High School Basketball
Indians bounce back with win over Hughes
Talk about a turnaround.
Three nights after its worst loss of the season, East Coweta’s boys basketball team pulled off its best effort on Friday to put together its first victory in Region 3-AAAAAA.
The Indians picked up two clutch free-throws from senior Trez Powell with 12.1 seconds remaining to help hold off Langston Hughes 55-54 at John Thrower Gym.
Led by Zhakeer Jervey’s 16 points among three players in double figures, East Coweta stepped out of a tie for last place in 3-AAAAAA with the Panthers while equally snapping a seven-game losing streak that dated back to Dec. 28.
Since then, it’s been an alternating string of close losses tied with equally humbling ones against two of the top-four lineups in 3-AAAAAA, Westlake and Douglas County. The Indians had also dropped games against county rivals Newnan and Northgate, the first in 3-AAAAAA play, by a combined six points. The losing streak culminated with Tuesday’s lopsided 100-43 loss at Douglas County, which showed no mercy over the final two quarters after taking a 52-28 lead into halftime.
On Friday, however, East Coweta got balanced scoring from five players along with Powell’s only two points of the game to improve to 1-4 in 3-AAAAAA and 3-15 overall heading into today’s trip to McIntosh for a non-region doubleheader.
Senior Jeremy Farmer finished with 12 points for the Indians and long-distance threat Zach Walker chimed in with 11 for the Indians, who also picked up seven apiece from two more juniors Ryan Rose and Sterling Tyson.
East Coweta returns to region play on Tuesday with a road trip to face Westlake.
TRI-CITIES 83, NEWNAN 78, OT: For the second time in less than a week, the Cougars were one solid quarter away from a victory against Tri-Cities only to come away empty-handed.
This time, the Bulldogs (10-8, 4-1) rallied at home to outscore Newnan 16-8 in the final quarter to force overtime and maintaining that momentum into the extra session to outscore the Cougars 16-11 in overtime.
Newnan used a 27-point second quarter to jump ahead 47-39 at halftime as teams matched each other point for point in the first and third quarters.
The loss dropped the Cougars’ record to 3-3 in 3-AAAAAA play, tied with Douglas County, while 15-5 overall. The Tigers (14-4, 3-3) travel to Newnan on Tuesday.
LOGANVILLE 60, HERITAGE SCHOOL 57: A roller-coaster game came down to host Loganville forcing the Hawks to battle back in even quarters, with a 20-10 run in the third creating too big of a margin to rally from in the Region 1-AAA contest, which gave Heritage a chance to pull even for first place.
Down by three after one period, Heritage outscored Loganville 16-11 in the second to take a slim 2-point lead into halftime before things unraveled in the third despite 22 and 18 point efforts, respectively, from Rich Yancey and Cole Jones, who also pulled down 17 rebounds.
Glavin Groover also finished with 11 points for Heritage (10-6, 3-2).
Loganville remained unbeaten in 1-AAA at 4-0 and 9-3 overall.
DOMINION CHRISTIAN 59, TRINITY CHRISTIAN 49: At home, the Lions battled to take a 22-20 lead into halftime after trailing by just two after one quarter.
But a nine-point advantage by Dominion after three periods was too much for Trinity to handle despite closing to within just a point in the second half.
Christian Downs led the Lions (3-12, 1-3 in GISA 1-AAA) with 12 points and Spencer Bryan added 10.
Dominion (9-7, 4-1) took sole possession of second place in the region after entering Friday tied with Heritage.