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Loganville tops Wesleyan boys

LILBURN - The Miller Grove boys haven't been tested yet in the Parkview Tip-Off Classic. Now Loganville gets the challenge.

It is a very big one.

Miller Grove, ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA in the GaSports.com/GACA preseason poll, crushed Sandy Creek 85-49 on Monday in the semifinals while Loganville defeated Wesleyan 72-67.

Sandy Creek beat Greater Atlanta Christian in the first round, but the Patriots were completely outclassed by Miller Grove. The Wolverines led 47-22 at halftime and reserves got plenty of playing time in the second half.

Georgia Tech-signee Mfon Udofia and Tony Parker each scored 14 points for Miller Grove (2-0). The Wolverines reached the Class AAAA state semifinals last season, losing to Fayette County.

Loganville (2-0) advanced to the championship game despite a 29-point effort by Wesleyan's Griffin Schamp. The 6-foot-3 junior had scored 26 points in the Wolves' opening victory over Parkview, including the winning basket.

Seemingly comfortably ahead, Loganville had its lead cut to two points inside the final minute. But Stephan Cochran hit two free throws with 10 seconds left to clinch the victory.

Loganville led Wesleyan 17-8 after the first quarter and started the third quarter with a flurry after the Wolves cut it to 33-29 at halftime. The Red Devils started the second half with a 13-4 run and led 48-38 going into the final quarter.

Cochran led the Red Devils with 18 points. Corbyn Moye scored 14 and Tyler Gunnett had 13.

Schamp had 13 points at halftime and kept pouring in the points in the second half. Ty Teague scored 13 and freshman Shane Smith had nine for Wesleyan.

The Wolves will play Sandy Creek (2-1) in the third-place game at 5:30 p.m.

In other consolation games, Greater Atlanta Christian will play Tri-Cities for fifth place and Parkview will go against East Coweta for seventh.

Parkview, which lost to Wesleyan at the buzzer in the first round, lost another heartbreaker in consolation play. Deondre Johnson missed nine free throws, but was 1-2 with 5.1 seconds left in overtime to give Tri-Cities a 58-57 victory over the Panthers (0-3). Brandon Macon led Parkview with 13 points.