It was a heck of a ride, but things came to an end a couple of games too soon for Statesboro.
It's not every day you see two teams so evenly matched, yet so incredibly equally different.
It's an old cliché, but it really is a shame that someone had to lose that game.
BROOKLET - The Claxton Tigers also defeated Southeast Bulloch Friday night, 83-36.
With just one game standing between Statesboro and a shot at a state championship - and its sixth appearance in a title game in 11 years - it couldn't feel more at home.
Schools around the state are readying for the long winter break, meaning that many of them are focused on basketball.
BROOKLET - Jenkins County survived a war of attrition as it defeated Southeast Bulloch by a count of 41-28 Tuesday evening in Brooklet.
For as much as Statesboro has accomplished this season, it doesn't seem to be running out of new ways to impress.
PORTAL - When attending a Portal basketball game this season, picking up a game program will be a necessity.
A full and experienced roster that includes a reigning state champion, a reigning state runner-up and several returnees and top placers from the last year's state tournament has Bulloch Academy head coach Andy Tomlin excited about the upcoming wrestling season.
AUGUSTA - The Pinewood Christian Academy Competition Cheer Squad reclaimed the GISA Class AAA state title in stiff competition in Augusta on Saturday, November 20, 2010.
In a game that saw seven players reach double digits in scoring, it was defense that finally prevailed.
MARIETTA - Novocain. Smashmouth. Three yards and a cloud of dust.
Statesboro defended its back yard. Now it's time to hit the road.
Throughout the season, the Statesboro rushing attack has been leading the charge, taking the Devils to the quarterfinal round of the GHSA Class AAAA playoffs to be held Friday at Kell.
Statesboro's boys basketball squad avenged an early-season loss, taking a quick lead and never looking back in a commanding 57-37 win over Swainsboro Tuesday evening at the Devil's Den.
Second-half surges lifted both Bulloch Academy basketball teams to region victories over Frederica Academy Tuesday night.
SAVANNAH - Bulloch Academy ran away with the first annual Cavalier Invitational wrestling tournament this past Saturday.
In just over five years, the South Georgia Fury softball club has gone from a struggling, two-team operation into a growing success story that will field six teams and showcase 70 players in dozens of tournaments throughout the spring and summer.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers have found themselves in some close games over the last couple of weeks, but they weren't playing around against Emanuel County Institute Friday night.
Three seniors scored in double figures to lift the Bulloch Academy boys to their eighth straight win Friday night, outlasting GISA Region 2-AAA foe Trinity Christian School of Dublin 56-42.
GUYTON - The Statesboro Blue Devils improved to 12-8, 6-3 in Region 3-AAAAA with a 77-72 win on Friday at South Effingham.
Southeast Bulloch has shown flashes of greatness throughout the season, but has the unenviable position of playing in arguably the toughest region in Class AAA.
BROOKLET - In a script that has repeated itself several times already this season, Southeast Bulloch stood up to one of the top teams in its region, only to lose control of the game down the stretch.
SAVANNAH - It was, Portal Coach Jeff Brannen said, a typical matchup with Calvary Day School.
Stellar second-half performances saved Bulloch Academy from a pair of Region 2-AAA upsets Tuesday night.
CLAXTON - The Claxton Tigers entered Saturday night as the No. 2 team in the Class A power poll and a solid favorite over struggling Southeast Bulloch.
The Statesboro boys basketball team is right in the thick of things midway through the season, but it ran into a brick wall against No. 6 Brunswick Friday night at the Devil's Den.
PORTAL - Savannah Christian's Demetris Robertson was held to just 11 points and the Portal Panthers dominated for a 62-38 win on Friday at home.
Over the course of a long basketball season, the goal is always to peak at the right time.