An up-and-down night for the Harlem Bulldogs ended on a positive note Friday.
After seeing a seven-point, third-quarter lead vanish, the Bulldogs fought back from a five-point deficit with just over three minutes left in the game to beat the Screven County Gamecocks 67-65.
Rayshun Morris found Austin Hubert in the lane and his short jumper with six seconds left was the game-winner.
After Hubert’s jumper, the Bulldogs were whistled for a foul after the Gamecocks inbounded the ball. Chandler Rigden missed the first of two free throws and missed the second intentionally. The Gamecocks’ Rashad Hugley got the rebound but his putback attempt bounced off the back of the rim as the horn signaled the Bulldogs’ win.
“I knew they wouldn’t jump, so I pump-faked it, went up strong with it and I was lucky it went in,” said Hubert, who finished with 13 points.
The Bulldogs got their first Region 3-AA win of the year as they improved to 7-9 overall and 1-2 in the region.
Despite the thrilling win, Bulldogs coach Kim Chambers wasn’t quite as thrilled after squeaking by a Gamecocks squad that entered 0-12 and 0-2 in the region.
“We played very poorly and I don’t know why,” said Chambers. “I thought we were better than that. We got a win and we were lucky to win. I hate to be that negative, but that’s what it was.”
Trailing 63-58 with just over three minutes to play, Morris would come up big during those three minutes.
After two Chris Harris free throws cut the lead to 63-60, the teams traded turnovers before Morris picked off a pass and turned it into a layup to bring the Bulldogs within one with 1:42 remaining. Kanez Dunn stole the ball on the Gamecocks ensuing possession and fed Morris, who led the Buldogs with 19 points, for a layup and the 64-63 lead.
A Gamecocks basket gave them the 65-64 lead with 1:13 to play but Torien Beard tied it up with a free throw with 35 seconds left.
The Gamecocks threw the ball away with 16 seconds left, setting up Hubert’s game-winner.
Harris chipped in with 11 points for the Bulldogs while Rigden scored a game-high 22 for the winless Gamecocks.
The 13-4 Evans Knights improved to 4-0 in the region with a 61-53 win at Greenbrier Friday night.
Matlin Marshall led the Knights with 15 points while K’lon Lovett scored 10. For Greenbrier (8-10, 0-4), Kayshawn Marshall had 19, Justen Hartfield had 17 and Rod Demmons added 10.
Grovetown got the home win over Lakeside Friday night, winning 56-46. The Warriors (8-9, 1-3) outscored the Panthers (11-4, 2-2) by 10 in the third quarter to give themselves some breathing room. Kenny Joseph led the Warriors with 20 points, Solomon Gause had 12 points and Logan Morris added 11. Jake Gilbert paced the Panthers with 13 points.
South Carolina Independent School Association
Augusta Christian improved to 15-3 with a 56-52 win over Heathwood Hall. Calvin Taylor led the Lions with 13 points and Ashton Grant finished with 10.
Georgia Independent School Association
The Cavaliers beat Pinewood, 46-25, improving to 9-4 in the process. Miles Downing led the way with 10 points.