Herald Super 6er Dekoven Ware scored 25 points --- including 17 in the second half --- pulled down eight rebounds and added four steals in Terrell County's win Friday night against Americus-Sumter.
DAWSON — John Davis is a happy man when the Greenwave run the floor on offense.
Davis started to smile a little more Friday after Terrell County’s transition offense opened up in a 66-53 win against Americus-Sumter. It was just the second time the Greenwave offense has scored more than 60 points in six games to open the season after several years of offense at break-neck speed.
“You get used to seeing a certain brand of basketball (at Terrell County),” Davis said after his team improved to 4-2 on the season before tipping off in its first U Save It Basketball Tournament tonight in Albany against Albany High. “Hopefully it’s coming. I was impressed when I saw that.”
Herald Super 6er Dekoven Ware scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half to go along with eight rebounds and four steals in the win. Ware scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to help turn a 48-43 lead at the end of the third into a double-digit cushion late.
“We just lost (Ware) coming into a game where we knew we couldn’t lose him,” Panthers head coach Michael Coley said.
Americus-Sumter trailed, 34-23, at halftime, but went wild from the perimeter in the third quarter, hitting four 3-pointers and using a 13-2 run to take a 39-38 lead on Antorius Mercer’s three with 2:12 left in the quarter. Mike Russell was the main culprit from behind the arc after going unconscious with three 3-pointers in a 30-second span to erase a 9-point Terrell County lead.
“He’s one of our better shooters,” Coley said. “He got hot.”
But Ware and senior Deshone Watson, who scored 15 points in the win, were too much for Americus-Sumter, which fell to 3-4 on the season and next travels to Tift County today. Reuben Hawkins and Osmond Lemon added seven points for the Greenwave.
Americus was led by Xavier Willis, who scored 10 straight points in the second half and finished with 16 points and two steals. Panthers junior Christian Laster also injured his knee in the fourth quarter and had to be taken to the hospital for evaluation.
AMERICUS-SUMTER 48, TERRELL COUNTY 12: The Herald No. 3 Lady Panthers stayed unbeaten on the season thanks to a double-double from Tanyette Hill, who scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds with one block. Terrell County failed to score in the first and third quarters and was out-rebounded 31-21 on the night.
After falling behind 18-0 to start the second quarter, the Lady Greenwave went on a 9-2 run to cut it to 23-9 at the half but went cold again in the third.
Americus-Sumter (7-0) also got eight points apiece from Kahler Fletcher and Ashley Howard. Terrell County was led by Takerian Jordan and Nydrah Wright, who each scored three.
The Lady Panthers go to Tift County today before playing Lee County Monday in the Americus-Sumter Holiday Classic.
Terrell County is off until it goes to Tifton Dec. 28 for the McDonald’s Invitational.