View Highlights from the Tip Off Classic
|ASU Alumni and Eagles and Friends|
The idea for the event was first conceived six weeks ago when Eagles coach Chad Cook asked ASU coach Dip Metress if he would coach a men's team consisting of Eagles volunteers and a few former Jaguars like Keenan Mann, Buck Harris, and Cook in a preseason fund raising game versus the Eagles.
|ASU Alumni Team|
Sixteen of the ASU players met for dinner at T-Bonz Friday night, and several played golf Saturday morning at Forest Hills Golf Course. Other former Jaguars who currently coach high school basketball teams (and current Eagles coaches) spent Saturday afternoon attending Augusta State Men's Basketball Coach's Clinic, an open practice hosted by Metress and Quarles.
The basketball activities began at 6 PM Friday with an intrasquad scrimmage between the Augusta Eagles Middle School girls blue and white teams. The Blue team won 10-8 in a ten minute, running clock game.
|Former Jags: Buck Harris, Keenan Mann, Hal Dollander,
Kevin Rish, Derek Stewart, Adam Miller, Chad Cook, Chad
After Mann, Avery, Harrison, Matt Miller, and Glenn Miller advanced to the semifinals, Glenn Miller drilled 13 of 15 shots to secure a place in the finals. Matt Miller knocked out Harrison to earn the chance to compete against his brother in the finals. The younger Miller (Matt) then edged his sibling out in the finals to win the Tip Off Classic Three Point Competition.
The evening's main event featured a barrage of 3 pointers and scoring from both teams, mixed with some thunderous dunks by Augusta State's Garret Siler, who plays Center for the NBA's Phoenix Suns, and AJ Bowman, the former two time Peach Belt Athletic Conference Player of the Year and NCAA Division II All American.
|Garret Siler Finishes at the Rim|
|Will Avery answers Siler, Bowman|
Down 86-71 late in the fourth quarter, Mike Freeman, Avery, and Jordan Pye combined for 12 late points to make it a one possession game. The Eagles failed to close out the comeback and Quarles, Oliver Ottley, and Darrick Brodie converted free throws late to ensure the Jaguars victory.
The Jaguars' scoring leaders were Bowman (14), Jason Mills (13), and Siler (10). The alumni team converted 15 three pointers (Oliver Ottley 3, Adam Miller 2, Keith Harrison (2), Arthur Thomas (2), Mills (2), and Bowman (2). Eagles guards Matt Miller and Austin Crown led the Eagles and Friends in scoring with 31 points each. Will Avery contributed countless assists to go along with his 13 point, 40 minute night. The Eagles made 14 three pointers in the game.
During halftime of the game, the Augusta Eagles boys middle school white team defeated the blue team 10-8 in a 10 minute intra squad scrimmage.
|All Eagles contributed to the successful evening.|
"As an assistant or as a head coach, I have coached all but 2 of the 22 guys at this game," said Augusta State head coach Dip Metress after the game.
The Augusta Eagles first contest of the 2011-2012 regular season is in the Greensboro Homeschool Preseason Tournament, November 4. Augusta States opens versus Paine College on November 16 at Christenberry Field House.