GHC men ad­vance to NJCAA Re­gion XVII cham­pi­onship game

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - From GHC Re­ports

For the se­cond time in as many games, the Ge­or­gia High­lands men’s bas­ket­ball team up­set a higher seed on Fri­day night, stun­ning top-seeded and host An­drew Col­lege Tigers 92-80 to ad­vance to last Satur­day’s NJCAA Re­gion XVII cham­pi­onship game.

A score wasn’t avail­able for that game at press time.

The Charg­ers have fought through ad­ver­sity all year due to in­juries, los­ing three play­ers for the sea­son along the way, but have con­tin­ued to grind out wins and are now play­ing for a GCAA and re­gional ti­tle as well as a berth in the NJCAA na­tional tour­na­ment.

Ge­or­gia High­lands fought to keep the game close in the first half Fri­day, fin­ish­ing the first half tied with An­drew at 35 each. The Charg­ers took a 15-point lead with 13:10 to go — their largest of the game — but the Tigers bat­tled back to cut the Charg­ers’ lead to six late.

The Tigers were forced to foul and the Charg­ers made their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

“I am so proud how this team has fought through all the ad­ver­sity this year. We have had so many in­juries, but they found a way to bat­tle and over­come ev­ery ob­sta­cle,” Ge­or­gia High­lands head coach Phil Gaffney said af­ter Fri­day’s win.

The Charg­ers were once again led by GCAA Fresh­man Player of the Year Carl John­son with 29 points. Kha­lyl Wa­ters had 20 points, while Chris Wright bat­tled through a sore an­kle to score 20 points as well.

Ge­or­gia High­lands, which came into the tour­na­ment as the No. 5 seed, faced No. 2-seed Cen­tral Ge­or­gia Tech on Satur­day at 3 p.m. at An­drew Col­lege in Cuth­bert for the re­gional ti­tle. Check back next week for up­dates on who won that game.

The Cen­tral Ge­or­gia Tech Ti­tans won their semi­fi­nal game against East Ge­or­gia State 61-59 on Fri­day.

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