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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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