Early lead powers Grayson boys to win

DULUTH — Grayson’s boys’ basketball team scored 19 of the game’s first 23 points and never looked back in an 84-38 rout of Alcovy on the second day of Duluth’s Jingle Jam tournament Saturday afternoon.

Grayson (11-1) simply overwhelmed Alcovy, which dressed just seven players, and the Rams were never challenged in the contest.

But after jumping out to a 28-11 lead following the first quarter, Grayson did appear to let down and only posted a 12-point second quarter en route to a 40-18 halftime lead.

However, it didn’t matter against Alcovy as the Rams regrouped in the third quarter and outscored the Tigers 27-5 to build a 67-23 advantage.

Grayson eventually cleared the bench as all 14 players got playing time and 11 found the scoring column in the 46-point victory.

“This is the time of the season when you can look at some things and experiment,” Grayson head coach Geoffrey Pierce said. “It may be something that you carry over to the region schedule when we start back up next month. So it’s a good time in these kind of tournament settings to look at some things like rotations and sets.”

Jordan Dilwood led the way for Grayson with a game-high 23 points, including three treys in an 11-point third quarter.

Dilwood also started on fire with a 10-point first quarter, which included three alley-oops for thunderous dunks.

Austin Morris added 20 points for Grayson, 14 of those coming in the first quarter.

Trevian Sconiers chipped in 14 for the game, including 10 of Grayson’s 12 second-quarter points.

“Overall, I’m pleased with the effort,” said Pierce as Grayson won its ninth straight game. “We had a little drop-off in the second quarter. But our guys responded to the challenge that the coaches put in front of them and played better in the second half.”

Sham Hollier led the way for Alcovy (1-9) with 15 points and five rebounds.

King’s Ridge boys 61, Brookwood 59

Marquis Jackson sank two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to lift King’s Ridge to a 61-59 win over Brookwood.

Tied at 59-59 with 14.2 seconds left, Brookwood had possession but couldn’t convert on a running layup with less than 10 seconds remaining.

That set the stage for Jackson’s drive to the basket that drew the foul and sent the senior to the line for the winning points.

Jackson finished with 17 points, including 7 of 11 from the free throw line, while Robert Grundy had a game-high 19 points for King’s Ridge.

Brookwood led 34-28 at the half and 48-42 heading to the final quarter before King’s Ridge made its run and eventually pull out the victory.

Kendall Joseph led Brookwood (9-4) with 15 points while Bubba Parham had 11 and Nate Gill 10 for the Broncos.

Creekview girls 56, Brookwood 30

Brookwood’s girls played well early and built an early first-half lead before Creekview found its rhythm and eventually pulled away for a 56-30 victory.

Brookwood (0-13) led 12-8 after the first quarter, but could only put together a six-point second quarter as Creekview rallied to take a 27-18 halftime lead.

From there, it was all Creekview as the Grizzlies outscored Brookwood 29-12 in the second half to take the 26-point win.

Dee Blankinship led Creekview with 11 points, 10 rebounds and two assists while Lauren Johnson had 10 points as 11 Grizzlies scored in the game.

Caitlin Cushenberry paced the Brookwood attack with 11 points and Taryn Dennie had seven points and eight rebounds.

Freshman N’dea Jones was hampered by foul trouble in the first half and eventually finished with four points, six rebounds and five blocked shots for the Broncos.