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SCA boys edge Tiftarea, all but lock up first GISA region title in six years

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

ALBANY -- At 5-0 in Region 3-AA, it would take an awfully lot of bad things to happen for Sherwood not to win its first region championship since 2004.

This after the Eagles survived Tiftarea, 63-58, on Friday night to seize control of 3-AA -- with just three region games left to play before hosting the tournament in mid-February.

"Big win," said SCA coach Matt Ruta, whose team has won 12 of its last 14 games after starting the year 1-2. "We beat them by one earlier this year. It's just a big, big win for this program."

The three remaining opponents for SCA -- which was led Friday by Wesley Pittman and Gary Holloway's 12 points each, followed by Brannan Anthony with 11 -- the Eagles have already beaten.

But Ruta's not ready to crown his kids just yet.

"Well, one of those (games) is against SGA (which we went to double overtime with) and another is with Valwood, who just got a transfer from Valdosta High who scored 25 the other night in a win against Tiftarea," he said. "So nothing's certain, but we like where we're at for sure."

The SCA girls, meanwhile, were routed by Tiftarea (17-1, 4-0), 73-29, behind 15 points from star Courtney Albritton. Kaylee Dixon and Emilee Cook each scored six for SCA (7-9, 3-2).