BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (8-10) were off from behind the arc in the first half, but the play underneath was enough to compensate as SEB cruised to an 85-66 victory over visiting Jenkins County Tuesday.
METTER - The Metter Tigers (4-13) fell behind early when the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (7-10, 3-6 Region 3-AA) jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, and that proved to be the difference in Saturday's 57-48 SEB region-road win.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers (15-1, 7-0 Region 3-A) got off to another slow start, falling behind early to the visiting Bryan County Redskins. But an explosive third quarter surged PHS to a 90-44 victory - its seventh-straight region win - Friday night.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers (15-1) carried the momentum from a Jan. 8 55-52 win over Statesboro into Tuesday's game, making it rain against the Metter Tigers and sinking 10 3-pointers in a dominant 94-55 non-region win.
CLAXTON - The Savannah Country Day Hornets used strong outside shooting by Patrick Blackburn and Zach Samuels to outscore the Claxton Tigers (3-13, 2-4 Region 3-A) and hang on to second place in the region standings with a 65-34 win on the road Saturday night.
PORTAL - Things were looking worrisome for the Portal Panthers after the 2006-07 season. Leading scorer Fred Williams played his last season and the girls finished with only three wins. The Panthers were in a bind.
Now that's what prep basketball is all about.
From 1981-1984, Statesboro basketball coach Lee Hill coached a young player named Jeff Brannen. Today - 24 years later - Brannen will attempt to beat his former mentor in a head-to-head matchup for the sixth time when his Portal Panthers face off against Hill's Blue Devils in Georgia Southern's Hanner Fieldhouse.
BROOKLET - In a game that saw 53 free throw attempts, it was only fitting that it would be two Robert Johnson foul shots that ended Southeast Bulloch's upset bid over the Region 3-AA defending-champion Josey Eagles (14-1, 5-0) Saturday night.
MILLEN - The Portal Panthers (13-1, 5-0 Region 3-A) picked up their fifth-straight region win as they jumped out to a 19-point, first-quarter lead and never looked back, toppling the Jenkins County Eagles 85-39 on the road Friday night.
METTER - The Metter Tigers (3-4) took their biggest lead of the game on a Jamar Mosley foul shot with 30.6 seconds remaining to go up by seven and held on to beat non-region Treutlen County 59-54 Tuesday night.
CORDELE, Ga. - The Emanuel County Institute Bulldogs risked everything by putting the ball in the hands of record-shattering running back Washaun Ealey 39 times, and it paid off with a 41-21 win over the Wilcox County Patriots and an undefeated season.
SYLVANIA - The first time the Portal Panthers took on the Screven County Gamecocks, it came down to a last-second, overtime jumper that gave the Panthers a one-point win after they saw a 16-point lead evaporate before their eyes.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (3-6, 1-2 Region 3-AA) got their first region win Saturday as Tony Raymond chalked up 26 points and SEB knocked off the visiting Metter Tigers (1-4, 0-2) 71-46 on George Roebuck Night in Brooklet.
METTER - The Screven County Gamecocks (5-1, 1-0 Region 3-AA) lit up the Metter Tigers to the tune of 88-49 in the Friday's region opener for both schools.
As Brian VanGorder learned in 2006 during his year as Georgia Southern's head coach - Eagle Nation doesn't like its traditions messed with.
Note: "Jerick's journey into the NFL" will run each Sunday during the preseason in the Statesboro Herald.
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