It's unclear exactly what the gentleman in the long beard and kilt is doing so close to the sidelines of Tuesday's Region XVII opener for South Georgia Tech, but what is known is that the Jets' Stedmon Lemon went off for 17 points in the win against Gordon College. (South Georgia Tech/Special to The Herald)
AMERICUS — Following Tuesday’s 72-55 win against Gordon College in the opening round of the Region XVII Tournament, South Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Steven Wright didn’t have to say much about the Jets’ next opponent.
“We’ve got Chattahoochee Tech next, and they’ve beaten us twice — once by a point and another time by two,” Wright said Wednesday. “I don’t know if my guys are angry or not, but let’s put it this way: We’re hungry (for revenge).”
The first loss was 82-80 on Jan. 4, followed by No. 2 on Feb. 9, 69-68.
Wright said he has watched enough film on those two games to know what went wrong.
“When you look back, they took advantage of the opportunities more then we did. The effort plays, the 50-50 balls, the loose balls — they went their way,” Wright said. But knowing how close we were both times, I feel like if we can just take advantage of a few more opportunities and slow down their transition (offense), I like our chances.”
Stedmon Lemon led SGT on Tuesday with 17 points, followed by 15 from D.J. Davis and 12 from Dario Duque. Leading scorer Anthony Etheridge was held to just seven points, although he battled flu-like symptoms. Wright said he hopes Etheridge will be ready for Friday’s game, which will propel the winner one victory away from the region title and on the doorstep of a trip to nationals.
SGT (22-9) is the No. 6 seed, while Chattahoochee is No. 2, and the game will be broadcast live from East Georgia College in Swainsboro on 98.7.
Albany nips Terrell, starts season 3-0
ALBANY — Vashon Gaines hit a walk-off, game-winning single in the eighth inning to lead Albany High past Terrell County, 10-9.
Gaines finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI. Andrico Carter and Quintavious Broussard each had a double in the win for AHS.
Albany High improved to 3-0 to start the season.
Albany High next travels to face Baconton Charter today.
LEE COUNTY BOYS, GIRLS SOCCER SWEEPS BAINBRIDGE: The Lady Trojans improved to 2-1 on Wednesday after routing Bainbridge, 8-0, behind two goals each from Alexis Roland and Bailey Holbrook, while scoring one apiece was Carsen Taylor and Courtney Ostrus. The Lady Bearcats scored one own goal.
The Lee boys won in penalty kicks after ending regulation 1-1. Jonathan Murphy had Lee’s only goal in regulation as the Trojans (1-2, 1-0) won the shootout, 4-3, for their first win.
Both Lee teams next play Friday at Hardaway.