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Grovetown 92, Augusta Christian 57: Game Story, Box Score, Full Highlights, and More

Zach Bell puts on dunk show and Julius Brown explodes to push Grovetown to a resounding victory over Augusta Christian. Full highlights ahead.



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Zach Bell skies high for Grovetown Monday.

Grovetown left Augusta Christian Monday with a 92-57 win after starting the game with a 39-16 run, and ending it with a 40-8 spurt, the latter propelled by senior guard Julius Brown’s 18 fourth quarter points, part of his game high 31.

Led by freshman Elijah Crawford’s team high 25 points, Augusta Christian made a run of its own, cutting Grovetown’s once 23 point lead to 52-49 with less than 1 minute remaining in the third quarter after Jeremiah Tolbert knocked down a baseline jumper. But Brown scored 21 points in the remaining 8 minutes and change, and the Warriors suffocated the home team’s offense, holding the Lions to only 5 points in the final quarter.

Brown began the final quarter with a three pointer only 8 seconds into the fourth that put Grovetown ahead 61-52. The lead stretched to 20 with 5:11 left on another three pointer by Brown, a shot that was set up by a beautiful dribble move, shown in the first clip below, when Brown went hard left, stopped on a dime, and whipped the ball behind his back, freezing the defender and rising up for the trifecta in one seamless motion.

Senior Zach Bell, who scored 21 points two days after dropping 30 to lead the Warriors to a 71-67 win over Walnut Grove at Archer High, left his unique stamp all over Monday’s game. A two-handed finish of a first quarter alley-oop (shown in freeze frame at the top of the screen) set the tone for an evening of wonder from the area’s most exciting player.

“This (Bell’s finish) was insane in person! Lob was super high!!” That’s what Grovetown head coach Darren Douglas tweeted after the game after seeing on Twitter (directly below) what he witnessed in person from the sidelines.

Later in the first period Bell topped his earlier dunk with a fully extended, one-handed windmill before pointing at the camera to make sure it was captured on film.

Bell’s third attempt to do something we won’t see anywhere else within driving distance of here came in the fourth quarter when, after picking the freshman Crawford clean near the three point line, Bell attempted his second windmill of the night… only this time he threw it between his legs as he rose into the air! Bell’s attempt came up short, as if he were only trying to prove he is human after all. After AC retrieved Bell’s miss, Crawford knocked down a jumper on the other end to momentarily halt Grovetown’s momentum.

Coach Douglas was impressed by Crawford after seeing him play in person for the first time:

“I really think Crawford is a player,” Grovetown’s second year head coach said in a text after the game. “Some freshman habits, but there’s a lot of good in his game.”

Douglas was even more pleased with the teamwork displayed by his Warriors:

“I was really pleased with our ball movement tonight,” Douglas said of a trend that picked up steam in Saturday’s win over Walnut Grove. “We passed it really well. We’re very hard to defend if we move it and make shots.”

Grovetown improved to 4-1 for the season while Augusta Christian fell to 2-7. Both teams are back in action Saturday. Grovetown will head for Marietta to face Collins Hill in the first round of the Lemon Street Classic. Augusta Christian travels to Greenbrier.

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    Grovetown – Malik Ferguson 2 2-4 6, Dj Douglas 1 0-0 2, Jaye Gant 3 2-4 8, Julius Brown 10 5-7 31, Zach Bell 10 1-1 21, Markel Freeman 4 2-4 10, Jose Rodriguez 4 1-2 9, Derrion Reid 1 0-0 2, Jaden Cobb 1 1-2 3.Totals: 36 14-24 92.

    Augusta Christian – Johnny O’keefe 3 2-2 9, Tray Moseley 1 0-0 2, Avery Evans 3 0-0 8, Elijah Crawford 10 4-4 25, Cam Slade 2 0-0 6, Jeremiah Tolbert 1 0-0 2, Luke Wilson 1 0-0 2, Jacob Thigpen 1 1-1 3. Totals: 22 7-7 57.

Three-point goals – Grovetown: 6 (Brown 6). Augusta Christian: 6 (O’keefe, Evans 2, Crawford, Slade 2). 


