Photo: AJC
Photo: AJC

Class A’s top teams performed well over the holiday break


St. Francis picked up two big wins in the annual Tournament of Champions at Wheeler, beating Blanche Ely of Florida 82-77 and Class AAAAAAA Newton 70-68 before falling to Class AAAAAAA Wheeler in the title game. Junior G Dwon Odum had 34 against Blanche Ely. The Knights squandered a 41-33 halftime lead against Newton, but held off the Rams behind a 17-point effort by Odum and a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) by junior G Chase Ellis.

Mt. Bethel picked up two wins over larger out-of-state schools at the Arby’s Classic in Bristol, Tennessee – 55-47 over Sullivan East of Bluff City, Tennessee, and 59-54 over Orem of Utah. 

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy earned wins against two teams from the state’s largest classification, Etowah (61-44) and Mill Creek (76-59), at the Lake City Classic at Allatoona.  

Greenforest beat United Faith Christian Academy of Charlotte (68-60) in the Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia, South Carolina, and then knocked off Class AAAAA Cedar Shoals (54-47) and Class AAAAAA Heritage-Conyers (85-59), before losing in five overtimes to Class AAAAAA Chattahoochee, 93-90 in the Tournament of Champions at Wheeler. 


Pelham beat Class AA Early County 56-40, as senior F Ke’Monterius Byrd earned his third double-double of the season (12 points, 15 rebounds). The Hornets nearly knocked off Class AAAAAAA Lowndes before falling late, 54-50.  


Wesleyan looks unstoppable early. The Wolves remained unbeaten (12-0) by rolling to wins over Fort Dorchester of Columbia, South Carolina (53-38), North Marion of Farmington, West Virginia (68-35) and Bullitt East of Mount Washington, Kentucky (51-35), to win the championship of the Carolina Invitational in Charleston.

 No. 2 St. Francis earned a big win over Beach, one of the best teams in Class AAA, at the Big South Shootout 57-45. 


Marion County stayed perfect on the season (10-0) and went 3-0 in the Muscogee County Christmas Tournament, beating Class AAAA Columbus (63-53), Class AA Jordan (67-36) and Class AAAA Hardaway (58-40). 

Turner County, the 2016 state champs, have now won nine straight, including a big win over one of the top teams in Class AA, Putnam County, 65-63. Junior G Mya Byrd had a monster game with 15 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals.

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