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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL -- GHSA/GISA ROUNDUP: Albany boys score just 13 points in first-round state loss to No. 1 ECL

Albany's Emanuel Byrd, right, goes up for a layup against ECL's Trevin Joseph during the first half of Wednesday's Class AAAA state opener. AHS lost, 39-13. (Jason Mussell/Special to The Herald)

Albany's Emanuel Byrd, right, goes up for a layup against ECL's Trevin Joseph during the first half of Wednesday's Class AAAA state opener. AHS lost, 39-13. (Jason Mussell/Special to The Herald)

MCDONOUGH — If you can't beat them, slow it down.

That's what the Albany Indians tried to do in their opening round game in the Class AAAA state playoffs against an Eagles Landing team that looked like it belonged on the court with Georgia or Georgia Tech.

"They booed us, but that was OK with me,'' said Albany coach Archie Chatmon, whose team held the ball most of the night in a 39-13 loss to Eagles Landing, the top-ranked team in Class AAAA in the state. "My goal was to give my team the best chance to win. We weren't going to be able to beat them playing them four quarters. But we might beat them playing one quarter.''

Chatmon wanted to keep the score down and try to overtake Eagles Landing in the final eight minutes of the game.

"We held the ball,'' he said. 'We started the game by taking the air out of the ball, but by the time we got to the fourth quarter they were too far ahead of us.''

Chatmon said one look at the Eagles Landing's team was enough.

"They are 6-9, 6-9, 6-8 and 6-7, and they have a 6-1 guard who can dunk a 12-foot goal,'' Chatmon said. 'And they are talented. They have talent and size. They are the most talented team at that size in the state. You combine their talent and their size and you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the state that talented.''

Tyler Cheese led Albany with seven points as the Indians, who lost all five starters from last year's Class AA Elite 8 team, finish the season at 11-12 after jumping up two classes to play in AAAA this season.

The slowdown game left Eagles Landing a bit frustrated.

“We need a shot clock,” Golden Eagle’s coach Clay Crump said following the win, which advanced his team to the second round to play the winner of Wednesday’s Perry-Butler game. If Eagles Landing wins Saturday and Westover beats Westside Macon Saturday night then Westover would meet the top-ranked Golden Eagles in the Elite 8 round of the playoffs at Westover next week.

Albany made it clear that they wanted to play keep away with the bigger, more athletic Golden Eagles. And in the first quarter, that strategy seemed to work well, as the Indians found themselves facing just a 9-7 deficit going into the second quarter.

In the third quarter, Albany held the ball and remained motionless just beyond the halfcourt line for almost three minutes on two different offensive possessions. As a result, the 29-12 lead that Eagle’s Landing built going into halftime was the exact same score at the end of the third quarter.

Despite the frustrating pace, Crump said he was happy about how his bunch handled it.

“That’s something that could really get you frustrated,” Crump said. “But we were able to cause some turnovers with our trap and build enough of a cushion to wear if they wanted to hold it the entire third quarter we felt they wouldn’t be able to catch up with us.”

Albany made it clear that they wanted to play keep away with the bigger, more athletic Golden Eagles. And in the first quarter, that strategy seemed to work well, as the Indians found themselves facing just a 9-7 deficit going into the second quarter.

That’s when Eagle’s Landing began turned up the defensive pressure full court trapping press which forced Albany into seven turnovers in the second quarter. The miscues led to multiple transition baskets as Eagle’s Landing went on a 20-5 run to close out the half. Albany score just one point in the second half.

GISA Class AAA

DWS GIRLS 44, ATLANTA GIRLS SCHOOL 29: The Lady Knights survived a flat tire and a poor first quarter in Wednesday's state tournament opener, but they rallied in the second half to keep their season alive.

Deerfield, which suffered a flat tire on its bus on the way to Macon, fell behind 11-7 at the end of the first quarter before pulling even with Atlanta Girls School at halftime. The Lady Knights (14-13), who are the GISA Region 3-AAA No. 1 seed, outscored AGS 27-12 in the second half to advance to Friday's Elite 8, where they will play Westfield at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

"The flat tire rattled us a bit," Deerfield coach Jeff Eubanks said. "We didn't play good defense and couldn't rebound in the first quarter. Late in the second quarter is when it started to turn around."

Nyla Perry scored 20 to lead the Lady Knights, who have now won four in row and seven straight on the road. Casey Kincheloe added 12 points for DWS.

