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Fastbreak: Statesboro sweeps Jenkins (Savannah) in boys, girls hoops

Justin Houston led the Blue Devils with 17 points a several crucial free throws in the final minute as Statesboro’s boys basketball team held off a second-half Jenkins (Savannah) rally to win on the road, 54-46. The Blue Devils led 30-15 at halftime before Jenkins began hitting shots and snagging offensive rebounds. SHS held a 36-29 lead after three quarters, but Jenkins continued to fight. Statesboro’s lead was cut to three with just 53 seconds remaining before Houston and his teammates sealed the win at the free throw line. Jarred Houston and Sean LeGree added 10 points each for SHS, which improves its record to 3-2. The Blue Devils’ next game takes place on Tuesday, when they host Screven County at 7:30 p.m. Statesboro’s girls triumph, 48-33 The Lady Blue Devils of Statesboro High School won a road game against Jenkins of Savannah on Friday, 48-33. Statesboro (4-1) was led in scoring by Monnette Bennett’s 15 points. Chelsia Connelly had 12, and Gwen Jones added 11. The Lady Devils play their next game on Tuesday against Screven County. Girls of SEB Middle win, 26-8 The girls basketball team from Southeast Bulloch Middle School got two more wins this week, improving to 3-1, 1-0 in region play. SEB downed Ebeneezer 26-8 on Friday. Chrystal Michael had 12 points and five steals, while Olivia Malvin added nine points and 10 steals. On Wednesday, SEB downed Effingham 35-9, with Malvin contributing 22 points and six assists. Portal Middle girls earn ‘W’ Portal Middle School’s girls basketball team defeated Reidsville on Friday, 33-27, despite trailing by 12 at halftime. Jalvin Jones led the way for the Lady Panthers (1-1) with 14 points. Nikki Sims added six, and Jessica Brannen had four. Portal Middle boys fall The middle school basketball team of Portal lost to Reidsville on Friday, 48-38. Portal (1-1) was led by 12 points from Jamie Hagins and Corey Walker. Tony Mikell blocked eight shots. The Panthers return to action today at 11:30 a.m. with a road game against ECI. SEB JV prevails Southeast Bulloch’s junior varsity boys basketball team downed Claxton 53-20 on Friday night. Greg Wright led the way for SEB with 10 points, while John Jones added nine. Eagles play Rams on road today Winners of two straight, the Georgia Southern men's basketball team continues its four-game road trip tonight with a showdown at Winston-Salem State. Game time has been changed to 7:30 p.m. The Rams (1-9) know all about road trips as they are playing just their second home game of the season and play in front of their fans for the first time in six games since Nov. 14.  WSSU’s lone win came at home, a 67-44 victory over Division II Anderson. Georgia Southern and Winston-Salem State met a week ago in Statesboro, a 70-41 GSU win.  The Eagles jumped out to an 18-2 lead and held the Rams without a field goal for a nine-minute span in the first half. The Eagles improved to 3-2 on the year after a 61-59 win at Mercer Monday. Langston Chapel Middle gets sweep Both the boys and girls basketball teams from Langston Chapel Middle School won on Friday night, improving their records to 2-0. The boys team downed South Effingham, 48-25, led by C.D. Johnson’s 11 points and 10 from David Leach. The girls team dropped South Effingham, 22-13. Raven Thomas led the way with six points, while Veljuslisa Canty added 4. The Langston teams will return to action on Wednesday at home against Richmond Hill. The girls game begins at 4:15 p.m. UGA, Va. Tech may battle in bowl ATLANTA — Barring unexpected developments this weekend, Georgia will play Virginia Tech in the Dec. 30 Chick-fil-A Bowl in the Georgia Dome. The event, formerly known as the Peach Bowl, will announce its teams on Sunday. ‘‘We will have our SEC team in attendance and our ACC team on the telephone,’’ said Chick-fil-A spokesman Matt Garvey on Friday.

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