CAMILLA -- Don't think for a minute that Mitchell County won't bring its A game to Albany on Friday night.
Even if the Eagles brought their B game Tuesday -- literally.
Coach Kenneth Harris actually started his B team against Brooks on Tuesday in a 58-55 win, and it worked. The JV kids held a 10-8 lead at the end of the first quarter before Harris put his starters in the game.
Mitchell's starters broke a 19-19 tie late in the second quarter with a 11-0 run and appeared ready to cruise home. It didn't happen.
Brooks' Keojuan Rose hit five 3s in the fourth quarter, and his fifth one knotted the score 54-54 with 1:40 left in the game. Rose, who finished with 20 points, including six 3-pointers, finally missed a 3 with 40 seconds left that left just enough room form Mitchell County to close the deal. Kentavius Silas, who finished with 11 points, hit four crucial free throws in the final seconds, including two with 9.8 seconds left, to put the game away.
It's nothing new for Silas.
"This is the fourth time I've done it,'' he said. "There's no pressure at all."
Mitchell County is now 8-6 and 5-3 in the Region 1-AA race, and in third place behind Albany.
"It's a big, big game,'' said Emmitt Clark, one of the starters who didn't play until the second quarter.
The Eagles' win snapped a three-game losing streak.
"We have a saying at Mitchell County -- it's all about family,'' Silas said. "You are only as good as your weakest player, so this helps everyone.''
Mitchell County was led by Silas and Stacey Butler, who made three 3s and finished with 11 points.