GISA Class AA

MACON — The Terrell Academy girls rebounded from a lopsided loss to Westwood in the region title game with a sound win Wednesday in their state opener, 52-40, against Monsignor Donovan.

Lauren Barfield led the way with 15 points, Maura Milliron added 13 and Marilauren Farr chipped in 12.

Terrell, which lost in the state title game a year ago after winning three straight state crowns, now will face the winner of Wednesday’s late game between LaGrange and Trinity Christian on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Middle Georgia College.

TAE coach Keith Jones said his girls bounced back nicely from such a crushing defeat.

“We got our fanny handed to us. There’s no other way to say it,” he said of the 34-point loss to Westwood last weekend. “And we know if we want another shot at them, we have to win three more games. It’s an old adage and I hate to say it, but we’re just taking it one game at a time and not thinking too far ahead. We have to take care of bracket first to even get a shot (at revenge).”

BRIARWOOD GIRLS 53, SGA 24: The Lady Warriors, who had not been to state in five years, were knocked out in the first round Tuesday — but not before every player saw action and a few valuable lessons were learned.

“It was a really good year for us with all the girls we had getting hurt. We learned a lot and gained some confidence,” coach Matt Dalrymple said. “All the girls got a chance to play, and that’s good because we hope to be back next year. We have a really young team.”

SGA (7-20) loses three seniors, but only one — Morgan Everson — saw significant time. Jessie Oliver led SGA with 13 points, followed by seven from Baylee Everson.

WESTWOOD 61, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 42: The GISA Region 3-AA No. 1 seed Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and then cruised to an easy win in Wednesday’s state tournament opener against Covenant Christian, 61-42.

Westwood improved to 20-3 with the win and advanced to the Elite 8, where the Lady Wildcats will play Flint River at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Middle Georgia College in Cochran.

Callie Smith led the way for Westwood with 13 points, while Haley Marshall and Rachel Harrell added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

GISA Class A

CRISP ACADEMY GIRLS 67, NATHANAEL GREENE 19: Two-time defending GISA Class A state champion Crisp Academy (28-2) rolled to an easy win in the opening round of the Class A state playoffs Wednesday night at ABAC.

Madi Mitchell led the way with 25 points.JayJay Yawn scored 10 and Sidney Folsom added eight points for Crisp, which has now won 20 in a row. The Lady Wildcats will play Robert Toombs in the Elite 8 round of the playoffs at 8:30 p.m. Friday at ABAC.

GHSA Class AAAAA

BAINBRIDGE — For the second straight game, the Bearcats lost in an overtime heartbreaker.

And this time, the 71-65 defeat to Creekside ends their season.

Bainbridge ends the season far earlier than many expected as a No. 2 seed that lost in overtime Saturday in the region title game to decide the top spot.

Now, all the Bearcats can do is look to next year.

“Two in a row, back-to-back,” Bainbridge coach Rickey McCullough lamented of the two tough losses. “There’s not a whole lot you can say right now.”

Bainbridge, despite the loss, had four players in double figures: Stephen Johnson (15 points), Tim Shaw (10), Justin Baker (11) and Dontavious Marshall 10.

The Bearcats (19-10) lose six seniors, including three starters: Jamez Harris, Marshall and Baker.

GHSA Class AAAA

JONESBORO — The Crisp County boys’ season ended Wednesday night with a 61-27 loss to Jonesboro — a game coach Terry Smith called “our worst of the year.”

“We didn’t have a single player in doubel figures, and we didn’t score in double figures in any quarter,” he said. “Just terrible.”

Javoris Cooks led Crisp (11-15) with nine.

Comments

The_Dude 1 year, 1 month ago

Just turrible. I love Coach Smith.

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Nappo 1 year, 1 month ago

I hate to be so negative, but Coach Chatmon you sound like a complete idiot and your strategy was moronic. How in the world are you giving your team the best chance to win by holding the ball DOWN 17 IN THE 3RD QUARTER!! How in the world can you win by holding the ball for over 6 minutes in a freaking quarter down by 17 points. That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life, no wonder you never have won anything of significance.

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The_Dude 1 year, 1 month ago

Albany, DHS, Monroe and Westover combined couldn't beat Eagle's Landing. It didn't matter.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 1 month ago

Too bad we can't prove you wrong Dude. Only because your combination of schools is just a passing thought. However, McGhee, Cromer, Miller, and the Anderson Twins would make an awesome 1st five with not one bench but two at the least.

