Warner Robins came within one point of reaching the century mark for the third time this year on the basketball court (coming within a few points three other times) as it beat Eagle’s Landing in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAAA state tournament.
The Demons won 99-82 – the contest held at Veterans High to meet GHSA occupancy requirements.
The Golden Eagles did enjoy the early lead. They got out 7-2. A 10-0 run by the Demons took care of that. They went on to lead at the quarter, 21-13. A 30-point second period, coupled with the McDonough squad’s 12, made it 51-25, Warner Robins, at the half.
Jacolbey Owens and Nelson Phillips contributed more than half of that. The first had 17, the second 18. Owens went on to score 33 – five 3-pointers a part of that – and Phillips chipped in 23.
Trevon Williams, Jaron Zanders and Keshun Houser each finished with six, Champ Dawson five and M.J. King a deuce.
It should be noted that Eagle’s Landing had a much better second half. A good part of the credit for that went to Brandon Thomas who finished with 25 – the bulk of those also coming on treys (and free throws).
As a result, the Golden Eagles were able to outscore the Demons 25-21 in the third – trailing 72-50 at that point – and 32-27 in the fourth – getting to within 13 at one point.
Nevertheless, Warner Robins earned the Elite Eight spot and are slated to take on Lithonia either Tuesday or Wednesday – according to the GHSA bracket, at Lithonia. Lithonia is 23-6 and beat Flowery Branch 51-39.
Elsewhere, Northside’s girls fell to, and at, Lovejoy 53-23.
It was a strange one to start: Plenty of action, just not a whole lot of scoring. In fact, with misses and turnovers here there and everywhere, the game was scoreless three minutes in. It looked like it might be that way halfway through the first as well, but with 3:25 showing, Kaliyah Little got fouled and made one-of-two.
Back to: misses, here, there and everywhere, but the Lady Tigers were able to get a basket from the field to make it 2-1. Rinse and repeat (misses …).
Finally Little put the Lady Eagles back on top with a layup that came with 1:04 showing. That made it 3-2, which is where it stood at the horn.
The second quarter for Northside: Not so good. Lovejoy came in 28-1 and outscoring opponents by about 25. Its only loss came to Stephenson, 56-53, back on Dec. 16, 2017. It avenged that loss by beating Stephenson 66-32 on Feb. 2.
All that came to bear – not to mention the pressure beginning to have its affect – in the second. The Lady Tigers began to pull away and by the end of the quarter had a 23-9 halftime lead.
The third was not much better – in fact much, much worse – as the Lady Tigers dominated to a 47-19 lead at the end of the period.