Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lakeside scored nearly 200 in season's first 2 games behind lights out shooting of Kalen Williams, Tyshon Briscoe and company

Sophomore Tyshon Briscoe made 8 of 14 3 pt FGs in Lakeside's first 2 games.

The Panthers are probably still scoring points Sunday judging from the way Jeff Williams’s squad put the ball in the hoop in two dominating wins at the Wolfpack Tip-off Challenge. Lakeside averaged 97 ppg in victories over Augusta Christian (109-82) and Josey (84-77).

Junior star Kalen Williams posted eye popping numbers in the wins, scoring 34 and 40 points while making 28 of 39 field goal attempts.

The dynamo posted 30 points in the first half alone Saturday when Lakeside took a 57-31 lead over Josey at the break.

Tyshon Briscoe, a sophomore, and Tucker Gilbert, a 6’6” junior, also shined. Briscoe tallied 33 points in the two outings, making 8 of 14 threes. And Gilbert recorded 25 points and 23 rebounds.

Lakeside (2-0) will face Statesboro Friday (7:00 PM) and Richmond Saturday (8:00 PM) in a Thanksgiving tournament at Paine College. The Panthers are coming off the best season in school history (21-5 overall and 13-0 in region play). Many wonder if coach Williams's 2017-18 team can be as good as last year's region championship group. After seeing the game against Josey, I will be surprised if the new Lakeside Panthers don't prove themselves to be much improved.

Greenbrier poured in the threes against Augusta Christian and started the season 3-0

Richard Crawford makes the first of eight Greenbrier threes in a 4:30 time span.

The Wolfpack started fast with 3 wins in the season's first week, beginning with a 61-34 victory over Harlem, which was followed by back-to-back wins over #4 ranked (Georgia’s class AA) Josey (59-49) and Augusta Christian (79-52) in the Wolfpack Tip-off Challenge.

Leading returning scorers Austin Canaday and Richard Crawford III drained a combined 10 threes in the win against Augusta Christian, including 7 bombs in a 4:30 spurt in which the Wolfpack used a 27-0 run to put away the Lions.

Coach Casey Heckathorn was as impressed with the Wolfpack's three point barrage as I.

"That was ridiculous. Our kids couldn't even sit down on the bench. I've never been part of a run like that!" Heckathorn said in a message Sunday.

Canaday led the Wolfpack with 22 points against Augusta Christian and Crawford added 18. The duo has scored in double figures in each of the first three games. And Heckathorn has been pleased with the play of frontline players like junior Justin Stevens, who scored 13 points Saturday.

"Stevens is slowly emerging. He is crazy athletic! You need to see him in dunk contest at (this weekend's Thanksgiving tournament)," said Greenbrier's coach.

The Wolfpack will face two tough teams this weekend at the Thanksgiving tournament at Paine. Friday's (3:30 PM) opponent, Glenn Hills, was ranked #7 in class AA by the AJC. And Saturday's foe, Richmond won its first two games last week after a regular season region championship run last season.

Dunlop impresses and Augusta Christian hangs tough, for stretches, against Lakeside and Greenbrier

Nate Dunlop scored 65 points in 2 Wolfpack Challenge Tip-off games.

The Lions, led by 6’5” junior scoring phenom Nate Dunlop, competed fiercely and evenly against two impressive teams, Lakeside and Greenbrier, in both Wolfpack Tip-off Challenge games last weekend. At least until the 40 point mark in both games. Lakeside pulled away from a 41-40 stalemate to hang 109 on AC despite 39 points from Dunlop. And after Dunlop’s 3 point play with 2:31 remaining in the third against Greenbrier gave the Lions a 41-37 advantage Saturday night, the Wolfpack went on a 27-0 burst, and AC fell to 1-2.

Dunlop, who averaged 28 ppg last season, is more versatile than any area high school player I’ve seen here in quite some time. He is certainly the area’s top post player and that is not even his primary position. He works hard to get position, he has sure hands, he draws fouls and finishes through contact, and he grabs tough rebounds.

On the perimeter he has a pure stroke from distance, and he handles and passes the ball extremely well. Like his inside play, his play away from the basket is as good as anybody’s within short driving distance.

Nate scored 39 and 26 points Friday and Saturday, overshadowed only slightly by Lakeside’s Kalen Williams’s 74 in two wins. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Today's AugBball Schedule

Today’s local hoops schedule:

High school games on the AugBball radar:

Baldwin​ vs Johnson (Savannah at Evans
- According to the AJC​, Baldwin is the #4 team in GA’s class AAAA and Johnson is #4 in AAA

Laney vs Savannah at Evans
- Laney is #5 in AAA

Lakeside vs Josey at Greenbrier

Augusta Christian at Greenbrier

College games on the AugBball radar:

Charleston Southern​ at USC Upstate on ESPN2
- Preseason Big South Conference​ first team pick Christian Keeling will make his 2017-18 debut in this one!

