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(Photo/Greg EIrod) tS January 8, 2020 MARY PERSONS BUL ., $5tateFarm w 281 Tlft College Drive o Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 Hours: Monday Friday, 9 am 5:30 pm By Richard Dumas iorsyth©mymcrnet After a blazing start to the season, the Mary Persons boys basketball team has cooled off considerably, dropping its fourth straight game with a 94-44 blowout non-region loss at Westside (Macon) on Satur- day- The Bulldogs, 10-6 overall (2-0 in Region 2-AAAA), fell behind by 27 points at 48-21 at halftime before the Seminoles stretched their lead out to a whopping 47 points at 83—36 through three quarters en route to a 50-point win. Westside’s Javian Mosley led all scorers with 28 points and Noles’ teammate Kowacie Reevean added 27 points. One night earlier, on Friday, MP ‘ fell for the second time this season to non-region Taylor County, losing by one point, 59—58, in overtime on the road. MP led 23-21 at halftime before the Vikings tied the contest at 36—all entering the final period After knotting at 54—54 through regulation, the Vikings outscored the Bulldogs 5-4 in overtime for the one-point victory. Jabin Ford led the Vikings with 14 points. On Monday, Dec. 30, the Bulldogs finished in fourth place in their home MP Holiday Classic, falling 64-62 to Druid Hills in the third- place contest The Bulldogs led 29-27 at halftime against the Red Devils. After MP’s Ty Bouie opened the third quarter with a long three-pointer, it was teammate Alex Brown who connected on a right elbow trey later in the period to stake the Dogs’ to their biggest lead of nine at 46-37. MP would eventu- ally end the third quarter with a sev- en-point advantage at 46-39. Then, with 6:39 left in the fourth quarter, Bouie bombed another triple, this See HOOP D065 0 Page 23 FROM THE PRESS Box Woods' Masters win finishes atop 2019 list Continuing last week’s countdown of the Best Games of 201 8. Here are the Top 5: likely hero, Marnadi Diakite hit a 15-foot turnaround jumper with 0.4 seconds left to force overtime. Virginia would then go on to prevail 5.) NCAA Division 1 80-75 in overtime, sending Men’s Basketball Final the Cavaliers to their first Four Semifinals -- Vir— Final Four in 35 years. In ginia Cavaliers vs. Au- the semifinals in Minneap- burn Tigers (April 6) 8t olis, Virginia was matched NCAA Division 1 Men’s up with the upstart Auburn Basketball National Tigers, who Championship were mak- Game -- Virginia ing their Cavaliers vs. Texas first-ever trip Tech Red Raiders to the Final (April 8) Four, and that contest would One year after be- perhaps coming infamous for exceed the being the first No. 1 drama of the seed in NCAA Men’s Elite Eight. Basketball Tourna— Moments ment history to fall A. after what to a No. 16 seed in fluvial T/l . 93W" appeared to the first round, the be an obvi- Virginia Cavaliers ous double- once again entered the 2019 dribble violation by Jerome NCAA Tournament as a that went uncalled by top seed. After struggling officials, Auburn led 62-60 early in a first—round game with a second remaining. against Gardner-Webb, Needing a bucket to win it appeared the plodding, or force OT, Virginia’s Kyle defensive—minded Cavaliers Guy launched a three- might again bow out early. pointer from the left corner. But Virginia survived this The shot missed, but the time, advancing to the Elite referees blew the whistle Eight, where they faced this time, calling Auburn’s Purdue in Louisville. That’s Samir Doughty for mak- where the Cavaliers with- ing slight Contact with stood a 42-point barrage Guy. The junior guard then from Boilermakers’ star calmly drained all three free Carsen Edwards that put r throws to give the Cava- Purdue up by three with 20 liers a controversial 63-62 seconds to play. After Vir- win. Needing one win to ginia point guard Ty Jerome capture the program’s first made the first of two free national championship, the throws to pull the Cavaliers Cavaliers faced Texas Tech within two, he missed the in the title game two nights second one, but the ball was later. Both teams struggled tapped into the backcourt. to score early against Virginia’s Kihei Clark the opponent’s relentless retrieved the ball and then defense as Virginia took a fired a pass back into the three—point lead at 32—29 frontcourt, where an un- into halftime. The Wahoos would eventually push their lead out to 10 late in the second half before the Red Raiders rallied to take the advantage. The lead changed hands several times in the final minutes of regulation with a Jarrett Culver layup putting Texas Tech in front with 35 sec- onds to play. With Virginia later trailing by three, star forward DeAndre Hunter buried a tying three-pointer with 12 seconds to play to square the contest at 68-all. Texas Tech had a chance to win in regulation, but Culver’s game—winning shot attempt was blocked by Braxton Key. Texas Tech took an early lead in overtime, but the Cavaliers went on an 11-0 scoring run while taking advantage of clutch shotmaking from Hunter and Guy, who com- bined for 51 points. Vir- ginia’s 85-77 championship victory enabled coach Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers to finish off their 35-3 redemption tour and stake their claim as one of the greatest defensive squads in college basketball history. 4.) National Football League NFC Champion- ship Game -- Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints (Jan. 20) 8: National parietanarrrna r3. Football League AFC Championship Game New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs (Jan. 20) In one of the most memorable days of football in NFL history, both 2019 conference champion- ship clashes would end up on the NFL Network’s list of Top 100 Games in league history. In the NFC, the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints were hosting the Los Angeles Rams while trying to make the Super Bowl for the first time in nine years. Meanwhile, the Rams were trying to be— come the first L.A. squad to qualify for the Super Bowl since 1983. With the New Orleans crowd at a fever pitch in the Superdome, the Saints jumped out to a 13-0 advantage through one quarter. But the Rams would adjust to the crowd noise and slowly get back into the game, scoring their first touchdown on a six- yard Todd Gurley touch— down run just before half- time to make'it 13-10. New Orleans would again go up by 10 in the second half, but the Rams narrowed the gap to 20-17 late in the third quarter. 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