[Livestream] Grovetown vs Evans in Region Battle for Playoff Position

Evans hosts Grovetown and looks to avenge their buzzer beater loss to the Warriors on January 22nd.



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“Sophomore Malik Ferguson picked up a loose ball in the middle of the paint with one second remaining, and right before the fourth quarter buzzer sounded, he released a shot that found its mark to give Grovetown 61-60 win over Evans Friday, a result that threw the top spot in the class 6A, region 5 standings into a three way tie between Grovetown, Evans and Heritage to mark the beginning of the stretch run for the league’s regular season championship. Ferguson’s shot came at the end of a full court dash by Grovetown after head coach Darren Douglas was able to draw up a play during a timeout that was meant to result in a bucket in only six seconds. The play was designed for senior Zach Bell, who eventually fumbled the ball after spinning between defenders at the end of a drive that began near half court after he gathered the ball from freshman Derrion Reid.”

That was Chad Cook’s rundown of the instant classic that these two teams played two weeks ago. That win by Grovetown sets up a must-win scenario for Evans as they look to maintain their footing in the race for a region championship.

Be sure to get your ? ready early because if tonight’s game is as exciting as the last one, you just might forget those jokers altogether!

Streams will be posted here. Tip-off times are as follows:
Girls – 6:30 PM
Boys – 8:00 PM

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Former Basketball Stars Lead the Way in Business, Community Service, and Artistic Pursuits

Harold Doby, Reggie Middleton and Roman Hill have turned a brand into a business, a lifestyle and a mental framework for impacting their community.



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Reggie Middleton (left) and Harold Doby (right)

On January 4th, the day after Harold Doby’s “Books and Life Lessons” (B.A.L.L.) charitable organization conducted a coat drive to help keep warm some of the most vulnerable people in the downtown area, I spoke with Doby and Reggie Middleton, two lifelong friends and former college and high school basketball stars, at Middleton’s “Came From Nxthing Designer Apparel” shop at 120 James Brown Boulevard. Our interview (below) covered the coat drive, Reggie’s entrepreneurial journey, and the meaning behind the “Came From Nxthing” brand, which originated from the music of Roman Hill, our third interviewee. Hill’s friendship with Doby and Middleton helped sprout a “movement” that has provided a framework for the three former athletes to impact the world through acts of community service, business, art, entrepreneurship and charity.

The interview provided a great chance for me to get reacquainted with two men I’ve watched grow from being boys who excelled in a game, to leaders of their families and their community. I bet others who watched them star at Glenn Hills and Winthrop (Middleton), and at Laney and Augusta University (Doby), will also gain satisfaction from hearing about their continued personal development. For example, Reggie explained how he took advantage of his basketball talent to earn a job playing professional basketball in London. Then he used his experience there to hatch a business idea to bring high-quality fashion for an affordable price to people in his hometown.

Reggie Middleton scored 1,186 points for Winthrop.

Harold’s concern for people who are most in need, whether it be the men and women he personally distributed the coats to earlier this month, or the students in his school he recalled giving clothes and shoes to when he was in grade school, is the original reason for my getting back into contact with the two men I once coached and taught when they were middle schoolers.

Harold Doby distributing coats in downtown Augusta on January 4.

I’m grateful we reconnected because they are a shining example of what can be greatest about sports and the community that builds around such a life journey: strong, caring relationships developed through shared experiences, encounters with adversity, and moments of triumph, as well as failures and hardships. Reggie’s story about how he has been able to take the difficult circumstances of the pandemic and nonetheless thrive in business with his “back against the wall” by drawing on his experiences as a basketball player growing up reinforces something I’ve always believed, that youth sports is great practice for real life. 

Harold Doby and Reggie Middleton, as well as Roman Hill, whom Doby first met as his rapping Augusta University basketball teammate, are winning the game of real life every bit as much as they did when they mastered the game of basketball as younger men.

Look out for news of the next Drive from B.A.L.L. Visit the Came From Nxthing Designer Apparel Facebook page to see Reggie’s merchandise, shop with him online or find store information:

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