2006-2007 GJCAA Region XVII Champions
March 26, 2007
Brathwaite signs with East Carolina University
Freddie Brathwaite, a native of Columbus, signed a basketball scholarship to continue his basketball and educational career at East Carolina University. Brathwaite finished his two-year campaign at Georgia Perimeter College as the 2006-2007 GJCAA Region 17 Conference Player of the Year and a second team All-American. He helped the Jaguars to two consecutive region championships and national tournament appearances. During his sophomore season, Brathwaite led the team and the conference with 23 points and nine rebounds per game and ranked eighth in the nation in scoring.
March 26, 2007
GPC basketball teams earn their way back to national tournament
It was a decorated season for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s and women’s basketball programs capped by both teams earning back-to-back trips to the national championship tournament this season.
In Hutchinson, Kan., the site of the National Junior College Athletic Association men’s basketball national tournament, the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team fell 74-66 in the consolation-round semifinals to Southwest Tennessee Community College on March 23.
A 75-64 first round loss to Chipola College tossed the Jaguars into the consolation bracket. GPC bounced back with a 71-66 quarterfinal win over Bevil State.
“This team fought hard all year to make it to the national tournament and I am proud of what they were able to accomplish,” GPC head coach Alfred Barney said.
The Jaguars got 18.3 points per game in the tournament from sophomore guard Jocolby Davis and 14 points per game from Fred Brathwaite, the team’s leading scorer.
GPC won its second consecutive Region 17 conference tournament championship and finished the season with 26 wins and seven losses.
For the Lady Jaguars, their national championship hopes ended in the first round with a heartbreaking 66-64 loss to Central Arizona on March 21, in Salina, Kan.
“I think if a couple of shots fall for us, it ends up different,” said Georgia Perimeter head coach James Waldon.
The first round loss propelled GPC (25-7) to a consolation quarterfinal match-up against defending national champion Monroe Community College, who eliminated the Lady Jaguars 74-51.
Sophomore Phebe Smith, GPC’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaged 15 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in the tournament.
Before entering the national tournament, the Lady Jaguars won 20 consecutive games and extended their conference game-winning streak to 40, the longest in the history of the women’s basketball program.
“And what is equally important,” according to Waldon, “is that this year’s team matched last year’s team accomplishment of an undefeated conference season.”
The Lady Jaguars also won their third consecutive Region 17 regular season and conference tournament championships as well as the NJCAA District 10 championship.
Smith and Brathwaite were also named conference players of the year, and Waldon was honored as Coach of the Year.
March 5, 2007
Jaguars win conference crown, return to nationals
After losing seven players from last year’s squad and playing with 10 players all season, the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team’s quest to repeat as conference champions seemed impossible.
However, the sophomores rose to the occasion, leading the Jaguars to their second consecutive Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference tournament championship with a 94-79 victory over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Saturday in Decatur, Georgia.
Sophomores Jocolby Davis, Fred Brathwaite and Satarvis Billings led Georgia Perimeter to the title. Davis, the tournament’s MVP, finished with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. Brathwaite led all scorers with 30 points and 13 rebounds and Billings finished with 18 points.
With the victory, the 14th-ranked Jaguars (25-5) return to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship tournament for the second consecutive year at Hutchinson, Kansas, on March 20.
“All five of our sophomores stepped up to help us repeat as conference champs,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “All the hard work paid off and going to the national tournament is the reward for our players.”
“We’re very proud of this Jaguar team,” said Dr. Anthony Tricoli, Georgia Perimeter College president. “These young men showed a lot of heart all season long. Coaches Barney and Dennis did a great job communicating the importance of a positive, successful attitude on the court and in the classroom as well.”
The championship game featured an intense, highly anticipated rematch of the two nationally ranked teams.
After trailing for most of the first period, the 11th-ranked Stallions (27-5) claimed a 33-32 lead with 5:48 remaining, before the Jaguars went on a 16-7 run to end the first period with a 48-40 halftime lead. Brathwaite scored 18 points in the period for Georgia Perimeter.
In the second half, it was all GPC, led by Billings, who opened the period on a shooting frenzy, hitting 10 of his 12 second half points in the first eight minutes.
