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Greene County guard Evan Kinloch (5) works Sumter Central forward Fred Seals (20) down the court during Friday's game at the D.J. White Holiday Basketball Tournament. (Photo by Dusty Compton)


The Greensboro High School boys basketball team avenged its only loss of the season by defeating Paul W. Bryant 60-59 in a thriller Friday night in the D.J. White Holiday Basketball Tournament on the Shelton State campus at the Umphrey Center.

The two squads went back and forth with no team building more than a six-point lead. Down 59-58, University of Alabama signee Jimmie Taylor scored the go-ahead basket with 29 seconds remaining.

Paul W. Bryant (15-2) had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Greensboro point guard Donald King blocked Kevin Holland’s shot as time expired.

"We want to be a team that can score on you and one that can lock you down at any given time," Greensboro head coach Marty Everett said. "It showed on that last possession. We kept the guy in front of us and Donald made a huge play."

Bryant defeated the two-time defending Class 3A state champion Greensboro in the first game of the season and King said that loss was on the team’s mind Friday night.

"It feels great to get them back," King said. "We’re not the same team as we were at the beginning of the season and I think we proved that tonight."

The score was tied at 51 with 3:53 remaining. With Bryant running a box-and-one defense in attempt to contain King, Greensboro went in the post to Kavoris Owens, who had a crucial three-point play to take the lead. King was able to get loose on the baseline for a quick layup, making the score 56-55 with 1:39 remaining.

Holland made back-to-back jump shots to put Paul W. Bryant ahead 59-58 after Keimondre Turner made two free throws with Greensboro in the bonus.

Owens led Greensboro with 18 points, while King and Turner scored 17 and 13 points, respectively. King and Turner each made three 3-point baskets in crucial moments throughout the contest.

Taylor finished with just six points, six rebounds and one block, but made his presence felt in other areas by altering shots and clogging up the lane.

"He posed a lot of problems for us tonight," Paul W. Bryant coach Shon Peck-Love said. "We like going to the lane and we didn’t get many free throws tonight because he stopped guys from driving."

Bryant was led by Holland, who scored 16 points. Marcus Anthony and James Currington scored in double figures with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Paul W. Bryant will face Holt in the consolation game tonight at 6 for third place.

Greensboro (12-1) will play Hale County in the championship game, scheduled for 7:30 tonight at the Umphrey Center.

Hale County advanced with a 44-32 victory over Holt. In other action Friday, Central beat Brookwood 42-24, and the Sumter Central Jaguars defeated Greene County 69-62.

 

Hale County 44, Holt 32

Rod Arnold had 15 points, three assists and one steal for Hale County (4-6). Blake Williams added eight points. T.D. Lavender, who scored three points, had five rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Zay Jackson led Holt with 11 points. Devin Crawford finished with nine points.

 

Central 42, Brookwood 24

The Central Falcons improved to 9-3 with their win over Brookwood.

Central’s Javaris Richey had 13 points. Vincent Davis scored nine. Jaylin Beard scored eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked six shots.

Cody Gaither led Brookwood with 11 points, and Zach Lee scored five.

 

Sumter Central 69, Greene County 62

Fred Seals, a Sumter Central sophomore forward, scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and led the Jaguars with 15 rebounds. Senior guard Dayvon Maye had 17 points. Senior center JyKwentin Johnson had 14 points, and junior forward Donnell Childers had 11 points.

Greene County took a 42-37 lead in the third quarter on a basket by Darrius Hall. Seals scored seven straight points and gave the Jaguars a 44-42 lead by converting a 3-point play with 1:11 left. Sumter Central (13-3) finished the quarter with a 15-3 run and a 52-45 lead. Seals had 16 points in the quarter.

Sumter Central increased the lead to 61-47 on a layup by Childers and made eight of 12 free throws in the final four minutes. Greene County cut the deficit to 66-60 on a 3-pointer by Hall. Maye sank one of two free throws for the Jaguars. After Greene County’s Evan Kinloch hit a jumper, Maye hit two foul shots with 32 seconds left.

Sumter Central made 32 of 48 free throws, and three Greene County players fouled out.

Devin Merriweather led the Tigers (5-9) with 18 points. Hall scored 13, Montel Harkness nine and Denzel Lewis seven.

 

Sports Writer Andrew Carroll contributed to this report.