Falcons roll past South Gwinnett

SNELLVILLE -- Dacula made a strong statement in its Region 8-AAAAAA quarterfinal game against South Gwinnett as the No. 3 seed Falcons rolled to a convincing 66-45 win over the No. 6 seed Comets.

Dacula (19-7) was clicking on all cylinders and poised behind senior leadership that could be special as the region tournament plays out and the state tournament cranks up next week.

Senior Jaylen Williams led the way for Dacula with a game-high 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Dacula also got solid efforts from two more seniors in Cameron Lewis (15 points, three rebounds, one block, one steal) and Brandon Goodson (10 points, seven rebounds and five assists) as the Falcons move into Friday's semifinal matchup with No. 2 seed Archer.

"Our perimeter guys did a great job and got into the right sets," said Dacula head coach Russ Triaga. "We know who we are and we played to our strengths. South likes to turn you over and we had to take care of the basketball and finish at the rim. That and our senior leadership in Jaylen and Brandon in the backcourt. They make Dacula High School a special place."

No. 1 seed Shiloh faces No. 4 Berkmar in the other semifinal on Friday.

After South scored first to take a 2-0 lead, Dacula quickly tied the game and grabbed a lead it would never relinquish for the rest of the way.

Using a balanced inside-outside attack, Dacula went ahead 16-9 after the first quarter and added to the lead in the second quarter to take a 33-20 advantage at the break.

Dacula connected on four three-pointers in the first half alone, including a pair from Goodson.

The Falcons also distributed the ball with efficiency, handing out 13 assists in the first 16 minutes of the contest.

Dacula didn't let off the gas in the second half as the Falcons pushed the lead to as many as 17 points in the third quarter and then to 24 at 66-42 late in the fourth quarter.

Kevon Tucker also had a solid night for Dacula as the freshman went for 15 points and four rebounds.

South (11-16) had to go without senior captain Logan Adams, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, and the Comets missed his athletic 6-foot-6-inch frame on the court.

Cam Moye led South with 10 points while KV Walker had nine and Jacari Smith and Brandon Williams each had six for the Comets.