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SATURDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Monroe boys hold off Worth, 51-47

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

SYLVESTER— Though Herald Super 6er Jabari McGhee had his usual big game Saturday night, he gave all the credit to his teammates after this one -- and with good reason. He and a shorthanded Monroe Tornadoes squad were able to fight off a scrappy bunch from Worth County on the road, 51-47.

The Tornadoes (21-3, 14-0) were still trying to get rid of the bad taste of a loss to Terrell County last weekend, and would happen upon even more adversity in Sylvester.

“We normally dress out more players on the road, but we only brought nine tonight. We had six players stay home, so the guys who played tonight were the most disciplined on the team,” Monroe coach Marquis Davis said.

The Tornadoes led the entire game, even though their biggest lead was 10 points.

It seemed every time Worth County got a run going, McGhee would make a play, whether it was snatching a defensive rebound, blocking a shot or catching an alley-oop.

However, after a few turnovers, Worth County guard Timothy Gaint drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two points with just under six minutes left in regulation. On the next possession, David Tolbert sunk a 20-footer from the top of the key to tie the game with 5:23 on the clock, and all of a sudden, we had a game on our hands.

Despite their inexperience, the reserve Tornadoes definitely heeded their coach’s message. After a Monroe timeout, Dontale Cooper found an open Darien Anderson, who hit a contested three to put Monroe up six. Before the Rams had a chance to make it a one-possession game, he broke in front of a pass and was fouled on the ensuing fast break before he could put the game away with an exclamation point with less than two minutes left on the clock.

“We needed that loss last week,” said McGhee afterwards. “We were on a big winning streak, so that loss to Terrell got us humble. But the guys you saw making plays tonight, most of those were bench players. I didn’t have to tell my teammates that much. They stepped up big tonight; they made plays, hit big shots when we needed them. They did all that on their own.”

McGhee finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

Brandon Moore led the Rams with 14 points and four rebounds.

Davis was pleased with his star player’s performance, especially amidst the recent adversity.

“We’ve talked about that for the past two games,” Davis said. “He’s taken a couple of games off, and for us to win he can never take a game off. He had an off game against Terrell and we lost that, he had another off game last night against Albany High. But he came to play (Saturday) night like a senior, and he led his team to victory.”

The Tornadoes finish the regular season undefeated in region play.


Seminole boys rout Bainbridge

DONALSONVILLE — Jordan Harris led Seminole to a 74-52 win against Bainbridge with 20 points in Saturday’s regular season finale, while Jamarkus Gray and Jamal Martin each scored 13 and Chavon Wiggins added 10.

Bainbridge, which finished the season 16-8, was led by Tyree Crump and Stephen Johnson, who each scored 13.

The Bearcats open the Region 1-AAAAA tournament Wednesday at home against Harris County.

Seminole County (18-5) opens the Region 1-A tournament Tuesday in Camilla against either Miller County or Baker County.

PELHAM GIRLS 45, BROOKS 20: Herald Super 6er Briunna Freeman scored 16 and Hillary Williams finished with 14 to help the Herald No. 4 Lady Hornets finish 22-3 overall and 11-1 in Region 1-AA.

Pelham finished tied for first in the region with Thomasville, and a coin flip today will decide the No.1 seed.


Lee County sends record 7 to state meet

ALLATOONA — Tom Matheny was hoping this might be a special year for his Lee County wrestlers, and his kids took another step toward that goal on Saturday when Lee qualified seven wrestlers for next week’s Class AAAAA state meet.

“It’s the most we’ve ever had qualify for state,’’ said Matheny, who took five to state last year. “We were pleased with what the guys did. They competed well. We have some good matchups at state next week.’’

Lee has never sent more than five to the state meet.

“I feel good,’’ said Matheny, who took over the program three years ago and has seen his kids dominate the region tournament for three consecutive years. Matheny believes this year’s team has a chance to finish in the top 20 at state, which would be another benchmark for Lee County. Sending seven to state makes another statement for the program.

“It’s good to see improvement every year,” Matheny said. “It kind of justifies what you’re doing.”

Alex Davis (132) finished second in the sectionals and Devon Yelverton (138) and Colton Grove (220) took third place. The top eight wrestlers qualify for the state meet.

Lamar Wynn (126), Kyler Morgan (145) and Chris Rapley (152) finished sixth and Collins Tensley (182) took seventh to qualify for the state meet.

There are no team points in the sectionals.

