Rival impressed with Lawal's play

By Jeffery Armstong and Anthony Rhoads

North Clayton forward Jamal Bowers had some nice words to say about Riverdale sophomore center Gani Lawal after the two teams met on Jan. 8, a 55-52 win for North Clayton. Lawal finished that game with 22 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks in the loss to his heated rivals.

"I was very impressed with Gani's game against us. Last year, he wasn't much of a factor when we played," Bowers said. "I still think he needs to get a bit stronger, but he's playing much better than he did last year."

Plannnig a trip to watch his alma mater play: In the first weekend of March, Jonesboro assistant coach Dan Maehlman is planning to take a trip to Charleston, W.Va. for the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball tournament.

His alma mater, Alderson-Broaddus, is a three-time defending conference champion. The 2005 WVIAC tournament begins March 1 and will continue March 3-5.

"I'm going back to see some of the guys I played with," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Trying to get some help from SpongeBob: In Friday night's game against Jonesboro, Mt. Zion girls head coach Dock Gammage had on a SpongeBob Squarepants tie.

"Basketball ties aren't working so I though I would put on my character ties," Gammage said.

The tie didn't bring Gammage and his team much luck as they lost to No. 1-ranked Jonesboro 50-33.

Changes: Tonight's junior varsity games between Morrow and Riverdale have been switched. The girls' junior varsity game will be played at Riverdale while the boys' junior varsity game will be played at Morrow. The games begin at 4:30 p.m.

The iron unkind: North Clayton girls basketball player Ashley Johnson had a night to forget during last Friday's 43-30 loss to Region 5-AAAA West foe Stone Mountain. Johnson made only 1 of 15 shots in the loss, finishing with just five points in the game. Johnson's teammates weren't too much better - the Lady Eagles only scored 11 points in the entire second half.

The iron unkind, pt. 2: The North Clayton boys team didn't shoot well in the fourth quarter of their game against Stone Mountain on Friday.

The Eagles only made 2 of 10 baskets in the final stanza and were outscored 22-9 in the loss to the Pirates of Stone Mountain.

Hard to believe: Words couldn't describe how bad the Cedar Grove girls basketball team played against Jonesboro last Tuesday in a 58-25 loss. Jonesboro so thoroughly dominated the first half that Cedar Grove didn't make its first field goal of the game until there was 1:50 left - in the second quarter.