Southwest Atlanta Christian (GA) 63, Marlboro Co. (SC) 54
On paper, the match up between No. 1 Dwight Howard and RaSean Dickey looked promising. But in reality, the men stripes had another idea. Howard fouled out of the game with seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter and with SACA up 48-40, Marlboro Co. had an opportunity to get the lead and the game. But sophomore Javaris Crittenton knocked down some key shots to help fill the void that Howard left after fouling out. Crittenton scored a team high 18 points and reeled in five rebounds.
Howard finished the game with a very quiet 10 points (4-9 FG) and eight rebounds.
Dickey, on the other hand, had a very solid game as he scored 21 points (9-11 FG) and cleaned six rebounds on the night. There were flashes of why he became such hot commodity during the summer months. On several occasions, Dickey rose up for some thundering dunks and strong moves to the basket. He'll be a solid freshman inside the paint for Georgia Tech next season.
Teammate Casaan Breeden, a 6-foot-7 junior and No. 24 on the Rivals75, wowed the sparse crowd at the Bi-Lo Center with his 18 points (6-10 FG, 6-8 FT) and 10 rebounds. The small forward has the dunk of the day when he cut down the middle of the lane for an offense rebound put back dunk with the left hand. We'll have more on Breeden coming soon in a full-length feature story.
Wade Hampton (SC) 51, Landmark Christian (GA) 48
With all the hoopla surrounding Dickey and Howard's match up, the night cap between Randolph Morris, No. 19 on the Rivals150 and Tennessee bound Damien Harris, a 6-foot-9 mammoth of a man proved to be the true big man battle.
Harris scored 19 points (8-14 FG), pulled nine rebounds and had three blocks. He showed little problem on getting position on Morris inside the paint and worked extremely hard for buckets and boards. Harris had a nice soft touch off the glass and played aggressively on defense. All and all, the Tennessee bound big-man had a very impressive game.
Morris had 31 points but did struggle from the floor by shooting 11-30 from the field. He finished the game with 12 rebounds and five steals. Landmark Christian will face off with SACA on January 30 at Georgia Tech. That game will be aired on ESPN.
Montgomery Co. (GA) 68, Carolina (SC) 43
It was rebounding, defense and an overall team effort for the War Eagles of Montgomery County. Unsigned senior Tramell Wooten had a huge day scoring 16 points (7-15 FG) and pulled down a tournament high 18 rebounds. The 6-foot-2 guard also had five assists and four steals but did turn the ball over 10 times.
Wooten said his recruitment is "really slow right now" with looks from low majors and Division II schools. He has had some higher looks in the past but with a disappointing summer circuit, Wooten has seen the bigger schools move on. He did say that he "will play at a DI, no matter what."
Teammate Dwayne Day (signed with South Carolina) scored 16 points on 7 of 14 shooting from the field. The 6-foot-6 guard grabbed six rebounds, had three assists, and swiped three steals to go along with his eight turnovers. Wooten and Day's contributions have helped Montgomery Co. improve to 14-6 on the season.
Calhoun Co. (SC) 61, Chamblee (GA) 42
Zam "Buck" Frederick drained three NBA range and beyond three pointers en route to his team high 19 points (3-12 FG, 3-7 3 pt, 10-12 FT). The future Georgia Tech guard also added five rebounds and four assists in the win. The 6-foot-2 big-bodied guard showed off his ball handling skills and penetrated to the basket with very little opposition. Fredrick and his Saints teammates improve to 13-2 on the season.
Playing without explosive senior Paul Delaney (signed with UAB), Chamblee was able to get 20 points from junior Nicholas McDaniel.
Lancaster (SC) 65, McEachern (GA) 46
In the day's first game, South Carolina's No. 1 4-A team turned a 19-19 game from the half into a blow out thanks to some hard-nosed defense and overall team play. Head coach Dwayne Hartsoe said that was his team's strength and that is what they wanted to utilize. Tee Grier led all scorers with 13 points. The 6-foot-3 senior guard also pulled down eight rebounds.