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Peachtree Ridge edges Mill Creek at buzzer

Staff Photo: John Bohn Peachtree Ridge's Jordan Capps (23) shoots over Mill Creek defender Kris Milou (10) during the second period of Friday's game played at Peachtree Ridge.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Peachtree Ridge's Jordan Capps (23) shoots over Mill Creek defender Kris Milou (10) during the second period of Friday's game played at Peachtree Ridge.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Peachtree Ridge's Edwin Efezohkae (34) shoots over Mill Creek's Trevon Shaw (14) during the first period of Friday's game played at Peachtree Ridge.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Mill Creek's Chase Duffy (24) puts pressure on Peachtree Ridge's Brandon Banks (12) during the second period of Friday's game played at Peachtree Ridge.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Peachtree Ridge High School boys basketball coach Keith Arrington, left, is presented with an award Friday, honoring his 600 career victories at Peachtree Ridge. At right is assistant boys basketball coach Henri Perry.

SUWANEE -- On the night that Keith Arrington was honored for his recent 600-victory milestone, Trevon Shaw seemed determined to make sure that the Peachtree Ridge boys coach didn't get his 606th win at Mill Creek's expense.

Shaw scored all 21 of his points in the second half and his 3-pointer with 26.1 seconds left tied the game against the Lions, which had beaten the Hawks by 30 points on Dec. 11.

But all Shaw's performance did Friday night was set up one of the wildest finishes in Arrington's 32-year coaching career at five schools.

"That's why I have gray hair," said Arrington, in his fifth season at Peachtree Ridge.

After three missed shots, Jordan Capps got the ball under the basket and dunked just before the buzzer went off to give Peachtree Ridge the dramatic 51-49 victory.

"Just like I drew it up," said Arrington, who could laugh in relief.

Amir Warnock had grabbed two rebounds and Edward Efezohkae one to set up Capps as the hero.

"I didn't know how much time was left, we were all just going for the ball," Capps said. "Give my teammates the credit."

Capps led the Lions with 13 points, but the early ones were all forgotten as Peachtree Ridge fans stormed the court in celebration.

"I've won a lot of games at the buzzer, but I'm not sure I've ever had one exactly like this," Arrington said.

"We couldn't lose this game," said Capps, a 6-foot-7 senior. "Not with Coach being honored and everyone here for him."

But it looked like it might happen as Shaw and his teammates put out a determined effort.

The Hawks are 15-7 overall and 8-5 in Region 7-AAAAAA, making them anything except an easy opponent for anyone. Peachtree Ridge (16-6, 11-1 in the region) certainly realized that, despite the lopsided score the first time. In fact, that game made the Lions more leery.

"They are really going to be gunning for us after what happened the first time," Arrington had warned.

The Lions led 33-27 midway in third quarter, but Shaw capped an 11-point quarter with a basket at the buzzer to tie the game at 37.

Despite Shaw's seven additional points, Peachtree Ridge took a 49-44 lead on Warnock's rebound basket with 1:11 remaining. Elijah Bryant, though, scored with 55.9 seconds left and then Shaw, a 6-foot-2 senior, hit his fourth 3-pointer after a Lions turnover to tie the game.

Bryant had 13 points, eight in the first half, to back Shaw. But the other Hawks scored just 15 points.

Warnock, a 6-foot-8 junior, had nine points and seven rebounds for Peachtree Ridge, which had an edge on the boards even before the last-second flurry. Brandon Banks, a 6-foot-4 senior, had eight points and eight rebounds, while Capps had seven boards.

Freshman point guard Aaron Augustin contributed eight points and four assists for the Lions, and Quentin McBride added seven points and three assists.

McBride got a start because the Lions played without regulars Brandon Johnson and Sidney Scurlark.

Peachtree Ridge won't be able to celebrate the victory over Mill Creek for long. The Lions have key Region 7-AAAAAA games at North Gwinnett and Norcross next week.

"This is a tough stretch," said Arrington, whose team had won at Collins Hill a week ago to avenge their only region loss.

Mill Creek tried for some major payback itself against Peachtree Ridge. Thanks to Capps' last-second dunk, Peachtree Ridge escaped and Arrington could fully enjoy his milestone recognition.

Mill Creek girls 52, Peachtree Ridge 47

Down by eight points midway in the third quarter, the Mill Creek girls scored 18 straight points and defeated Peachtree Ridge 52-47 to improve their record to 8-5 in Region 7-AAAAAA and 12-10 overall.

Nadiya Miller had 11 points, six steals and four assists to lead the Hawks. Kathleen Haxton scored 10 points, while Meredith Schulte had nine points and six rebounds.

Lorrie Cruse had a big game for Peachtree Ridge (8-12, 3-9 region) with 23 points and nine rebounds. Melissa Turvy scored 11 points for the Lions.

The game was tied 9-9 after the first quarter and 19-19 at halftime before Peachtree Ridge started the third quarter with a 9-1 run to go up 28-20. But Mill Creek finished the quarter on a 16-0 run to go up 36-28 and added the first basket of the fourth quarter to its streak.

Mill Creek won the first meeting 55-36 at home.