SUWANEE - With 6-foot-7 Adrian Hubbard sitting out because of a bruised knee, Peachtree Ridge was at a severe height disadvantage against Collins Hill.
It wasn't 6-foot-10 Jeremy Olsen who beat the Lions, however. It was the outside shooting of guards Andrew Anderson and T.J. Williams that did in Peachtree Ridge on Tuesday night at Collins Hill.
Anderson hit a trio of 3-pointers en route to 24 points and Williams hit two in a 16-point effort as the Eagles won 58-56 in an early Region 7-AAAAA boys basketball match-up between teams with state tournament hopes.
"We've been shooting pretty well, but not this well," Collins Hill coach Josh Grayson said.
The Eagles improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the region, the only loss coming at two-time defending state champ Norcross. Peachtree Ridge, which won 26 games last season, is 5-4 and 2-2.
The Lions led 28-23 at halftime, but Collins Hill hit five 3-pointers in a 27-point third quarter to take a 50-45 lead.
"For a while there, I did think either team would miss," said Grayson, noting the Lions' hot shooting in the second quarter.
Bryen Pyles hit a pair of 3-pointers en route to his 20-point game and Khalid Mutakabbir scored 17 for Peachtree Ridge in a game that went down to the closing seconds.
Anderson put Collins Hill ahead for good with a basket and then made a pair of free throws with 61 seconds left to make it a four-point game.
But 6-foot-4 Peachtree Ridge freshman Cory Blackwell made two baskets around a score by Olsen. Peachtree Ridge had a chance to tie the game before a Lion was stripped on a drive to the basket in the waning seconds.
"It's always a war when we play Peachtree Ridge," Grayson said. "You can never relax."
Collins Hill was just 10-15 last season, but is a much better team that year in large part because of the addition of Anderson, a 6-foot-2 senior transfer from North Gwinnett.
"Our guard play has improved a lot," Grayson said.
Of course, the Eagles aren't too bad inside either with Olsen, an imposing junior. He had nine points against Peachtree Ridge.
"Teams always try to stop him first," Grayson said.
Peachtree Ridge did a good job. It was Anderson's and Williams' shooting that killed the Lions.
"In our region, it's Norcross at the top and the rest of us trying to get up close to that level," Grayson said. "This was a big win for us."
Collins Hill girls 59, Peachtree Ridge 42
Nikki Urbizo hit three of her five 3-points in the first quarter and finished with 21 points as Collins Hill defeated Peachtree Ridge to improve to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Taylor Johnson scored 11, while Marissa Rimbert and Jazmin Walker each had nine points for the three-time defending state champs, who have won five games in a row.
Mackenzie Dalrymple had 14 points after intermission for Peachtree Ridge (3-6, 1-3) after sitting out the first half.
Collins Hill, which was 15-for-20 at the foul line, led 33-17 at halftime.