Lovejoy senior guard Jahir Cabeza averaged 13.5 points per game and was named to the all-region first team by the league’s coaches. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
All-Region 2-AAAAAA Team
First Team: TeMarcus Blanton, Sr., Forward, Luell; DeMarkus Loman, Sr., Guard, Morrow; Doral Moore, Jr., Center, Luella; Jahir Cabeza, Sr., Guard, Forward, Lovejoy; Jalen Glover, Sr., Guard, Newton.
Second Team: Darryl Tucker, Sr. Forward, Center, Rockdale County; Darius Bridges, Sr. Forward, Lovejoy
D.J. Hill, Jr. Point Guard, Newton; Cameron Davis, Sr. Point Guard, Morrow; Andre Banton, Jr. Guard, Luella
Honorable Mention: Darvin Jones, Fr., Guard, Newton; Marlon Curington, Point Guard, Lovejoy; Josh Jones, Sr. Center, Morrow; Connor Ferrell, Jr. Guard, Rockdale; Cameron Banks, Jr. Guard, Alcovy.
First Team: Brianna Moore, Sr. Forward, Center, Luella; Precious Price, Sr. Point Guard, Newton; Deandra Reed, Sr. Forward, Newton; Sada Jacobs, So. Guard, Forward, Luella; Brianna Patton, Sr. Guard, Forward, Rockdale County.
Second Team: Da’ja Green, Fr. Point Guard, Morrow; Tierra Hodges, So. Forward, Alcovy; Sydney Fields, So. Forward, Rockdale County; Sonia Forney, Sr. Forward, Newton; Cynteria Langhorne, Sr. Forward, Newton.
Honorable Mention: Miracle Davies, Druid Hills; Ashley World, Jr. Guard, Morrow; Dionna Thomas, Jr. Guard, Luella; SoJourner Hall, Jr. Forward, Rockdale; Chelona Holmes, Sr. Forward, Lovejoy.
JONESBORO — Two boys basketball players from Clayton County made the first team All-Region 2-AAAAAA team, which was chosen by the region’s seven coaches.
Making the first team was DeMarkus Loman of Morrow and Jahir Cabeza of Lovejoy. There were two other boys players that made the all-region second team. On the girl’s side, Morrow freshman Da’Ja Green made the second team, the highest selection of any female player from the county.
Loman, who was also a standout football player for Morrow, averaged 15.3 points, three rebounds and 2.1 steals per game for the Mustangs. Morrow finished the season with a 13-13 record after losing to Newton in the quarterfinals of the region tournament earlier this month.
Cabeza, a 6-foot-4 forward, was instrumental in helping Lovejoy reach the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. The senior averaged 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots per game. He had a season-high 31 points in a win over Alcovy.
Lovejoy went 18-9 overall and finished as the No. 3 seed in the region going into the state playoffs. The Wildcats lost 60-57 at Tift County on Tuesday night in Tifton.
Both Lovejoy and Morrow placed one player each on the second team.
Making the second team from Lovejoy was Darius Bridges, a 6-foot-5 forward. The senior averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He had a season-high 17 points against Alcovy.
Cameron Davis of Morrow was named to the second team after the point guard averaged 10.6 points, 2.5 steals and 2.1 assist per game. He had a season-high 30 points against Lovejoy.
Green, a point guard, was the only freshman to make either the first or second team on both the boys and girls all-region teams. She averaged a team-high 18.1 points and 3.6 assist as the Mustangs went 8-18 on the season. Morrow lost to Rockdale in the quarterfinals of the region tournament.
On the season, Green scored at least 20 points 11 times and had a season-high 30 points in back-to-back games against Alcovy and Luella.
Making the honorable mention team for the Mustangs was Ashley World. The junior averaged 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. She had a season-high 16 points against Druid Hills.
TeMarcus Blanton of Luella was selected as the region player of the year. Blanton, a South Carolina signee, led the Lions to their first region championship in school history. Luella followed that up with its first state tournament win last Saturday night against Campbell.
Luella senior Brianna Moore, a Cincinnati signee, was named the player of the year on the girls side. The Lions made it to the finals of the region tournament before losing to Newton, and then to Marietta in the first round of the state tournament.