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Mincey Leads Evans to Impressive Lemon Street Classic Win Over Lanier

After topping the class 6A runner up, the Knights advance to the quarterfinals to face the famous Norcross in the Semis.

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                      #5 Joshton Mincey (Evans)
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Evans 2519152382
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    Evans – Brasen James 7 1-2 19, Rashad King 3 1-2 7, Joshton Mincey 7 5-7 20, Cameron Warren 1 0-0 2, Devin Story 6 0-0 15, Jaydnt Stephens 2 0-0 4, Tyson Jones 6 3-3 15. Totals: 32 10-14 82.

    Lanier – Andrew McConnell 5 1-2 13, Iajah Phillips 4 6-9 15, Makai Vassell 7 8-9 24, Justin Birch 1 0-0 3, CJ Hyland 2 0-0 4, Mason Friedel 0 2-2 2, Connor Marcantel 2 0-0 6, Blaine Bell 0 1-2 1, Jayce Nathaniel 1 2-4 4. Totals: 22 20-28 74.

Three-point goals – Evans: 8 (James 4, Mincey, Story 3). Lanier: 7 (McConnell 2, Phillips, Vasell, Birch, Marcantel 2).

Evans topped class 6A power Lanier 82-74 Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Lemon Street Classic after senior point guard Joshton Mincey helped the Knights weather a furious second-half run by Lanier that whittled a 17-point third-quarter Evans advantage to only a 1 point lead by the 3:24 mark of the fourth quarter. In the midst of Lanier’s surge, Mincey, who led Evans with 20 points, scored or assisted on 15 of 19 points for Evans. 

Mincey was joined in double figures by junior Brasen James (19), who made 4 three pointers, all in the opening quarter when Evans jumped out to a 25-14 advantage by making 7 threes as a team. Fellow junior Devin Story, who buried three bombs himself, added 15 points, including 13 in the first half. And 6-6 sophomore center Tyson Jones also chipped in 15. Jones scored 11 points in the second half to combine with Mincey in the Knights’ defense of a lead that grew as large as 54-37 with 3:00 remaining in the third quarter.

Lanier’s surge caught steam right after Jones scored to put Evans ahead 59-44 late in the third quarter. The Longhorns then forced multiple turnovers by Evans and scored consecutive buckets, including a three pointer by James Madison bound senior Andrew McConnell to cut the deficit to 59-49 heading into the final quarter. McConnell then opened the fourth with another three from the Marietta High logo in the jump ball circle to make it 59-52.

During the run, which lasted the whole quarter but never allowed Lanier to tie Evans, let alone take a lead, Mincey made a huge impact. He first interrupted Lanier’s surge with a drive and left handed layup to give Evans a 61-55 lead with 7:00 remaining. Later he scored another field goal to make it 65-59, and then he dropped a pair of free throws for a 69-64 Evans lead. 

Mincey’s play was most valuable during the final three minutes, when he first assisted Jones on a layup that put Evans ahead 71-68 right after Lanier had cut the lead to 1. Then after a Lanier bucket, Mincey converted an and-1 to give Evans breathing room in the form of a 74-70 lead with 2:23 remaining. Then Mincey dropped in a beautiful floater in the middle of the lane to give Evans and 76-70 lead with 1:50 left. Finally he fed James for an uncontested dunk that put the Knights ahead 78-72 and all but sealed the game.

The result against a Lanier team that came within 3 points of winning a class 6A state title last season should give fans of the Knights, who reached the quarterfinals of the playoffs themselves last year, optimism that Evans can compete with any team in class 6A. And Monday brings an ever bigger opportunity for Evans to prove itself because its semifinal opponent is none other than the famous Norcross, the starting point for the several NBA careers of its former players, and the winner of four class 6A state championships in the 2000’s before moving to the newer class 7A, where the Blue Devils have remained a state title contender pretty much ever since.

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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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