Comments

squawkee 1 year, 9 months ago

Congrats, Monroe! You had a great regular season... The coaches comments in reference to Jabari McGhee seem a bit biased.... I have watched several teams in Southwest Georgia play, including Monroe and I just don't see it. I feel as though Monroe has a well balanced team but the coach isn't utilizing them well. - Number 11 has had several good games. When he seems to start putting up a lot of points, the coach benches him. -Number 24 is a big guy. He is a born hustler, he plays his position well, and he scored points. One game he played, he was benched and he scored the first 8 points of the game. Rule #1 coach: Never take the hot man out of the game! With all of the big guys Monroe has, they CAN win without Jabari. The coach seems to train the rest of the team around Jabari. If his game is a little off, everyone else has to pay. Jabari is a good player but everyone else plays their positions well. He can't get on that floor and win by himself. Jabari said it well when he gave the other team members credit on the win. It takes them ALL working together to win. A good team is only as strong as its weakest link and they are all pretty strong. Ask Michael Jordan; the Bulls team started winning championships when Bill Cartwright, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, John Paxson, Craig Hodges and many more put up points to help their team win. Bottom line: the playoffs are the on the way...We want to see these great talents (Monroe Tornadoes) make it far!

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 9 months ago

Jabari is the only Divison 1 player on the team. Monroe wouldn't be this good without him.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 9 months ago

Well, I tried to stay out of this one but I must have my say. First of all, I think Coach Davis is getting a bad rap here. His discipline comment has been taken out of context and that is probably because you guys don’t know the whole story. The players that didn't participate in the game against Worth County were suspended because they did not show up for practice on time. That's a part of being a disciplined player. Coach had every right to discipline those guys. Did I like it? No. I would have rather them sit out the first quarter or half of the game. But it wasn’t my decision to make. Do I understand coach’s rationale for doing it? ? Yes! Supposed they were late for a game? The team struggled (a little) to beat Worth Co. without key players like Nos. 10, 11, and 54. Nevertheless, they won. However, Coach Davis had to coach like hell. He was on his feet for 99% of the game. He was playing guys from the 2nd and the 3rd bench.

What is you don’t see? You don’t see that Jabari is a great player and high major d-1 prospect? Google it! It’s apparent that a lot of the basketball EXPERTS (D-1 coaches and recruiters) in this country have seen it. They have been coming to his games in groups of twos or threes. There is always a recruiter at Monroe’s games. Lets not get it twisted! They weren’t just coming to see Monroe play a game. They were coming to evaluate Jabari McGhee…plain and simple. Actually, D-1 coaches and recruiters have been watching Jabari since he was in the 8th grade while playing AAU basketball. That’s how long he’s been getting letters of interest from High major D-1 schools. Don’t take my word for it, GOOGLE his name!

Now I am not taking anything away from any of the other players on the team. All of the players you mentioned (except #24) can put up big numbers on any given night. Numbers 11, 5, 33, 10, & 54 have had great nights when they’ve shined and Jabari didn’t. However, he is more consistent in putting up double figures in scoring, rebounding, and blocking than any other member of his team. He has played every position on the court from the 1 to the 5. You don’t find many BIG men doing that, even in the NBA.

Number 24 CAN be a great player, but he has some serious issues…attitude and work ethics. You mentioned the game where he scored the first 8 points. How many points per game did he have before and after that game? He has good potential but he misses key practices, pouts and walks off the court when coach yells him, and he has no consistency on the court. One good night does not make you a great player.

You also said, “With all of the big guys Monroe has, they CAN win without Jabari. The coach seems to train the rest of the team around Jabari.” SURE, they can win without Jabari, but do they want to? NO! Do they understand that Jabari is the key player? YES! All teams have one or more key players. All good coaches design plays to get their key players the ball.

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teammonroe 1 year, 9 months ago

I Have to agree with squawkee, I have been to almost all of Monroe games and my tornadoes has the most talented team I have seen in a long time, they actually can have two starting fives, and every game I attend I see a new player emerge off the bench and have a great game even in close games some one out of nowhere steps up, the starting five stay consistant, we wouldnt have the record we have without those guys, but like I say it is a team. I would see this player be having a good game get put on the bench never to return, the next game he is dressed out still not playing but cheering his teammates on and ready to go if coach calls him, and for Coach Davis to say these player are more discipline than these over here. With a record perfect region and 20-3 overall to me it looks like the whole team is pretty discipline. Coach Davis the concept to high school sports is to uplift a kid not break their spirits I have watch those same players stay disciplined and finally get put back in the game but by then they are shook, confused, and not knowing what you really want. I'm usually not the one to question a well educated and qualified man like coach Davis but I'm not blind either, you may just have cause a rift in a powerhouse team late in the season by your words of saying this group is more discipline than this, that should have stayed in house or should have never been said, try uplifting your players as a unit you will get a lot more from your team, We should be undefeated with all the talent on that team there really is no reason, To Coach Davis stop thinking you just a coach to these kids you a father figure to a lot of these players your words and actions may be the cause of some of these kids success or failures, so stop being so quick to cast the iron hand on who are not quite grown men but boys. I ask of you get this team back unified and lets make a run to the state.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 9 months ago

