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March 4, 2011

Mariners end Jags’ season at semifinals for second straight year

It’s déjà vu all over again.

College of Coastal Georgia repeated its feat of a year ago, defeating Georgia Perimeter College 89-83 Friday night in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 semifinals at Coastal’s Howard Coffin Gym in Brunswick.

The loss ends Georgia Perimeter’s season with a 21-12 record. Coastal Georgia (24-8) advances to the championship game of Region 17 (Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) Saturday. The Mariners will face Waycross (25-7), which defeated Atlanta Metropolitan College 79-60 in Friday’s opening semifinal game.

Last year the Jaguars fell to Coastal Georgia 86-68 in the region semifinal round at Middle Georgia College. This year, the teams split their regular-season home and away series, each winning at home.

Musa Abdul-Aleem led all scorers in the losing effort with 24 points. His twin brother, Muhammad Abdul-Aleem, had 13, followed by Tyler McDaniels and Luka Basta with 11 each.

Coastal’s Michael Manning led five Mariners in double figures with 18 points. Peter Kpan and Jaren Harris added 13 each, and Ernest Fuller and Tray Pearce 11 each.

Suffering some cold shooting streaks, Georgia Perimeter ended with 44 percent from the field and 20-for-29 from the charity stripe. Coastal hit 49 percent of their field goal attempts and maintained a slight edge in rebounds, 39-34.

GPC grabbed a momentary 9-8 edge early in the game, but Coastal seized the lead right back and produced a 12-3 run, never to relinquish the advantage. The Mariners held an eight-point halftime margin, 48-40.

Georgia Perimeter came off the intermission to cut it to four on baskets by Jarrett Stokes and Basta, but the Jaguars couldn’t close the gap. With under seven minutes to play, McDaniels scored five points to narrow it 65-62. The Mariners pushed back with an eight-point run, but GPC closed it to three points two more times.

With 1:08 remaining, Basta executed a nice spin move in the paint to make it 78-75. But Jaren Harris got an assist and four free throws to put Coastal back on top 84-78 with 29 seconds on the clock.

The Mariners sank nine of nine foul shots in the last minute to keep the game out of reach.

The tipoff for Saturday’s championship game is at 7:30. Fans can watch it online on PSB Live by visiting www.psblive.com and clicking on the link under “Today’s Games.“

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March 3, 2011

Jaguar Journal: GPC takes hot hand to semifinals on coast

The Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament has come down to four teams in a two-day chase for one spot in the national tournament.

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars like their odds, even looking up from fourth seed. After all, it has been a season of exceptional parity in the conference (also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA)—and they have the hot hand.

“We played in five of our last six [regular season games] the way we thought we would play all year,” said GPC coach Alfred Barney. “Everybody was doing everything we asked them to do.”

Starting Feb. 9, the Jaguars won four straight before their lone misstep down the stretch, a close loss at home to Albany Tech. They came back the next afternoon to beat Gordon at home in the final game of the regular season, finishing 11-7 in the GCAA (Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association).

The tiebreakers between three teams for fourth place in the final standings went their way, providing a home game in the first round of the tournament. On Tuesday night, the Jaguars (21-11) handled South Georgia Tech for the third time this season, 81-74 at Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.

“Playing at home in the first round is probably the advantage that put us over the top,” said Barney. Now it can be seen how important it is to win a region game such as the Jaguars’ 100-92 four-overtime victory at Atlanta Metropolitan College on Valentine’s Day.

But home-court advantage for the finals is something else. The semifinals Friday night and finals Saturday night will be held at Howard Coffin Gym in Brunswick, home of top-seeded College of Coastal Georgia. The region awards the final two nights to the tournament to its top seed, and that team has gone to the nationals four consecutive years.

GPC was the last to break that tradition, winning the championship five years ago at South Georgia Tech in Americus.

The Jaguars split their two games with Coastal, losing 76-72 in Brunswick on Jan. 22 and scuttling the Mariners 79-59 at Jaguar Arena on Feb. 19.

Barney would like to add an asterisk to that Jan. 22 result. The Jaguars played that day without their leading scorer, Musa Abdul-Aleem; a rebounding mainstay who has started many games this season, Cameron Venus; and a freshman who gets significant minutes, Brandon Jenkins. Plus, the game was the second part of a tough two-day road trip and Jarrett Stokes played with stitches in his mouth from a hit suffered at Waycross the night before.

