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Dacula boys advance to play North in semis

Photo: Brian Kamer North Gwinnett guard Lexie Brown (4) presses Grayson's Natasia Clark (12) as she looks for an open lane during the Jared Cook Tournament at North Gwinnett Tuesday night.
 Photo: Brian Kamer North Gwinnett Alexis Munlyn (20) shoots over Grayson's Maddie Minor (11) during the Jared Cook Tournament at North Gwinnett Tuesday night. 

Photo: Brian Kamer North Gwinnett guard Lexie Brown (4) presses Grayson's Natasia Clark (12) as she looks for an open lane during the Jared Cook Tournament at North Gwinnett Tuesday night. Photo: Brian Kamer North Gwinnett Alexis Munlyn (20) shoots over Grayson's Maddie Minor (11) during the Jared Cook Tournament at North Gwinnett Tuesday night. 

SUWANEE -- Having trailed much of the game, the Dacula boys started the fourth quarter with a stunning 13-point run. As a result, it will be the Falcons, not Mays, playing host North Gwinnett in the semifinals of the Jared Cook Holiday Classic.

"We hit some big shots and stayed aggressive," Dacula coach B.J. Roy said. "This was a good win for us. Now we have a big game against North."

Anthony Morse had 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots to lead Dacula (6-4) and Xavier Okoro added 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Starting the decisive spree, Okoro and Clyde Niba hit 3-points at the beginning of the fourth quarter to tie the game and put the Falcons ahead. Dacula led 58-47 before Mays (1-6) started cutting into the final margin.

Freshman Ayinde Russell scored 20 points to lead Mays, which got 11 points from Nigel Massey. Brandon Goodson had nine points for Dacula, and Niba and Bryson Burlong each scored seven.

Down 12-5 midway in the first quarter, Dacula battled back for a 14-14 tie at the end of the period. But Mays scored the final six points of the second quarter to go up 31-23 at halftime. Russell and Massey each had seven points in the second quarter.

Dacula cut the Mays lead to 44-41 at the end of the third quarter and then took charge at the start of the fourth.

The Falcons will play North Gwinnett (2-4) Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. in the semifinals. North had a bye in the first round Tuesday. Mays will face Thomson at 1:45 p.m. in a consolation bracket game. Thompson didn't play in the first round.

North Gwinnett girls 58, Grayson 20

The main test for the North Gwinnett girls during the holiday break won't likely come until the Peach State JumpOffPlus.com event at Holy Innocents' after Christmas. But first the Bulldogs have their own tourney to compete in. North ranked No. 8 in the Class AAAAA coaches poll, rolled past Grayson 58-20 in the first round as Ariel Johnson and Jordan Hyatt each scored 10 points.

North (4-1) led 25-5 after the first quarter and the worst was to come for Grayson, which was held without a point in the second quarter while falling behind 35-5 at halftime. The Rams (0-7) trailed 52-11 going into the shortened fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs will play Walnut Grove (6-4) at 6:35 p.m. today in the semifinals. Walnut Grove, which didn't play in the first round, takes the place of Holy Innocents' in the bracket.

Lexie Brown had nine assists to go with seven points for North. Johnson had five assists and four of the Bulldogs' 14 steals. Hyatt grabbed five rebounds.

Grayson will play Banneker (2-9) in a second-round consolation game at 3:20 p.m. today. Tiara James scored seven points for the Rams against North.

Holy Innocents' girls 62, Banneker 30

The Holy Innocents' girls, ranked No. 8 in Class A, had an easy time in their only game in the tournament, defeating Banneker 62-30 behind 23 points from Reshaundra Owens and 20 from McKenzie Bolden. The Bears (9-1) outscored Banneker 23-4 in the second quarter to take a 37-11 halftime lead.