SATURDAY PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Deerfield boys win third straight as showdown with bitter rival -- and unbeaten -- Sherwood looms Tuesday

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

MACON -- There was good and bad news to come out of Saturday's 68-46 win against Stratford Academy for the Deerfield boys basketball team.

The good? Well, the Knights avenged their first loss of 2010 -- which came in their second game of the season against Stratford -- in a big way, leading 49-17 at halftime and never looking back.

The bad news? The next one won't be as easy. Looming is their toughest test of the season and it comes Tuesday at home against their bitter cross-town rival, Sherwood Christian, which enters the crucial Region 1-AAA showdown 13-0 -- the best start in school history.

"There's a lot of interest (in the game) that's for sure," said DWS coach Gordy Gruhl, whose Knights improved to 8-3. "They've got an awfully good basketball team, we're playing well and it's a big region game -- so I think (what's at stake) pretty much speaks for itself."

Banks Kinslow led DWS with 20 points, followed by Ramello Carter (13) and Tyrone Culbreath, who dropped in 10 and blocked six shots.

DWS is 3-0 in region, as is Sherwood.

Game time is set for 8 p.m.



The Herald No. 2 Bearcats went on the road and beat one of the top teams in Florida's capitol city behind 29 points and 16 rebounds from Herald Super 6er Devon Baulkmon for their ninth straight win.

When asked if he felt the Bearcats were on the verge of ripping off another 20-game winning streak like last season -- which propelled the Bearcats into the GHSA Class AAAA Final Four -- coach Rickey McCullough just laughed.

"I sure hope so. This game was one I was worried about," McCullough said. "We knew it'd be a challenge but we started well right off the bat and just kept getting better as the game went on. We're just really playing some good basketball right now."

Bainbridge led by 20 at the half and never looked back as the Bearcats (13-2) now get set to avenge one of their two losses on the season Tuesday when they host Malone (Fla.). Of course, missing from that first meeting was Baulkmon, who didn't play.

"We've got Devon this time," McCullough said. "So I hope the outcome is a whole lot different."

Four other players scored in double figures for the Bearcats: Ronald Crawford (14 points), Trey Kelly (12), Shawn Samuels (12) and Rodney Glenn (10 points, 2 blocks).



The Lady Knights lost for the second time this season to their rivals from Macon to fall to 9-4. Sarah Shellhaas led DWS with 16 points.

"We had one bad quarter when Stratford outscored us 17-9 in the second," DWS coach Ty Kinslow said. "To beat good teams like Stratford, you have to be consistent for all four quarters. We wanted to pay them back for beating us earlier, but we just couldn't do it."

DWS will host SCA on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.



The Warriors got 27 points from McKinley Chambless, 19 from Parker Adams and 10 from Blake Grimsley -- who also had 13 rebounds for a double-double -- to improve to 10-2 on the season.

SGA will next host Brookwood on Tuesday at 8 p.m.



Brooke Hornsby led the way with 10 points, followed by 8 from Jenna Kitchings, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Warriors fell to 1-9 overall.



The Lady Hornets were led by Herald Super 6er D'Ambria Thomas with 19 points, then got 13 each from Octavia Kierce and T'Shanussey Reece 13.

The Lady Hornets, ranked No. 5 in The Herald's Top 5 Poll, are now 10-2.

The play Baker County next on Tuesday.