Unbeaten GAC boys rout Butler

NORCROSS -- Everything seemed to point to the unbeaten Greater Atlanta Christian boys finally having to play a close game.

High-scoring senior guard Collin Swinton was sidelined because of a sprained ankle and Butler, which edged the Spartans in Augusta last season, had beaten defending Class AA state champion Laney by 18 points.

But this is shaping up as potentially a special year for GAC, which won Class AA state titles in 2010 and 2011.

The Spartans (6-0) didn't seem to miss a beat without Swinton and routed Butler 78-39 on Saturday night at the Long Forum.

Delano Spencer scored 23 points with four 3-pointers, Isaiah Wilkins controlled things inside and Troy Morrison stepped up in the absence of Swinton as GAC made Butler (3-2) look little like the team it was billed to be.

"We jumped on them defensively early and everything went from there," GAC coach Eddie Martin said. "I was expecting a close game, too."

When Class AAAA's Butler did beat GAC's pressure on the ball, Wilkins was there to contest almost every shot. The 6-foot-7 junior had six blocks and altered at least that many more shots.

"I was definitely pleased with the way we played," Martin said.

Spencer, who has signed with Georgia Southern, had 17 points by halftime as GAC was up 35-15 and the lead kept growing even after starters went to the bench midway in the fourth quarter.

Wilkins had 16 points and nine rebounds, while Morrison finished with 12 points -- 10 in the first half -- and six assists.

"Troy looked to do more offensively with Collin out," Martin said. "He played well."

All 10 GAC players suited up got into the game and nine scored. Eric Jamison and Landon Tabor each had six points off the bench, and Tyler Hamilton, pushed into the starting lineup, also scored six.

Deyontaye Coleman was the only double-figure scorer for Butler with 10 points.

GAC has played a Class AAAAAA school, a Class AAAAA school and two from Class AAAA, but no one has come closer than 17 points of the Spartans this season.

Maybe the Spartans will finally get a battle next Saturday. They face Morgan County, considered a state contender in Class AAA, in a showcase event at the Long Forum.

GAC doesn't face a fellow Class AA school until the start of Region 6-AA play on Jan. 8 against Hapeville Charter.

GAC girls 74, Butler 21

Brianna Cummings had 21 points, nine rebounds, six steals and four assists as the GAC girls crushed Butler 74-21 while improving their record to 6-1. The 5-foot-11 junior is averaging 20 points and almost 10 rebounds this season.

The Spartans, whose only loss was to unbeaten Parkview in the title game of the Parkview Tip-Off Classic, led 41-11 at halftime and 64-13 going into the shortened final quarter.

Jasmine Hill had 11 points and freshman Brenna Miller came off the bench to score nine. Sydni Means added seven points, five assists and five steals, while Cosette Mahre contributed seven points and six steals.

GAC doesn't play again until the Carrollton Christmas Tournament, which begins Dec. 19.