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HILTON INVITATIONAL ROUNDUP: Crippled North Cobb loses to Alabama power

NORCROSS -- Until the fourth quarter, it looked like North Cobb was ready to strike an early blow for Georgia in the opening game of the Hilton Invitational despite missing two starters.

Then Carver of Montgomery standout Jeremy Johnson -- Auburn's future quarterback -- took over and Class AAAAAA top-ranked North Cobb fell victim to turnovers in a 48-38 loss on Saturday at Norcross.

Johnson had all of his game-high 16 points in the second half as Carver (21-1) took advantage of the absence of North Cobb guards Saxon Steele (season-ending ACL tear) and Dennis Young-Coleman (concussion).

The 6-foot-6 Johnson also had six rebounds and four assists for Carver, Alabama's defending Class AAAAAA state champion. Jordan Neff, who has signed with Florida Gulf Coast, led North Cobb (17-4) with 12 points and Lee Moore scored 11.

North Cobb was up 22-15 at halftime and 30-29 going into the fourth quarter before wilting.

Miller Grove 104, Memphis East 56

Kyre Hamer hit seven of Miller Grove's 15 3-pointers en route to 40 points as the Wolverines routed Memphis East 104-56 to state their case as Georgia's best team in any classification.

Keith Pinckney added 22 points and freshman Alterique Gilbert scored 17 as Miller Grove, shooting for a fifth straight state championship after a move to Class AAAAA this season, improved to 19-3.

Memphis East trailed 27-11 after the first quarter, 51-25 at halftime and 89-40 going into the final quarter. Nick King, who has signed with Memphis, was held to 15 points.

Eagle's Landing 67, Flora MacDonald (N.C.) 55

Eagle's Landing, ranked No. 4 in Class AAAA, pulled away in the second half for a 67-55 victory over Flora MacDonald Academy (N.C).

Eric Wortham, who has signed with Middle Tennessee State, and Isaiah Dennis each scored 20 points for Eagle's Landing, which led 29-28 at halftime and 44-38 going into the fourth quarter.

Christ School (N.C.) 60, Wheeler 52

Christ School of Ashville, N.C., improved to 22-6 with a 60-52 victory over Wheeler. Alec Wnuk scored 16 points and John Elmore scored 14. Elijah Staley led Wheeler (12-6) with 18 points.