MACON — Deerfield’s boys had little trouble running past Weber, 73-39, on Thursday night in the opening round of the GISA Class AAA state playoffs and now will meet rival Tattnall Square at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Stratford in the Elite 8 round of the playoffs.
"We were solid all the way,'' said DWS coach Gordy Gruhl, whose team won its 17th straight game. 'We got them tired and wore them down. We did what we're supposed to do: run, run run. It's been a pretty good formula for us.''
Herald Super 6er Ramello Carter led the way with 28 points, and Pete Langstaff had 10 points. DWS (22-3) hit only three 3-pointers all night but won the game on the run, pressing and creating transition baskets.
"It was the same old song, second verse,” Gruhl said.
GISA CLASS AA: Terrell Academy boys advance in Class AA tourney after OT win
MACON — The Terrell Academy Eagles won just three games combined the previous two seasons and still have a youthful roster.
But the Eagles looked like an experienced bunch in overtime Thursday against CFCA in the first round of the GHSA Class AA playoffs.
After losing a late seven-point lead in regulation and allowing CFCA to tie the game, the Eagles hit 9 of 10 free-throw attempts in the extra period to pull out a 59-52 victory.
“With our style of play, run-and-gun and penetrate, you’re going to shoot a lot of free throws, and we were able to hit them there at the end,” Terrell Academy head coach Robert Bryant said.
Caleb Waters led the Eagles with 18, while Raleigh Carlson had 16 and Conor Walsh had 12.
TAE, the No. 3 seed out of Region 3, now advances to the Sweet 16 and will play Saturday against Region2, No. 1 seed First Presbyterian Christian at 5:30 p.m. at Middle Georgia College.
MONSIGNOR DONOVAN BOYS 48, SGA 44: The Warriors’ season came to an end Thursday in a close game — and heartbreaking loss — that typified SGA’s recent state tournament experience.
“Two years ago we lost in the first round in overtime, last year we lost by three and this year by four,” SGA coach David Byrne said. “We just can’t seem to push through.”
McKinley Chambless (14 points), Alex Chambless (13) and Teal Massey (11) led SGA, which finished 18-11.
In Class A, Crisp Academy's boys were eliminated by Curtis Baptist, 58-37.