May 23, 2019

Braves claim 3rd place at SMI Classic

(Temple, GA) — The Braves won two of their three games at the 2016 SMI Carroll County Christmas Classic to claim third place in the tourney featuring teams from all over the Carroll County area.

The Braves took down the Bowdon Red Devils 67-50 on Thursday and were on the short end of a 47-40 score to Villa Rica Friday night before bouncing back to finish strong in Saturday night’s hard-fought third place battle with Mt. Zion.

The dog-fight with the Eagles Saturday was one of the most closely contested games of the tourney with the teams being tied at both the half and the end of the third quarter and featured 15 lead changes along the way.

Senior Brave Dekari Brewer (Photo: Melanie Boyd/The Times-Georgian)

Senior Brave Dekari Brewer (Photo: Melanie Boyd/The Times-Georgian)

It was a big three-point play from senior Dekari Brewer with 26 seconds to play in the game that sealed the fate of the Eagles.

Senior Jordarius Foster led the way for the Braves with 18 points and 15 rebounds, while sophomore Tay Watson also had a big night with 15 rebounds and nine points.

Other top scorers versus the Eagles included Emory Jones with 10, Torrence Allen with nine, Darius Mathews with eight and Brewer with seven.

Several Braves had big nights during the three-day tournament.

Jones and Matthews led the way in Thursday’s win over Bowdon with 14 apiece with Watson also finishing in double digits with 10.

Brewer had 14 in Friday’s loss to Villa Rica.

Coach Keith Simmons was pleased with the fight his squad showed late in the consolation match-up.

“I was glad to see these kids came out and played hard tonight,” Simmons said. “Sometimes when you don’t make the championship game, kids come out down. It’s important for us to be able to bounce back on back-to-back days — that’s how the region and state tournament work.”

The win moves the Braves to 8-3 on the season and they will return home to face Mt. Zion once again in a regular season game Tuesday night at HHS (7:30 PM immediately following the varsity girls game).

Temple High School won the championship with a thrilling 55-53 double overtime win over Villa Rica.

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