GAC pulls away in fourth for win

LILBURN -- Greater Atlanta Christian scored 24 points in the fourth quarter as it pulled away from Fayette County 71-54 in the quarterfinals of the 16th annual Parkivew Tip-Off Classic.

The Spartans (1-0) saw various highlight-reel plays, including alley-oops to Isaiah Wilkins (21 points, 10 rebounds) and fakes by Delano Spencer on drives to the hoop.

"We played solid basketball the whole game," said GAC head coach Eddie Martin. "For the first game, I'm pleased."

GAC jumped out to a 20-12 lead after the first quarter as Spencer found Wilkins for an alley-oop for an early 6-2 lead.

"It's just one of those things where you just throw it up around him and he'll go get it," Spencer said. "It's kinda nice having a guy like that."

From there, the Spartans got on a run, taking advantage of numbers on the offensive end.

The second quarter saw the Tigers fight back, outscoring the Spartans 14-11 in the quarter.

Dante' Sterling scored six points in the quarter (both 3-pointers) helping pull the Tigers to within 31-26 at halftime.

During a 40-second stretch in the third quarter, Spencer found Wilkins again for another slam. Sterling hit his fourth 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor, but the Spartans thwarted the Tigers' excitement as Spencer found Wilkins once again for another slam.

"Isaiah is one of our go-to guys this year," Martin said. "He was more of a role-player last year, but is going to be one of the guys we're going to look at helping lead us this year."

By the end of the third, GAC led 47-38.

"We were able to break their press and get some easy baskets off of that," Martin said. "Right now, we're just looking for some chemistry."

Then, in the fourth, Spencer took over as he scored nine of his 15 points to help the Spartans pull away.

"There were a few jitters early for me since it was my first game back at Parkview since I left (after 10th grade)," Spencer said. "But, we started looking better in the second half and it was a good team win."

In other Gwinnett County action, the GAC girls got 28 points and 13 rebounds from Brianna Cummings and 15 points and seven assists from Sydni Means as the Spartans beat Douglas County 65-55.

The Spartans had an 18-9 lead after the first quarter, but Douglas County kept it close the rest of the way.

The Tigers outscored GAC 15-14 in the second. However, that would be the closest they would get as GAC outscored Douglas County 33-31 in the second half.

The Mill Creek girls also won their first-round game, outscoring Coffee County 36-13 in the first half, en route to a 66-44 win.

Nadiya Miller led the team with 17 points, while Paide Orangio had 12.