Archer sweeps Broncos in 8-AAAAAA showdown

SNELLVILLE -- Brookwood's boys came into Tuesday's Region 8-AAAAAA matchup with Archer undefeated and looking to stay that way.

However, the Broncos couldn't slow down Archer's fast pace as the Tigers pulled out a 64-55 win to stay undefeated in region play.

"It was a good team win for us," said Archer head coach Tim Watkins.

The teams remained close throughout the game as neither was able to garner much of a lead throughout. By the end of the third quarter, Archer led 42-40 and that was only because of Kelvin Mwanze's rebound and putback at the buzzer.

In the fourth quarter, the Tigers (6-1 overall, 3-0 Region 8-AAAAAA) continued that momentum, jumping out on an 8-2 run in the first two minutes to take a 50-42 lead.

While Archer held at least an eight-point lead the rest of the way, the Broncos (5-1, 1-1) continued to try to make it interesting.

R.J. Smith's 3-pointer moved the Broncos to within eight, but Randall Smith pushed it back out to 10 points with a steal and layup 20 seconds later to effectively put the game away.

Smith led the Tigers with 27 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. Nwanze added 10 points and 15 rebounds, while Bryan Hamlet had 14 points.

"Randall's been providing that kind of energy for four years and Kelvin has been equally as good underneath," Watkins said.

The Broncos were led by Deion Dedeaux with 16 points, while Smith chipped in 14.

The girls' game saw Archer lead most of the way, taking as much as a 10-point lead in the third quarter before Brookwood stormed back.

Ultimately, Archer held on for a 52-50 win.

"We had two tight battles with them last year and we didn't expect anything different in this game," said Archer head coach Ryan Lesniak said. "This was a back-and-forth game with both teams seizing momentum at various points."

Archer (5-0, 3-0) used a 17-8 second quarter to take a 26-19 lead at halftime.

A steal and layup by Kayla Rogers pushed Archer's lead to 32-22.

"I was happier with our ball movement in the second half," Lesniak said. "I thought we did a lot of standing around in the first half."

Brookwood (5-1, 1-1) then went on a 9-0 run, culminating in a Courtney Gardner layup and free throw to bring the game to within one point. The Broncos would then take the lead on a runner by Rebecca Walker.

However, it wasn't to be as Archer used a 6-0 run late in the fourth quarter, getting defensive stops late.

"We had some big rebounds down the stretch," Lesniak said. "We didn't rebound well in the game, but we did during that stretch."

Brookwood did get the game to within two points, but there was only one-tenth of a second left on the clock and Archer inbounded for the win.

Archer was led by Madison Newby with 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals, while Rogers added 14 points and three steals.

The Broncos were led by Gardner with 15 pionts and seven rebounds, while Walker added 12 and Michaela Guffie had 15 rebounds.