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Gaines scores 36, leads Albany Tech past Southern Crescent

Jamorris Gaines set a school record Wednesday, dropping in 36 points against Southern Crescent.

Jamorris Gaines set a school record Wednesday, dropping in 36 points against Southern Crescent.

ALBANY — Jamorris Gaines scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the host Albany Tech men’s basketball team past Southern Crescent on Wednesday, 79-63.

The 36 points from the former Worth County star wasn’t just a career-high — it also set the program record for points in a game, head coach Sylvester Patterson said.

“He has been playing off the charts,” Patterson said about his 6-foot-5 sophomore. “With this performance, he probably took the lead for leading scorer in the conference. This should give him about 19 points per game. He has been rebounding well and playing good defense. He is scoring in a lot of ways. He is posting up, hitting 3s, catching lobs. He can do it all.”

Gaines has been carrying the Titans (7-6) all season, and on Thursday he carried them to their fourth win in their past five games.

Former Monroe star Anthony Mackey added 12 points and 11 rebounds, while former Terrell County star Robert Ellis had 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks.

The Titans outrebounded Southern Crescent, 56-34 — a statistic that Patterson said was key to the victory.

Albany Tech led 42-34 at halftime and had its lead cut to six with 6 1/2 minutes left in the game before pulling away for the double-digit victory.

The Titans play again Jan. 3 at Daytona State College.

ALBANY TECH WOMEN 54, SOUTHERN CRESCENT 38: Albany Tech’s women improved to 10-1 with an easy win against Southern Crescent on Wednesday.

Bianca Fennessee led the way with a 17-point, 16-rebound night, and Shamika Wiggins scored 15 for Albany Tech.

The Lady Titans play two games this weekend in the Tampa Bay area, facing Hillsborough College at 6 p.m. Friday and meeting St. Petersburg College at 2 p.m. on Saturday.