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Sherwood boys secure No. 1 region seed with win vs. SGA

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- There's nothing like a little tune-up before the start of what Sherwood hopes is a deep run at state.

Alex Harrell and Gary Holloway scored 15 points each in the first half as the Eagles roared to a 45-25 lead at the intermission and finished the regular season unbeaten in region play to lock up the No. 1 seed with a 77-49 romp past Southwest Georgia Academy on Tuesday.

Harrell finished with 23 points and Holloway added 20 as the Eagles closed the regular season at 16-5 and 8-0 in GISA Region 3-AA play.

"That first half shows you how we are capable of playing if we put together a complete game," SCA coach Matt Ruta said. "If we can play at that level of effort and intensity we can hang with anybody."

With the region tournament set to begin next week at Sherwood, Ruta couldn't have gotten a better effort from his team.

The Eagles kept that 20-point cushion for most of the second half before SGA, which fell to 9-13 and 3-4, narrowed the gap to 14 points, 57-43 with six minutes remaining. But Wesley Pittman, who finished with 17 points, canned three straight 3-pointers during a 16-2 run to spark SCA to 73-45 advantage with 3:10 remaining.

Ruta then pulled his entire five off the floor.

"I feel every game is an opportunity to get better and we got better (Tuesday night)," the coach said. "We built some confidence and we built some depth, which is exactly what we need headed into the region tournament."

Danny Doster led SGA with 14 points and Parker Adams chipped in with 11.

The Region 3-AA tournament will be played at SCA beginning next Tuesday with a play-in game between Windsor and a team yet to be determined. Sherwood will play the winner of that game Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The region championship games will be played Friday at Darton College.

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SGA GIRLS 39, SHERWOOD 37, OT:

Taylor Stuart's putback of a missed shot with 14 seconds remaining in overtime lifted SGA to just its second win of the season and its first in 3-AA.

SGA's Kyndal Andrews sank two free throws with 9.7 seconds remaining to tie the game at 35 in regulation.

The Lady Warriors, who improved to 2-14 and 1-5, led the entire game before SCA tied the contest at 25 all with a buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter.

Sherwood, which closed the regular season at 8-11 and 4-4, held the lead throughout the fourth quarter until Andrews' free throws forced the overtime.

Andrews led all scorers with 15 points, while Maggie O'Connor paced Sherwood with 9.