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Y Page 2B Reporter January 24, 2018 ', MP BOYS Continued from Page IB his counterpart Holden, who was limited to 21 points on 8 of 17 shoot- ing. The Knights also got 17 points, including four three-pointers, from shooting guard Cameron Traylor while center Travon Walker added 12 points and 14 rebounds MP held its last lead at 11-10 midway through the first quarter when Williams connected on Heating & A/C, Inc. We Sen~ice All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing Available Juliette Rd. Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga.Reg.CU 401419" turn to the experts~i!!!ii::ili:::!i::::::i:: an elbow three-pointer. Traylor then bombed a long three-pointer of his own at the other end to put the Knights back in front 13-11. Traylor would eventually cap a 12-2 run with a second- chance trey off of an offensive rebound to put the Knights in front 22-13. MP would cut into the Knights' lead late in the first quarter but would still trail by five at 24-19 through one quarter. Upson-Lee then took firm command of the contest at the outset of the second quarter with a 12-0 run, capped by another Traylor three- pointer. Fagan also took over the game during this run, including a step-back corner trey that excited the capacity crowd: MP would eventu- ally trail by 18 points at 36-19 before scoring its first point of the second period on a free throw by Rekia Weaver with 3:11 left in the half. The Bulldogs wouldn't get their first field goal of the second quarter until 109D Patrol Road 478-994-9911 apply and manage your accowTt online Wnav.lffc.com Blackburn & Associates Primary Eye Care United Bank Persons Bank The Brokery there was just 1:28 left in the period on h runner by Holden, but by that time MP already trailed by 21 " points at 44-23. Upson- Lee would eventually take a 26-point halftime advantage at 49-23, out- scoring MP by a whop- ping 25-4 margin in'the second quarter. With Fagan showing off his full offensive arse- nal, the Knights took a 35-point lead at 74-39 through three .quarters before settling for the impressive 31-point win. Besides Holden, Edge was the only other Bulldog in double figures with 13 points. Nix said after a frus- trating night on Friday, hi.s team responded well in coming back less than 24 hours later and han- dling Jackson. "It's what I hoped we would do," Nix said. "I didn't even mention last night. When we left the dressing room (on Friday), I said, 'We just messed up an opportu- nity. And so we can't go back. All we can do is move forward,' So I said, 'When we leave here I Will not mention this game. We've gotta move forward because We've got too many other things to do. We've got a chance to get our 18th win tomorrow, so we've got to be ready to play. And then next week we've got three region games. So let's move for- ward. We'll have another chance. We've have another chance later on. We blew this one. We'll move forward, and we're not going to talk about it. But we will get better at some of the things we didn't do too good.' And I just left it at that. And then today we came out ready to go." Nix said MP lost its usual defensive aggres- Dairy Queen Hardee's Marcos Pizza Pizza Hut Upson-Lee guard Jarrett Adderton tries to steal the ball away from MP's Dee Morton during MP's 89-58 road loss on Friday.The defending champion Knights have dealt MP each of its two losses in 2017-18. (Photo/Kim Holderfield) siveness against Upson- Lee, and he vowed that wouldn't happen again if the Bulldogs get an expected rematch against the Knights in the Region 2-AAAA -Tournament final in Forsyth on Feb. 9. "We have to use our quickness," Nix said. %Ve have to use what we're good at and not stand back. And that's what we did last night. We won't stand back if we get to play them again." Holden said he thought MP didn't handle the spotlight well against the Knights in a game that got the attention of the entire Middle Georgia basketball community. ' rhe stage they play at is kind of bigger than us, the crowd," Holden said. "The level of intensity of that game was differ- ent. We just need to get back to practicing hard and really lock in. The week we play them, we're going to really lock in. and it' going to be a bet- ter game." Holden said he felt a sense Of obligation to his teammates to perform well against the Red Devils on Saturday after a poor individual game on Friday. "I feel like I kind of let my team down," Holden said. "And if I start to set the tone of the game, my guys are going to come right behind me and lead the way. So I feel like from here on out, I need to set the tone. Last night I didn't do that, and I feel like I can take responsibility for that." Holden said it also helped that the Jackson game is always a big one for MP players. Holden and the other MP seniors ended their careers with a 7-1 record against their rival. "It means a lot having a positive record against Jackson," Holden said. ' rhat's a big school rival- ry. And going out with a bang, it was something I preached to the guys. Even though we had a tough loss to Upson-Lee, which feels like a region rival to us, that really hurt us. And so we just came out, and we're like, 'We've got to put that behind us, and we've got to go take down our school rival."' MP was next scheduled to play at Howard at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a Region 2-AAAA contest. The Bulldogs will then host West Laurens in another region showdown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday I ,I "l , Also, the Monroe County Middle School ! boys basketball team dropped to 0-9 with " a 42-10 home loss to Clifton Ridge on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The ; C-Team boys squad was next scheduled to host : Henderson at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in its home finale before heading ? on the road to face Fort t Valley Middle at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29. The C-Team Bulldogs will then close out their regu- lar season with a game at Lamar County Middle ' at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. BOYS BASKETBALL before hosting Spalding at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in a game rescheduled due to last week's snow storm. MP will then host Perry at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in its regular season home 2.St.Pius 18-3 The Mercer football program and head coach Bobby Lamb will host the fifth annual Mercer Football Golf Tournament on Monday, March 19 at Idle Hour Golf and Country Club. The four-person scramble event begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. On-site registra- tion will begin at 11:30 a.m. The cost of entry is finale. The Bulldogs will honor their seven seniors prior to the Perry game. These include: Rekia Weaver, Edge, Kam Callaway, Slaton, Holden, Jamari Davis and Jaques Watkins. Meanwhile, the MP JV boys basketball team dropped each of its two games over the weekend, at Upson-Lee on Friday and at home to Jackson on Saturday, to fall to 8-3 on season. The MP JV was next scheduled to play at Howard at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday before returning home to host West Laurens at 4:15 p.m. on Friday. The MP JV boys squad will then host Perry at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in its home finale. HOPKINS 8~i:! ASSOCIATES $150 per person or $600 per team. Entry includes one round of golf, lunch, a tee gift and a door prize ticket. The tournament will also have multiple on-course games throughout the day including a putting contest and awards for longest drive and closest to the pin. Sponsorship levels include: $500 -- hole sponsor and two entry 4.Q~ille ~ 14-2 :. Certified Public Accountants 58 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1820 (f) 478-994-3102 www.hopkinscpaga.com Serving Forsyth for more than 40years! 9:Salem fees or $1,000 -- hole sponsor sign, team entry and game-worn jersey. The Idle Hour Golf and Country Club, located in Macon, is built on the grounds of a mid-nine- teenth century horse farm and racetrack. The A.W. Tillinghast- designed golf course is one of the most dramatic and challenging courses in the state of Georgia and also serves as the home course for Mercer's women's golf program. All checks must be made payable to Mercer Football and should be mailed to Mercer Athletics: Attn: Dominique Woods, 1327 Stadium Dr Macon, GA 31207. For any further questions, please contact Woods at (478) 301-2713 orwoods dh@mercer.edu. i o o Q b b b b