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MOCO hosts Sweet South Classic

January 08, 2021 - 00:00
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Bulldogs earn split in annual Morgan County tournament

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    Tyrese Nelson (5) dribbles into the corner and looks for a crease in the Kipp Atlanta defense. T. MICHAEL STONE/Staff
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    Anaury Warren (12) goes for the layup. T. MICHAEL STONE/Staff
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    Malachi Hardy (24) scores off the glass. T. MICHAEL STONE/Staff
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    Anaury Warren (2) leads the break against Kipp Atlanta. T. MICHAEL STONE/Staff
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    Desmond White (3) brings the ball across the half court stripe for the Bulldogs. T. MICHAEL STONE/Staff

The Morgan County Bulldogs split a pair of games in the annual Sweet South Classic tournament the school hosted to close out 2020.

The Bulldogs won a thriller in overtime on Dec. 28 by a final score of 62-59 over Kipp Atlanta Collegiate (Region 6-AA).

The Warriors took a 25-24 lead into the locker room at halftime and tried to extend it with a 19 point third quarter, but the Bulldogs came to life and kept the game close with a 17 point quarter of their own.

The Bulldogs tied the game with eight seconds left and took a 57-55 lead early in the overtime period.

The Bulldogs outscored the warriors 7-4 in overtime.

Desmond White led the Bulldogs with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

T. J. Thompson scored 13 points, 8 of them in the first quarter. Malachi Hardy was double figures with 10 points as was Marquavious Wright with 11. Anaury Warren, Tyrese Nelson and Ashton Cooper also scored for Morgan County.

The Bulldogs shot 5 of 9 from the foul line.

Niles Washington led the Warriors with 20 points, including a pair three-pointers. Croix Leduff and Kaulin Reynolds each 12 points.

Tyler Thomas, Jalen Pugh and Tyler Thomas also scored for Kipp.

The Warriors made 7 of 11 foul shots.

The Bulldogs didn’t fare as well against Stephenson (Region 6-AAAA) the next night, falling 50-40.

The unquestioned star of the game was Stephensons’s E.J. Walker who scored an astounding 34 points, including a hat trick of three-pointers.

The Bulldogs fell behind 22-12 at halftime with Walker scoring 18 first half points.

The Eagles increased their lead to 36-23 in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs ignited a furious fourth period comeback attempt. It was too little too late, unfortunately, but Wright scored 11 of his 19 points in the final quarter.

Wright was the only Bulldog to hit double figures, but White, Nelson, Warren and Hardy all contributed points.

The Bulldogs, or should we say, Wright -- the only Bulldog who visited the foul line -- shot 3 of 4 from the free throw line.

Caleb Parker, Jordan Usher, Nasir Hargrove, Stephen Lewis and Jaylen Peterson all scored for Stephenson.

The Bulldogs began the region slate against Thomson Jan. 5.