With just under two minutes to play, Lakeside looked like it was going to waltz right into Statesboro and upset the Blue Devils on their home court.
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.
Statesboro has taken its fair share of beatings over the last month.
Raise your hand if you were at Hanner on Tuesday. Now look around at those that still have their arms folded. Now smile.
Bulloch Academy held a three-point lead over Class AAA powerhouse Stratford Academy late in the fourth quarter but the Eagles canned 10-of-11 free throws to escape with a 49-42 win Saturday night.
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.
Few Statesboro fans saw this one coming.
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.
The Bulloch Academy boys began the defense of their 2007 GISA Region 2-AA crown with a rousing 68-44 romp over Trinity Christian School of Dublin Tuesday night.
David Buchannon made quite a splash when he and his family moved to Portal, and so far this season, he has helped lead the Panthers to a 14-1 start, including a 5-0 mark in Region 3-A.
Portal fans can finally say it: "We beat Statesboro."
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.
First off, a Happy New Year to one and all. Hope everyone enjoyed what little time off you may have gotten.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - After another slow start the Georgia Southern men's basketball team rallied to take the lead but was undone by a 61 percent shooting effort in the second half by UNC Greensboro to lose 79-67 Saturday afternoon at Fleming Gym.
INDIANAPOLIS - As pressure builds for the repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to look for a new venue for next year's women's Final Four.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft testified Tuesday that his former star tight end Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked if he was involved in a 2013 killing.
ZURICH - The United States held on for 1-1 draw with Switzerland in an international friendly on Tuesday after veteran forward Jozy Altidore was sent off.
ATLANTA - R.J. Hunter ensured his legacy at Georgia State by hitting one of the most memorable shots in the NCAA tournament.
There was a time when the edge to Juan Pablo Montoya was evident everywhere he went. His arrogance was on display as he walked through the paddock, his confidence in a race car clear with every fearless move he made.
Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds and second-seeded Gonzaga used a big run early in the second half to pull away for a 74-62 win over No. 11 UCLA on Friday night in the Houston Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
By WILL GRAVES
ORLANDO, Fla. - Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
In a tightly contested pitcher's duel Tuesday night at Mill Creek Park, the Statesboro High School Blue Devils came out on top 5-2 against Effingham County to extend the team's winning streak to eight games and a perfect 4-0 region record.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several legal steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years.
OMAHA, Neb. - Le'Bryan Nash stared at his feet, unable to speak. His teammate, Anthony Hickey, patted him gently on the back. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford gave him an encouraging nod.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely won't return this season.
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Even though he won 10 games for the marlins last season, Tom Koehler isn't considering himself a lock for Miami's rotation.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The UAB Blazers may not have a football program anymore. They do have the first big upset of the NCAA Tournament and hope they can give their university something to rally around.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Jim Boeheim became the face of Syracuse University over the past five decades, first as player, then as coach - revered for wins and delivering a national title to a struggling city in 2003. But the coda to his decorated career has become tinged with undeniable blemishes, laid out in harsh penalties for violations the NCAA says show Boeheim and the university lost control of athletics.