Future Cowboys: Adams, Anderson Win Again

James Anderson proved Saturday night why he was selected a McDonald's All-American, and Martavius Adams helped his Wilkinson County High School team take one step closer to a Georgia state championship. Both Anderson and Adams, who have both signed with Oklahoma State and are expected to contribute next season as freshmen, hope to wrap up their high school careers this week with state titles.

The 6-6 Anderson, who would finish with 43 points and 20 rebounds, rallied his Junction City team from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 75-72 victory over Earle in a Class 2A state semifinal game Saturday night in the Arkansas state tournament.

Anderson scored 16 of his team's 27 fourth-quarter points as the Dragons rallied from a 55-48 deficit for the victory. "James had a big night. He wasn't going to be denied," Junction City head coach Joe Paul Hammett said afterwards.

Anderson's dunk on a fast break tied the score 57-57 with 5:35 remaining, but he was just getting started. A few moments later, after grabbing a defensive rebound, he went the length of the floor and finished it off with a thunderous slam that tied it up again, but more importantly got the Junction City crowd on its feet.

On the Dragons' next two possessions, after holding Earle without a basket, Anderson grabbed offensive rebounds and scored on putbacks for a 69-65 lead with just two minutes remaining. In the final two minutes, Anderson and his Junction City teammates put the game away by hitting their free throws.

Junction City, now 31-3, will go for the first basketball state title in school history next week in Hot Springs, Ark., against Jessieville, a 48-40 winner over Crowley's Ridge Academy earlier Saturday.

Adams, a 6-8 power forward, scored 15 points as his Wilkinson County High School team defeated Southwest Atlanta Christian 82-53 in an Elite Eight game of the Class A state tournament in Georgia on Saturday. The 29-point margin of victory was the closest game that Wilkinson County has played in the playoffs. The Warriors, now 30-1 overall and winners of 26 in a row, won playoff games by 54 and 71 points last week.

Wilkinson County advances to the Class A Final Four to be played this week in Macon, Ga. The Warriors will face Turner County in a state semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, and should they win will play in the state championship game at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

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