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Trickum boys hold on to win county

Trickum's Trey Haley (50) and Pickneyville's Robert Grundy battle for control of the ball on Thursday.

Trickum's Trey Haley (50) and Pickneyville's Robert Grundy battle for control of the ball on Thursday.

SNELLVILLE -- Trickum Middle School's Mac Marshall wasn't able to find a rhythm behind the 3-point arc, but he did at the free throw line on Thursday.

Marshall sank four three throws in the final 30 seconds at South Gwinnett High School to help Trickum hold off Pickneyville 37-34 in the Gwinnett County middle school championship game.

"These kids have worked really hard all year for this," Trickum coach Jeff Verdi said.

Trickum, which feeds into Parkview High School, had a six-point lead with 2:22 left in the game. However, Pickneyville made a charge to get back in the game.

Myles Autry scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter. His layup with 5.3 seconds left in the game put Pickneyville within one at 35-34. But on the inbounds pass, Marshall was fouled and hit both free throws to seal the win.

"We knew we wanted him at the free throw line," Trickum coach Tim Yates said.

Michael Craig was Trickum's (14-2) leading scorer with eight points, followed by Trey Haley with seven, Isaiah Wilkins and Marshall had six, Troy Morrison had five, Bryce Lewis scored four and Turshard Kimble-Brinson added three.

Other members of the Trickum team are Calvin Gratz, Jordan Kelly, Cody Bosman, Bobby Grunow, Christian Vann and Adibola Oke-Diran.

"None of them made the all-county team, but together they are a true team," Yates said. "They all concentrate on what is best for the team."

Pickneyville, which feeds into Norcross, was led by Autry's nine points. Jordan Noil added eight, and Eddie Harris and Jordyn Thomas each scored four.