Augusta University​ at West Georgia
- The Jaguars will aim to improve to 3-0. Coach Dip Metress’s squad has 5 players averaging double figures after 2 games.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Previews for the 3 HS tip-off tournament games featured Friday at AugBball: Baldwin-Flora, Lakeside-AC, and Greenbrier-Josey

Kalen Williams (left) and Nate Dunlop (right), 2 of the area's best, meet tonight at Greenbrier

For Friday’s live highlights and updates from Greenbrier’s Wolfpack Tip-off Challenge and Evans’ Hoopfest Tip-off, follow the following @AugBball channels:

@AugBball on Facebook
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Friday at the Evans Hoopfest Tip-off

Baldwin vs AC Flora at Evans at 5:30

- Buck Harris’ Braves are the defending region champs and are ranked #4 in the AJC’s preseason class AAAA rankings as well as 4th on my preseason list of this area’s best teams.

Friday at Greenbrier’s Wolfpack Tip-Off Challenge

Lakeside vs Augusta Christian at Greenbrier at 7:00

- Lakeside went 21-6 in coach Jeff Williams’ first head coaching season, complete with a 13-0 league record and the school’s first ever region championship. The Panthers return junior star Kalen Williams and a good mix of returnees and newcomers.

- Augusta Christian is finally able to play Georgia’s public schools and 6’5” 210 pound junior guard Nate Dunlop is the area’s top returning scorer and probably the top player entering the season. Dunlop averaged 28 ppg and shot 38% from 3 last season.

Josey at Greenbrier at 8:30

- Josey clocked in as the #4 ranked class AAAA team in the AJC’s poll to go nicely with the Eagles’ final 4 finish last March. Rodriguez Daggett will lead the Eagles who I hope are eager to prove me wrong for not putting them on my preseason area top 10 list.

Austin Canaday: Sr, Greenbrier

- Greenbrier’s Austin Canaday and Richard Crawford make for a dangerous backcourt. The Wolfpack will try to improve to 2-0 tonight after beating Harlem soundly Wednesday.

Last season tipped off when Crawford and Laney’s Donald Henley Jr. dueled in Friday’s Wolfpack Challenge night cap game:

In a recent text interview, Greenbrier coach Casey Heckathorn told me about the great relationships and matchups that the Challenge has fostered over its 3 year history and the neat addition of Augusta Christian:

We love having both Laney and Josey and have great relationships and cross rivals with those schools now. We did draw Laney for another tournament so we’re happy for that.

With Laney out this year and the opportunity to include private schools we thought ACS was a great fit as their fan base and population is greatly based out of the lakeside and greenbrier zones. There’s a lot of interest in them proving themselves against public schools. We thought it was a good fit.

Sounds like a great fit and a great night of area high school hoops!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gomillion leads Aquinas past Midland Valley and more results from Tuesday

Tre Gomillion (Aquinas)

Aquinas 64, Midland Valley 31

Preseason scrimmage game

Richmond 65, Grovetown 49

I only watched 1 quarter of Richmond’s 65-49 home win over Grovetown. But I was very impressed with the Musketeers. The team has good inside players and guards who can shoot and score and who want to throw the ball inside to the bigs. And I don’t think any of tonight’s starters were seniors. Coach Steve Nobles always does a good job.

Grovetown Lady Warriors 51, Richmond 34

Grovetown improved to 2-0.
Ayana Collins - 13, Marissa Tate 11 (3 threes), Savannah Giles 8

Richmond's Jakiyah Parker led all scorers with 16.

Augusta Christian 72, Alleluia 47

Nate Dunlop (Augusta Christian) - 23 points

Ben Freed (Alleluia) - 33 points

Glenn Hills 65, Harrison 61

Several people approached me in the gym to tell me I was wrong for only ranking Glenn Hills #6 in my preseason ranking. Tuesday's result may be seen as a sign they were right and I was wrong. But time and results will tell for sure.

 College Basketball

Benedict freshman Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster ‘17) scored 21 points in a 105-71 win over Carver. Watson-Gayle has scored 58 points in the team’s first 3 games. Benedict (3-0) will host Augusta next Tuesday and I’ll report live from the scene.

Carver's Malique Gibbons (Thomson '14) scored 19 points in the loss.

Thank you Ron Freeman for the film and the updates!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Georgia Southern, South Carolina and Clayton State all win at home to headline Monday's AugBball college basketball results

Follow @AugBball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for live highlights and updates from the AugBball Game of the Day!

Georgia Southern 77, CSU Bakersfield 53

Georgia Southern creamed CSU Bakersfield 77-53 in the first home game of the season for the Eagles, who improved to 2-0 after an 85-83 win at Wake Forest Friday. Tookie Brown (Morgan County '15) posted nearly flawless shooting Numbers, making 7 of 8 field goals and 9 of 10 free throws. Fellow preseason All Sun Belt Conference first team pick Ike Smith added 21 points on 4-7 three point shooting.

