Saturday, November 1, 2014

Weekend play sets up week of region tourney action


By Jimmie Haywood

Jeremiah Vrudny had another high-flying night for the Panthers, but they couldn’t avoid elmination in an overtime loss to

The start of the region 4-AAAAA tournament, held at Whitewater High school on Saturday, had some winners and some losers.
In a play-in game, Starr’s Mill fell in yet another close game as Mt. Zion forced overtime with a buzzer-beater, before eventually holding on for the 52-49 victory. Starr’s Mill’s seniors Jeremiah Vrudy and David Watson both had big games as Vrundy finished with a game-high 22 points, which Watson gracefully followed up with 11 points of his own.
"We should have won that game," said Starr's Mill coach Brandon Hutchins. "We had man-to-man drawn up to cover that last three that went in and that about sums up our whole season right there. This is how it goes sometimes." 
Mt. Zion was led in scoring by Suron Neal, who nailed three 3’s on his way to 11 points, but it was teammate Paul Miller who nailed to two biggest 3’s of the game. The first came with four seconds remaining in the game to tie the game at 46-46 and force overtime and the second was the go-ahead trey late in the overtime after an extensive Bulldog’s possession. Miller finished with 10 points as did Nick Oyere.
In the girls play-in, The Lady Chiefs of McIntosh stormed past Ola by a final score of 51-23.
Round-1 of the region 4-AAAAA tournament is scheduled to heat up Monday at McIntosh High School and last up until Friday. The girls championship is set for 7 p.m., followed by the boys, on Friday night.
In the boys bracket, McIntosh will face Union Grove high school while Whitewater will take on Forest Park. On the girls side, Whitewater will have a showdown with Mt. Zion while Starr’s Mill will face Mundy’s Mill.
In region 5-AAAA action, Fayette County and Sandy Creek each picked up wins over the weekend in their boys regular season finales.  Fayette County did it by trumping Carrollton with late game free throws to pull out a 73-69 nail-biter, while Sandy Creek easily breezed past Troup County by a final score of 66-29.
Chaz Berry led the Tigers with 21 points and Dante Sterling followed that up with CJ Johnson’s 11 and Donavan Culver’s 10 off the bench rounded out Fayette County’s double-digit performers. 
As the two seed heading into region play, the Tigers next game will be Friday. Coming in as the three seed sets Sandy Creek to start playing on Wednesday against either Troup or Columbus at home.  
On the girl side, Fayette County went into the fourth quarter trailing 24-22 to Carrollton, but rallied in the fourth quarter to win 31-28. As the two seed the Lady Tigers will get to rest before a home game on Thursday. The four seed Lady Patriots will play either Alexander or Troup at Carollton on Tuesday.


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