Ok TeamMonroe…here’s my take on your comments. You couldn’t have said it better. Monroe has the most talented team in the city. They really do have two starting five. And on any given night, a new player may emerge off the bench and have a great game. However, Coach Davis was trying to break their spirits of the kids he suspended. He was doing what a good father or even an employer would do when a son or an employee did something wrong. Kids must be disciplined. We send the wrong message if we just let them slide by. If you are an athlete then be a good one in every aspect of the game. That means showing up on time for practice, as well. These young men know what coach Davis expects of them. They need to suffer consequences when they don’t meet expectations.

I also agree that Monroe has the most unified team this year than they have in the 3 years. Most of these boys are always together. They play together on and off the court. They even worship together from one church to another. They chill together from house to house. These boys are not just teammates they are Great friends with an unbelievable bond. They truly love each other. How do I know? I spend a lot of time with these guys. Their love for the game and each other is the reason for their winning season. No comment Coach Davis has made has torn them apart or dampened their spirit. They are and will always be a UNIFIED TEAM!

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AuntieDee 1 year, 9 months ago

Sorry, I meant to say that Coach Davis WASN'T trying to break the spirits of the kids he suspended.

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 9 months ago

ROTFLMAO!!! Cry me a river...the coach is doing his job and he has to have disciplined on this team. Record don't mean they are disciplined at all. It is just a record.

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squawkee 1 year, 9 months ago

Of course he is the only D1 player. He is the only player allowed to score points. That's not what we are discussing. Number 11 is a junior. Number 24 is a sophomore. Let's give these players more attempts to perform so they can make it to a D1 school. The other seniors rode the bench their whole high school career. At Westover, when Cromer was benched for two games, Coach Smith said it was for "undisclosed reasons." He and Boston have won championships! They understand that dirty laundry is not to be aired in the news... Oh yeah, by the way, Dontonio Wingfield (former NBA player) was one of the greatest high school players in the state of Georgia.When he was not allowed to play at the championship game, Westover's team stepped up and WON the championship. Many observers thought they couldn't make it without him. (You think the Westover fans were brainwashed like the rest of you to think they couldn't make it either?)

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dmyers80 1 year, 9 months ago

Do you evn watch basketball??? If you did you would know that everyone on the theam cant be a high scorer.... Look at the college programs, Im willing to bet that we cant find 30 out of the 115+ D1 teams with 3 players that average double figures scoring every game... Coaches look at way more than scoring... How does he move wothout the ball? Does he hustle every play?, does he go after loose balls and rebounds hard??

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AuntieDee 1 year, 9 months ago

Dmyers...I couldn't have said it any better. D-1 coaches are looking for more than just scorers. The need rebounders, blockers, ball handlers, hustlers, etc.

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dmyers80 1 year, 9 months ago

And to put it in perspective... there are 337 division 1 schools with basketball programs... there is an average of 12 players per team( thats 4,044 players) so when you count the players who are already there, a team might only sign 4 to six players at the most... Now there are an estimated 450,000 high school kids playing basketball a year, so if each D1 team signed 6 players thats 2,022 kids per year. Now from that pool of 450,000 thats less than 5% of all of the high school players in the country! So to just toss around that there are several d1 players on that team, it diminishes what the REAL d1 prospects have accomplished.... Are there several very good players on that team? YES...are there several D1 prospects on that team NO!!

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 9 months ago

You are lying about Mcghee is the only player to score all of the points. The other players score the fair share of points, too. Coach Smith had said "he had to disciplined his players in the paper in the past." Every coach goes through this in their coaching careers. Coach Smith never won a title as a head coach. Are you serious comparing this Monroe's team to the early 90s Westover teams? That 1993's team had 6 Division 1 players on the team and that is even without counting Dontonio. That team was great because they had great high school players on it.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 9 months ago

Squawkee…you are so wrong for this one. Are you saying that Jabari is the only D1 player because he is the only player allowed to score points? You couldn’t be further from the truth. Several of these guys (The Anderson Twins, Wal-Mart, Tim) have been the high scorer in Monroe games.

