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HOW THEY MATCH UP: No. 3 Eagle's Landing at No. 9 Jonesboro

Photos by Derrick Mahone / The match-up between centers Desmond Ringer (left) of Eagle's Landing and Jonesboro's Duby Okeke highlights the big-time clash between two top 10 teams from Region 4-AAAA.

Photos by Derrick Mahone / The match-up between centers Desmond Ringer (left) of Eagle's Landing and Jonesboro's Duby Okeke highlights the big-time clash between two top 10 teams from Region 4-AAAA.

The Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald sports staff breaks down the Eagle’s Landing-Jonesboro match-up position-by-position (and even further) to see who has the edge. Hint: It’s pretty even.

Point guard

Isaiah Dennis

The 6-foot senior is as athletic as point guards come. Catch some of his finest dunk contest moments on YouTube. He’s cutting down on turnovers in his second season at the position.

Daniel Peace

The senior controls the show for the Cardinals. He has been a two-year starter, who has gained valuable experience. He rarely plays outside of his limitations while allowing those around him to prosper.

Advantage: Jonesboro

Shooting guard

Trevin Joseph

Joseph averaged 21 points per game at Stockbridge last season. The 6-foot-4 senior has brought the same dynamic scoring to Eagle’s Landing, pouring in 44 points in three games at the City of Palms Classic.

Patrick Petty

He is the leading scorer from a year ago. The athletic senior provides scoring power from the perimeter and has the tendency to get on a hot streak. If need be, he can play the lead guard position.

Advantage: Eagle’s Landing

Small forward

Eric Wortham Jr.

The reigning Henry County Boys Player of the Year is a tough match-up for opponents. The 6-foot-5 senior can shoot from outside, post up down low and bring the ball up the court.

Cameron Sutton

Could possibly be the most athletic player on the court at any given time. A Tennessee football commitment, the 6-0 senior can play both guard positions. Athletic enough to guard taller players.

Advantage: Even

Power forward

Chris Davenport

Transferred from Montverde Academy in Florida and added a 6-goot-7 high-flying piece to Golden Eagles’ roster. A good rebounder who finishes strong at the basket.

Casey Wells

Started to come on late last season when the Cardinals made their playoff run to the Class AAAA semifinals. Sustained a knee injury in the quarterfinals, but has made a full recovery. Cardinals will need him to play big in this one.

Advantage: Eagle’s Landing

Center

Desmond Ringer

Missed two weeks with a knee injury. Ringer, a 6-foot-10 senior who signed with South Carolina, is capable of a double-double and can affect the game on the defensive end.

Duby Okeke

As the tallest player on the Cardinals roster, he will need to be active on the boards. Very athletic big man that has a lot of upside potential. The Winthrop signee can electrify a crowd with his dunks.

Advantage: Jonesboro

Bench

Jordan Session

The 6-foot-8 junior is loaded with talent and gives Eagle’s Landing a unique player coming off the bench. Still trying to find his way offensively, but contributes in plenty of other ways.

John Walker

The Cardinals have some experience coming off the bench in Walker, a senior. Also, several talented players that played on the junior varsity might be asked to play big roles this season. Only drawback is the Cardinals don’t have much height among its substitutes.

Advantage: Eagle’s Landing

Coaching

Clay Crump

Crump is in his sixth season at Eagle’s Landing and things have really picked up lately — school’s first playoff appearance (2010), a region title (2011) and back-to-back semifinals appearances.

Dan Maehlman

A veteran bench coach who can make good halftime adjustments. Must come up with a gameplan to neutralize the Golden Eagles’ height advantage. Has led the team to consecutive semifinals appearances.

Advantage: Jonesboro

Comments

valenciaseay 1 year, 3 months ago

I recently attended the swearing-in events for several elected officials here in Clayton County. I had a flashback of my first swearing-in, 20 years ago. It was Judge Eugene Lawson who performed the ceremony. What a difference 20 years make. I was the lone African American on the Clayton County BOE. I left the board 12 years ago. I served 2 years in the House of Representatives, 10 years in the Georgia State Senate. I was sorry to hear Judge Eugene Lawson passed but I'm glad I had a friend who has done so much for fairness in Clayton County. I remain, Your State Senator Valencia Seay

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