The Jaguars extended their lead to 17 points and never relinquished it. The Stallions cut the lead to six with four minutes remaining behind Jerrenda Wheeler’s nine points, but that was as close as they would come.
“This championship means a lot because no one thought we would even get to this point,” said Davis.
Freshman Akeem Sween, a region All-Freshman selection, chipped in nine points off the bench for the Jaguars.
As a team, the Jaguars shot 68 percent (30-for-44) from the free throw line and outrebounded ABAC 49 to 30.
Wheeler finished with 14 points for the Stallions and Leon Buchanan added a team-high 15 points.
GPC rolled past Truett-McConnell 71-58 behind Brathwaite’s 22 points in the semifinal game on Friday. Three other Jaguars scored in double-digits—Keldrick Coleman 15, Billings 11 and Sween 10.
“I wanted it more and I knew what it was going to take to get us back to the national championship,” Brathwaite said. “My teammates expect me to make baskets and rebound and that’s what I did.”
The Jaguars complete the championship sweep, winning both the regular season and conference tournament championship for the fifth time under Barney. It marks the third time in the past four years that GPC has reached the national tournament, and the sixth time in Barney’s 10 years as head coach.
February 21, 2007
GPC moves up four spots in national poll
After topping No. 9 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Saturday, the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team moves up four spots to No. 13 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, released Feb. 20.
On the same day, the Jaguars (22-5, 8-1) downed Truett-McConnell College 85-69 with five players scoring in double-figures. Satarvis Billings led GPC with 21 points followed by Brathwaite with 16 points and five rebounds, Jacolby Davis 14 points and 11 assists, Marqise Wright 14 points and eight rebounds and Azivearm Armour with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Georgia Perimeter will host South Georgia Tech in its final home game Saturday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. All home games are played at the Decatur campus gymnasium.
February 20, 2007
Brathwaite’s 36 points help GPC take down No. 9 ABAC
In a game with much at stake and much anticipation, the 17th-ranked Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team triumphed over No. 9 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, 83-74, behind Fred Brathwaite’s stellar performance with a career-high 36 points and 18 rebounds in conference action Saturday.
Brathwaite was unstoppable and carried the Jaguars to their 21st victory of the season. His 22 points per game ranks him seventh in the nation and first in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference.
The Stallions jumped out early and led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but Georgia Perimeter reclaimed the lead with 12 minutes remaining in the second period and held on for the win.
Akeem Sween added 11 points while Jacolby Davis and Satarvis Billings chipped in nine points each for the Jaguars. Leon Buchanan led ABAC with 25 points.
With the win, GPC owns sole possession of first place in the GJCAA at 7-1 and will travel to face Truett-McConnell College Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
February 10, 2007
Jaguars erase an 18-point deficit for 20th victory
The 15th-ranked Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team orchestrated a 31-15 run in the second half and roared their way to a 93-91 victory over conference opponent Coastal Georgia College at home Thursday.
The Jaguars rallied in the second half and cut the Mariners 58-40 halftime lead to two points, 73-71, with 10:08 remaining and never relinquished the led down the stretch for their 20th victory.
Sophomore Fred Brathwaite, who scored 14 points during the run, finished with a team-high 32 points on 15-of-18 shooting from the field and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Three other Jaguars scored in double-digits including Satarvis Billings 18 points, Jacolby Davis 16 points and Akeem Sween 10 points.
Next, GPC will travel to face Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Saturday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m.
February 6, 2007
Jaguars pound Middle Georgia
The No. 15 ranked Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team bounced back from last week’s 73-68 loss to South Georgia Technical College with an 88-68 rout over Middle Georgia at home Saturday.
Four Jaguars scored in double-digits including Fred Brathwaite with a game-high 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals, Jacolby Davis 15 points and five assists and Satarvis Billings and Akeem Sween both with 13 points and six rebounds.
As s team, GPC shot 82 percent (24-of-29) from the free throw line and converted 23 points off turnovers.
On the season, the Jaguars are led by Brathwaite, Davis and Billings. Brathwaite’s 21.6 points and nine rebounds per game ranks him second in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association. Davis, who contributes 16.8 points per game, also tops the conference in steals (3.8) and is second in assists (5.6). Billings carries the team from long distance, making good on 53 percent of his 3-pt attempts, while averaging 15.4 points per game.