Man, Eagles Landing ain't all that. I've followed them in their region. They are playing these same litlle sorry teams in their region that the Albany schools are whipping in the playoffs like Dutchtown, North Clayton, etc. If we had these schools for regular season we'd look good too.

I guess y'all think North Georgia Teams got some kind of special moon dust that they sprinkle on those boys. Albany boys put their pants on one leg at a time and dribble a ball up and down the same way Metro-Atlanta boys do.

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The_Dude 1 year, 1 month ago

Only problem is that Eagle's Landing's pants legs are all 4-5 inches longer than any kids here. Can't match that size. There's a reason they're No. 1 in the state and it ain't fairy dust.

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hotdog 1 year, 1 month ago

DUTCHTOWN and n Clayton made good region tourney runs....and teams such as lee and Terrell worth and a-s make your record look good too....e. landing would win region 1 or compete for the top just like MHS and whs would compete for the top in region 4

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PeterWeeStraw 1 year, 1 month ago

"The_Dude" I think Westover will give them a better game. That was my second time seeing EGL this year. They are big and AHS is very small and inexperience two words "Over Matched", that is why I say WHS can give them a better game. If you make EGL set-up and run offense they can be beaten. They like running and easy baskets, with there size there press is effective. I thought they never turned up the pressure on AHS. Westover can beat these guys with a good strategy.

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rorschach 1 year, 1 month ago

Nappo, you must be very young or just don't know the game. Coach Chatmon is one of the best coaches in Ga. Don't you realize that Albany high cannot beat a D-1 college team. That whole team will be going D-1 next year. If Albany High had gotten into a track meet with that team the score probably would have been 150 -25. Losing by 26 points to that team isn't bad for a team of freshmen and sophomores who are severly undersized. Sometimes taking the air out of the ball is your only option. It's also a proven stragety that has worked many times at every level. That's why the shot clock was implemented in Pro and college.

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 1 month ago

You are a fool for that comment because the whole team is not going Division 1. That is impossible for a public school. Please don't make excuses for the dumb mistake that Coach Chatmon did yesterday.

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options1 1 year, 1 month ago

Well actually they have six guys going Div-1, and he only plays eight until mop up time, so what's the point. Listen Albany High, nor Monroe, maybe Westover if they use a version of this strategy can beat them. So if he would have let his young team run with them and they got beat by a 100 points you would say he was crazy. The man knows basketball and he was not going to nor should get his young team, who has no chance of winning state this year anyway, demoralized when he can build for the future. I saw EL play earlier this year and let me tell you Tift would have to play well to beat them; and we know how our teams faired with them. Coach Chatmon, keep doing what you're doing. You took a group of freshmen and sophomores to the first round of the state after losing most of your players from last year. I personally don't think you're dumb or that you made a mistake.

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dmyers80 1 year, 1 month ago

I repeat.. coach Chatmon , is the best Basketball coach inAlbany!!! This sounds like a bad strategy, but in reality it makes perfect sinse... Pro teams used to do it all the time, thats where the shot clock comes from!!... Say what you want but this was Albany's only chance... Coach Cahtmon is smart and honest with his team and himself... I remember whe the Herald asked him why did his team keep losing close ones to Monroe, he replied " they're just better"...

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 1 month ago

Coach Dallis Smith is the best coach in Albany. He went to 4 final fours and one runner up in 2009 in 11 years. Westover doesn't have height just like Albany. I bet Coach Smith would give his team a better chance to win than Coach Chatmon. You got to play aggressive and Coach Chatmon didn't. He is overrated as a coach and he never won a state title. He has been coaching since 1986.

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rorschach 1 year, 1 month ago

Maybe I overstated the tidbit about all 5 going D1. But my point is still valid and I am far from a fool. If you guys don't think that team is that good then so be it. But you need to remember that Albany played Monroe and Westover pretty tough this year. That Eagles Landing team is by far a better than any team that anyone in 1AAAA has faced all year. They will beat everyone in this region by at least 30.

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dmyers80 1 year, 1 month ago

I dont think they will all go D1 but they certainly have the size.. I wouldnt say all 5 of them going D1 is impossible either... In fooltball DeLaSalle high school, signed 12 players to D1 scholarships a couple years ago!

