LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: SGT men focus on Top 4 region seed with two games left; GSW men drop to No. 22 in latest D-II poll, set to host 'Pink Out' with women tonight

South Georgia Tech coach Steven Wright has his team off to a 12-2 start this season.

South Georgia Tech coach Steven Wright has his team off to a 12-2 start this season.

AMERICUS -- The South Georgia Tech Jets and the Lady Jets both stubbed their toes Saturday night when they suffered conference losses to Georgia Perimeter College, but they bounced back Monday night to sweep Gordon College and Darton College.

The women's victory, as reported Monday by The Herald, was key in that it locked up the No. 2 spot for the Lady Jets heading into the Feb. 23 region tournament, while the men's win -- a 79-62 finish that saw a close game at the half (39-37, SGT leading) turn into a rout -- left the Jets in the middle of the conference pack with a 19-9 overall record and 9-7 in Region XVII.

If the SGT men can win out in its final two games -- at home Saturday against Middle Georgia and at Albany Tech on Monday -- the Jets have a chance at finishing No. 4 in the conference and hosting a first-round tournament game March 1 in Americus.

"We have a chance, but we have to win these last two games -- and get some help," Jets coach Steven Wright said. "But Monday was a good win. It was big. And it's interesting because (it keeps up a trend with our team) since Jan. 24, we have won a game, then lost (the next one). Win a game, lose the next one. I guess the good news is that we haven't lost two in a row -- but the bad news is we haven't been able to win two in a row."

The Jets, who are 5-5 over the last 10 games, almost let Monday's win slip away. They were up by 19 in the first half with nine minutes left, and watched Gordon close to two points by halftime. But once LaJuan Clarington -- the leading scorer for the Jets with 20 points -- got going, the Jets cruised. Demario Fountain added 15 points for SGT, and Morris Mitchell and David Wagner closed out the double-figure scoring for the Jets with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The Jets and Lady Jets will host Middle Georgia College in the last regular-season home game of the year Saturday on Sophomore Night.



AMERICUS -- The Georgia Southwestern men's basketball team (17-5, 10-3 PBC) slipped six spots, but remained nationally ranked at No. 22, in the latest NABC/Division II basketball rankings released Tuesday afternoon.

The then-No. 16 Hurricanes went 1-1 last week, losing at Armstrong Atlantic, 86-80, and winning at Flagler, 80-76.

Southwestern received 36 points, two shy of No. 21 Northern Kentucky.

West Liberty (W. Va.) is ranked first for the fifth-consecutive week and received 200 points in the poll.

The regional rankings released by the NCAA come out today. GSW is currently third in the Southeast Region.

The Hurricanes host Georgia College today and travel to North Georgia on Sunday.



AMERICUS -- Tonight is "Pack the House in Pink Night" at the Storm Dome for the GSW basketball games against Georgia College as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Pink Zone initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities.

The festivities for the evening begin at 5:30 p.m. with the women's game against GCSU. At halftime, there will be a Pink Fashion Show. Any fan wearing pink can enter with a gift pack going to the top model -- as voted by the crowd. Along with the fashion show, there will be a marshmallow eating contest.

The men's game against GCSU will follow at 7:30 p.m., with a second running of the Pink Fashion Show at halftime.

$1 from each paid admission will go to the Kay Yow Foundation for cancer research.

All fans wearing pink will be admitted for free, however donations are welcomed.