On Monday across the state, several basketball showcases honored Martin Luther King Jr. Here is the action from a few of those events.
BCB MLK JR. SHOWCASE (PEACHTREE RIDGE)
In the first game of the day, Norcross defeated Buford 62-52 after a battle down the stretch. Norcross' Myra Strickland led with 18 points, all from outside the arc. Morgan Robinson-Nwagwu and Yamani Paul each had 17 points. Buford was led by Kya Styles (14 points) and Tory Ozment (12 points).
A layup by Nick Edwards with one second left capped off a come-from-behind victory as the Grayson Rams came from 20 points down to win 65-64 over Langston Hughes. Edwards finished with 21 points (11 in the fourth quarter). Langston Hughes star Landers Nolley finished with 32 points but was silenced in the final frame (2 points).
Buford's boys played the only out-of-state team in the event, defeating United Faith (N.C.). The Wolves got a two-point win over the school from Charlotte, 69-67, as David Viti had a tip-in at the buzzer to win. Viti scored 17 points, and Marcus Watson led Buford with 18.
Jenkins defeated Lakeview Academy 63-44 in the fourth game of the event, and Miller Grove handled Discovery 63-42 in the fifth game.
In the final game, host Peachtree Ridge cruised past Milton 84-60. Peachtree Ridge got 28 points from Devin Vassel, and Christian Wright paced Milton with 19.
DREAM CHALLENGE (MOREHOUSE COLLEGE)
In first game of the Dream Challenge at Morehouse College, Windsor Forest defeated Mount Vernon 55-48 after taking a 34-29 lead at halftime. Zim Fields led Windsor Forest with 24 points. Teammate Juwan Davis added 11. Mount Vernon was led by Tahj Keeton with 18 points and Marquez Frye with 14 points.
In Game 2, Eagle's Landing Christian defeated East Hall 73-49 after taking a 40-12 lead at the half. On the 14-man roster, the Chargers have only two players under six feet tall. Mekhi Cameron, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, led ELCA with 19 points, five rebounds and four steals. Teammate Jamaine Mann, a 6-5 power forward, helped with 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Malachi Rhodes, a 6-7 forward, added 10 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.
Shiloh defeated Lakeside-Evans 63-41, and Johnson-Savannah defeated The Heritage School 61-53.
Morgan County outlasted the Meadowcreek boys 51-44 in overtime. The teams ended regulation tied 43-43. Alec Woodard led Morgan County with
||Nelson Phillips and Warner Robins fell to Newton
13 points, Tyrin Lawrence scored 10 and Stevin Green contributed nine. For Meadowcreek, Jamir Chaplin led all scorers with 14 points, and Amari Kelly scored 10.
Newton pulled away from Warner Robins late for an 80-65 win. Ashton Hagans had a triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Teammates Dre Butler (19 points) and Tyrese Brown (16) each helped with scoring. Nelson Phillips and Jacolbey Owens each scored 16 points for Warner Robins.
In the final game of the event, Holy Spirit Prep defeated Westside-Macon 74-64 as Anthony Edwards had 37 points for Holy Spirit. His teammate Kamani Johnson had 16 points. Khavon Moore had 20 points and Javian Moseley scored 13 for Westside.
MLK SHOWCASE (HARRIS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL)
In the first game of the MLK Showcase at Harris County High School, Stratford Academy defeated Kendrick 72-62. The Eagles' Devin Butts, a 6-3 junior guard, led with 25 points. Kendrick's Tyler Brooks led with 33 points.
In Game 2, Loachapoka (Ala.) defeated Shaw, 43-39. Kaitlin Hill led Loachapoka with 20 points. Zykeria Lipscomb paced Shaw with 13 points.
Fulton Leadership Academy held off Spencer's boys 77-74 after one overtime. Spencer came back from a 14-point halftime deficit to tie the game 68-68 after regulation. Yizar Rainwater had 23 points for FLA, and RiQuieto Leonard had 16 points for Spencer.
Harris County's girls handled Stockbridge 68-35 as Jessika Carter of Harris County led all scorers with 20 points. Stockbridge's Kayla Taylor led her team with 12 points.
The Stockbridge boys defeated host Harris County 48-35 in the final game of the event. Kavonte Ivory scored 10 points for Stockbridge, and Tailique Williams had 11 for Harris County.
MLK HOLIDAY CLASSIC (DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL)
In the first game, Drew finished on top of a closely-contested matchup over Hapeville Charter, 60-56. William Tripp Black took MVP honors for Drew.
Northside-Warner Robins' boys beat Carver-Atlanta 69-62, led by Sammy Mike's 15 points. Carver's Todrick Hunter scored 16 points.
For the girls, host Douglas County took a 65-54 victory over Fayette County. Forward Amari Robinson scored a career-high 41 points in the victory.
The Pebblebrook boys edged Berkmar 76-73 despite 38 points and 18 rebounds from Berkmar's Tony Johnson. Mervin James led Pebblebrook with 27 points.
The McIntosh boys defeated Westlake 63-60. Bruce Carpenter scored 18 points for McIntosh, and Westlake's Koby Isaac led his team with 17 points.
New Manchester got a three-point win over Douglas County rival Chapel Hill, 59-56. Marquis Shelton scored 15 points for New Manchester, and Tyrique Hamm (12 points) and Niyon Ashley (10) also contributed to the Jaguars' scoring.
Host Douglas County closed out the night with a 68-65 win over Fayette County's boys.