April 23, 2018

Braves fall short to Lions in opener

Braves first year head coach Phillip Manning

Basketball season opened at Heard High School Tuesday night where the Braves hosted Central of Carrollton in hopes of putting an end to the worst losing streak (24 games) in school history.

Although the Braves were not successful in stopping the streak, falling to the Lions 54-42, new head coach Phillip Manning found a lot of positives he hopes to build on as the season wears on.

Coming into the game Manning expected a sloppy game thanks primarily to the fact the team had only practiced six times.

The extended football season took a toll on practice time with four starters unable to begin the season until eight days ago. The Braves fought hard in the game which was much closer than the final indicated.

The Braves led by two points after the first quarter and trailed by only one heading to the fourth quarter.

“I was very pleased with our effort tonight. We had some guys that really stepped up big. We were right there and played a heck of a game for three quarters and two minutes before we just ran out of gas and it seemed like it slipped away from us. Considering our limited practice time I was real pleased with our effort especially defensively.” ~Phillip Manning

Manning, a 27-year-old UGA graduate, enters his very first year as a head coach after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins,GA.

He also spent one year as head middle school coach at Prince Avenue Christian while at UGA. Manning attended Fitzgerald High School in South Georgia.

Damon Pearson led the scoring for the Braves with 15 followed by Deron Swint with seven and Jonathon Hunt with six.

Duranta Dunson, Levi Brown, and Elijah Toney each added four. Central’s Kahlil Wynn led all scorers with 20.

The Braves return to action at home Saturday night hosting East Coweta (3A-AAAAAA). The game will tip immediately after the girls game which starts at 6:00 p.m.

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