Barney’s main concern isn’t the venue, it’s keeping the Mariners off the boards. “They are a very strong offensive rebounding team,” he said. In the game against South Georgia Tech, the Jaguars won the battle of the boards 42-34, led by Venus with eight rebounds.

The GPC-Coastal game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, to be followed by the other semifinal, second-seeded Atlanta Metro against Waycross. The region final is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The semifinals and championship game can be seen on web TV, as Panhandle Sports Broadcasting will webcast it all at www.psblive.com. Viewers also can visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the “Game Webcasts” link.

JAGUAR JOLTS: Abdul-Aleem was the Jaguars’ leading scorer in their first round game with 23 points, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. … The Jaguars, who fought stretches of inefficiency at the foul line this season, were 31-for-39 against South Georgia Tech. … In the game at GPC, the Mariners’ top scorer, Jaren Harris, was held to one point largely by the defensive work of Stokes. … GPC was tapped out of last year’s tournament in the semifinals by Coastal, so now is the opportunity to avenge. … The national tournament begins March 15 in Hutchinson, Kan. The winner of Saturday’s championship game punches a ticket to Kansas. There is no intervening district title game, as with the women’s team on Saturday at 2 p.m. versus Spartanburg Methodist at Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.

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March 2, 2011

Musa Abdul-Aleem, Stokes gain All-Region 17 honors

Georgia Perimeter College guard Musa Abdul-Aleem was named Freshman Player of the Year in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and also was picked as a member of the all-region first team by a vote of the coaches.

Jarrett Stokes.

Musa Abdul-Aleem.

Abdul-Aleem’s backcourt mate, sophomore Jarrett Stokes, was honorable mention all-region. Stokes made the all-region second team in 2010.

The overall Player of the Year in Region 17 was Atlanta Metro’s Quinn Bivins. Joining Abdul-Aleem and Bivins on the first team were Reco Lewis of Waycross, Jaren Harris of Coastal Georgia and Demario Fountain of South Georgia Tech.

The second team was Scott Ferguson of Atlanta Metro, Christopher Deny of Chattahoochee Tech, Peter Kpan of Coastal Georgia, Justin Wilcox of Albany Tech and Malcolm Jackson of Gordon.

Joining Stokes as honorable mention were Joe Williams of Waycross, Ken Taylor of Middle Georgia, Lamar Richardson of East Georgia and Ryan Fleming of Gordon. Taylor spent the 2008-09 season at GPC.

Lewis was Defensive Player of the Year.

The Coach of the Year was Gerald Cox of Coastal Georgia, whose team tied with Atlanta Metro for the region championship and won the first seed in the tournament through the tiebreaker system.

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March 1, 2011

Jaguars jolt Jets, advance to Region 17 semifinals

Musa Abdul-Aleem scored 23 points—including a crucial 3-pointer late in the game—to lead Georgia Perimeter College to an 81-74 victory over South Georgia Technical College on Tuesday night in the first round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament at Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.

Jarrett Stokes added 18 points for the fourth-seeded Jaguars (21-11), who advanced to Friday night’s semifinals in Brunswick. Their opponent will be top-seeded Coastal Georgia, which beat Chattahoochee Tech 89-84.

“That was big shot by Musa as the shot clock was running down,” said GPC coach Alfred Barney of the 3-pointer, which gave the Jaguars a 73-67 lead with 2:22 remaining.

Abdul-Aleem was 4-for-5 from behind the stripe and made all nine of his free throws. As a team, the Jaguars were 31-for-39 from the foul line.

Demario Fountain scored 21 points for South Georgia Tech (21-10). “He is tough to guard,” Barney said of Fountain, who played almost 38 minutes.

The Jaguars were able to keep a fresh man on Fountain because of the depth of their bench. “The bench gave us a lift,” said Barney. “It’s one of our strengths.”

Khiry White contributed 16 points for the Jets, who have lost three times to GPC this season, all in close games.

The Jaguars built a 10-point lead late in the first half before Fountain revived the Jets with two quick jump shots. GPC led only 42-40 at halftime.

In the ebb and flow of the second half, the Jets pulled within one point with 4:38 remaining, but never tied the score. After Cameron Venus blocked a shot by Fountain, Josh Relaford made two free throws, pulling the Jaguars back in front by three.

