Photo: David McGregor . North Gwinnett's Conner Day (12) and Isaiah Williams from Collins Hill fight for control of the ball during Tuesday night's Region 7-AAAAA game at Collins Hill.
SUWANEE -- Collins Hill's boys basketball team gave coach Josh Grayson what he saw as its best all-around effort of the season in Tuesday's Region 7-AAAAA game against North Gwinnett.
The Eagles had 11 different players score and got help from pretty much everyone who took the floor, led by another strong night from star guard Saah Nimley, to roll to a 70-49 victory.
"That was total team contribution," Grayson said after his team improved to 11-4 overall and 6-2 in region play. "I'll take it. It was a good effort. Plus, we beat a good team, and I'm pleased with that."
Collins Hill took total control after Conner Day gave North (7-7, 4-4) its only lead of the night at 7-6 with his 3-pointer from the left corner with 4:12 left in the first quarter.
Nimley scored six points as the Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 12-5 over the final 3:51 of the period to take an 18-12 lead before really getting cranked up in the second quarter.
It took just 1:34 for Collins Hill to push the lead to double digits for good at 24-12 on two free throws and a layup by Nimley sandwiched around a coast-to-coast drive by reserve Linus Igbokwe.
North briefly cut the lead back to 10 at 24-14 on Cyrus Lavant's driving layup down the right wing.
However, the Bulldogs managed just two free throws by Tabari Clarke over the rest of the quarter amidst a relentless defensive effort from the Eagles.
"We got two really good halves of defense," said Grayson, whose team held North to just 35 percent shooting from the floor on the night. "We just got a good effort. We attacked the basket and we hit some shots."
While the Collins Hill defense was smothering, the Eagles were just as strong on the offensive end.
Andre Allen and Jeff Glover combined for 11 points as Collins Hill outscored North 13-2 over the final 4:57 of the half to take a 37-16 lead into intermission.
"We were not competitive (Tuesday) night," North coach Len Garner said. "Teams make runs. (Collins Hill) made a run (in the second quarter), and we didn't respond."
Things didn't get much better for North in the second half as the Eagles built as much as a 26-point lead, while the Bulldogs never pulled any closer than 20 points, allowing Collins Hill to empty its bench throughout the fourth quarter.
Nimley was held out of the fourth quarter, but not before he finished his night with a game-high 20 points, plus three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Allen also had a good all-around night with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Glover and J.C. Bonny chipped in eight points each.
Clayton Williams was one of the bright spots for North on the night with team highs of 16 points and three assists and pulling down six rebounds.
Day also reached double figures for the Bulldogs with 10 points, while Bede Okoro came off the bench to contribute seven points and seven rebounds.
Collins Hill girls 43, North Gwinnett 38
SUWANEE -- Katie Lewis scored 11 points, including going a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line in the fourth quarter as the Eagles held off North Gwinnett 43-38 on Tuesday for a Region 7-AAAAA win.
Collins Hill (6-8, 3-5) hit 9 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold on after North (9-5, 3-5) had whittled a nine-point Eagles lead after three quarters to just one late in the game.
The Eagles also got nine points from Bria Young, while the Bulldogs' Stephanie Wheeler led all players with 13 points and Ariel Johnson chipped in 10 for North.