Let’s take a look beyond Monroe. Take a look at Kel Miller and T.J. Cromer. They make the majority of the points for Westover’s team. They have great stats in basketball just like Jabari, but I don’t see either one of them on any of the major recruiting sites for basketball, nor have I seen coaches recruiting them for a D-1 basketball program. Why?

Please understand that Jabari is not a D-1 prospect because he’s allowed to score points. He is highly recruited because No.1: he is a talented baller with the athleticism that college coaches are looking for. Here is the KEY to why he excels in basketball. No.2: He played for a couple of High major AAU teams that played across the country and are sponsored by major industries such as Under Amour. Jabari has played basketball with and against many of the nation’s top basketball recruits for the last 4 years (i.e. Austin Rivers, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, etc.). He gets outside skills training that he doesn’t get here. No.3: He has been exposed to basketball beyond the confines of Albany, Georgia. When you play in other areas of the U.S. you find an entirely different caliber of basketball and players.

Kids with great talent have to get great exposure outside of this city. Jabari’s family, with the help of Coach Keith Hayes, recognized that he had a God-given talent for basketball as an elementary student playing at the Boys and Girls Club. His family and AAU coaches made it possible for him to attend Major Basketball Combines all around the US where pros trained and nurtured his talent. Because of this, he has been nationally ranked and college coaches have taken notice. So to say that he’s a D-1 prospect because he is the only player allowed to score points is Ludicrous!

Number 11 (Tim) is a junior and just like Jabari he’ll have his time to shine and lead the Nadas. He will be “The Man” next year in his due season. Jabari had to wait in line behind talented players like Brandon Johnson, Pig, Ted, Carlos, etc. When his time came to shine he stepped up. If Number 24 (Haines) wants to shine he is going to have to step up to the plate and play the game. He’s had several attempts to perform while D-1 coaches and recruiters were in the stands watching Jabari.

Jabari deserves all the recognition he gets. Don’t take my word for it. Just ask the D-1coaches and recruiters from Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Old Miss, Kentucky, Murray State, Tenn., GA Tech, Arkansas, Clemson, Stanford, and the University of Florida (just to name only a few) who have all been here or followed him somewhere to see him play. So, don’t hate the player…hate the game!

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goldngreen 1 year, 9 months ago

its okay to feel like mcgee is the best player but he along didnt win all them games alone thats how ppl are trying to make it seem MONROE IS A GREAT TEAm when they all work together as one i like number 10 because in my eyes he is the reason why mcgee get them points what he is point guard i see all yall talking but what bout number 3, 22, 54 i can go on its more talent on that court than just him and coach davis labron james didnt win that campionship without the rest of th team he needed wade bosh and all the others one this is high school basketball allow these kids to play the game they love for some of them this might be they last year and need basketball to go to college but the only one college will see is mcgee and thats not fair

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AuntieDee 1 year, 9 months ago

GoldenGreen… MONROE IS A GREAT TEAM and they do play well together. But number 10 (Keith) is NOT the reason why Jabari gets points. He has been getting points for the past 3 years when Keith wasn’t even playing 1st or 2nd bench.

I do agree that Monroe has a deep bench. There are many talented players on the team and they ALL have been allowed to play. However, it will not be Jabari’s fault if other players don’t get a basketball scholarship. They all had the same opportunity to play the game. It is not fair to say nor is it true that he is the only one that will go to college. I personally helped two other players on that team to get into the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse to become eligible for athletic scholarships. However, both of those guys are excellent ACADEMIC students with great GPAs and great SAT scores! They can get into college regardless.

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dmyers80 1 year, 9 months ago

teammonroe... I believe that coach as refering to the kids who didnt dress out for disciplinary reasons, by saying "The guys who played tonight were the most disciplined on the team."This will go a long way in life with them, things like that just part of becoming a man, If you dont do what youre supposed to do there are consequenses. Now to the issue everyone is talking about, Yes there are other good players on that team, and they are a good team with or without him...but they are a GREAT team with him, even when he's not scoring, the threat of him being in the game and just touching the ball on the offensive end opens up the offense for everyone else. The offense needs to be run through him to help get the gaurds open shots!! And as far as saying coach only allows McGhee to score... If you've got a big gun...SHOOT it!! And lets be real... How many REAL college prospects are there on that team... Im not talking bout just good players, Im talking about real D1 talent...If this is their last year and they need to go to college... You ever hear of ACADEMIC Scholarships... Thats why they are in school in the first place ACADEMICS get good grades and you can go to any college you want to!!

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