Veterans’ boys got off to a slow start – or at least in comparison to where it finished. They trailed 13-12 after one in their GHSA Class AAAAA state tournament opener at home against Fayette County. They rolled from there, outscoring the Tigers 21-9 in the second quarter for a 33-22 lead at the half.
They then put up 21 to Fayette County’s 9 in the third and then outscored Fayette County 25-19 in the fourth for an 84-51 win.
Jaylyn Williams had 17 to pace Veterans. Nine of that came in the second quarter and eight in the third.
DeAngelo Hines had 16. Six of his came on 3-pointers – he had one in the first and one in the second. Horace Johnson has 11 – all in the second and third quarter (several bench players saw action in the fourth); he was five-of-five from the line. T.J. Grant and Rodney James each had nine.
Veterans (25-3) will play the winner between Hiram and Lithonia. The first is the No. 1 seed out of Region 7, the second the No. 4 seed out of Region 5. Their game is slated for today (Saturday) at 4 p.m.