Next, Georgia Perimeter (19-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference) will host Coastal Georgia Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. All home games are played at the Decatur campus gymnasium.
January 24, 2007
GPC’s bench is big in win over ABAC
Freshmen Akeem Sween, Nathaniel Williams and Avize Armour gave Georgia Perimeter College a huge lift off the bench with 46 points combined in the Jaguars’ 101-77 conference win over No. 14 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at home Wednesday.
Sween led GPC with a season-high 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and the free throw line in 28 minutes of play. Williams and Armour were perfect from the field and finished with 13 points and 14 points, respectively.
The 17th-ranked Jaguars (17-4 overall and 3-0 conference) led by as many as 34 points in the game and opened a 54-27 halftime lead. The Stallions pulled within 12 points with two minutes remaining, but that was as close as they would get to GPC’s lead.
Five others scored in double-digits for the Jaguars including Jacolby Davis (18 points), Marqise Wright (12 points and 13 rebounds), Keldrick Coleman (10 points and five assists) and Fred Brathwaite (10 points).
As a team, GPC converted 29-of-35 free throws and shot 65 percent from the field, while the Stallions shot 39 percent (31-of-79).
ABAC’s sophomore Jerrenda Wheeler led all scorers with 22 points.
With the win, Georgia Perimeter has sole possession of first place in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference, Next, GPC will host Truett-McConnell Saturday, Jan. 27, @ 4 p.m. All home games are played at the Decatur campus gymnasium.
January, 23, 2007
Jaguars to host ABAC for first place
The Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team is poised for its showdown with conference opponent Abraham Baldwin Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Decatur campus gymnasium.
Both teams enter today’s match-up undefeated in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference. GPC (16-4 overall and 2-0 conference) ranks 17th in the nation and is currently in second place. The No. 14 ranked Stallions of ABAC lead the conference at 3-0. The winner will have sole possession of first place.
Last season, the two teams split their games with both winning at home. Tonight’s game will set the tone for the rest of the conference season.
January 11, 2007
Georgia Perimeter topples Middle Georgia in conference opener
Sophomore Fred Brathwaite’s team-high 25 points and nine rebounds carried the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team past Middle Georgia College 105-71 in the conference opener on the road Wednesday.
The 18th ranked Jaguars (14-4) opened a commanding 52-33 lead at halftime and did not look back, leading by as many as 40 points in the game.
GPC won the battle of the boards with a 43-32 advantage, including 18 on the offensive glass. The Jaguars also stepped up on the free throw line, hitting 24-of-35.
Marquise Wright and Jacolby Davis both added 18 points, while Satarvis Billings, who leads the team’s three-point field goal percentage, dropped 14 points, including three from behind the arc.
Brathwaite’s 20.9 points per game ranks him among the nation’s top leading scorers. Sophomores Billings and Davis contributes 15 points per game and Davis also leads the team in assists with five per game.
Next, the Jaguars will travel to face Coastal Georgia Saturday, Jan. 13, before hosting North Atlanta Prep Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. All GPC home games are played at the Decatur campus gymnasium.
December 2, 2006
Davis carries Georgia Perimeter past Aiken
Sophomore guard Jacolby Davis netted a career-high 31 points as the 13th ranked Jaguars pulled away from Aiken Technical College, 79-69, in a non-conference match-up Saturday at the Decatur campus gymnasium.
Davis hit 20 points in the second half, shooting 64 percent (9-of-14) from the field, including two three-pointers.
Georgia Perimeter (10-2) found themselves in a tough battle with the Knights who trailed the Jaguars by only a field goal at halftime.
With five minutes remaining in the second period and the game knotted at 65, GPC went on a 14-4 run to seal their 10th victory of the season.
The Jaguars gained its rhythm from the charity stripe, sinking 10-of-13 free throws down the stretch. Davis made good on six of those free throws for a total of 11 in 17 attempts.
There were 12 lead changes and seven ties in the game.
The Knights received a huge contribution from their reserves with 35 points off the bench compared to GPC’s 16 bench points.
Fred Brathwaite also recorded 18 points and eight rebounds in the win for Georgia Perimeter.
