By Doug Gorman
After making it to the Class AAAAA finals last year, the Jonesboro boys basketball team might just be ready to make another run at the state title during the 2003-2004 campaign.
That was the message the squad sent this past weekend at the Clayton College and State University basketball team camp.
The Cardinals made it to the finals of the 16-team varsity tournament, losing to Banneker 48-41 behind the play of rising senior Toney Douglas.
Douglas divided his time between the Adidas Camp in New Jersey and the Peach Jam in Augusta. He still got back in town in time to play with his high school team over the weekend.
His dedication impressed Clayton State assistant coach Corey Baldwin.
"That said a lot about his dedication to his team," said Balwin.
Head coach Jay Livingston's Morrow Mustangs also made it to the Final Four, losing to Banneker in the semifinals.
Henry County, North Clayton and Forest Park were among the local teams participating in the event.
"We are really pleased with the way the camps went this year," said Baldwin. "We just want to keep it going. We have drawn teams from Clayton, Henry, Spalding County and the Atlanta area."
In the junior varsity tournament, North Clayton defeated Morrow in the finals.
Last week's camp was the last of three high school sessions to be held on the CCSU campus. A Middle School camp also took place at Clayton State.
Next week, Clayton State will be involved in a two-day camp at the first Baptist Church in Jonesboro.
Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons and most the current men's basketball team will be on hand to instruct campers.
"It's a good way for us to give back to the community," said Baldwin.