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Local Roundup: Eagles drop series finale at Hawaii
Statesboro sweeps Evans in hoops action
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    HONOLULU, Hawaii — Making his collegiate debut, freshman Brian Wilkerson  carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but 13 stranded runners cost Georgia Southern in a 2-1 decision at Hawaii Saturday. The Eagles fell to 1-2 overall while the Rainbows improved to 4-2.
    Wilkerson carried his no-hitter into the sixth, getting the first two batters. However, Justin Frash and Brandon Haislet lined back-to-back singles then Kris Sanchez delivered a two-run double down the right field line. The freshman right-hander responded by striking out Evan Zimny to end the threat.
    In the seventh the Eagles finally got onto the scoreboard. Jeremy Beckham was hit by a pitch then Matt Miller lined a single, putting runners at first and second. A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners. Beckham was able to tag and score when Griffin Benedict fouled out to left.
    Saturday the Eagles open their home part of the schedule, hosting nationally-ranked Georgia Tech for a 1:30 p.m. scheduled first pitch.

Statesboro hangs on over Evans
    The Statesboro Blue Devils defeated Evans 52-44 Saturday to improve to 5-2 in region 3-AAAA.
    Justin Houston led SHS (14-9) with 13 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
    With Houston out, Evans made its run and got the game within four with 1:08 left. Jared Houston’s key free throws down the stretch and the rebounds of Patrick Parker helped the Devils hang on.
    Sean LeGree added 12 points for Statesboro and Jared Houston finished with 11.
    The Blue Devils will have plenty of time to prepare for Friday’s showdown with the Academy of Richmond County.

Lady Devils top Evans
    The Lady Blue Devils of Statesboro got a region win on the road Saturday with a 48-34 win over Evans.
    Monnette Bennet led SHS (15-9, 4-3) with 17 and Gwennetta Jones added 12.
    Statesboro returns to action Friday when they host the Academy of Richmond County.

Gators pull away from Frederica
    Bulloch Academy used a 14-7 third quarter to get past Frederica Academy Saturday night.
    Will Powell had 21 points to lead BA (10-12, 7-0) and James Conner added 13.
    Bulloch will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Citizens Christian.

Claxton loses in 2OT
    The Lady Tigers of Claxton fell 59-58 in double-overtime Friday to visiting Jenkins County.
    Ashley Kennedy had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Endya Jones had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Lacreasha Brewton added 15 for CHS (9-14, 4-7).
    Claxton will end its regular season on Friday when they travel to Bryan County.

Metter comes back on Richmond Hill
    The Metter Tigers notched their third win in the last seven games with a 43-40 win over Richmond Hill in non-region action Saturday.
    The Tigers (7-16, 3-11) trailed the entire game until they took the lead with around two minutes remaining.
    Terrence Collins led MHS with 17 points while Geoffrey Thurman had 14.
    Metter will conclude its season on Saturday when they host Bryan County for Senior Night.

Frederica takes down Lady Gators
    Frederica Academy beat Bulloch Academy 46-27 in girls action Saturday.
    Kaylie Lanier had eight points for BA (11-13, 4-3).

Jenkins County beats Claxton
    The Jenkins County Eagles had four players score in double figures in a 67-61 win Saturday.
    Victor Chance had 16, Chris Griffin had 15, Kennith Scott had 14 and Jamar Hughes added 10 for JCHS.
    Delvin Diggs led CHS with 18 points and Damian Brewton had 14.

BA JV teams sweep Frederica
    Both the boys and girls junior varsity teams of Bulloch Academy took home wins Saturday at Frederica Academy.
    Taylor Collins led the Lady Gators (7-2, 4-1) with 15 points in their 29-13 win. Walker Blitch had 12 points on four 3-pointers to help the Gators (7-2, 5-0) to a 35-27 win.
    Bulloch will return to the court Monday when they host Edmund Burke at 6 p.m.

SEB Drill team results
    The Southeast Bulloch drill team competed in a 13-team match Saturday at Groves in Savannah.
    The Yellow Jackets took first place in the Male Mixed Armed Platoon, first place in the Male Mixed Unarmed, first place in the Female Unarmed Squad and first place in the Female Armed Squad.
    Southeast also took second place in the Male Mixed Armed Squad, second place in the Male Mixed Unarmed Squad and second place in the Male Mixed Color Guard. Chase Sandlin took home second place in the Armed Knockout competition.
    The Yellow Jackets will travel to Liberty County on Saturday for their next meet.

Portal JV wins
    The Portal junior varsity team beat Emanuel County Institute 55-42 on Saturday.
    Steven Cox had 15 points, and Jordan Hall had 14 for PHS (9-4).
Eagles Fall 7-0 at Georgia Tech
    The GSU men’s tennis team fell 7-0 at No. 27 Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon.
     The Eagles only victory of the day came from Matthew Sands and Neil Shine as the pair defeated Scott Blackmon/George Gvelesiani 9-8 (7-5) at the No. 3 doubles slot.  In No. 1 doubles, Emmanuel Nkoueleue/Philip Prins fell 8-4 to David North/Jose Muguruza and Joris De Weerdt/Greg Bekkers dropped their No. 2 doubles match 8-5 to Jordan DeLass/Eric Molnar.
    De Weerdt fell 6-0, 6-1 to No. 36-ranked North in No. 1 singles.  Nkoueleue lost 6-2, 6-3 to Jordan DeLass at No. 2.  In No. 3 singles, Matthew Sands dropped his match versus Muguruza 6-3, 6-2.  Bekkers fell at the No. 4 spot 6-1, 7-5 and Borja Malet was defeated by Gvelesiani 6-2, 7-5.  Rounding out the day’s action, Prins fell 6-2, 6-2 to Austin Roebuck at No. 6.
    The Eagles will open up the home portion of the schedule Sunday as they take on Florida A&M at the Hanner Fieldhouse Courts.  Match time is set for 1 p.m.

Eagles drop match to JU
    The Georgia Southern women’s tennis team dropped their second match of the season Saturday afternoon, falling 5-2 to Jacksonville.
    Emma Knight pulled out the lone victory for the Eagles.  In No. 5 singles, Knight came back after losing her first set 6-0 and ended up winning 0-6, 6-3, 10-4 over Cristina Paiva-Flor.
    The No. 1 singles slot saw Molly Maddox fall 6-0, 6-1 to Emese Sulyos.  In No. 2 singles, Kristi Kegerreis fell to Lena Willi 6-1, 6-1. Heather Reynolds lost in the No. 3 spot 6-3, 6-0 to Tatiana Soldatova.     Frenanda Carerro defeated Shea Huxtable 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in No. 4 singles.  In No. 6 singles, Lauren Wolken won by default after Iva Jaresova suffered an injury.
    In doubles action all three GSU doubles pairs lost.  Kegerreis/Reynolds fell 8-3 to Sulyos/Jaresova in the No. 1 slot. Maddox/Christine Caforio lost 8-3 to Willi/Carerro at No. 2 and Jessica Matlosz/Jessica Fuller fell 8-6 to Soldatova/Paiva-Flor.
    The Eagles will resume action Feb. 10 at the Hanner Fieldhouse Courts as Georgia State comes to town. Match time is set for noon.

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