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Driskell Dominates and Pratt Shines in Greenbrier’s Win Over Richmond

Full Game Report includes a look at Richmond’s Cameron Thomas, who scored 27 points in the loss, as well as a breakdown of Davin Driskell and fantastic freshman Khaleel Pratt’s game

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Andrew Black – Greenbrier (November 2019)

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Greenbrier 1418121458
Richmond 79211249

    Greenbrier – Cyrus Wilder 3 8-8 16, Hampton Goff 2 1-2 5, Andrew Black 1 1-1 3, Kai-Aire Rhodes 1 0-0 2, Davin Driskell 5 2-2 12, Khaleel Pratt 4 0-0 11, Sean Edewor 3 0-0 7, Levi Wahl 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 12-13 58.

    Richmond – Keon Jones 1 0-0 2 , Cameron Thomas 9 6-6 27, Josh Cody 3 1-1 8, Juvares Safford 1 2-2 5, Marquese Hester 1 2-2 4, Chris Murray 1 1-1 3. Totals: 16 12-12 49.

Three-point goals – Greenbrier: 6 (Wilder 2, Pratt 3, Edewor). Richmond: 5 (Thomas 3, Cody, Safford).

Greenbrier topped Richmond 58-49 Saturday as Cyrus Wilder (16 points), Davin Driskell (12) and Khaleel Pratt (11) led the way for the Wolfpack, which improved to 4-5 overall before hitting the road next week for a pair of region games as well a non region matchup against a familiar rival.

Saturday’s win was sealed during a 90-second fourth quarter spurt that was uninterrupted by a whistle. The stretch began and ended with made three pointers by Wilder. In between those bombs were two blocked shots by Driskell and an impressive drive and finish by Pratt. By the time Richmond coach Steve Nobles could call timeout at the 2:51 mark, Greenbrier had run off 8 unanswered points and taken a 54-41 lead that would go unthreatened the rest of the way.

Before the Wolfpack’s decisive run, Richmond had forged its way back into contention during the first 12 minutes of the second half, steadily eating into Greenbrier’s 32-17 halftime cushion that was established after Pratt nailed a three pointer, one of three in the game for the freshman, from the top of the key right before the second quarter buzzer sounded.

The Musketeers edged their way to within 5 points with 4:27 remaining in the fourth quarter when Keon Jones corralled a defensive rebound, pushed the ball up the court and made a pull up jumper from 15 feet to make the score 46-41.

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Until Wilder and company slammed the door on the comeback attempt late in the fourth quarter, Richmond had refused to go away. Much of the credit should go to Cameron Thomas, who scored 27 points and nabbed 4 steals, putting on one of the best overall individual performances I’ve seen this season.

A Closer Look at Davin Driskell and Khaleel Pratt

After reporting on Greenbrier’s December 19th win over Augusta Christian, Saturday’s game was the Wolfpack’s second in a row that Zone706 has covered, even though the two games came 14 days apart. Wilder led the team in scoring in both outings, and we heard from Greenbrier head coach Dee Howard about his senior guard in our December 20th Full Game Report.

Davin Driskell – 6’6” Junior – Greenbrier

This time I wanted to know all about what Dee thinks about Driskell and Pratt. Driskell, a 6-6 junior who snagged 8 rebounds and swatted away 6 shots against Richmond, also stars on the Wolfpack football team, so his court time has been more limited. But since his emergence as a force during his sophomore season, I have yet to watch him play a basketball game and see him fail to make a major impact.

Khaleel Pratt – 6’3” Freshman – Greenbrier

Pratt is unique among the area’s standout freshmen, and in some ways even compared to the area’s best players regardless of class. He’s a 6-5 guard with a beautifully simple shooting stroke that is devoid of any wasted motion. And when asked to, he plays the point guard’s role seamlessly because he has a great feel for the game and advanced ball handling and passing skills. You’ll see below that Howard, a former Augusta University star player, specifically mentions Pratt’s ability to be a shutdown defender on the perimeter, and to attack the basket off the dribble.

Add it all up and I’m left to wonder if “the freshman,” which is what Dee called Pratt in our text exchange after the game, has any real weaknesses. I guess we’ll find out as we get deeper into region play, and eventually the post season. Here’s Greenbrier head coach Dee Howard on his promising inside-outside combo, Davin Driskell and Khaleel Pratt:

Greenbrier Head Coach Dee Howard on Driskell and Pratt:

Dee Howard – Head Coach – Greenbrier

Davin is definitely a difference maker with his inside presence. He biggest strength is on the defensive end with his ability to block and alter shots. Also cleaning up the glass with defensive rebounds. He’s continuing to get his bearings together on the offensive end. I believe he will continue to progress offensively with repetition in practice and game play experience.

The “Freshman” definitely still has room to grow and a few areas of improvement, but all in all I’m very pleased with the way he’s been playing! He can score in many different ways, and most impressive is his ability to get downhill. His shot has always been there, and he’s just letting the game come to him a little 

more. 

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Defensively at his height he has the ability guard on the perimeter and contest shots at the basket as well as rebound! 

He can play… has a mature game. His upside/ceiling is very high.

Looking Ahead

Greenbrier will travel to Clarke Central Wednesday and to Walnut Grove Friday before visiting Evans Saturday in a non region matchup.
Richmond (2-5) will play three region games this week. Tuesday’s game will be on the road against Harlem. On Friday the Musketeers will host Thomson, and Richmond will travel to Hephzibah Saturday.

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[Livestream] Evans Hosts Effingham Co. in State Playoff Showdown

Evans battles Effingham in Round 1 of the Georgia 6A State Playoffs. Live from Evans High.

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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!

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

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