The first round of Tuesday night basketball games hit Columbia County last week. The games saw Harlem's boys continue their strong shooting start to the season.
"We played well in that Tip-Off tournament," Harlem coach Kim Chambers said. "I thought we had a chance to beat Evans, but we made too many mistakes. We did a better job in the Lakeside game of making smart decisions."
The most obvious portion of smart decision-making has come in shot selection. The Bulldogs shot just over 58 percent from the field through the first three quarters on their win against Lakeside in the Columbia County Tip- Off Tournament. In Tuesday's 56-49 win over Hephzibah, Harlem impressed again.
"We shot 51 percent from the floor," Chambers said. "We're being patient enough to make good decisions. The big thing is they're listening."
The team also hit 18 of 26 free throws. Senior Mike Leverett made five straight foul shots in the fourth quarter to help the team improve to 2-1 on the season.
Harlem's Cedric Boatner led scoring with 16 points. In the first three games, the junior guard has posted a 21.9 points per game average.
ACS boys 79, Curtis Baptist 36
Augusta Christian opened the season with four players scoring double figures in a 33-point victory. Senior Tyler Bourdo led all scorers with 17 points, and Daniel Hobbs (15), Fred Auston (14) and Jonathan Smalley (10) chipped in. Augusta Christian's 1-0 start to the season will be tested Tuesday with a match-up against in-county rival Augusta Prep.
Augusta Prep boys 59, Briarwood 36
Jim Hull's 36 points matched the offensive output of the entire Briarwood squad in a 23-point Cavalier win. Augusta Prep's John Paul Lynn added 20 points, and the two Cavalier scorers accounted for 56 of Augusta Prep's 59 points. The Cavaliers, who didn't allow a single point in a 19-0 first-quarter lead, owned a 4-1 record heading into their weekend tournament.
Greenbrier girls 64, Washington-Wilkes 31
Lady Wolfpack senior Sara Oland scored 19 points and teammate Shelby Berns added 13 in a 33-point win over Washington-Wilkes. Greenbrier led 35-8 at halftime and improved to 3-0 with the victory.
Lakeside girls 62, Westside 23
The Lady Panthers led 19-3 after the first quarter and claimed their second win of the season. Carolyn Hennecken made four of eight Lakeside 3-pointers while post player Alex Cassagnol chipped in with 13 points.
ACS girls 58, Curtis Baptist 31
Augusta Christian turned a 34-27 lead at the end of three quarters into a 27-point blowout against Curtis Baptist. Three Lady Lions scored in double figures to give the team its first win of the season.
Wash.-Wilkes boys 53, Greenbrier 50, OT
Greenbrier's boys lost their second straight in overtime to Washington-Wilkes. Senior Andy Gray scored 21 points, but Washington-Wilkes' Lucious Stewart totaled 24 points to drop the Wolfpack to 1-2 on the season.
Westside boys 59, Lakeside 39
Lakeside's C.J. Marshall scored 20 points, but the Panthers lost by 20 to Westside. Lakeside trailed by only five points at halftime but managed just three points in the third quarter.
Hephzibah girls 73, Harlem 34
Harlem's girls picked up their second loss of the year to Hephzibah. Freshman Ebony Wells scored 19 points for Harlem, but the rest of the Lady Bulldogs combined for only 15 points.
Briarwood girls 53, Augusta Prep 46
The Lady Cavaliers led by 10 points at halftime and 31-29 at the end of the third quarter but gave up 24 points in the fourth to pick up their second loss of the season. Laura Kopald scored 30 points for Augusta Prep.
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