SHERWOOD BOYS 61, TIFTAREA 60:
In a hard-fought game by both teams, Tiftarea missed two shots within the final 10 seconds, either of which would've beaten Sherwood as the Eagles improved to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in GISA Region 3-AA.Tiftarea saw the return of one of its star players, Wes Carter, who scored 13 points and missed one of those final shots that could've upset SCA. Sumner McWhorter led with way for Tift with 18 points.But it wasn't enough as the Eagles had three players break double figures.Brannan Anthony and Gary Holloway paced Sherwood with 16 points each, followed by Wesley Pittman's 14.The game, however, shoudn't have ever been as close as it was. Sherwood more than once had leads of 13 points or better and couldn't hang on."I told the guys afterward I wasn't real happy about this win because we continue to get big leads and fail to close it out," SCA coach Matt Ruta said. "Playing well for three quarters isn't gonna cut it." Tiftarea missed a running shot in the lane in the final seconds that would've put it ahead by one point, then both teams scrambled for a loose ball, prompting a jump ball. Tift got control of the ball and popped it out to Carter, who couldn't connect on the last-second miracle."We defended it well," Ruta said of the last shot. "It was a hard shot from a bad angle. It was one of those where (everyone in the gym) would've been impressed if he could've made it."