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Reid doesn't miss a beat in return

Posted: November 19, 2014 - 12:17am
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Harlem's Reggie Reid drives to the basket past Greenbrier's Daniel Brown. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Harlem's Reggie Reid drives to the basket past Greenbrier's Daniel Brown. Photo by Jim Blaylock

Last seen, Harlem’s Reggie Reid scored 26 points in a Class AA state tournament game against Vidalia on Feb. 22, 2013.

After a year away at ELEV8 Sports Institute in Delray Beach, Fla., Reid did not disappoint in his return to area basketball Thursday night, leading the Harlem Bulldogs to a 96-69 win over Greenbrier in both teams’ 2014-15 season-opener.

The former two-time Columbia County Player of the Year averaged 27 points a game during his sophomore year. He began his senior campaign putting up the same number with soaring dunks, jump shots and drives to the hoop, but the quick, athletic Bulldogs showed they could be a dangerous team.

Reid said he didn’t think people packed Greenbrier’s gym just to see what he was going to do.

“No, because we have No. 4 (Torien Beard), he was here, a couple others, Rayshun Morris, Steven St. Clair, Dakota Madigan,” Reid said. “It’s just an overall team thing.”
Beard likes that Reid was back for their senior seasons.

“It feels great; he’s a team player; I’m happy to be playing with him my last year,” Beard said.

Greenbrier coach Casey Hecka­thorn thought Reid had an impact on the Bulldogs.

“He’s the best player on the court, and he just plays so hard and it’s contagious in the right way,” Heckathorn said. “They built that really without him last year, though. To bring that kid back, they just feed off that great energy as a team.”

The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on a Morris layup and Beard 3-pointer. The lead was 20-12 after the first period, with Morris scoring 10 of his 12 points. Beard finished with 18 points and Kanez Dunn chipped in 12.

The game devolved into a free-throw shooting contest in the second quarter which Greenbrier lost. They made only 6 of 19 and finished 23 of 47. Conversely, the Bulldogs converted 27 of 37.

Jakob Nelson did his best to keep the Wolfpack in the contest scoring 14 of his team-high 19 points in the third quarter including four 3-pointers. Justen Hartfield added 15 points and Chris Brown chipped in with 12.

Bulldogs coach Kim Chambers was happy with the way the team looked on opening night.

“We have something to prove as a team because he (Reid) was gone,” he said. “We’ve got people around him now. At times I thought we looked really good and other times I thought we looked sloppy. but that’s first-game jitters and that’s what we’re playing these games for.”
In girls play, the reigning Region 2-AAAAA champion Lady Wolfpack swept by the Lady Bulldogs, 56-14.

Greenbrier (1-0) jumped out to a 19-0 lead, were up 34-1 after the first quarter and led 47-3 at the half.

Jennifer McMahan and Destiny Marshall led the Lady Wolfpack with 12 points. Leah Wangness paced the Lady Bulldogs (0-1) with eight.

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