Comets fend off streaking Broncos

LILBURN - With Brookwood's knack for buzzer beaters during the Region 8-AAAAA boys tournament, South Gwinnett coach Emmett Rouse didn't want Saturday night's championship game to come down to the wire.

And the Comets made sure it wouldn't by taking a quick lead and keeping the Broncos at arm's length most of the night before finally pulling away late for a 63-47 victory Saturday night at Berkmar.

The region title by South (24-5) was its first since 2005 and gave the Comets the region's No. 1 seed in the state tournament, where they will host Mill Creek in the first round next Saturday.

Brookwood (19-9) earned the No. 2 seed, and a home date with Peachtree Ridge next week, after an emotional week in which they posted wins over Berkmar and No. 6 state-ranked Meadowcreek, each with shots inside the final 10 seconds.

"I knew if we left it close, they'd use emotion to put them over the top," Rouse said. "So, I told the guys we had to come out strong and put pressure on them."

The Comets listened as senior Mario Vasser scored 10 of his 15 points in the opening 3:17 of the game and Kevon Jenkins added four of his 15 over the next 1:43 to help South build a 15-7 lead.

Brookwood was able to fight back to within 17-14 by the end of the first quarter, and pulled as close as 23-22 after Taylor Mann's drive down the lane with 3:30 left in the first half.

But the Comets never allowed the Broncos to take the lead and used a 10-4 run after halftime to push the lead into double digits and force Brookwood into an uphill climb.

Adonis Harrison joined Vasser and Jenkins in double figures with 13 points and added 10 rebounds, while Javonte Maynor came off the bench to add 10 points.

Chris Bolden led Brookwood with 16 points, while Lavon Hooks chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds.