Thaddeus Young - Started off the weekend by pouring in 28 in a 98-73 win over Oakwood for the District 16-AA Tournament Championship. He was back in action on Monday night scoring 21 points and leading Mitchell to a 109-68 win over Treadwell in a Region 8-AA quarterfinal game. Mitchell plays again on Wednesday night. He has also been named a finalist for Mr. Tennessee Basketball - which will likely come down to Young and Brandon Wright.
Javaris Crittenton - He had 35 points (including 4 threes) in an 87-64 win over Bremen on Saturday. This was a very physical game as Bremen was called for three intentional fouls and one of their players admitted to playing a little dirty trying to get SACA out of its game. SACA next plays in the Class A semi-finals against current State A champ Randolph-Clay and R-C's 70+ game winning streak. This is a re-match of the last 2 state title games.
Zach Peacock - Zach and his Norland squad had their 5th and final contest against Krop HS for the right to advance to the state Final Four in Lakeland. Playing on Krop's home court Norland played a great defensive game and won a tight contest 49-46. Zach had a game leading 18 pts and 8 rebounds, as well as 3 blocks. Norland makes its first trip to Lakeland since 1973 and faces Palm Beach Lakes on Thursday in the semi-finals.
Brad Sheehan - Unfortunately Brad and his Bison teammates were upset in the playoffs by Albany in a see-saw 64-62 overtime game. Brad was basically unstoppable scoring 28 points. Unfortunately his guards had a return of turnoveritis, having a very difficult time handling Albany's press. At different times it looked like either team was in control. In overtime Albany tied it at 62 with 8 seconds left. Shaker turned it over at mid-court with 5 seconds left and the Albany player took a long three with 3 seconds left, which missed but the player followed his miss and made a lay-up as time expired. Brad passed the 1,000 career point mark in this game.
Gani Lawal (2007 class) - Gani had a big second half, scoring 17 of his 19 points in the second half along with 13 rebounds and 4 blocks leading Norcross to a 74-62 win over MSU commit Chris Allen and Meadowcreek. Next up for Norcross is a game against Redan with the winner going to the state championship game and a likely battle against defending state champ Wheeler.
Two final notes…
First, if Norcross and SACA advance to the state championship games, GPTV broadcasts all the state finals this upcoming weekend.
Second, Maurice Miller had a great visit to Atlanta this weekend. He went to the Wake Forest game, hung out with the team and even went down to Morehouse to watch Gani and Norcross play Saturday evening (Gani invited him to come see him play while they watched the Wake game together). This weekend definitely helped and made GT a very serious contender, will it be enough, only time will tell.