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Eagle's Landing unable to contain Columbia

Eagle's Landing center Desmond Ringer (right) tries to get positioning on Columbia forward Chris Horton (35) in the Golden Eagles 64-50 loss in the Class AAA semifinals Friday in Macon.

Eagle's Landing center Desmond Ringer (right) tries to get positioning on Columbia forward Chris Horton (35) in the Golden Eagles 64-50 loss in the Class AAA semifinals Friday in Macon.

MACON — Now its up to Drew to see if it can stop Columbia's dominance.

For the third time in two seasons, Columbia, the two-time defending state champion defeated Eagle's Landing.

It was the second straight season that the top-ranked Eagles have defeated Eagle's Landing in the Class AAA semifinals.

With Jarmal Reid pumping in a game-high 20 points, the Eagles won 64-50 on Friday at the Macon Coliseum. Columbia, which has won four titles since 2006, will meet Drew on Saturday in the finals.

Columbia had rolled through the postseason with an 19-point winning average. Eagle's Landing was able to slow the DeKalb County school down some, but could never get closer than three points.

Eagle's Landing outscored the Eagle's 19-13 in the third quarter and trailed only 39-36 to begin the final quarter.

Isaiah Dennis finished with 10 points and Jordan Session had 9 to lead the Eagles, who return its entire lineup next season.

Eagle's Landing took a 7-4 midway through the first quarter, but was unable to maintain it against the taller, athletic Eagles, who are 29-1 overall.

Last season, Columbia defeated Eagle's Landing 72-47 in the semifinals in the Golden Eagles first final four appearance.

Entering the fourth quarter, Eagle's Landing appeared as if it was going to make another comeback, which has been the team's trademark during this season's postseason run. After closing the gap to 39-36 on a Keith Colquitt 3-pointer to end the third quarter, Eagle's Landing appeared ready to make a run.

However, Columbia was able to break the Golden Eagles fullcourt pressure and get some easy points.

Columbia made 10 of 15 free throws in the fourth to seal the win.

Eric Wortham sat behind the bench in front of the student section after being released from the hospital a day earlier. The Region 4-AAA Player of the Year has missed the last two playoff games after suffering a seizure on March 2, the day the Golden Eagles had a comeback win over Crisp County to earn a spot in the semifinals.