South Carolina 70, Western Michigan 60

Hassani Gravett scored 15 points and Frank Booker (Westside '13) added 14 as the Gamecocks improved to 2-0 Monday on the night when last season's Final Four banner was hung at Colonial Life Arena. Booker made 5 of 8 field goals and 3 of 6 from deep to follow up a 12 point (3-5 3 pt FG) performance in Friday's win at Wofford.

Clayton State 106, Carver 78 (Exhibition)

Denzel Council, a senior transfer from Armstrong State, scored 25 points to lead the Lakers to a convincing exhibition game win at home. Aubrey McRae (Glenn Hills '14), who transferred from Georgia Southern, added 19 points on 4-7 3 point shooting. And Jaylen Taylor (Laney '15) added 12.

Wednesday Clayton State opens its regular season at Queens (2-0), which was ranked as high as #2 in Division II by at least one preseason poll.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday night’s AugBball college basketball schedule and one more weekend standout

Follow @AugBball's Monday night live coverage of Georgia Southern's home opener and more games including area players! 

Monday night’s AugBball college basketball schedule:

Follow @AugBball for live updates and highlights from CBB's opening day at these channels:

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7:00 PM

Carver at Clayton State

Area players:
- Clayton State’s Aubrey Mcrae (Glenn Hills ‘14), Jaylen Taylor (Laney ‘15) and Moses Williams (Richmond ‘17)
- Carver’s Malique Gibbons and Marquel Gibbons (Thomson ‘14 and ‘16)
Live stats -
Video -

7:00 PM

Temple women vs Rutgers

Area player: Temple’s Emani Mayo (Hephzibah ‘17)
Live stats -

7:30 PM

Georgia Southern vs CSU Bakersfield

Area player: Tookie Brown (Morgan County ‘15)

Brown led the Eagles to an upset win at Wake Forest Friday night.

Tonight is GS’s home opener.

Live stats -
Video -

8:00 PM

South Carolina vs Western Michigan

Area player: South Carolina’s Frank Booker (Westside ‘13)

The Gamecocks will hang their 2017 Final Four banner before this home opener. Booker scored 12 points Friday in the Gamecocks’ opening night win at Wofford:

Live stats:

8:00 PM

Savannah State women at Alabama State

Area player: Savannah State’s Jazmine Bartlett (Laney ‘17)
Live stats -

One more standout performer from the weekend

If you followed the @AugBball live coverage on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter this weekend you know all about Don Coleman's 62 points in two Cal games; Ahmed Hill's 19 point, 9 rebound performance, complete with a highlight dunk off the backboard, in Virginia Tech's season opening win over Detroit Mercy; Jelani Watson-Gayle's blistering beginning for 2-0 Benedict; and Tamyrik Fields's opening 19 point opening night thunderous second half dunk that put Augusta ahead of Mount Olive.

Before we move into a new week, I want to recognize the play this weekend of Augusta University forward Deane Williams in the Jaguars' back-to-back season opening wins at Barton College. 38 points on 15 of 18 field goal shooting (including a poster dunk on the first possession of the season shown here) and 16 rebounds was an eye popping stat line for the 6'8" junior!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

AugBball schedule - Sat, 11-11-17

HS Bball’s 2017-18 opening game:

Butler at Grovetown (girls) - 5:00
Butler at Grovetown (boys) - 6:30

Expect @AugBball bonus coverage (score updates and video highlights) for these opening HS Bball games

Men’s and Women’s CBB schedule:

Augusta at Barton College - 1:00
Live stats

Benedict vs AUM in Orangeburg - 1:30
Area player: Benedict’s Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster ‘17), who scored 23 points in BC’s season opening 86-74 win over Montevallo Friday.

Queens vs North Georgia at Georgia College - 1:30
Area player: Queens’s Daniel Carr (Midland Valley ‘16)

Lander Women vs Carson Newman at USC Aiken - 2:00
Area player: Lander’s Tabitha Dailey (Butler ‘16)

USC Aiken women vs Lincoln Memorial - 4:00
Area players: USC Aiken’s Janae Simpson (Greenbrier ‘15), Lonesha Lee (North Augusta ‘16) and Kwajelin Farrar* (Grovetown ‘16) *likely out due to injury

Lenoir Rhyne vs Francis Marion at Pembroke - 5:00
Area player: Francis Marion's Jaquez Smith (North Augusta '16)

Albany State women at Valdosta State - 6:00 PM
Area player: Albany State's Gemiya Bowman (Laney '16)

NJIT vs Wagner - 6:00
Area player: NJIT’s San Antonio Brinson (Thomson ‘16)

Mars Hill at Limestone - 7:30
Area player - Mars Hill's Justen Hartfield (Greenbrier '16)
Area player: Limestone's TJ Sheppard (North Augusta '13)

*I am still double checking times. And thanks to the people who have been reminding me of names to check for. On that note, I will be populating my calendar (and this post if need be) with the info for the following players:

Naomi Hughes - Air Force
Morgan Taylor - Navy
Nick Meyers - Belmont Abbey
Destiny Brewton - Arkansas Pine Bluff

Jasmine Holloman - Mississippi Valley State

Standout performers from opening day of college basketball: Includes Tamyrik Fields, Ahmed Hill, Don Coleman, Frank Booker and more!

