Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- No one knows when the adrenaline kicked in, maybe somewhere along the ride down Highway 82. Maybe sooner.

"We were excited about playing in the Civic Center the first time we heard about it,'' said Terrell County guard and Super 6er Terel Hall. "It's exciting to play here.''

It showed.

Terrell County, playing in its first game in the Albany Civic Center in more than seven years, came flying out of Dawson down Highway 82 on Saturday and right onto the court, where they ripped off a 9-0 lead and never stopped running, beating Herald No. 4 Westover, 60-48, in front of an estimated 3,000 spectators.

The Greenwave came crashing into the Civic Center party and played as if they were born for this place, running the big floor all night in front of a huge gold-and-green-clad crowd that made the trip from Dawson.

"It was Terrell County everywhere,'' said Greenwave forward Elliot Harvey. "Everywhere you looked in the crowd you could see Terrell County fans.''

Dekoven Ware said he wouldn't mind playing every game there.

"Playing in the Civic Center was just like a home game,'' Ware said. "There was green and gold everywhere.''

Ware played like he was at home, scoring 19 points and grabbing 20 rebounds to pace the Greenwave, who are ranked No. 3 by The Herald and No. 4 in the Class A state poll.

"(Ware) gave us a big game, and Elliott Harvey gave us a big game,'' said Terrell County coach John Davis, whose team has won both games against Westover this season. "And my guard Terel Hall had a big game. He is my voice on the floor. We ran the ball when we wanted to run it and we slowed it down when we wanted to.''

The night and the Civic Center belonged to the Greenwave, who led 34-25 at halftime and were up by 15 points midway in the fourth quarter.

"We controlled the tempo of the game,'' said Hall, who scored 13 points and dished out seven assists. "We were ready to play. The big atmosphere just made us get ready to play.''

Terrell County (16-2) never trailed, and got two big 3s from Charles Brown, who hit one at the buzzer at halftime and hit another one at the end of the game to make it a 12-point win.

Brown finished with 14 points. Harvey finished with five points and seven rebounds as Terrell County controlled the boards as well as the tempo.

While Terrell County was finding ways to score, Westover (12-10) struggled all night. Super 6er Malcolm Sapp took only seven shots in the game. He made three of them and finished with 10 points.

Dequan Green, who scored 32 points against Cairo on Friday night, made just one of seven shots (and that came in the fourth quarter) and finished with four points.

"Sapp took only seven shots,'' Westover coach Dallis Smith said. "I don't why. He didn't attack the basket. And (Green) goes from 32 to four points. You tell me ... It's all mental. We're not getting mentally prepared. We've got to be mentally ready to play.''

Smith has seen his team lose twice this week (a 66-61 loss at Dougherty on Tuesday), and felt the same way after both losses.

"We're just not playing Westover ball,'' he said. "We haven't looked like ourselves. We're not playing with any heart.''

Brandon Hudson led Westover with 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, and sophomore Josh Black scored eight for the Patriots, who play Crisp County in a makeup game on Wednesday and have four region games left. Terrell County, meanwhile, returns to the court Tuesday vs. Quitman at home.