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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: South Georgia Tech men win Region XVII title

The Jets beat Central Georgia Tech for the region championship

Anthony Ethridge

Anthony Ethridge

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Reise McDaniel

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Payton Mann

AMERICUS — The South Georgia Tech men’s basketball team made it a clean sweep for SGTC with an 83-74 victory Saturday against Central Georgia Tech in the Region XVII championship game.

One week after the South Georgia Tech women won the Region XVII tournament, the Jets rode region MVP Anthony Ethridge to a championship after the star sophomore scored 33 points Saturday on 9-of-18 from the field and 13-of-14 from the free throw line.

Ethridge, the tournament and regular season MVP, averaged 24.7 points throughout tournament play.

Also for South Georgia Tech, Treshaad Williams finished with 10 points and a game-high 19 rebounds, Derrick Evans added 10 points and Femi Ojuolape scored nine points.

The Jets led by as many as 13 points in the first half and held a 41-34 lead at halftime. Central Georgia Tech, which is coached by former SGTC assistant Reco Dawson, was led by Brentine Taylor’s 21 points and 13 rebounds.

ASU BASEBALL SWEEPS CLAFLIN: The Rams stayed undefeated in SIAC play Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Claflin.

ASU won the opener, 4-3, in extra innings thanks to Reise McDaniel, who beat out a throw from shortstop for an infield single that scored Ryan Latner in the top of the ninth inning. McDaniel, who slid into first base to beat the throw, led ASU at the plate with three hits.

Hector Carrasquillo also had three hits, while former Westover star Jacob Campbell and Robert Latner each hit solo home runs.

John Paul Benard threw all nine innings and allowed just seven hits and two earned runs. He racked up a 134 pitch count and struck out eight.

Former Lee County and Randolph Southern pitcher Andrew Bacon threw a complete game in the nightcap to lead ASU to a 6-3 victory. Bacon tossed 83 pitches and allowed four hits and one earned run with four strikeouts.

ASU, which overcame six errors, was led at the plate by McDaniel (3-4, RBI, 2B), while Robert Latner (2-2, RBI, 2B), Campell (2-4, RBI, 2B) and Jeromy Arrington (1-2, 3B) also contributed.

The Rams (11-13, 5-0) play again at 1 p.m. today in a single game against Claflin.

DARTON BASEBALL DROPS TWO: Gordon College snapped Darton’s four-game winning streak with a 5-4 win in Saturday’s opener and then a 4-1 victory over the Cavs in the second game.

In Game No. 1, starter-turned-reliever Davis Adkins, a former Crisp County star, took the loss after throwing 3 1/3 innings and allowing two hits and a run. Gordon did its damage in the opener in the fourth inning with three runs against Darton starter Brandon Goldsmith, who surrendered four hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Brandon Sharpe led Darton at the plate in the opener with two doubles and an RBI.

In the second game, Darton’s Payton Mann hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to cut Gordon’s lead to 2-1, but Gordon added two more runs in the fifth inning to pull away.

Eric Henderson took the loss after throwing 5 1/3 innings and allowing six hits and striking out five.

Darton (10-11) plays again at 2 p.m. today against Gordon College.