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Lemon Street Classic Provides a Big Stage for Evans and Grovetown

Along with Heritage High School, some of our area’s top teams and players will battle it out in Marietta against some of Georgia’s best.

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Starting Saturday, coverage of the Lemon Street Classic at Marietta High School will flood the pages of Zone706 as well as the @AugBball social media timelines. The tournament’s eight team field will include Evans and Grovetown, which are probably this area’s two best teams, along with those teams’ most dangerous region rival, Heritage. Expect an exciting bracket play format over the course of three days (Saturday, Monday and Tuesday) against some of the state’s very best programs. In the first round, Grovetown will meet Miller Grove, Heritage will face McEachern, and Evans will close the night against Lanier. All three opponents are household names when it comes to Peach State hoops.

The best part about the Lemon Street Classic, the opportunity to measure our area’s best against the state’s best, is exactly what Marietta High School’s assistant coach, Nicholas Estes, said the tournament’s organizers have been envisioning while bringing the event to life over the last 18 months. 

Rashad King – Evans

“We want to be a platform for that,” Estes explained. “We want to bring the best from different parts of Georgia together to compete. Sort of like a no classification state tournament.”

But the tournament has a much deeper meaning, which its name signifies. From a press report released earlier this week:

“The name of the event pays homage to the area’s only school for minorities during segregation. The Lemon Street School was a place of community and pride for the Black community in Marietta and throughout Cobb County. The last graduating class was in 1966 before its integration with Marietta High School.”

Zach Bell – Grovetown

Not only does the tournament place our best teams in the middle of a star-studded field. It also provides some of our area’s best players a great stage to measure themselves against some of the state’s top individual performers. And because the games will be live streamed (pay per view) at theSUVtv.com, the most trusted live streaming provider in the space, not only can fans here keep up with the progress of our teams and players, but so can the college coaches who are evaluating the many talented players competing!

This week, Grovetown senior Zach Bell received a scholarship offer from TCU. And hours after the offer was made public, a flurry of phone calls from Division I schools flooded Grovetown head coach Darren Douglas’s phone. And 6-5 senior Rashad King of Evans has been attracting interest from many observers as well. Then there’s James White of Heritage, who will play his college ball at Ole Miss, and his running mate RJ Noord, who is bound for Elon. Those are only a few of the many future college players who will participate in the Lemon Street Classic. There are many reasons to believe AugBball’s digital media specialist Seth Wesley will be in the right place at the right time when he posts up at Marietta High School for the next several days to bring the action to the Zone706 audience!

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[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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