PORTAL - The Portal Panthers didn't have much trouble in their first two games at the Portal Holiday Classic, but a rough shooting night prevented them from making it a clean sweep as South Effingham claimed a 59-53 victory Monday night in the final game of the tournament.
MACON - In the championship game of the Tattnall Square Holiday Classic, the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators suffered their first loss of the season, 50-40, to tournament host Tattnall Square Academy.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers ripped of a 16-0 run to begin the second half and never looked back, cruising to a 61-45 win over Georgia Military in the final game of Saturday's action at the Portal Holiday Classic.
The Statesboro Blue Devils took an early 17-6 lead and never looked back as they knocked off South Carolina's Battery Creek 64-48 on Saturday in the finale of the Gentlemen's Classic at the Devils' Den.
A night after coming up just short in a high-scoring shootout, the drama continued for Statesboro at the Gentlemen's Classic.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers closed out Worth County in the fourth quarter and won 71-64 on Friday in the finale on the opening day of the Portal Holiday Classic.
The Gentlemen's Classic hosted by Statesboro High didn't waste any time in bringing the drama as Osborne defeated Statesboro in a high-flying 92-89 decision in the first of three nights of action Thursday at the Devil's Den.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers prepare to send off 2013 in style as they host their annual Holiday Classic beginning today and running through Monday.
ALBANY - Zaquavian Smith scored a team-high 29 points as the Statesboro Blue Devils knocked off Early County 84-61 on Saturday at the U-Save-It tournament in Albany.
BROOKLET - For the first time in her high school career, Southeast Bulloch's Jasmine Roberts is on a basketball team that is striking fear into opponents.
Trees are decorated, school is just about out and radio stations are pumping out the carols nonstop, but it isn't quite Christmas until the Statesboro boys basketball team has taken on some of Georgia's best at the annual U-Save-It tournament on the road at Albany.
The East division of Region 3-A is one of the most competitive regions in the state for football, but Portal and Claxton managed to place an impressive 22 players on the All-Region squad for the recently-completed season.
At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, First Presbyterian Christian Academy senior center Ahman Muhammad had two inches and at least 40 pounds on Bulloch Academy's Hunter Perry.
The Statesboro boys brought a three-game losing streak to a screeching halt, notching a 66-48 victory Saturday night at the Devil's Den over the Swainsboro Tigers team that started the Blue Devils' slide two weeks ago.
After calling off all of Wednesday's scheduled games at the Region 3-A basketball tournament in Treutlen, more icy conditions have caused Thursday's slate of games to be canceled as well.
Statesboro's soccer seasons have had to sit on the sidelines as winter weather postponed the scheduled season openers for both the boys and girls this week.
BROOKLET - As the Region 1-AAA boys tournament began Tuesday evening, Southeast Bulloch knew exactly what the task was.
AUGUSTA - Richmond Academy exploded for 21 points in the fourth quarter and eliminated the Statesboro Blue Devils from the Region 3-AAAA tournament with a 66-58 win on Tuesday in Augusta.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch girls had to fight and claw through the majority of their Region 1-AAA tournament opener Monday night, but a steady resolve and a big fourth quarter run paved the way for a 56-38 victory over Appling County.
Bulloch Academy wrestlers won three individual state championships and led the team to its second consecutive state runner-up trophy in the GISA Class AAA state traditional tournament this past weekend.
With nearly three months of regular season play in the books, area basketball teams are now preparing for their region tournaments with eyes set on the ultimate prize of landing a spot in the state playoffs.
IRWINTON - Portal's regular season came to an end on Friday as the Panthers defeated Wilkinson County 64-60 on the road.
By MIKE ANTHONY