a 58-52 win over host Lely (Fla.) in the Gulf Shores Shootout. The Wolves (9-2) take on Gainesville Buchholz (Fla.) today at 5:45 p.m. in the semis.
Thompkins had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Smith had 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Erik Strong added 10 points for Wesleyan.
Christ the King (N.C.) 70, GAC 65
ATLANTA - Wade Weldon had 30 points and 10 assists, but his Greater Atlanta Christian boys team lost a tight game 70-65 to Christ the King (N.C.) in the Westminster Holiday Tournament. The Spartans (8-5) also got 16 points from Reece Wiedeman. They resume tournament play Friday at 1 p.m.
Nelson School (Canada) 54, Providence 47
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Providence Christian boys got 21 points from Andy Vess, but fell 54-47 to the Nelson School (Canada) on Wednesday in the Suncoast Classic. The Stars (5-8) also got 12 points from Ben Landis.
Loganville 56, Chattanooga Christian (Tenn.) 42
WATKINSVILLE - Clivins Volcy had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Loganville boys past Chattanooga Christian (Tenn.) 56-42 on Wednesday in the Sweet South Classic at Oconee County. Loganville (6-5) advances to play Jefferson today at 5:30 p.m.
Greater Gwinnett 66, West Oak (S.C.) 56
WALHALLA, S.C. - Greater Gwinnett got 28 points from Edward Jackson for a 66-56 win over West Oak (S.C.) in the Apple Classic. Michael Stanley added nine assists and eight rebounds for the victors.
- From staff reports