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PREP NOTEBOOK: Westover coach says still no timetable for Ochie's return

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- The Herald No. 2 Westover boys basketball team hasn't missed a beat since star forward Onochie Ochie went down two weeks ago against Monroe as he collapsed on the court and was subsequently rushed to the hospital.

And while the Pats have won all four games in his absence, one thing is certain: They'd sure like to have him back.

But when that will happen still is unclear.

Ochie rejoined the team Tuesday night against Cairo, but was in street clothes and did not play. Coach Dallis Smith, meanwhile, says there still is no timetable for Ochie's return.

"He hasn't been cleared (by doctors)," Smith said Tuesday night before Westover's come-from-behind 60-58 win against Cairo of the 6-foot-6 Ochie, who signed with Division I Southeast Louisiana before the season began. "We're just taking it slow. It may be another two weeks."

Westover is at Crisp County on Friday and then hosts Perry and Dougherty next week in two crucial Region 1-AAA showdowns.

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ALBANY'S WIN VS. FITZGERALD INTENSIFIES FRIDAY'S SHOWDOWN WITH MITCHELL:

Albany's boys basketball team just keeps on winning. The Indians won their fourth game in a row Tuesday night, beating Fitzgerald, 57-45, in a game in which Albany never trailed. The Indians led by 10-to-12 points for most of the night.

"We had that margin and kept it,'' Albany coach Archie Chatmon said. "They would close and then we would go right back to a (10-12 point lead)."

"I would like to score a little more and get into the 60s, but our defense is still carrying us. I'm pleased with where we are.''

The Indians were led by their two guards, Larry Sanford (15 points) and Tim Pierce (13). Jarvis Hicks added 11.

Albany has not only won its last four, but eight of the last 10, and has made a move in the Region 1-AA race, where the Indians are alone in second place at 8-2. Mitchell County (5-3) is in third and will be in the Albany gym Friday night.

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DWS VS. TERRELL ACADEMY MAKEUP GAME TONIGHT:

With both Deerfield and Terrell Academy locked into the state football playoffs when basketball season began, the boys game back in December that was postponed has been officially rescheduled for today at 7 p.m. at W.T. Henry Gym in Albany.

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DWS WRESTLING SPLITS MATCHES:

Deerfield-Windsor's wrestlers split a pair of matches Tuesday, beating Valwood, 36-30, and falling to Tiftarea, 36-12.

Mac Lanier (135) had pins in both matches to lead the Knights. Chandler Lane (119) and Nathan Greene (125) had pins in the victory over Valwood.