Holiday Basketball Tournaments get under way

Article and photos courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution –> Original Article Here will be covering high school basketball holiday tournaments around the metro area through Dec. 30.

War Eagle Classic:

Coming off of an upset of Class AAA No. 3 Cedar Grove on Monday, Class A-Private No. 8 Holy Innocents’ scored a 65-58 win over Decatur behind Cole Smith’s 20 points. Decatur was led by Chalin Hippe’s 14. Cedar Grove faulted again tonight, losing 60-45 to Class AAAAA No. 1 Buford. The Wolves saw David Viti score a game-high 18 points and Marcus Watson finish with 16. Jamari Dean scored 13 for the Saints.

Cam Holden poured in 29 points for Mary Persons but Westminster received 14 from Ajay Manocha and defeated the Bulldogs 55-53. Hapeville Charter rode Jamaure Ezzard’s 19 points to a 56-39 win over Mt. Vernon Presbyterian. Elite Scholars Academy survived B.E.S.T. Academy in triple overtime 70-65. Whitewater cruised against KIPP Atlanta 75-60.

On the girls side, Class A-Private No. 3 Holy Innocents’ overpowered LaGrange 60-30. Kaila Hubbard scored 20 points while Khayla Pointer added 13. Class AAAAA No. 3 Griffin received 13 points from Andeija Pucket as the Bears rolled Decatur 61-31.

SEBA Atlanta Hoop Festival (From Saturday)

Junior guard Adam Flagler poured in an event record 43 points, hitting nine threes along the way as Duluth raced past Sprayberry in the fourth quarter to earn an 89-68 victory. Senior forward Jalen Hodges tallied 13 points and seven rebounds in the win. Sprayberry was led by senior guard Eddie Figueroa’s 26 points.

Hillgrove’s fine season in Class AAAAAAA continued as the Hawks upset Class AAAA No. 8 St. Pius 52-39. The Golden Lions had no answer for senior Demeirre Black who notched 25 points, 14 rebounds and four steals as a 6-foot guard. Carson Seramur led St. Pius with eight points, all coming in the first quarter.

A 13-point lead slipped away from Class AAAAAA No. 4 South Paulding as Class A-Private No. 4 North Cobb Christian stormed back to shock the Spartans 51-49. Demiere Brown hung 31 points and 14 rebounds including the game-winner with 1.8 seconds left to complete the comeback. South Paulding received 16 points and seven rebounds from Georgia State-signee Kane Williams. The Spartans saw JaCori Wilson foul out after battling a stomach bug and only scoring five points. The Eagles closed on a 17-5 run to win the game.

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