Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 25, 2013

Dooly County ousted from state play by Jenkins County

Vienna — In position to post their first state tournament since the 2005-06 season, Dooly County High’s boys saw victory slip from their grasp Saturday night when they saved their worst quarter for last.

After turning a 17-9 first period deficit against Jenkins County into leads of 30-28 and 45-38 entering the final period of play, the Bobcats ultimately lost 60-52 as the result of being outscored 22-7 down the stretch.

That outcome closed out a 15-8 season for coach Towandi King’s host squad that with its No. 8 pre-tournament power ranking had earned the right to host the No. 9 War Eagles.

In launching a list of several things that went wrong, King said a truckload of missed free throws took their toll as did the fact the Bobcats were out-rebounded and were guilty of too many turnovers.

“When they changed from a half-court trap they used the first two periods to man-for-man during the last two, we didn’t do a very good job in changing the tempo in an effort to curb the mistakes we had been making,” King said.

“As a result, we took some ill-advised shots, threw the ball away several times and had trouble controlling the ball under the backboards.”

It hurt, too, that after playing at a first half pace that caused Jenkins County problems, the Bobcats let the War Eagles slow things down after intermission.

“I hate to see things wind up the way they did as we had wanted to send our two seniors (Montravious Adams and A.J. Smith) out on a winning note,” King said.

“As for the season overall, I thought it went pretty good but could have been a lot better had we concentrated a little more on our free throw shooting.

“We’ll have to go back to the drawing board for next year when we’ll have a good group of guys coming back.”

The man they’ll no doubt miss most is Smith who closed out his prep career with a 24-point performance against Jenkins County. Jamari Baker bagged another 14 in defeat.

The War Eagles also had a pair of double-digit pointmakers in Justin Ellis with 18 and Zavondric Shingleton with 13.

Score by Quarters

Jenkins County 17-11-10-22 — 60

Dooly County 9-21-15-7 — 52


Jenkins County (60) — Zavondric Shingleton 3, Tyrell Brown 1, Tajuan Austin 2, Ira Hendrick 6, Jamain Torrence 7, Justin Ellis 18, Trenton Drayton 4, Daniel Langston 9.

Team totals: field goals 21; free throws 16 of 21 (76.2%); fouls 15; 3-pointers — Ellis 3; fouled out — none.

Dooly County (52) — Montravious Adams 2, LaParris Hall 4, Jamari Baker 14, Kerreon Merrell 6, Mark Lloyd 2, A.J. Smith 24, Davion Mathis, Ray Adams, Trevoski Lundy.

Team totals: field goals 23; free throws 6 of 13 (46.2%); fouls 20; 3-pointers — none; fouled out — none.


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