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Local Roundup: BA winning streak ends at 28

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Nobody in Georgia seems to be able to beat the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators, but on Saturday at the Carolina Invitational, they played a team from Maryland.
    Trailing by a point, the Lady Gators made the last bucket of the game, but didn't get it off in time as the horn sounded and St. John's Catholic School of Maryland won 56-55, snapping a 28-game BA winning streak dating back to Dec. 30, 2013.
    Bulloch (9-1) was led by Pate Lomax, who scored 27 points. Ashley Burke added 12 and Mikay Sands added nine.
    The Gators are back in action today at 11 a.m., and they'll try their luck against a team from Pennsylvania, this time.

Mikell free throws lift Blue Devils
    Jarius Mikell hit a p[air of free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining and the Statesboro Blue Devils defeated  Osborne 61-60 on Saturday at the Gentlemen's Classic.
    The game went back and forth throughout. Statesboro (8-6) led by two points at halftime but trailed by as many as eight in the second half.
    Michael Soloman led SHS with 22 points.
    The Blue Devils play host to the finale of the Gentlemen's Classic on Monday at 8 p.m., against Westside, Augusta.

Georgia beats Mercer in 3 OTs
    ATHENS (AP) — Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox was wondering Saturday why the Bulldogs keep playing in-state foe Mercer.
    "We have played them four times, and it has never been easy," said Fox after Georgia escaped with an 86-77, triple overtime win. Charles Mann led the Bulldogs with 22 points.
    "Why do we keep scheduling them?" Fox asked. "They are such a well-coached team, and they play it the right way. I will cheer for them the rest of the year."
    Mercer got the biggest win in program history last spring when it bumped Duke from the NCAA tournament, but this team bears little resemblance.
    "I love (Mercer head coach) Bob Hoffman," Fox said. "I've got a ton of respect for him."
    The Bulldogs got 17 points apiece from Marcus Thornton and Nemanja Djurisic. Thornton had 11 rebounds before fouling out in the third overtime. Kenny Gaines added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
    Jordan Strawberry led Mercer (6-7) with a career-high 21 points. His 3-point jumper from the corner at the end of regulation forced overtime. But he could not find the magic at the end of the first overtime, missing to win with seven seconds to play.
    Tied 72-72 after two extra periods, Georgia bolted out to a quick 78-72 lead in the third overtime, with Gaines converting a three-point play and Mann a 3-point basket. Mercer managed only two field goals, both by Strawberry, after the Bulldogs were up by nine with less than 49 seconds to play.
    Hoffman praised both teams.
    "I told them they fought their tails off," he said. "They played like champions, and they deserved to win tonight against a really, really good team. It's just one of those teams that should be in the tournament."
    Georgia led by as much as 12 points early in the second half, but two cold spells let Mercer back in the game. Mann's layup with 56 seconds put Georgia up 51-48. But after two Bears misses, Strawberry hit a 3-pointer as the clock hit zero.