Three future Georgia Bulldogs were on the hardwood together Friday night as Mike Mercer, Louis Williams and Channing Toney battled in a region playoff game. Mercer and Williams’ South Gwinnett team came away with the victory.
Toney, the No. 84 player on the Rivals150, finished with a team high 20 points on 9-23 shooting and pulled down five rebounds but his efforts weren’t enough to overcome the balanced offensive attack and aggressive defense by the Comets.
The South Gwinnett backcourt scored 55 of the 70 total points in the game. Williams, No. 11 on the Rivals75, finished with a quiet 23 points on 7-17 shooting (1-5 3 PT). Mercer, No. 28 on the Rivals75, had 16 points, six rebounds and three steals.
5-foot-9 sophomore guard Delano Howard 16 points and was the team’s most consistent three point shooter on the night connecting on three first half three pointers. Howard will be one to watch during the AAU season as he plays with the Georgia Stars.
A night later, South Gwinnett (26-2) knocked off No. 1 Norcross (26-1) 72-65 thanks to Williams’ 34 points and 10 rebounds while Mercer added 24 points.
Shaurad Curry scored a season high 45 points in Wheeler’s 80-74 over in county rival Campbell HS on Friday night. 36 of his points came in the second half. The 5-foot-10 junior continues has scored over 40 points four times this season. Since Wheeler’s last lost – a 74-49 blowout to, ironically, Campbell – Curry has been averaging 28.4 points per game. 22-4
Campbell (23-4) is led by two unsigned mid major players Galen Gardenhire (who scored 24 points) and Jay Anderson (21 points). The senior duo has been one of the most deadliest duos in the Southeast this season. They won two major holiday tournaments – one in Missouri and one in Florida.
On Saturday night, Wheeler won their region thanks to Curry’s shooting once again as the Wildcats knocked off South Cobb HS 73-63. But it wasn’t his pin point perimeter scoring, it was his patience under pressure at the charity stripe. Curry sunk 13 of 14 free throws en route to his game high 29 points. South Cobb was led by super sophomore Wesley Matthews’ 18 points. Matthews is No. 46 on the Rivals50.
Dwight Howard had a game-high 28 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocked shots as Southwest Atlanta Christian won their region with a 68-59 victory over defending state champs Whitefield Academy on Saturday.
Unsigned senior Robert Dozier scored a game high 15 points for his Lithonia team as they knocked off Stephenson in a nail-biter 40-39.
Led by sophomores An’juan Wilderness and Kierre Jordan, Dunwoody HS kept their perfect season alive with a win over Marist HS. Wilderness, No. 47 on the Rivals50, had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Jordan scored a team high 20 points. 6-foot-6 junior Rasheem Barrett scored 26 points to lead Marist.