From Staff Reports
The Athens Review
The Athens Hornets remain alive in the District 15-3A playoff race following a 68-65 win over the Canton Eagles Friday night.
With the win, first year coach Gerald Anthony’s Hornets’ are now 18-15 on the year and 5-4 in district play.
Canton is now 17-12 on the year and 5-4 in district play with one game to go in the regular season.
Both teams played a very tight first half as neither team led by more than four points in the opening half.
Jared Grace gave Canton their biggest lead of the first half at, 23-20, with four minutes remaining in the second quarter on a three-pointer.
AHS fired back with back-to-back scores by junior Anthony Sanders on a three-pointer and a fast break layup for a, 27-23 lead with 2:44 remaining in the quarter.
With Athens up 30-25 heading into the locker room, the two teams continued their back-and-forth affair in the second half with the Hornet’s leading 46-45 heading into the final quarter of play.
During the third quarter, AHS held a 41-37 lead with 1:40 remaining on a fast break jumper by Ryan Jefferson off an assist from Sanders.
In the fourth quarter, Athens went on a 7-0 run as senior Javonte Johnson scored on back-to-back baskets and then Sanders scored on a fast break layup for the 60-51 lead midway through the final quarter.
Athens was led in scoring by Sanders with 26 points, while Johnson added 12 points, all in the second half.
Teammates Courtland Lyons and Jefferson scored 11 points each in the win.
Brownsboro 44, Mabank 39
MABANK — The race for the District 15-3A crown is on the line tonight following Brownsboro’s win Friday night over Mabank on senior night.
Both teams come into the regular season finale with identical 22-8 overall records and 7-2 records in district play.
Mabank Coach Tracy Carter’s team is on the road against Canton, who lost to the Athens Hornets, while Mineola is at Brownsboro. Both games are set to tipoff at 7:30 p.m.
With both teams deadlocked at 18 after the first half, Brownsboro was able to get the cushion they needed in the third outscoring Mabank 12-4.
Brownsboro was led by Blake Ralson with 14 points, while Davonte Givens scored 10.
Mabank was led in scoring by David Marler with 10 points.
Brownsboro 13 5 12 14 — 44
Mabank 11 7 4 17 — 39
BROWNSBORO — Will Bailey 6, Blake Ralson 14, Davonte Givens 10, Taylor Beall 6, Patrick McCarthy 4, Jared Bragdon 4.
MABANK — Zach Dillon 4, Landon Marshall 7, Garrett Graham 6, David Marler 10, Parker Johannesen 3, Taylor Willeford 8, Dalton Burleson 2.
THREE POINT GOALS — B: Bailey, Ralson, Beall. M: Willeford (2), Marshall.
JV SCORE — Brownsboro 38, Mabank 22.
RECORDS — Brownsboro 22-8 (7-2). Mabank 22-8 (7-2).
NEXT UP — Mineola at Brownsboro, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mabank at Canton, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Regular season finale for both teams.