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Spartans crush Bulldogs for title

NORCROSS -- Decatur played the No. 1-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian boys close for three quarters in each of their regular-season games, giving the Bulldogs hope that they might be able to pull an upset in the Region 6-AA title game.

That hope didn't last long, however.

The Spartans dominated from the start and crushed No. 6-ranked Decatur 63-34 on Monday night at the Long Forum, stretching their winning streak to 17 and improving to 27-1 heading into the state tournament.

Already up 19-8 at the end of the first quarter, GAC opened the second quarter with a 19-2 run and led by as many as 28 points before settling for a 43-20 edge at halftime.

The GAC lead was 54-24 after three quarters and the Spartans student section was reduced to chanting "This is boring." Shortly after that, GAC cleared its bench.

The Spartans not only got an impressive victory off a 21-5 team to build off, but will go into the state tournament healthy.

Junior point guard Paul Dawson returned to full-time duty after sitting out nearly two weeks with a shin injury and scored 14 points as part of GAC's balanced offensive performance.

"He really stepped up and played like he can," GAC coach Eddie Martin said. "He looked a little rusty Saturday night in his first game, but that rust certainly came off.

"The whole team played well. That's the way you want to be clicking going into the state tournament."

Malcolm Brogdon, a junior named Region 6-AA player of the year, led the Spartans with 18 points. Elliott Long, who did all his scoring in the first half, joined Dawson with 14 points and Trent Wiedeman had 10 points to go with a dominant effort on the boards.

Wiedeman, Long and Dawson joined Brogdon on the all-region team.

Trumon Jefferson scored 19 points for Decatur and was joined on the all-region team by teammate Nick Wilson, who was held to six points in the title game.

GAC will host the No. 4 seed from Region 7-AA on Friday in the first round. Chattooga and Temple will play in the 7-AA third-place game today at Georgia Highlands College in Rome.

Long, a 6-foot-5 senior, had nine points in the first quarter to help get GAC off to its fast start and finished with nine rebounds. Wiedeman, a 6-foot-7 College of Charleston recruit, had nine of his 12 rebounds in the first half.

Westminster pulled off a 64-60 upset victory in overtime over Blessed Trinity in the third-place game despite 37 points from Titans sophomore Qiydar Davis. He was named to the all-region team along with teammate Austin Cremins and Westminster's Maalik Reynolds.