1) Tamyrik Fields (Aquinas '14) - Augusta University

2) Tookie Brown (Morgan County '15) - Georgia Southern

3) Ahmed Hill (Aquinas '14) - Augusta University

19 points and 9 rebounds in Virginia Tech's 111-79 win over Detroit Mercy

4) Aaron Byrd (Augusta University)

5) Frank Booker (Westside '13) - South Carolina

6) Don Coleman (Butler '15) - California

Don Coleman is the kind of player who will go down swinging if he has to go down. It was a big individual night for Butler's all time leading scorer in Cal's loss to UC Riverside.

7) Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster '17) - Benedict

Jelani scored 23 points (4-8 3 pt FG) in BC's 86-74 win over Montevallo in his first collegiate game.

8) Jasmine Robinson (Richmond '17) - Troy

10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in Troy's 89-62 win over Stillman

9) Deane Williams - Augusta University

10) Mckenna Lawrence (Evans '16) - Jacksonville

11 points (3-5 3 pt FG) in 103-44 win over Brewton Parker.

Friday, November 10, 2017

High school boys preseason top 10 and the AugBball Games of the Day for the first week of HS play

Kevin Williamson (Aiken) left and Daniel Parrish (Aquinas) right

In this post are the following:
1) Preseason top 10 teams with a special focus on the top two teams, #2 Aquinas and #1 Aiken
2) My current schedule for week 1 HS hoops Game of the Day AugBball coverage

AugBball Preseason Top 10 Teams:

#10 Midland Valley (Last season 7-17)
#9 Richmond (23-6, GHSA class AAAA region 3 runner up)
#8 Lakeside (21-5, class AAAAAA region 3 champion)
#7 Butler (18-10, class AA region 4 runner up)
#6 Glenn Hills (16-10)
#5 Laney (25-6, class AA region 4 champion, state playoff quarterfinals)
#4 Baldwin (18-9, class AAAA 3 champion)
#3 North Augusta (20-6, SCHSL class AAAA, region 4 runner up)

#2 Aquinas

Last season:
GHSA class A region 7 champion
Reached quarterfinal in state playoffs in GHSA class A private

The two teams at the top of my preseason top 10, Aiken and Aquinas, have two common traits. Both teams return their best players from undefeated region championship teams that reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. And both teams have very tall players at almost every position. I count maybe 8 players 6'3-6'4" and above in the two starting lineups. Both teams are legitimate state title contenders.

Aquinas will open before Aiken when the Fighting Irish play Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn, NY) and Eagles Landing Christian Academy 14 hours apart in the highly regarded Holiday Hoopsgiving tournament November 24 and 25. The tournament made the USA Today High School Sports list of the top 15 tournaments in the country this season:

Eagles Landing is one of class A private's top 4 teams, as is Aquinas. So coach Darren Douglas's team will be able to measure itself immediately after the season tips off. The addition of Daniel Parrish, a 6'4" senior wing who transferred from South Aiken, will give Aquinas the length to challenge even last season's almost unbelievable 36 points allowed per game mark, which was good for first in the state.

Coach Douglas talked to me at a recent practice about the Holiday Hoopsgiving tournament, the addition of Parrish, and more:

#1 Aiken

Last season:
SCHSL class AAAA region 4 champion
Reached quarterfinal in state playoffs in SCHSL class AAAA

Aiken will not officially get started until the Hornets visit Silver Bluff on November 29. But I saw coach Darris Jackson's squad in a recent scrimmage against Lakeside, and the Hornets looked extremely sharp, and imposing, and experienced.

As you can see, Aiken's deep roster is huge, and productive, at almost every position:

Nazae Baltimore - 6'6" junior - 8 ppg, 7 rpg
Antonio Bussey - 6'7" senior
Kevin Williamson - 6'4" senior - 10 ppg, 4 rpg - All Region
Calvin Mathis - 6'4" senior - 7 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg
Jordan Lytes - 6'1" senior - 10 ppg, 4 apg - All Region
Maison Hall - 6'1" junior - 5 ppg, 3 rpg
George Williams - 6'2" junior - team leader in 3s made and 3 pt%

AugBball Game of the Day coverage of the first week of HS hoops

Grovetown at Butler (girls and boys)

Saturday, 11-11
AugBball Bonus Coverage

Butler's Drez McBride (16 ppg, 5 rpg) and Keith Littles (10 ppg, 3 rpg) immediately stepped into leadership roles during the first game of last season, a win over Lakeside. 

