MACON — Mike Sons enjoyed his first season coaching boys basketball at Sherwood.
He only wishes it had lasted just a few games more.
The Eagles (16-8) saw their season come to an end Saturday night in the GISA Class AAA State Tournament against Bethesda Day, 74-44, despite Sherwood jumping out to a 15-11 first-quarter lead. But Bethesda came back in the second quarter and outscored Sherwood, 26-5, to take a 37-21 halftime lead and never look back.
“They had another gear we didn’t know about,” Sons said of Bethesda. “They’re really good.”
The Eagles lose six seniors — four of them starters (Rashard Davis, Keion Steward, M.J. Green and Walt Mathews) — but Sons is encouraged about the future of the program.
That is, if he’s still coaching it next season.
“It really hasn’t even been discussed what we’re going to do,” said Sons, who was brought in two years ago to coach the girls program, but was asked in the 11th hour last year to also head the guys after Gavin Felix left after one season. “I’ll do whatever (the school) needs me to do. I know I had a blast. I hadn’t coached guys basketball in a while. It was fun.”
Davis, who was coming off a season-high 32 points in the Eagles’ Sweet 16 win, led Sherwood in the loss with 18 points, while junior Patrick Stanford added 12.
TIFTON — Westwood boys basketball coach Al Timmerman would like to meet whoever coined the term “free throw.”
And then promptly ring his neck.
The Wildcats went 8-of-20 from the charity stripe Saturday night in the Elite 8 round of the GISA Class A State Tournament in a nine-point loss to Solid Rock Christian, 55-46.
“Whoever came up with that term didn’t know what they were talking about,” Timmerman said with a laugh, even in defeat. “ ‘Cause there’s nothing free about it. It was frustrating to watch us miss all those shots, most of which came in the fourth quarter in a tight ball game.”
The Wildcats finish the season at 13-10 overall, but have a lot to look forward to after winning the school’s first region title in 10 years a week ago.
“We don’t lose anyone. That was one of the good things about (Saturday) after the loss — we didn’t have to say goodbye to anyone,” said the coach, who didn’t have a senior on the squad this year. “We get ‘em all back.”
Jamie Davis led Westwood with 14 points.
DAWSON STREET BOYS 65, CRISP ACADEMY 32: The Wildcats of Cordele ended their season at 16-10 overall in a game that was never really close. Dawson Street, one of the top teams in Class A all season, jumped out to a 32-13 halftime lead and ran away with it from there.
“They’re deep, they’re athletic and they pressure a lot,” Crisp coach Jody Hays said. “We’ve struggled with teams who do that all year.”
Crisp loses five seniors: Brett Card, who led the Wildcats with nine points Saturday, as well as Nick Culpepper, Austin Childs, Robbie Wright and Michael Spears. But Hays, who just finished his first season back with the program after a brief hiatus, says he thinks he has plenty of up-and-coming talent to fill those shoes.
“We’ve got a good group of kids coming in,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll miss a beat.”