Staff Photo: John Bohn Five Forks Middle School's Malcolm Gray (00) grabs the shorts of Hull Middle School's Milz Tatum (2) during the Gwinnett County Middle School Basketball Tournament game played Thursday at Parkview.
LILBURN — When Malcolm Gray banked in a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, it looked like the Five Forks boys had all the momentum.
What the Broncos didn't have, though, was Aaron Augustin. Hull did.
Augustin scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Lions pulled away for a 57-41 victory that gave them the Gwinnett County middle school boys championship and an unbeaten season Thursday night at Parkview High School.
"It's my job to step up and set the example," Augustin said. "I wanted to make sure that we won the game. I got aggressive and everyone followed me."
Driving fearlessly to the basket, Augustin had 13 points by the time the fourth quarter was half over and Hull (16-0) was en route to capping a 20-4 run with 12 straight points.
"Aaron is a special, special player," Hull coach Frankie Shelnutt said. "He showed that again."
Augustin had scored 26 points as Hull won its first Western Division title in 10 years with a 54-43 victory over North Gwinnett on Tuesday and was even better against Eastern Division winner Five Forks (12-4).
It was Shelnutt's first unbeaten season as Hull coach and there was no question who the driving force had been.
"As great as Aaron is, what sets him apart is that he is a real team player," Shelnutt said. "He's not out there for himself."
"Winning a county championship is something I've wanted since the sixth grade," Augustin said. "It feels great to do it with my best friends and end with an unbeaten season."
Cam Shephard scored nine points for Hull, with six coming in the fourth quarter. Jeremiah Starks, who hit two 3-pointers, had eight points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter and Romello White scored six.
Five Forks, which edged Shiloh 58-57 for the Eastern Division title on Tuesday, was led against Hull by Kendrew Wynn with 18 points. Micah Kinsey had seven points and Amir Butcher scored six.
Hull, the feeder for Peachtree Ridge, jumped to a 10-2 lead and stretched a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter to 23-15 at halftime.
But Five Forks, which feeds to Brookwood, outscored the Lions 16-8 in the third quarter.
"I'm proud of the way we came back," Shelnutt said. "It feels great to win the county title. It's special."
"This was our goal all season and we did it," Augustin said.