Photo: Karl L. Moore Archer's Randall Smith (3) drives in between Brookwood defenders Kendall Joseph (15) and Khalil Abdullah (20) for the layup during Friday night's game at Archer.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Archer outscored Brookwood 23-7 in the third quarter and held on late for a 68-56 win in Region 8-AAAAAA on Friday.
The Tigers controlled the first three quarters of the game only to see the Broncos rally in the fourth before falling short.
The win gives Archer (15-4, 9-2 Region 8-AAAAAA) sole possession of second place with five region games to go.
"We got back into things in the third quarter after a slow second," Archer head coach Tim Watkins said. "We moved the ball around and took good shots."
With a 29-24 lead at halftime, the Tigers came out gunning in the second half, going on a 13-0 run in the third quarter.
Nafis Floyd hit a jumper to make it 41-29 and the Tigers continued to score. Bryan Hamlet's basket and free throw pushed the lead to 49-29.
Brookwood scored a basket late to end the drought, but Randall Smith nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 52-31 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
However, the Broncos (15-5, 7-4) wouldn't go away quietly.
Kendall Joseph's dunk with 6:35 to go in the game seemed to spark Brookwood as it slowly crept its way back into the game.
Austin Lewis hit a 3-pointer to close the gap to 57-47, and Deion Dedeaux hit another 3-pointer to close it to within seven points.
However, that was as close as the Broncos would get it.
Hamlet had a steal and layup with less than a minute to go, helping push the Archer lead back into double figures and seal the game.
"We had some stops late," Watkins said. "But, we have to do a better job at finishing games."
Brookwood was led by Joseph with 15 points, while Dedeaux had 13 points and three assists. Khalil Abdullah also grabbed eight rebounds.
Archer was led by Hamlet with 17 points and four steals, while Floyd had 16 points and three assists. Smith contributed 15 points and six assists and Kelvin Nwanze had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Archer girls 51, Brookwood 35
The Tigers dominated the game throughout, outscoring the Broncos 17-9 in each of the first two quarters en route to the win.
The Broncos kept things close in the second half as both teams scored 17 points after halftime.
Archer (14-5, 9-2) was led by Madison Newby with 21 points and five assists, while Morgan Jackson had 10 points and 18 rebounds. Kayla Rogers also scored in double figures with 13 and Marissa Jordan grabbed eight rebounds, which put her over 500 in her career.
Brookwood (10-9, 5-6) was led by Courtney Gardner with 22 points.