BOYS FRIDAY PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: SGA boys jump out to 10-0 lead vs. Westwood, then only score 13 points rest of the game in 44-23 loss

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

CAMILLA -- Westwood Wildcats coach Al Timmerman said it was one of the stranger games he's ever been a part of.

That's because after watching his Wildcats fall behind, 10-0, to SGA on Friday, his boys came back in a big way after Timmerman huddled them during a timeout, scoring 28 unanswered before going on to win 44-23.

"I mean, we scored 28 points before they even got Point No. 11," the coach said. "It was just a weird game filled with runs by both teams, I guess."

Leading the way for the Wildcats was Jake Kotter with 17 points, followed by Mason Jones with 14. Andrew Stone led SGA with 10.

With the win, the Wildcats stay perfect at 2-0 - a mark Timmerman believes his kids can keep adding to if their level of play continues like it has been in the early going.

"We've just continued to do what we did the other night in our first win: get in the groove and running the floor once we find a way to score," said Timmerman, who is in his first year coaching varsity after spending a number of years as an assistant. "We're even playing pretty sound defense, (which you see by the way) we held SGA down after that early run they made."

Westwood resumes play Tuesday when it faces Sherwood in Albany. Game time is set for 8 p.m.


DWS 82, FPD 54:

The Deerfield-WIndsor boys basketball team, fresh of a GISA Class AAA state title game appearance, cruised in its season opener against FPD, 82-54, on Friday behind 22 points from Michael Matthews, 16 from Duane Anderson and 12 from Jordan Alexander.

Noticeably absent was Herald Super 6 selection Reggie Brown, who will join the team for his first action today after playing in the GISA All-Star football game in Macon.

"I was pleased with our second half," DWS coach Gordy Gruhl said. "The score was 35-31 at the half and that's not what we wanted to see."

Instead, DWS came our firing in the second half and outscored FPD, 47-23, the rest of the way.



The Bobcats dropped their opener Friday night, while the Albany boys continued to get production out of Tim Pierce (13 points) and Jarvis Hicks (10).

But the Indians had to hold off a pesky Bobcats team that seemed to lose intensity as the game went on after going into halftime down by just a point, 30-29.

"I think what we did right early was play with a lot of intensity," Bobcats coach Randy Isom said. "But what we did wrong is (that we) think that we're playing better than we acrtually are. Then, we get (lax) and back off that intensity some. It's a young team and I just have to get them in a mindset where they're going hard all the time."

Early's Ladonis Yarbrough led all scorers with 17 points, followed by 11 from Jacori Taylor and 10 from Dontavious Taylor.

Early starts two seniors, one freshman and two sophomores, though Isom said he's not looking at it like an excuse.

Rather, a challenge.

"Everyone on the (starting) team is very capable of being good and I saw some good things (Friday)," the coach said. "We just need to get better at understanding the crucial points in the game and playing harder than ever at those times."



The Hornets are making a strong early season push to be in The Herald's Top 5 Poll.

Led by Kenny Cooper (22 points), Darius Thomas (17) and Dominique Brown (11), Pelham improved to 2-0 thanks to a huge 54-point second half.

"We've got a ton of athleticism on this team," Pelham coach Warrenn Roberts said. "Not a lot of height, but it's a hard-working, talented buncha kinds who play real unselfish. I think almost everyone scored (Friday night) out of the 13 players on our team."

Pelham now turns its attention to a showdown with Miller County on Tuesday.



The Greenwave continued their fast start to 2009-10 season, getting 21 points from Herald Super 6 selection Terel Hall, another 16 from Marquez Dotson and 13 from Charles Brown.

Americus, meanwhile, was coming off a big win against Dougherty on Tuesday, but couldn't carry that momentum over Friday.Deonte Fulks led the Panthers with 16, while James Burton added 12.

Terrell County improved to 2-0, while Americus-Sumter is now 2-3 with a big game coming up tonight. That's when Panthers' first-year coach Michael Coley will entertain Crisp County, which is led by former Americus-Sumter coach Robert Cotton Jr. Cotton left Americus in the offseason to take over the Cougars.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. today.



While the SCA girls managed a win Friday, the same was not true for the boys, who lost to Citizen's Christian -- a team the Eagles dominated last year.

A final score was available at press time.

Sherwood next face Westwood on Tuesday at home.