Friday, December 30, 2005
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE - A night after upsetting Shelbyville (Tenn.), Chattahoochee knocked off host Brookwood 53-46 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Deep South Classic.
Tied at 33 heading into the fourth quarter, the teams traded baskets until Russ Kanner hit a wide-open 3-pointer to put the Broncos up 40-37 with 3:45 to go. After a stop on the other end Brookwood looked to go up by two possessions but Kyle Mancini picked off a lazy pass and somehow called timeout on the sidelines as he was falling out of bounds.
The Cougars tied it when point guard Sam Blechman found himself wide open on the left-wing and sank a three. After a stop on defense Blechman found himself open again, this time on the right side and sank another 3-pointer to put the Cougars ahead for good.
Chattahoochee made seven 3s in the game with only nine 2-point field goals, and just one in the fourth quarter. The Broncos had just two field goals in the final 3:45.
Sean Johnson dominated inside for the Broncos (5-7) in the first three quarters, scoring 20 points and pulling down nearly a half a dozen rebounds. But he was shut down in the fourth quarter, hitting just one field goal and finishing the game with 23 points. Kanner finished with eight points. Chattahoochee was led by Kyler Vitko's 15 points and Mancini's 10 points off the bench, including three buckets from the beyond the arc.
Chattahoochee will play in today's championship game at 5:30 p.m. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The Broncos will play for their second third-place finish in three years at 2:30 p.m.