REGION 3-AA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: SGA's Parker scores 33; Warriors move on to region title game today

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DAWSON -- Of all the magic moments Parker Adams had Thursday night, the one that will stick around the longest is that brief, almost comical, gesture he made to his coach.

There was Adams, right in the middle of the hottest run of his life -- a torrid stretch in which he scored the first 22 points for Southwest Georgia Academy. That's right, the first 22 points in SGA's 52-30 win against Fullington in the GISA Region 3-AA semifinals.

Adams was running back down court after making yet another 3-pointer as the crowd -- and even Fullington and SGA players -- were finding it hard to believe what they were witnessing.

So was Adams, who looked over to his coach, shrugged his shoulders with one of those dazed and confused looks and pointed his palms upward and mouthed to SGA's David Byrne: "I don't know.''

That bit of comic relief was the only thing that slowed down Adams in the first half when he made 7 of 8 bombs from beyond the arc, tossed in a pair of free throws and hit a drive to finish the half with 25 points -- all en route to a 33-point night.

"I was in shock,'' said Adams, who made four 3s in a row in the first quarter and scored all of SGA's 16 points as the Warriors took a 16-5 lead. "The shots kept coming and I kept shooting them. I was just going to keep going until they stopped falling.''

Byrne knew what to do.

"He looked at me and said, 'I don't know,' and I said, 'I don't know either, but just keep shooting,' '' Byrne said. "We ran every set for him to come off a screen and get open. We ran everything we had to get him the ball.''

And Adams just kept making shot after shot.

"That was unbelievable,'' Byrne said. "I've never seen anything like it. He scored our first 22 points. That's something I've never seen.''

He has seen Adams lead his team all year, and now SGA (18-7) will play for the Region 3-AA title against Brookwood at 8:30 tonight back at Terrell Academy, the site of Adams' circus act Thursday.

"He is the best kid in all of GISA,'' Byrne said. "In the classroom and on the floor, the best. There's no one better.''

Adams did a little of everything in the second half, and finished the game with seven rebounds, four steals and five assists as he went to his teammates down the stretch.

"(Fullington) did a good job on him in the second half,'' Byrne said. "But he did a great job getting the ball to his teammates. He is so unselfish. He gets rebounds, steals, assists and he does that every night. He does everything for us.

"Everybody knows he is our scorer and they do everything to try to stop him. They've put a box and one and a triangle and two (defense) to try to stop him, and tried to double team him. No matter what they do, he scores.''

Adams had a career-high 42-point game earlier this season, but Thursday's performance will go down as his best -- according to him, anyway.

"This was way better than the 42-point game,'' Adams said.

McKinley Chambless was the only other Warrior in double figures. He nailed a pair of 3s and finished with 11 points and his mouth was still wide open when he talked about Adams after the game.

"Lights out,'' Chambless exclaimed. "He was lights out. We were running every play to get him the ball, and it looked good and felt good watching it. He was just making everything.''

SGA had not only lost to Fullington twice but had been blown out in both games.

"That's a great team,'' Adams said. "They beat us by 20-plus both times, so we came into this game ready. I was ready to play. But I don't know if I was (ready for that). That's how I felt when I looked over to my coach. I just said, 'I don't know.' "