The senior duo will try to get the Bulldogs off to a good start on the road against a talented bunch at Grovetown. The Warriors are led by senior sharp shooter Eric Graham, who also started last season with a strong offensive showing in a game I featured:

Midland Valley at Aquinas (preseason scrimmage)

Saturday, 11-14
AugBball Game of the Day

Scrimmage or not, I won't miss it when two of the area's best meet in a sort of rare cross border heavy weight matchup. Aquinas's Tre Gomillion, last season's Augusta Chronicle Player of the Year, his teammate Daniel Parrish, and Midland Valley's Anthoney Ray all seem to me like they will be college players next season.

6'4" senior wing Anthoney Ray (Midland Valley) averaged 16 ppg last season.

Augusta Christian vs Lakeside at Greenbrier

Friday, 11-17
AugBball Game of the Day

This Wolfpack Challenge contest, which follows a Greenbrier-Josey which will likely become part of a double-header AugBball Game of the Day, features two of the area's best junior... point guards. That's right. As AC coach Charles Welch tells us in the interview below, the 6'6" 210 pound junior Nate Dunlop, who scored 28 ppg last season, will bring the ball up the court this season. (I like this move a lot.) Dunlop will face highly touted Lakeside lead guard Kalen Williams (16 ppg), also a junior, in this one.

In addition to Friday's Greenbrier-Josey game and Saturday's Greenbrier-Augusta Christian game, I'll try to add more games to the first week's coverage schedule, especially those including Baldwin, Laney, and Evans in this tip off tournament at Evans Friday and Saturday:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

More than 25 local players will suit up for NCAA Division I and II teams Friday on the college basketball season's opening day

Follow @AugBball for live updates and highlights from CBB's opening day at these channels:

@AugBball on Facebook
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@AugBball on Twitter

By my count, 28 area raised men and women basketball players will play for NCAA Division I and II schools Friday during what is officially the first day of the college basketball season. Here is a list of games, times, players involved, and links to follow the scores, stats, and broadcasts from the games.

Augusta vs Mount Olive at Barton College - 5:30 PM

AugBball Game of the Day

Area players: Augusta's Tamyrik Fields (Hephzibah and Aquinas '14), Kyle Doyle (Josey and Buford '13), and Mac McBride (Alleluia '16)

Troy women vs Stillman - 1:00 PM

@AugBball Bonus Coverage

Jasmine Robinson scored 11 points and dished 9 assists in Troy's exhibition win over AUM last week.

Area player: Troy's Jasmine Robinson (Richmond "17)
Live stats

California vs UC Riverside - Midnight

Area player: California's Don Coleman (Butler '15)
Live stats
Watch on Pac 12 Network

Clemson women vs Kennesaw State - 11:00 AM

Area player: Clemson's Aliyah Collier (Laney '15) - *likely out due to injury

College of Charleston women vs Lipscomb 1:00 PM

Area player: College of Charleston's Destiny Marshall (Grovetown '17)
Live stats

Francis Marion vs Catawba at Pembroke - 1:00 PM

Area player: Francis Marion's Jaquez Smith (North Augusta '16)
Live stats

Albany State women vs West Florida - 5:30 PM

Area player: Albany State's Gemiya Bowman (Laney '16)

Benedict vs Montevallo in Orangeburg - 5:30 PM

Area player: Benedict's Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster '17)

Benedict's Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster '17)

Jacksonville women vs Brewton Parker - 5:30 PM

Area player: Jacksonville's Mckenna Lawrence (Evans '16)
Live stats

Lander women vs Lincoln Memorial at USC Aiken - 5:30 PM

Area player: Lander's Tabitha Dailey (Butler '16)

Mars Hill vs Belmont Abbey at Limestone - 5:30 PM

Area player - Mars Hill's Justen Hartfield (Greenbrier '16)
Live stats

Alabama A&M women at Alabama - 6:00 PM

Area player: Alabama A&M's Aubriana Bonner (Laney '17)
Live stats

Virginia Tech vs Detroit - 6:00 PM

Area player: Ahmed Hill (Aquinas '14)
Live stats

Charleston Southern at Davidson - 7:00 PM

Area player: Charleston Southern's Christian Keeling (out due to injury)

Georgia Southwestern at Radford - 7:00 PM

Area player: Georgia Southwestern's Jason Weaver (Richmond '17)
Live stats

Savannah State women vs Lagrange

Area player: Savannah State's Jasmine Bartlett (Laney '17)

