Southeast Regional Wheelchair Basketball Championships – Day 2

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Southeast Regional Wheelchair Basketball Championships – March 10, 2012

Day one of the Southeast Regional Wheelchair Basketball Championships at the All-Tournament Players Park included seven back to back games on two courts.

Varsity Tournament: Day 1

On the Varsity side, the Lakeshore Lakers (AL) opened with a convincing win over the Jr, Thunder (NC) 39-3.  The host team, Georgia Blazers, started their tournament run with a strong 37-19 over the Charlotte Rollin Bobcats (NC). The Blazers were led by local favorite and Lassiter High School sophomore Bryan Powell with 10 points. Senior Blazer and University of Illinois recruit, Christina Young, scored 7, followed by Martinez Johnson and Treyvon Smith, who both scored 6. Luke Huchinson scored 4 and Curran Brown and Anthony Cavallaro rounded out the Blazers’ score with 2 points apiece.

Christina Young scores 2 of her 7 on a fast break layup against Charlotte.

Regional powerhouse Music City Thunder (TN) opened with a 27-12 win over the Jr. Thunder (NC) and had to play back-to-back games, facing the local favorites Georgia Blazers in the fourth game of the day.  Music City started strong and led at half time 25-17. The Blazers led by Bryan Powell with 12 points, ran out of gas in the second and lost 43-29.  Martinez Johnson scored 8 points for the Blazers, with Treyvon Smith adding 4 points Christina Young and Curran Brown scoring 3 and 2 points respectively. In another second round of game, Charlotte Rollin Bobcats (NC) outshot their North Carolina neighbors Jr. Thunders 32-14.

The Georgia Blazers talk strategy during a tough Music City game.

In their third game of the day, the Georgia Blazers faced the Lakeshore Lakers (AL) for a possible spot in Sunday’s championship game.  The Blazers built a 24-16 lead in a fast past defensive game. That first half lead would prove to make the difference as the Lakers outscore the Blazers 23-20 in the second, but fell short 44-39.  Senior center Martinez  Johnson lead all scorers with 24 points, followed by Anthony Cavallaro with 10 and Curran Brown with 4 points.  Christina Young, Luke Hutchinson and Bryan Powell each scored 2 points.

In the final Varsity game of the day matched the Music City Thunder (TN) against the Charlotte Rollin Bobcats (NC). The Thunder finished the day as they started with a strong 51-31 win.

Prep Tournament : Day 1

In the Prep division, the Music City Thunder (TN) open the tournament with a 20-14 win over the Jr. Thunder (NC).  The Georgia Blazer Prep team started their push to the championship game with a solid 26-6 win over Alabama rivals Lakeshore Sharks. The Blazers spread the scoring out with all seven players scoring at least once. Sam Armas led the Blazers with 10 points while Josh Joines and Teavan Grant each had 4 points. Collin “Turtle” Lafon, Cameron Elzey, Collin Lancaster and Chance Boyd each had 2 points.

The Georgia Blazers at the opening tip off against the Lakeshore Sharks.

Josh Joines scores 2 of his 4 points against the Lakeshore Sharks.

The Jr. Thunder rebounded off their first game loss and beat the Charlotte Rollin Bobcats 18-4. The Lakeshore Sharks (AL) tried to recover from their first game loss facing the Music City Thunder (TN) in the 1:00 pm game. Music City extended a 14-8 half-time lead to a 26-16 win. Music City had to play back-to back games and took on the home team Georgia Blazers in the teams’ second game of the day.  This would be the third meeting for the southeast rivals with the Blazers winning both of the previous outings. The Blazers preparing for the first ever trip to the National Championships, worked the defensive extremely well.  Blazers led at half time 20-0. The Blazers finished strong with a 32-2 win. The Blazers had 6 of 7 players in the scoring column.  Josh Joines led the way with 10 points, with Sam Armas scoring 8 and Collin Lancaster scoring 6.  Chance Boyd added 4 points and Taevon Grant and Cameron Elzey scored 2points apiece.

The closest Prep game of the day was the Jr. Thunder (NC) against the Lakeshore Sharks (AL).  Lakeshore had a 1 point lead at half-time, 14-13 in a tough see-saw battle. Lakeshore doubled their score and led 28-27 with less than a minute to play. The Jr. Thunder could not convert and Lakeshore wins.

The Georgia Blazers closed out the day’s Prep division with a defensive battle against the Charlotte Rollin Bobcats.  The Blazers decided to rest the two high scores, Josh Joines and Samuel Armas. The Blazers led at half time 10-0.  Defenses continued throughout the second half and the Blazers finished with a 18-5 win and earn a trip to the championship game on Sunday.

BlazeSports would like to extend a thank you to UPS and Kennesaw State University Sports Management program for providing the volunteers for today’s games.  In addition, a special thank you to our hosts, the Summit at All-Tournament Players Park.

Tournament Scores: Saturday, March 10

8:30 Varsity: Lakeshore 39 vs. Jr. Thunder 3
8:30 Prep: Music City 20 vs. Jr. Thunder 14
10:00 Varsity: Blazers 37 vs. Charlotte 19
10:00 Prep: Blazers 26 vs. Lakeshore 6
11:30 Varsity: Music City 27 vs. Jr. Thunder 12
11:30 Prep: Charlotte 4 vs. Jr. Thunder 18
1:00 Varsity: Blazers 29 vs. Music City 43
1:00 Prep: Lakeshore  16 vs. Music City 26
2:30 Varsity: Charlotte 32  vs. Jr. Thunder 14
2:30 Prep: Blazers 32 vs. Music City 2
4:00 Varsity: Blazers 44 vs. Lakeshore 39
4:00 Prep: Lakeshore 28 vs. Jr. Thunder 27
5:30 Varsity: Music City 51 vs. Charlotte 31
5:30 Prep: Blazers 18 vs. Charlotte 2

March Madness Starts in Marietta, GA

March has long been known for battles between basketball rivals throughout the country.  Those rivalries include wheelchair basketball and will start at the Southeast Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships being hosted by BlazeSports America, March 10-11, at the All Tournament Players Park in Marietta, GA.    Read more…

Southeastern Conference Championships
All Tournament Players Park
3910 Canton Road
Marietta, GA

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