Jonathan Nicely will be remembered for his 25-foot game-winning shot at the buzzer, and he deserves mention. He poured in 19 points and was terrific on both ends. The man who saved the day for Evans, though, was Brandon Durr.
Not only did he finish with a game-high 23 points but he also got Evans back in the game with two huge 3-pointers after Greenbrier had surged in front by eight.
Greenbrier's Anthony Williams and Nolan Belcher also were solid.
Belcher buried four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points.
Williams displayed incredible athleticism all night, and had the crowd reeling with his breakaway dunk late in the game.
I want to take the time to say thanks to the fans from both teams.
I can honestly say that there has never been a basketball game in Columbia County with that type of atmosphere. The gym was packed, the fans were incredibly loud and both sides respected the play of the young men by being classy throughout.
Athletes dream of playing in front of such crowds. State championship games do not have crowds this good. It was electric. Kudos to the fans for showing up in large numbers and cheering as loudly as they did.
Greenbrier now has one win and Evans has one win (a region victory) in their two meetings. If you missed the first two match-ups, mark your calendar for Friday, Jan. 26. That will be Evans-Greenbrier III at Evans High School. Oh yeah - one bit of advice: get there early.
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