The Athens Middle School boys seventh grade basketball teams won a pair of close games against Chapel Hill Thursday night.

Both eighth grade teams lost.

SEVENTH GRADE WHITE GAME

Athens 13, Chapel Hill 11

The Hornets came out strong, scoring early and fast. They also turned in a solid defensive performance.

Alex Hammock and Clint Sharp paced the defensive effort.

Leading scorers for AMS were Johnny Gonzalez with five points and Ryan Berry with four.

The Hornets improved to 7-1-1 on the season.

SEVENTH GRADE MAROON GAME

Athens 20, Chapel Hill 19

The Hornets played from behind the entire game before coming on strong down the stretch to sneak out of Chapel Hill with the win.

The Hornets trailed by five at the half, but in the second half they gave up just six points.

Jaylon Johnson and Carter Harraid stepped up defensively in the second half to shut down Chapel Hill’s top threat. George Hutson and Jesse Durham added pressure defense down the stretch.

Javonte Johnson led the way for Athens scoring 12 points, 10 coming in the second half. Michael Baker and Scottie Withers added four points each.

EIGHTH GRADE WHITE GAME

Chapel Hill 31, Athens 14

The Hornets played hard, yet again were undermanned.

Andreas Brown kept the game close early when he drove the lane and hit a Michael Jordan-like layup over two people, however, in the end the Bulldogs proved too much for the young Hornets.

Terrance Behan contributed good passing and also scored seven points. Corey Stuckey, Jacolby Hurd and Danny Garza all played well, giving the Hornets a great effort on the defensive end of the floor against the bigger Chapel Hill team.

EIGHTH GRADE MAROON GAME

Chapel Hill 54, Athens 51

The Hornets played their toughest game of the season at Chapel Hill.

After falling behind early, the feisty Hornets clawed their way back to get within two points with two minutes left. With stingy defensive teamwork and just pure hustle the Hornets played their best game all season, according to Coach Jeff Shubert.

He said all the Hornets saw action and contributed heavily.

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