The Jaguars will finish the first half of the season on the road at Spartanburg Methodist Tuesday, Dec. 5, and Gulf Coast Coast Community College Christmas Tournament Dec. 28 and 29 in Panama, City, Fla. GPC returns home Jan.17, against North Atlanta Prep in a 7 p.m., match-up at the Decatur campus gymnasium.
November 27, 2006
Jaguars split games in Thanksgiving Classic
The 10th ranked Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team dropped a 90-82 contest to top ranked Chipola Community College Saturday in the second day of Okaloosa Walton’s Thanksgiving Classic in Niceville, Fla., after beating Okaloosa Walton 72-67 on Friday.
Sophomore Satarvis Billings led GPC with 20 points while Fred Brathwaite, Jacolby Davis, Azivearm Armour and LaMarr Williams contributed 10 points each.
Marqise Wright finished with a team-high 16 points for the Jaguars on Friday.
Georgia Perimeter (8-2) will host Denmark Technical College on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., and Aiken Technical College Saturday, Dec. 2, in a 3 p.m., match-up.
November 19, 2006
Brathwaite carries GPC past No. 6 Tallahassee
With a career-high 32 points, sophomore Fred Brathwaite lifted Georgia Perimeter College over No. 6 Tallahassee Community College 87-81, Saturday, in day two of GPC’s Thanksgiving Classic.
Brathwaite dropped 18 points in the first half, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and grabbing a game-high eight rebounds in the game. As a team, the Jaguars shot 63 percent (30-of-48) from the floor and 82 percent from the free throw line.
Georgia Perimeter led 48-43 at the half and held off an Eagles run down the stretch.
Anthony Sally led the Eagles with 17 points followed by Dustin Scott’s 16 point contribution. Tallahassee converted 24 points off 37 GPC turnovers.
GPC defeated Light of the World 90-81 Friday in the first day of the classic. Billings led Georgia Perimeter with 22 points and six rebounds, while Derek Douglas added 19 points and Keldrick Coleman finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.
The Jaguars (7-1) will be on the road Tuesday, Nov. 21, against Denmark Technical College and Nov. 24-25, at the Okaloosa Walton Thanksgiving Classic in Niceville, Fla.
November 6, 2006
GPC sweeps Tip-Off Classic
Fred Brathwaite averaged 23.5 points per game in Georgia Perimeter College’s tip-off classic that led the 11th ranked Jaguars in victories over Clinton Junior College 101-74 on Friday and Spartanburg Methodist 79-60 on Saturday.
Brathwaite carried GPC with a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds against Clinton, while four other Jaguars scored in double-digits including Satarvis Billings 21 points, LaMarr Williams and Jacolby Davis 14 points each and Nathaniel Mitchell 12 points.
In other classic action, Truett-McConnell College topped Spartanburg Methodist 73-70 on Friday and Clinton Junior College 73-71 Saturday.
GPC will be on the road Tuesday, Nov. 7, against Oxford College, before hosting Patrick Henry Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., and Okaloosa Walton Saturday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m., in GPC’s two-day classic.
November 12, 2006
GPC splits two games in classic
The No. 11 ranked Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team dropped an 85-82 decision to No. 27 Okaloosa Walton College Saturday in GPC’s classic, after crushing Patrick Henry Community College 120-76 on Friday.
The Jaguars (4-1) opened a 40-34 halftime lead, but Okaloosa Walton found the bottom of the net in the second half, shooting 87 percent (7-of-8) from the three point line and 52 percent from the floor.
GPC sophomore Satarvis Billings connected on six-of-nine from behind the 3-point line to lead the Jaguars with 21 points against Okaloosa Walton. Fred Brathwaite chipped in 19 points and seven rebounds, while Marqise Wright added 16 points and eight rebounds. Jacolby Davis and LaMarr Williams also finished with 11 points and 10 points, respectively.
Tay Waller’s led the Raiders with a game-high 28 points. Georgia Perimeter also lost the battle on the boards 50-37.
Brathwaite led five Jaguars in double-digits with 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds in the win against Patrick Henry. Azive Armour scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Nathaniel Williams 14 points, Akeem Sween 11 points and Wright 10 points
The Jaguars will be on the road against Aiken Tech Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m., match-up, before hosting their Thanksgiving Classic November 17-18.