Three-peat for Gwinnett Majic hoops

B.J. Puckett

B.J. Puckett

The end was anticlimatic, yet still pretty satisfying.

Playing some of their best basketball of the season, the Gwinnett Majic won their third straight World Basketball Association championship this past weekend with a 113-91 rout of the Conyers Court Kings in the finals. Up 71-41 at halftime, the local team cruised to the title behind three-time league MVP B.J. Puckett.

The Dacula grad had 21 points and 14 rebounds, despite spending more time on the bench than usual in the blowout. The 6-foot-9 Puckett had 33 points and 13 boards in a 103-96 semifinal win over the Rome Gladiators.

"B.J., it's all centered around him," said Majic head coach David Akin, a Berkmar grad.

Shiloh grad Jon Mandeldove also had a huge title game with 25 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. Norcross' Reggie Anderson (14 points, four steals) and Berkmar's Adrien Borders (14 points, five assists) also were big contributors.

Fellow Gwinnett products Alex Weekes and Mike Konanec of Berkmar and Jesse Wheeler of Duluth also were on the championship team this season.

"It just goes to show you how much basketball talent came through Gwinnett and is still coming through Gwinnett," Akin said.