Two jump shots by Abdul-Aleem—a 2-pointer and his crucial trey—took GPC out of danger.

In other GCAA first-round games, third-seeded Waycross beat Albany Tech 57-49 and second-seeded Atlanta Metro topped Middle Georgia 69-61. Waycross and Metro will meet Friday night in Brunswick in the other semifinal. The tournament final will be Saturday. Games times are yetto be determined—check this website for an announcement.

Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s championship game will be video broadcast online by PSB Live. To watch the action, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts“ and then find the link on the PSB home page under “Today’s Games.”

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Musa Abdul-Aleem scored 23 points and Jarrett Stokes pitched in 18 to help Georgia Perimeter College to an 81-74 victory over South Georgia Technical College in the first round of the Region 17 tournament Tuesday at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

Georgia Perimeter (21-11) advances to the semifinal round of the region tournament to be held Friday and Saturday at the highest surviving seed from the first round games. The times are to be determined—check this website for an announcement.

Demario Fountain led the Jets with 21 points, followed by Khiry White with 16. South Georgia Tech finishes the season at 21-10.

Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s championship game will be video broadcast online by PSB Live. To watch the action, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts“ and then find the link on the PSB home page under “Today’s Games.”

(More details later).

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February 28, 2011

Jaguars to host first-round tourney game vs. South Georgia Tech

In dramatic fashion at a league meeting Sunday, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars won fourth seed in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s tournament and will host a first-round game Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

The Jaguars (11-7 in the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA) will play fifth-seeded South Georgia Technical College (also 11-7). The two teams tied with Albany Technical College (11-7), which fell to sixth seed under the region’s tiebreaking system that was sorted out Sunday at a coaches meeting with GCAA commissioner David Elder. Albany Tech will play at third-seeded Waycross College.

The other first-round games are No. 8-seeded Chattahoochee Technical College at No. 1 College of Coastal Georgia and No. 7 Middle Georgia College at No. 2 Atlanta Metropolitan College.

The semifinals and championship game will be held Friday and Saturday at the home court of the highest seed to survive the first round.

Because of the parity among teams this season in the GCAA, Sunday’s coaches meeting contained the drama of a four-overtime game—it required several tie breaker scenarios to place the seedings for the tournament.

Coastal Georgia and Atlanta Metro finished the regular season as co-champs, but after the tie-breaker system played out, Coastal Georgia was awarded the top seed. Waycross finished uncontested for third place in the standings.

Georgia Perimeter won the three-way tie for fourth place because the Jaguars won more games against the top teams.

Albany Tech lost two games to Coastal Georgia and fell into the sixth seed because GPC and South Georgia Tech each won a game against Coastal. So, the tiebreaker rules required a look at those two teams’ record against No. 2 Atlanta Metro.

South Georgia Tech was 0-2 against Metro, whereas the Jaguars won a four overtime thriller 100-92 two weeks ago on Metro’s home court. That spectacular victory gave GPC home-court advantage on Tuesday.

Fans can view the tournament bracket and follow updated results at the GCAA/Region 17 website: visit www.gcaa-sports.org.

The Jaguars (20-11 overall) defeated South Georgia Tech (21-9) twice in conference play, winning 72-70 in overtime at home on Jan. 15 and 80-77 on Feb. 12 at “The Hangar,” the Jets’ court in Americus.

Tuesday’s game will be audio broadcast online, beginning with the pregame Jaguar Journal at 7:20 and the tip-off at 7:30. To listen to the webcast, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ first-round game will be played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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February 26, 2011

Jaguars beat Gordon on Sophomore Day

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars painted a masterpiece of balanced scoring on Sophomore Day, the final day of the regular season, in a 78-67 victory over Gordon College on Saturday at the Decatur Campus.

Musa Abdul-Aleem led the Jaguars with 11 points, followed by Cameron Venus and Josh Relaford with 10 each. Muhammad Abdul-Aleem, Brandon Jenkins and Benjamin Taylor-Grey had nine each, Jarrett Stokes eight.

The Jaguars pushed their record to 20-11, 11-7 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Gordon fell to 10-20, 3-15 in the league.

