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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Albany Tech men's, women's hoops win on the road; Fitzgerald's Taylor signs with UGA

Worth County native Jamorris Gaines scored a career-high 30 points for Albany Tech on Tuesday night in a win against Middle Georgia Tech.

Worth County native Jamorris Gaines scored a career-high 30 points for Albany Tech on Tuesday night in a win against Middle Georgia Tech.

COCHRAN -- The Albany Tech men's and women's basketball teams both picked up a pair of wins Tuesday against Middle Georgia Tech as the Titans -- who won, 72-62 -- moved to 2-3, while the Lady Titans -- who won, 68-54 -- improved to a perfect 2-0.

For the men, former Worth County star Jamorris Gaines scored a career-high 30 points after being sorely missed this weekend when the Titans dropped their second and third straight.

"It was nice to have him back," ATC men's coach Sylvester Patterson said. "It was a good win and we were glad to get it after losing two games this weekend in a tournament."

Gaines, the Titans' leading scorer, was 10-for-13 from the floor, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

But he wasn't the only Titan who had a good game.

Aubrey Daniel had 8 points and 6 assists, while former Terrell County star Robert Ellis was a monster down below, swatting four shots, pulling down 12 rebounds and adding six points.

"He was huge for us (Tuesday night)," Patterson said. "He's averaging five blocks a game."

Speaking of huge, that was the story with the Lady Titans' Shakima Wiggins on Tuesday as she led all scorers with 21 points, followed by an equally huge game from Bianca Fennessee, who finished with a double-double --20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

"Yeah, we're starting off pretty good right now," ATC women's coach Kenneth Williams said. "We're still missing a lot of assignments and offense isn't quite clicking like it should. We're 2-0, but we've still got some work to do."

The women return to action Friday at home against West Georgia Tech, while the men will play slightly later, hosting Daytona Beach College Nov. 23 at Albany State.

The men's matchup is an interesting one in that former Herald Player of the Year Terrance Noel, who is now at Albany Tech, signed with Daytona out of high school, meaning he will face his former team for the first time since transferring.


FITZGERALD BASEBALL STAR SIGNS WITH BULLDOGS: Baseball star Matt Taylor of Fitzgerald High School signed a national letter-of-intent to play at the University of Georgia on Tuesday.

Taylor plays shortstop, catcher and pitcher for the Purple Hurricanes, with impressive stats to match: As a junior season, he batted .462 with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 4 HRs and 37 RBI, while only striking out five times and posting a .600 on-base percentage.

"Matt is a talented baseball player, and he has worked extremely hard to make himself even better. He is very deserving of this opportunity."- Fitzgerald head cCoach Jason McDonald said in an e-mail to The Herald.