South Carolina at Wofford - 7:00 PM

Area player: South Carolina's Frank Booker (Westside '13)
Live stats

Temple women vs Delaware State - 7:00 PM

Area players: Temple's Emani Mayo and Nicolette Mayo (Hephzibah '17)
Live stats

Young Harris at Barton College - 7:30 PM

Area player: Young Harris’s Ben Dresser (Alleluia ‘17)
Live stats

Limestone vs Wingate - 7:30 PM

Area player: Limestone's TJ Sheppard (North Augusta '13)
Live stats

Queens at Georgia College - 7:30 PM

Area player: Daniel Carr (Midland Valley ‘16)
Live stats

USC Aiken women vs Carson Newman

Area players: USC Aiken’s Janae Simpson (Greenbrier ‘15), Lonesha Lee (North Augusta ‘16) and Kwajelin Farrar* (Grovetown ‘16) *likely out due to injury
Live stats


Auburn vs Norfolk State - 8:00 PM

Area player: Auburn's Malik Dunbar (North Augusta and Spring Valley '15)
Live stats

Memphis women vs Tennessee State

Area player: Memphis's Alana Davis (Cross Creek '17)
Live stats

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Brown leads Georgia Southern to exhibition win over Augusta

Georgia Southern's Tookie Brown scored 27 points Friday

Tookie Brown and Ike Smith, who were both recently chosen as preseason first team All Sun Belt Conference players, combined to score 46 points to lead Georgia Southern past Augusta in exhibition action Friday. The game marked the first time in more than 25 years that a division 1 game was played at Christenberry Fieldhouse, home of the Jaguars, who made the move from division 1 to 2 after the 1991-92 season.

Augusta, which took a 22-11 first half lead after a Tamyrik Fields dunk, fell behind the Eagles 42-28 at halftime after a 31-6 Eagle run leading into the break. The Jaguars, led by Fields's team high 24 points, twice cut the deficit to 10 points in the second half. But foul trouble and the dynamic play of Southern's Brown, who led all scorers with 27 points, were too much for Augusta to overcome.

The Jaguars open the season Friday, November 10, against Mount Olive at Barton College. The Eagles open the same day at Wake Forest.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Links to keep up with the 6 colllege basketball and 3 high school football games that are on Friday's AugBball radar

Follow @AugBball on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for all the latest in area hoops (and HS football) action.

Friday's CBB exhibition action is plenty!

On the radar for AugBball - Nov 3, 2017

On the @AugBball radar tonight for CBB and HS football:

(Good luck to all the competitors!)

AugBball Game of the Day

7:00 Georgia Southern​ @ Augusta​

Live stream with John Patrick and me:

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6:30 USC Aiken​ Women at the College of Charleston​

- features last season’s Peach Belt Conference​ freshman of the year Kwajelin Farrar (USCA via Grovetown) and Destiny Marshall (Charleston via Grovetown). High school teammates reunited.

Live stats -

7:00 Charleston Southern​ vs Southern Wesleyan

- Preseason First team All Big South Conference​ pick Christian Keeling (Laney) leads the Bucs in their exhibition opener.

Live stats -

Mars Hill​ at NC State

- MH includes Justen Hartfield (Greenbrier)

HS football region championship games at 7:30 -

Jefferson County at Screven County​

(If tonight’s special AU vs GS hurricane relief game had not been scheduled I would have been at the Screven County game.)

Aquinas​ at Stratford

Link to watch -

Heritage at Evans​

Back to CBB...

7:30 Queens​ at Wake Forest​

The Royals, ranked #2 in Division 2 in a recent preseason poll, will try to follow last season’s exhibition game upset win over VCU with a road win in the ACC tonight. Daniel Carr (Midland Valley) returns for his sophomore season after making the SAC’s all rookie team last year.

Live stats -

8:00 UNC Pembroke​ at Creighton

The Braves were picked first in the Peach Belt Conference​ preseason coaches poll. Back to back exhibition games against Creighton and Northern Iowa will no doubt get the Braves ready for its coming opener against Lenoir-Rhyne​.

Live stats -

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Augusta falls at Clemson but prepares for part 2 of the exam, Georgia Southern

Kyle Doyle (right) and Deane Williams (left) defend Clemson's Gabe Devoe Thursday.

Hopes of an Augusta University upset at Clemson faded soon after halftime Thursday when the Tigers outscored the Jaguars 49-23 in the final 20 minutes to hand Clemson an 80-56 exhibition game win over Augusta. The Jaguars led by as many as 11 in the first half and took a 33-31 lead into intermission.

“In the first half we were pretty good. In the second half we couldn’t match their physicality,” Augusta coach Dip Metress said after the game.

The Jaguars out-rebounded Clemson 22-17 in the first half, converting 8 second chance points along the way. Augusta was led by Deane Williams (11 points and 9 rebounds), Tyvez Monroe (11 points), TC Fields (10 points and 6 rebounds), and Kyle Doyle (9 points and 7 rebounds).