GPC led 41-27 at halftime before hitting a dry spell on offense in the first 5½ minutes of the second half. Gordon eventually closed within one point with six minutes remaining before Stokes canned a crucial 3-pointer

The Jaguars put the game away with four key free throws—two on a personal foul, two on a technical—on one possession with about 2½ minutes remaining.

Ryan Fleming led Gordon with 24 points, while Malcolm Jackson, the leading scorer in the league, contributed 21.

The Jaguars won the battle of the boards 44-35, with Musa Abdul-Aleem leading the way with seven rebounds.

After the game the Jaguars’ four sophomores—Tyler McDaniels, Stokes, Venus and Relaford—and their families were honored as coach Alfred Barney passed out gifts to everyone connected with the basketball program.

GPC’s next action will be Tuesday night in the first round of the conference tournament, pairings to be announced Sunday by the office of the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The bottom two teams in the standings will not make the tourney, and the top four teams in the eight-team field will host the first round games on their home courts.

The Jaguars’ first-round game will be audio broadcast online. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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February 25, 2011

GPC rallies but loses a tough one to Albany Tech

Georgia Perimeter College erased a 14-point second-half deficit but came up short at the buzzer Friday night, losing 65-62 to Albany Technical College at Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.

The loss means the Jaguars have a slimmer chance to host their first-round game Tuesday in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

“We came out sluggish and dug ourselves in a deep hole. It seemed like we didn’t have any energy,” said head coach Alfred Barney.

The Jaguars slip to 10-7 in the GCAA (NJCAA Region 17), and 19-11 overall. Like GPC, Albany Tech (22-8, 11-7) also is seeking home-court advantage in the first round as one of the top four seeds in the eight-team tournament.

The Titans led 37-32 at halftime and 50-36 in the second half before the Jaguars caught them, sparked by key 3-pointers by Musa Abdul-Aleem and Jarrett Stokes.

A 3-point shot by Jerry Lewis gave Albany Tech a four-point lead with 15 seconds remaining. Stokes replied with a 3-pointer for GPC. After two free throws by Duran Blue, Stokes’ 3-pointer at the buzzer went off the glass and the front of the rim.

“Their guy makes the three to win, and they put themselves in position for that. We didn’t,” Barney said. “You win some games like that; you lose some games like that.”

Stokes finished with 21 points for GPC, followed by Christopher Blount with 14 (all in the first half) and Luka Basta with 13. Lewis led Albany Tech with 19 points.

The Jaguars host Gordon College Saturday at 2 p.m. in their final game of the regular season. The team will celebrate Sophomore Day in a pregame ceremony. To view the GCAA standings, visit http://www.gcaa-sports.org.

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February 19, 2011

Jaguars’ fourth straight region victory improves tourney prospect

Marching confidently toward March, the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team stretched its win streak to four Saturday with an eye-popping 79-59 victory over College of Coastal Georgia on the Decatur campus.

The Jaguars positioned themselves to secure a top-four seed in the NJCAA Region 17 tournament (consisting of Georgia two-year colleges). The top four teams in the final region standings are rewarded with a first-round home game on March 1. The Jags are 10-6 in the region, 19-10 overall.

GPC relied on its depth and sticky defense to wear down the Mariners (21-8, 12-4), playing their third game in four days. Josh Relaford came off the bench to score 13 points, matching starter Musa Abdul-Aleem’s total. Another substitute, Tyler McDaniels, tallied 11, while starter Luka Basta scored 10.

Jarrett stokes spearheaded the defensive gem by holding the Mariners’ top scorer, Jaren Harris (12-point average) to one point. Michael Manning and Justin Champion led Coastal with 12 points each, and Joseph Chase had 10.

Abdul-Aleem’s pair of treys launched GPC—which trailed early—ahead 12-7. Later in the first half, Christopher Blunt dropped in a couple of threes, ballooning the lead to 29-16. Coastal Georgia, gobbling up offensive rebounds, drew to within nine at halftime.

The margin expanded to 14, then shrunk to seven. The Mariners lost a key player, Manning, when he committed a fifth foul with a full 10 minutes remaining. Coastal Georgia struggled for points for the remainder of the game.

McDaniels sank two long-range shots and Basta was active on both ends of the floor, enabling Georgia Perimeter to maintain a non-threatened edge. The Jaguars scored the last eight points of the game, providing the widest gap all day.

