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Knights post huge win over archrival

Lakeside coaches doing remarkable job

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Evans High School Knights picked up a monster win Friday. Forget that they beat their archrival on the road, avenging a loss from two weeks ago. Also, forget that they proved to be king of the mountain in the county again this season.

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The main reason this win was so big was because it was a region win. After stumbling to an 0-2 start in the region. the Knights have won three consecutive region contests and now stand at 3-2 in Region 3-AAAA. The win puts them right back in the playoff mix in the region.

Why did they win? Well, once again pesky Greenbrier gave the more-talented Knights fits. However, in the end the athleticism of forwards Tony Davis (6-feet, 4-inches) and Jonathan Nicely (6-feet, 5-inches) proved to be a bit too much. Both players made several key plays late in the game to push Evans over the top.

Davis might be the surprise player in the county this year. His work on the boards has been monumental for the Knights. Nicely continues to stake his claim to county player-of-the-year honors.

Lady 'Pack rolls to 20-0

Garrett Black's Greenbrier girls squad has not lost a regular season game in more than two years. That's right -- two years.

This year the team will try to make a deeper playoff run than they did a year ago. Last season, Greenbrier blew a brutal second-round playoff game against Northside Warner-Robins and dropped a 60-49 decision. That was after runs to the Elite 8 (2004-05) and the Final Four (2005-06).

Black must find a way to handle the team's lack of height. They do this usually by harassing their opponents into turnovers, and getting a large number of easy baskets.

That will be a must if they plan to make another deep playoff run this season. More than 50 straight regular-season wins is a huge accomplishment, but Coach Black would give up every one of them for a state title.

Lakeside's programs are in good hands

I got a chance to see Lakeside for the first time during the weekend. They dropped a pair of games at ARC. However, I came away impressed.

I thought both teams played extremely hard and were absolutely prepared when they stepped on the floor. This is a reflection of their coaches. Mo McCormick has done a remarkable job with the Lady Panthers. They are 12-8 on the season with five losses to either Greenbrier or Silver Bluff. Those two teams are a combined 36-0 this season.

Also, this is a team that has been completely run over the last two seasons. This year they have posted wins over ARC and Harlem, and they play with great intensity. That says a lot about Coach McCormick.

On the boys side, despite facing more talented teams most nights, coach Ryan Morningstar's team has managed a 9-10 mark. That may not seem like much, but keep in mind they were 4-18 a year ago.

The kids never gave up vs. ARC. Other than a second-quarter spurt, they matched the Musketeers shot for shot. Panther fans, take a moment to pat both coaches on the back, because they are doing a solid job this season.



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