Meadowcreek wins battle of hot teams
Mustangs hold off Broncos 59-53

NORCROSS - Billy Davis has no trouble keeping up with some of his former basketball players. All it takes it clicking on the TV.

The Meadowcreek boys coach sees Chris Allen regularly with eighth-ranked Michigan State. He watches Teondre Williams doing well at Oregon.

His current team doesn't have those kind of superstars, but it hasn't slowed down the program's success.

The Mustangs held off Brookwood 59-53 Tuesday night, improving to 10-1 on the season with their seventh straight win.

"This team's got more family in them," said Davis, whose team is now 4-1 in Region 8-AAAAA. "It's a solid unit. That's why we're surprising people. People didn't expect us to do much because of who we lost in the past. But this team's been together a long time.

"There might not be any superstars out there, but there's a lot of little stars."

That formula worked well as it took a team effort to fight off another surprise team, Brookwood (10-4, 2-3). The Broncos, coming off a Deep South Classic win, had won seven in a row entering Tuesday.

Meadowcreek closed the first half on a 7-0 run to lead 31-24 at intermission, and then built a lead as large as nine points early in the third quarter. Chris Bolden's dunk highlighted a Bronco charge late in the third that cut the gap to three points.

Sean Capps' 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter capped a 10-0 run and gave the visitors a brief 43-41 lead less than a minute into the final period.

It remained close from there, with Brookwood getting within a point twice. The Broncos' final chance came with less than 10 seconds remaining, when Bolden missed a runner and Thomas Higginbotham missed the follow.

Meadowcreek's Charles Johnson was fouled with 4.1 seconds left, then made two free throws to seal the win.

"We didn't shoot the ball well like we normally shoot it," Davis said. "But they didn't shoot the ball well either thank goodness. They normally light it up."

Brookwood made 23 of 49 shots (46.9 percent), but made just 3 of 14 from 3-point range. A bigger problem was a 4-for-14 showing at the free-throw line, which was 2-for-12 until Higginbotham made two fourth-quarter free throws.

Higginbotham had nine points and led the Broncos with eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. Lavon Hooks had a team-high 14 points and six rebounds and Sean Capps added nine points. Patrick Kelley also had four steals.

"We're going to play hard and we're going to fight," Brookwood boys coach Craig Witmer said. "I was pleased with (the comeback) but we've got to do a better job of executing."

Meadowcreek was led by Thomas Hines (13 points, seven rebounds), Johnson (11 points, five rebounds) and Dominique McKoy (11 points, six rebounds). Terrance Glass and John Ruff added seven points each.

Brookwood girls 71, Meadowcreek 12

Katie Mallow sparked a huge first quarter as the Brookwood girls cruised to a 71-12 win over host Meadowcreek.

Mallow scored a game-high 21 points on five 3-pointers and had 13 of her points in the first quarter, helping the Broncos build a 31-6 lead.