October 20, 2020

Middle Braves claim first hoop title in 12 years

The 2016-2017 Middle School Champs (Front L-R): Eli Lawson, Ty Smith, Joseph Sanchez, Leroy Marsh, Ashton Bonner, RoRo Edmondson, Luke Bennett (Back Row L-R): Coach Marquise Rogers, Blake Baldwin, Kahlil Cofield, Chance Curbow, Klayden Kennedy, Ayden Cannon, Orrin Rowley, Ethan Lawson, Coach Stacy Lawson

The 2016-2017 Middle School Champs (Front L-R): Eli Lawson, Ty Smith, Joseph Sanchez, Leroy Marsh, Ashton Bonner, RoRo Edmondson, Luke Bennett (Back Row L-R): Coach Marquise Rogers, Blake Baldwin, Kahlil Cofield, Chance Curbow, Klayden Kennedy, Ayden Cannon, Orrin Rowley, Ethan Lawson, Coach Stacy Lawson (Not pictured: Jameer Cook)

(Mount Zion, GA) — A raucous crowd and atmosphere at Mount Zion Middle School Thursday night set the stage for one of the biggest sports wins in 12 years for the HCMS boys basketball team as they knocked off Temple Middle School 52-48 to capture the first Middle School Championship in 12 years.

The see-saw contest versus the Tigers was one of the most exciting title games in recent memory, but an 11-3 run by the Braves late in the game was the difference.

The win did not come easy, however, as the Tigers fought back with an 8-0 run over the last two minutes to close the gap to just two points before Ashton Bonner sank two huge free throws with just nine seconds to play to seal the big win. Bonner finished with six points including four of six from the line.

Dominate offensive performances from Ayden Cannon and Ethan Lawson led the way for the Braves as each scored 14 points. Kahlil Cofield also had a nice performance from the perimeter scoring 11 including three from outside the 3-point arc.

Starters Tydarius Smith and Jameer Cook also had good efforts and off the bench seventh grader Orrin Rowley keyed the defense pulling down several big rebounds.

“These kids have been fighting all season and even when we lost a couple starters late in the game, our bench stepped up and saved it for us,” said head coach Marquise Rogers after the game. “I couldn’t be prouder of this group of boys and the hard work they put in all season.”

Outside of the lines, the story of the game was the HCMS cheerleading squad coached by Wylene Spearman. The group of girls became so passionate during the fourth quarter, they almost had even the Tiger fans cheering for the Braves.

The 2016-2017 middle school cheerleaders were Leah Love, Lynsey Glover, Peyton Skipper, Kayla Parkmond, Emily Brazeal, Isabella Urquilla, Ashlyn Stransky, Lydia Craven, Kadi Shelnutt, Maddie Mooty, Ashley Zoretic, and Lexi Parker.

The Bowdon Red Devilettes took home the girls tourney trophy with a 50-29 win over Bremen.

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