Full Game Highlights

Williams echoed his coach’s comments in our post game interview: “I felt like we held our own in the first half. In the second half they just got more aggressive. That’s the difference between division 1 and division 2. Size is a big factor.”

Metress and Williams both pointed towards Friday’s home game against Georgia Southern, a special game that will raise money for hurricane relief, as another opportunity to learn before the regular season starts.

“I told them it’s a three part exam. Tonight’s the first part. Tomorrow against Georgia Southern is the second part. And Sunday’s scrimmage on the road is the final part,” coach Metress said.

Georgia Southern’s visit will mark the first time a Division 1 team has played at Christenberry Fieldhouse, Augusta’s home, since the Jaguars made the move from Division 1 to Division 2 over 25 years ago.

Also noteworthy will be the return to the Augusta area of junior Tookie Brown, Georgia Southern’s all conference guard who famously knocked out Laney High from the semifinals of the state playoffs in 2015 while playing for Morgan County HS. Brown scored 32 points in the second half of that game. He scored over 3,000 points in his four years of high school.

Augusta at Clemson - Game of the Day Preview

Junior Tyvez Monroe is Augusta's leading returning scorer and assist man.

For live video highlights and news updates from today's AugBball Game of the Day between Augusta University and Clemson, follow @AugBball on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

The Jaguars will tip off the 2017-18 season tonight with an exhibition game at Clemson (7:00 P.M.) before returning home Friday to host Georgia Southern in a special "hurricane relief game" at Christenberry Fieldhouse. The Jags were recently picked to finish second in the Peach Belt Conference preseason coaches poll. Clemson was tabbed as the 13th (of 15) best team in the mighty Atlantic Coast Conference at its recent media day gathering.

Even after the graduation of the school's and the conference's all time leading scorer Keshun Sherrill, Augusta returns a wealth of experience and talent. Four of the team's top 5 scorers from last season are now juniors or seniors. Senior Tamyrik Fields told me in an interview before this season's first practice that he and his teammates are eager to prove they can build on the team's regular season Peach Belt Conference championship from a year ago: "We want to show everybody that we have scorers on our team. We have people that can go get a bucket. Who can go get stops," said Fields.

Meet Augusta's returning leaders:

Jasmine Robinson hit the ground running at Troy and other news and notes from Wednesday's exhibition games

Jasmine Robinson - Freshman, Troy

Richmond graduate Jasmine Robinson, last season's Augusta Chronicle Player of the Year, wasted no time making an impact at Troy University. The freshman scored 11 points, dished 9 assists, and grabbed 6 rebounds in the Lady Trojans' 79-54 exhibition game win over Auburn University at Montgomery Wednesday. Here are clips of her playing and speaking to the media afterwards:

Troy earned a spot in last season's NCAA tournament by winning the Sun Belt Conference championship. I dare say that in the past 10 years or so no area player, female or male, has stepped onto campus and started right away for a team that was at the top of its conference. If I am right, this will not be the only time Jasmine has done something I've never seen. I've also never seen a high school girl score 50 points in a game, like she did last season against Hephzibah.

Robinson averaged 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals last season at Richmond, which reached the second round of the state tournament.

Troy opens its regular season Friday, November 10, at home against Stillman.

Other news:

In an exhibition game, the Peach Belt Conference's Georgia Southwestern defeated Troy's men's team, which like the women won the Sun Belt Conference championship last season. RJ Sessions made 8 threes and scored 30 points to lead the Hurricanes to a surprising 88-87 road win.

Another Sun Belt team, Georgia Southern, fared much better against the Peach Belt's Georgia College. The Eagles topped the Bobcats 92-59. Ike Smith scored 23 points to lead the way.

Georgia Southern will visit Augusta University, also from the Peach Belt, Friday in Augusta.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Augusta legends Ahmed Hill and Frank Booker meet again Sunday in the AugBball Game of the Day

Frank Booker finishes Monday against Erskine. Source 

Here is this week's schedule for the AugBball Game of the Day:

Thur, Nov 2 - 7:00 PM

Augusta at Clemson

Friday, Nov 3 - 7:00 PM

Georgia Southern at Augusta - Special Hurricane Relief Game

Sunday, Nov 5 - 2:00 P.M.

Virginia Tech at South Carolina - Special Hurricane Relief Game

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South Carolina warmed up for Sunday's hurricane relief game showdown against Virginia Tech Monday by beating Erskine 85-44 in the Gamecocks' exhibition game opener. Westside High School graduate Frank Booker scored 11 points, making 4 of 6 shots from the field, including his first three attempts, all from deep.

