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GHSA CLASS A BOYS STATE TOURNAMENT: Terrell rallies, beats Montgomery County at home in opener

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DAWSON -- For those of you who want to see more Greenwave basketball, guess what?

You will.

The Terrell County Greenwave entered the fourth quarter of Saturday night's first-round of GHSA Class A state playoff game trailing Montgomery County, 59-55, but thanks to a late fourth-quarter surge, they're alive and kicking in the state playoffs again.

The Greenwave, who were up, 75-68, with 2:00 remaining, pulled out all the stops as they went on a 7-0 run to push their lead to double-digits before ultimately winning by a final score of 87-75.

"They came out ready to play and we were a little too relaxed," said Herald Super 6er Terel Hall, who was second in scoring for the Greenwave with 17. "But we had a good halftime speech. Coach told us to pull it together because we had been in this situation before (and) we just had to pull it out."

Pull it out was right, and perhaps no one got the message more clearly than Charles Brown, who scored 19 of his team-high 25 points in the second half, including four fourth-quarter 3-pointers.

"Charles Brown played extremely well (in the fourth quarter) along with Terel Hall," Terrell County coach John Davis said. "They came together and found that level of play you need to overcome a good team."

That good team Davis was referring to was the Eagles, who were led by Brian Bryd, who exploded for a game-high 30 points.

"We started (somewhat) lethargic and it seemed like we mentally got ourselves out of the groove," Davis said. "But in the second half, we started playing Greenwave basketball and then we played even better the fourth quarter."

The Greenwave got help all around. Dekoven Ware added 13 points and Markez Dotson and Corderious Grier each pitched in with 10 points.

The Greenwave ended the first quarter down, 24-15, before narrowing the gap to 36-31 by halftime. Terrell County began the second half by outscoring Montgomery, 24-23, in the third quarter before blowing the game open in the fourth quarter.

The win improved Terrell County to 21-3 and also pits it in a second-round match-up with the Taylor County/Lanier County winner.

"We need to play hard from the start mentally," said Davis of his team's second-round game. "We usually do that."