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AuntieDee 1 year, 1 month ago

Eagles Landing has an excellent team. However, The whole team won't go D-1. I know that Ringer and Worthan will go D-1 after graduating in May. I've watched them develop in AAU for the past couple of years. No one is touching T. Joseph right now. He left Miami after being involved in a High school recruiting scam at his former high school. Dewberry is a better football star and will get a scholarship in that area. Pretty much everyone else on that team is still trying to come into their own. They aren't there yet and no real offers are on the table for them.

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PeterWeeStraw 1 year, 1 month ago

Nappo, I hate that you started out negative because if you were at that game AHS school had no chance none!! The few shoots they took in the second half most were blocked. And there were more than a few airballs. I counted four in a row at one point. Despite how you think he sounds, how would you sound if you said AHS could have beaten EGL? Truly there was no way ANYTHING Coach Chatmon could have done to win so he held the ball. You seem to think that Albany should have shot the ball more there stats for the second half were horrible, that is why what you said seem to be more personnel than anything. If AHS had five seniors then your comments might seem in the right context.

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 1 month ago

You play to win the game and Chicken Chatmon waved the white flag before the game even started. If he knew they wasn't about to win, he should had forfeit the game and just stayed home. I don't care if the whole team are freshmen...I will still play to win the game. This is a man's sport!

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camillaallstars88 1 year, 1 month ago

AHS has no business in AAAA they are out matched all day. Albany schools should really have only 2 maybe 3 schools. 2 should be AAAAAA and 1 AAA. Albany yall in your on way. Yall can't compete you spreading your ath's to thin. AHS was ok this year what about the next 5 same with DCHS, westover has tradition but they won't even win State, neither will Monroe they out matched when it comes to STATE! Valdosta and Albany are probably the same size but Valdosta has only 2 schools both are AAAAAA it gives them a better chance of winning I'm sure valdosta could have 4 schools but Why?

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camillaallstars88 1 year, 1 month ago

AHS jumped from AA to AAAA. They were not that good in AA neither should DHS they are at best a AAA. You're not gonna make me believe Albany has 4 AAAA schools, I know it goes by numbers but if you're 1 student over that does not mean jump classificaton the SS has the right to drop or stay put. PRIDE is hurting the city of Albany

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The_Dude 1 year, 1 month ago

You do realize that if Albany had stayed in AAA they would have had to travel all over the state to play region games and the athletic dept. would have gone broke paying for gas. Name an AAA team near Albany?

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Gollygee 1 year, 1 month ago

“We need a shot clock,” Golden Eagle’s coach Clay Crump said following the win, which which advanced his..."

Proofreader strikes again!!

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Nappo 1 year, 1 month ago

Rorschach. I promise u I forgot more about bball than u will ever know. Chatmon couldn't coach his way outta wet paper box. In 93, he couldn't draw up a play to score 4 points in a half against Westover sans the # 1 player in the country. In 94, he couldn't figure a box & 1 could beat Harpring & Marist.t His quote was he was trying to give his team best chance to win not avoid getting blowed out. He should be fired for such a IDIOTIC statement. No way can that make sense, u cannot win by stalling down 17 in the third quarter

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rorschach 1 year, 1 month ago

Look fool!! I saw Albany go against a Westover team that was one of the best this state has ever seen and push them to their limits. I was at Alexander Memorial colliseum in Atlanta when Coach Chatmon took his undersized team in a hostile environment against a loaded Marist team with Ga. Player of the year Matt Harpring as one of the shortest players on a 12 deep roster. I remember Albany playing only 8 players with only two taller than Marists' shortest player. They were undersized, outmanned, yet they lost a close game 42-40 with a chance to win or tie at the buzzer. You are a total fool to think that Marist in 94 was all about Harpring . A box and ! Are you kiddding me???! That team was solid from top to bottom. You need to get out more often and stop drinking whatever Koolaid they're serving on your side of town.

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rorschach 1 year, 1 month ago

By the way,You probably think you know a lot but if you are somebody who is anybody, I probably know more about you than you do. Nuff Said!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 1 month ago

Hey Homeez!!! How y'all been???? Bye!!

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southgawreck 1 year, 1 month ago

How do you get "ECL" out of "Eagles Landing"?

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hotdog 1 year, 1 month ago

Lol....good point south ga wreck....I guess the same way you get rectum out of sister ruby

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PeterWeeStraw 1 year, 1 month ago

"hotdog" that was 100 again. OMG you are getting the point I was trying to make with you.

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big2xpapa 1 year, 1 month ago

"Coach" Chatmon needs to quit .

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