SNELLVILLE - Now that the South Gwinnett boys are nearly at full strength, it is going to be tough for the rest of Region 8-AAAAA.
The Comets have won 10 of their past 11 games and are 5-0 in the region after a 54-47 victory at Brookwood on Friday night.
South Gwinnett (10-3) lost its first two games in a tournament at Augusta, but that was with Super Six selection Mario Vasser resting a sore knee. The Comets' only other loss came in the championship game of a tournament in South Carolina and Kevon Jenkins missed that one with a sprained ankle.
South Gwinnett is still missing valuable reserve Andre Pierce, out with a broken hand. But at least the Comets are close to being at full strength.
"When we have everyone on the court, we're a very good team," South coach Emmett Rouse said. "We're showing that now."
Vasser had 14 points, Xavier Chargois had 12 points with six assists, and Adonis Harrison had 10 points to go with seven rebounds as South Gwinnett led almost from start to finish against Brookwood.
The Comets won with defense, which is the way Rouse wants to do it. "I tell the players that defense wins championships and we want to win a championship," Rouse said.
Brookwood, 10-5 overall but just 2-4 in Region 8-AAAAA, went seven minutes without its first field goal, a 3-pointer by Chris Bolden, and trailed 8-4 at the end of the first quarter. The Broncos took a 11-10 lead early in the second quarter, but South Gwinnett scored six straight points to regain control. The Comets led 18-13 at halftime as defense ruled.
Vasser scored six points in the first quarter for South Gwinnett and was the leading scorer at halftime with eight points. Andrew Allen came off the bench to spark Brookwood, getting four points and four rebounds. Harrison, who also didn't start, had five first-half rebounds for South Gwinnett .
Brookwood hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but still trailed by five at 33-28 going into the final quarter.
South Gwinnett led 49-37 with 1:46 left as Reggie Brice completed a 3-point play. But Brookwood didn't quit and made it interesting to the end.
The Broncos closed to 49-45 on a basket by Taylor Mann after the Comets missed five consecutive free throws. But Javonte Maynor made two free throws with 21 seconds left to put South Gwinnett safely ahead.
Brookwood made seven 3-pointers, with Bolden and Clint Cooper each hitting three. But the Broncos didn't have a single player reach double figures as they lost their second straight after winning the Deep South Classic.
Brookwood girls 60, South Gwinnett 35
Jazmine Jackson scored 15 points as the Brookwood girls improved to 4-2 in Region 8-AAAAA and 9-6 overall with a 60-35 victory over visiting South Gwinnett.
Katie Mallow had nine points for the Broncos, while Rosa Powell, Shaina Mussman and Amanda Riley each scored eight.
Toya Laing had a game-high 16 points for South Gwinnett, 6-6 overall and 2-3 in Region 8-AAAAA. Lindsay Nagy had seven points and Damirrea Martin six for the Comets.
Brookwood scored the last six points of the first quarter to take a 12-9 lead and outscored South Gwinnett 17-5 in the second quarter for a 29-14 halftime lead. The Broncos were up 42-23 going into the fourth quarter.