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Drew forfeit shuffles the deck

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

From Staff Reports

Drew sophomore Barry Mayes was the best player for the Titans in their 67-63 overtime victory at Stockbridge last Friday. Mayes had 22 points, 11 rebounds and a couple steals to help Drew clinch the No. 3 seed in this week's Region 4-AAA tournament.

The only problem was Mayes should have never been on the court.

Drew forfeited its victory against Stockbridge over the weekend when it was revealed that Mayes was supposed to have served the final part of a two-game suspension Friday. Now, Drew falls from third-place to fifth, and will be without Mayes when the Titans play fourth-seeded Spalding on Wednesday. The winner makes the state tournament.

Stockbridge is now the third-seed and plays Sandy Creek.

Mayes, a sophomore shooting guard, was ejected in Drew's 69-65 victory over Eastside on Feb. 4. He sat out the Titans' next game, a 68-57 victory over Sandy Creek on Feb. 5, and should have completed his suspension by sitting out against Stockbridge.

Instead, Mayes played and was a significant part in Drew's come-from-behind win.

BEST FOR LAST

Lovejoy guard DeAngelo Anthony picked a good time to have his best game of the season.

The sophomore scored a team-high 18 points to led the fifth-ranked Wildcats to a 72-57 win over North Clayton Friday in their regular season finale. Anthony scored 12 first-half points, and finished the game by connecting on four 3-pointers.

"I just found my strokes, and went with it," Anthony said. "I was telling my teammates to give me the ball. I wasn't forcing anything."

Teammate Jermaine Hough agreed.

"He was on, and we tried to feed him to capitalize on the shots that were falling," Hough said.

JUST LIKE FOOTBALL

Hough said that he has brought the same determination to the basketball court that helped lead the school's football team to an undefeated regular season and region championship.

A starting defensive back on the football team that reached the playoffs, Hough is the starting point guard on the basketball team.

"We feel real determined to do well this season," Hough said. "We want to take it all and win the region tournament."

By going 17-1 with its region basketball schedule, the Wildcats clinched the top seed in this week's region tournament. Lovejoy has already secured a state playoff berth.

"It was important to win our last game of the regular season to give us some momentum going into the tournament," Hough said.

ON A ROLL

The Eagle's Landing Golden Eagles have picked the best time to get hot, right here at the end of the season.

Heading into the Region 4-AAA Tournament, the Golden Eagles have won 9 of their last 10 games. That's good enough for a No.-2 seed at region tournament this week at Drew High School.

The Golden Eagles are off until Wednesday when they play Eastside. A victory in that game gives Eagle's Landing an automatic bid to the Class AAA state tournament.

Eagle's Landing beat Eastside twice in their two regular-season meetings.

WINNING BIG

The Eagle's Landing girls basketball team has closed out the regular season with three straight wins, all by double-digits.

Eagle's Landing beat Jackson (56-20), Locust Grove (54-30) and Spalding County (79-40).