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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Albany Tech splits with East Georgia State on homecoming

Albany Tech’s Guy Barnes rises for a layup in Saturday’s second half of the Titans’ homecoming game against East Georgia State. (Staff Photo: John Millikan)

Albany Tech’s Guy Barnes rises for a layup in Saturday’s second half of the Titans’ homecoming game against East Georgia State. (Staff Photo: John Millikan)

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Albany Tech forward Jonathan Thomas puts up a contested shot Saturday against East Georgia State. (Staff Photo: John Millikan)

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Darton’s Cedricka Sweeting dribbles up the court in Saturday’s 77-40 victory against Middle Georgia College. (David Mann/Special to The Herald)

ALBANY — After watching the Albany Tech women’s basketball team score a Region XVII victory against East Georgia State, the Albany Tech men fell just short in the second game of Saturday’s homecoming doubleheader.

Guard Loran Hall scored 17 points for the Titans (8-14, 2-10 Region XVII), who remained in last place in the region standings with a 76-72 loss.

Also scoring in double figures for the Titans were Lafonzo Smith (13 points, 11 rebounds), Rawlings Okivie (11 points) and Guy Barnes (10 points).

Albany Tech, which has now lost five straight and 11 of 13, plays again Monday at Georgia Perimeter.

ALBANY TECH WOMEN 69, EAST GEORGIA 46: Toni Grier scored a game-high 18 points to snap a two-game skid for the Lady Titans and give them their first win since Jan. 15.

Quiondra Darrisaw added 14 points and nine assists, while homecoming queen Tiara Grier finished with 12 points.

Albany Tech (11-9, 6-6 Region XVII) led by just five points at halftime but pulled away in the second half to stay in the No. 6 spot in the region standings.

DARTON WOMEN 77, MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE 40: Four Lady Cavs scored in double digits as the Darton offense overwhelmed the Lady Warriors Saturday for a Region XVII win. That effort, combined with Darton’s intensity and defense, led to the lopsided victory, Darton head basketball coach Lea Henry said.

“We played really well as a team,” she said. “We really ran the floor and got everybody involved — it was a good team win.”

Sophomores Kadayasha Jones and Jasmine Wilson both led with a game-high 16 points each. Iesha Bonner scored 13 points and added a team-high seven rebounds, while Shanae Armbrister scored 10 points.

The win improves Darton to 17-7 overall and 9-5 in region play. The Lady Cavs will travel to Andrew College on Wednesday for a region matchup with the Lady Tigers at 5:30 p.m.

YOUNG HARRIS MEN 80, GSW 77: After storming out to a 15-point halftime lead at homecoming, the Hurricanes went cold in the second half in a disappointing Peach Belt Conference loss.

Young Harris opened the second half on a 14-0 run to cut GSW’s lead to one point with 15:54 left in the game, and then Young Harris took the lead two minutes later on a Tony Raymond layup. The lead bounced back and forth between the teams with GSW eventually building it back up to eight, but Young Harris ended the game on a 17-9 run to win.

GSW missed two 3-pointers in the final minute that would have tied the game, including a shot from Alan Arnett with 11 seconds left.

Leading the Hurricanes (16-5, 8-4 PBC) were Arnett with 16 points and eight rebounds, Kevin Burnell with 12 points, Daryl Davis with 11 points and six rebounds and Johathan Brooks with 10 points and six rebounds.

YOUNG HARRIS WOMEN 47, GSW 41: In their lowest scoring game since their season opener, the Lady Hurricanes scored just 18 points in the second half to fall to 8-11 overall and 3-9 in the Peach Belt Conference.

Shatoria Hudson was GSW’s lone player in double figures with 12 points on 6-of-10 from the field. Shanedra Lockett and Jasmine McSwain added eight and seven points, respectively.

ALBANY STATE WOMEN 76, FORT VALLEY STATE 60: The Lady Rams spoiled homecoming for rival Fort Valley and moved into a tie for first place in the SIAC East Division standings with the 16-point win.

Tip Holston led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds and helped the Lady Rams build a 41-21 halftime lead in front of a packed Lady Wildcats crowd.

“We played one of the most relaxed and calm games we possibly could have on the road,” ASU coach Robert Skinner said. “We only had three turnovers in the first half and got the ball in to Holston like we needed to. I really believe that we were patient and did exactly what we needed to on offense, and we held them to 21 (first-half) points on defense.”

Kourtney Alexander added 17 points, Cordele native Keidra Green finished with 15 points and point guard Mecca Frost didn’t score but dished out seven assists.

Albany State (13-4, 8-2 SIAC) plays again Thursday at Benedict.