Booker is featured in these game highlights:

And Frank and Chris Silva, who starred on last season's Final 4 team, spoke to the media after the game. Starting at 2:55, Frank talks about his "long" road from Oklahoma to Florida Atlantic and now to South Carolina. Then he shows off his basketball IQ, describing South Carolina's defensive excellence during last year's NCAA tournament run:

SEC media members chose South Carolina to finish 11th in a 14 team conference. The Gamecocks lost two NBA players from last season's Final 4 team, but the fall off won't be as severe as the media poll predicts. The defensive excellence we saw last March will make South Carolina a good team that finishes in the top half of the conference and reaches the NCAA tournament. That qualifies as a bold prediction.

The Hokies enter the season with NCAA tournament expectations

The ACC media members were more kind to Virginia Tech, picking the Hokies 7th in a 15 team, star studded league. The Hokies were bounced by Wisconsin in the 2017 NCAA tournament after reaching the big dance for the first time in 10 seasons. Aquinas graduate Ahmed Hill joins Kris Clarke, who missed last season's final 9 games after suffering a knee injury, as Tech's returning leading scorers at 11.4 points per game. Hill, a 6'4" junior, made 45% of his field goals and 37% of his threes.

Augusta Basketball Reunion

The last time I saw Booker and Hill go at it in an official game was five-and-a-half years ago when Westside defeated Aquinas in one of the best high school games AugBball has ever featured:

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Burke County 27, Thomson 24 - Full Highlights

The Bear Den was filled with thousands of screaming fans Friday.

Burke County's Damari Kelly scored two second half touchdowns to turn a 3 point deficit into a 10 point advantage, and the Bears defeated Thomson 27-24 at home to clinch a class AAAA region 3 title and a top seed in the coming state playoffs. Burke County entered the game ranked #5 in the state and will enter the final week of the season with an even higher spot after topping the #2 ranked Bulldogs in front of a crowd of more than 4,000 fans.

With Burke County trailing 17-14 in the third quarter, Kelly scrambled for a first down on 4th and 6 inside Thomson's 10 yard line. The lighting quick quarterback seemed to be stuffed for a loss, but Kelly extended the play and converted the first down before running the go ahead touchdown on the next play. On the following series, senior Jaylen Odom intercepted a Mills Ridings pass in Bear territory, running it back to midfield and setting up another Burke County scoring drive that Kelly again capped with a short rushing touchdown to give the Bears a 27-17 lead.

Odom's interception was one of several huge plays the senior made. After the game he wore a wrestling championship belt on his shoulder and gripped a baseball bat. Odom explained in this post game interview that the belt was for the interception and the bat was for his success running the ball, including a second quarter touchdown that tied the game at 7.

Burke County coach Eric Parker won his 100th game along with defeating the state's #2 ranked team and clinching a region championship. Burke County (8-0, 4-0) hosts Hephzibah Friday in the regular season finale. Thomson (7-1, 3-1) hosts Richmond.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Breaking News: Augusta University will play Georgia Southern Friday, November 3rd AT HOME

Augusta University Junior Deane Williams dunks in practice

Fun preseason college basketball news is flooding out of Christenberry Fieldhouse, home of the Augusta University men's basketball team, who we just found out will host Georgia Southern Friday, November 3rd in a special Hurricane Relief game.

The details about the game can be found at the link in the tweet above. In the following interview taken today after practice I talked to coach Dip Metress about Augusta's back-to-back pair of exhibition games against division 1 opponents (the Jags visit Clemson Thursday, a game I previewed here), and about Augusta being picked second in the Peach Belt Conference preseason coaches poll.

Here is next weekend's updated schedule for college basketball preseason games - which will all be played within driving distance - that included Augusta area players. (Read more about the area ties in the Virginia Tech @ South Carolina game at this link.)

Thur, Nov 2 - 7:00 PM

Augusta at Clemson

Friday, Nov 3 - 7:00 PM

Georgia Southern at Augusta - Special Hurricane Relief Game

Sunday, Nov 5 - 2:00 P.M.

Virginia Tech at South Carolina - Special Hurricane Relief Game

Thursday, October 26, 2017

AugBball Talk Show with William Avery​ and me - 10-26-17 - NBA Week 1 Review

AugBball Talk Show with William Avery​ and me - 10-26-17

NBA Week 1 Review

Week 1 picks

Chad 8-3; Will 6-5


Cavs over Celtics. (for Chad)
Rockets over Warriors (for Will)
Cavs over Bucks (for Chad)
Spurs over Raptors (for Chad)

Top Individual Performer Appearances

7 - Giannis Antetokounmpo
5 - Russell Westbrook
3 - Blake Griffin, Lebron James
2 - James Harden, Eric Gordon, Lamarcus Aldridge, Gasol

Will’s breakout players:

Tobias Harris, Jaylen Brown, Eric Gordon, Aaron Gordon, and Clint Capela.

Chad’s week 1 stories of note:

How the Rockets and Thunder are getting things done compared to how we predicted.
The Spurs’ excellence without Leonard.
Giannis looks like MJ

Chad’s top 3 week 1 players of note:

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Blake Griffin
Mar Gasol