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South Georgia Tech women move to 15-1, men dropped by Atlanta Metro

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

AMERICUS -- Ophelia McMath did a lot of adding for the Lady Jets in South Georgia Tech's 77-45 destruction of Atlanta Metro College on yesterday.

McMath scored a game-high 27 points, on 9-of-10 from the field, to go along with eight rebounds and four steals.

"She is capable of scoring in a lot of different ways," said South Georgia Tech coach Brandan Harrell, whose No. 8 nationally ranked Lady Jets moved to 15-1. "We put her inside and she finds ways to score -- we can put her on the outside and she finds ways to score.

Other people shoot it and miss it and get the rebound and (just) shoot it in, but she makes plays on defense. She's just a real nice player that can help us in a lot of different ways."

SGT started strong against AMC and at the 12:03 mark of the first half were well in control of the game with a 21-4 lead.

The Lady Jets' sound defensive scheme made it difficult for the Lady Red-Eyed Panthers to get quality looks at the basket.

SGT pushed its first half lead to a peak of 22 points (34-12) before closing out the half ahead 39-22.

AMC was held to 20 percent shooting in the half while also being out rebounded (27-20) by the Lady Jets.

SGT's Miriam Seale made her presence felt in the first half with eight points and six rebounds as she finished with 10 points.

In the second half, the Lady Jets took their foot of the gas -- but that was just on the defensive end.

"The first ten minutes of the game went really well," Harrell said. "Then we just got complacent and really didn't play with a lot of energy in the second half."

But ultimately for SGT it was another dominant win as they outrebounded AMC, 57-36, and scored 18 second-chance points to only five for Atlanta Metro.

The Lady Jets next travel to face Andrew College on Tuesday.

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AMC MEN 78, SGT 65: The game between the Jets and the Panthers was a tale of two halves with SGT running out of gas late as they watched AMC dig themselves out of an early hole in route to the win, dropping SGT to 12-3 on the season.

The first half belonged to the Jets, who established a double digit lead (19-7) at the 10-minute mark.

Morris Mitchell was a force for SGT and led the team in the early, scoring nine of his 14 points in the first half.

But as the half continued, AMC was able to creep back in the game.

"We didn't do a good job of matching up with their best player and that got them going," SGT coach Steven Wright said.

At halftime the game was knotted at 33-33.

Wright then added, "For a stretch in the first half, we forgot what was good for us. We were getting the ball inside and then started setting for jump shots and that's not who we are."

In the second half, AMC turned the tables on SGT and with 12:07 left in the game, went up 46-44 on a 3-pointer by Scott Fergusson, who finished with 14 points.

After that, AMC would never relinquish its lead although SGT would pull within one point (51-50) with eight minutes left.

In the final three minutes of the game, with his team up 64-61, Bivins went on one man scoring run, which resulted in AMC attaining its largest lead (75-61).

Bivins finished with a game-high 30 points for the Red-Eyed Panthers.

Demario Fountain did all he could for SGT and finished with a team-high 18 points, while Vincent Cornu added 14 points of his own in the loss.

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ALBANY TECH MEN, WOMEN ROLL BY CHATTAHOOCHEE TECH: The Titans improved to 12-1 on the year after beating Chattahoochee Tech, 69-60, on Saturday on the road behind big games from Rahaem James (16 points), Justin Wilcox (13) and Jamorris Gaines (10).

Albany Tech will next play Tuesday at Georgia Perimeter.

The Lady Titans, meanwhile, also won Saturday, 69-58, thanks to a pair of double-doubles from Bianca Fennessee (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Ann Wilcher (14 points, 13 rebounds) to improve to 10-4 on the year with GPC up next Tuesday on the road.