Stokes handed out seven assists in the course of the game. Cameron Venus claimed seven rebounds as the home team took back control of the boards in the second half, overcoming 13 reeled in by the visitors’ Peter Kpan.

Coastal had a tough road trip to Atlanta this week. The Mariners lost to Atlanta Metro 72-64 Wednesday in a battle of the league’s top two teams. They beat Chattahoochee Tech Friday, and then had to turn around and face the red-hot Jaguars Saturday. Coastal had edged GPC 76-72 in Brunswick a month ago.

The Jaguars’ regular season winds down next weekend at home with a Friday game against Albany Tech at 7 p.m., a make-up of a game snowed out in January. The Jaguars lost 77-68 to the Titans in Albany last month.

Saturday will be Sophomore Day for the Jaguars as they host Gordon College, a team they beat 74-52 on Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. in the regular season finale.

Both games will be audio broadcast online beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Friday and 1:50 Saturday. To listen to the broadcasts, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

To view the GCAA standings, visit www.gcaa-sports.org.

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February 14, 2011

Four overtimes and a victory at No. 24 Atlanta Metro

The Atlanta Marathon has nothing over the marathon basketball fans witnessed Monday night at the Atlanta Metropolitan College gymnasium. Nor do the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team rallied to tie the score late in the second half and found it knotted after four buzzers before the Jaguars wore down Atlanta Metro with a four-overtime 100-92 win. Four overtimes made the game 60 minutes long on the scoreboard clock, the length of professional hockey games.

“Endurance,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “It was a total team effort. Our depth prevailed—we wore them down. Early in the game, your jump shots are going in, but in the fourth overtime, without rest, they’re falling short.”

The victory keeps Georgia Perimeter in the chase for one of the four top spots in the NJCAA Region 17 standings and home court advantage in the March 1 first round of the region tournament. The Jaguars improved to 9-6 in the region, 18-10, overall.

Atlanta Metro, ranked 24th nationally in the NJCAA poll, slips to 21-5, 11-3 and loses ground behind the region’s standings leader, College of Coastal Georgia.

After the Red-Eyed Panthers led for most of the game, Georgia Perimeter went ahead 59-58 on a basket by Musa Abdul-Aleem, who paced GPC with 25 points.

In the final seconds of regulation play and with Georgia Perimeter ahead 65-62, Abdul-Aleem stole the ball and launched it downcourt to Jarrett Stokes for the kill shot. Stokes took the easy layup, but after the ball hit the backboard and was angled into the hoop, an AMC player batted it away.

The officials declined to rule the play as goal-tending, giving the hosts the ball with 16 seconds to tie the score. Darius Minor sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into the first overtime.

The high drama that followed was too eventful to name all the heroes:

First overtime—Georgia Perimeter trailed 75-72 when Tyler McDaniels sank a straight-away 3-pointer from “NBA range” with seven seconds remaining.

Second overtime—the lead seesawed until Cameron Venus tied it at 81-81, sending the game into the third extra five minutes.

Third overtime—Abdul-Aleem scored six points to give the Jaguars an 87-83 lead, but Scott Ferguson hit a three and Ken Green made a free throw to tie it up.

Fourth overtime—the Jaguars outscored Atlanta Metro 13-5 on baskets by Stokes, Josh Relaford and Reginald Clark and free throws by Venus, McDaniels and Mario Vasser.

McDaniels netted 20 points for GPC and Venus added 13. Venus also pulled down seven rebounds.

For the Red-Eyed Panthers, Quinn Bivins led five players in double figures with 28 points, including five 3-pointers. He was followed by Scott Ferguson, 26; Darius Minor, 20; Charles Shedrick, 12; and Uwafio Lance 10. Ferguson had 16 rebounds and Lance 14, while Minor dished off 10 assists.

Next the Jaguars host the region’s first-place team, Coastal Georgia, Saturday at 3 p.m. Fans can join the online broadcast by visiting www.gpc.edu/athletic and clicking on the link under “Game Webcasts.” The pregame Jaguar Journal begins at 2:50 p.m.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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February 12, 2011

Jags have banner day in Americus

Before every basketball game, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars stand as the “Star Spangled Banner” plays on a P.A. system. Who would think that the stars and stripes would one day side with the other team?

It happened Saturday as the visiting Jaguars overcame a series of obstacles—a late rally by the home team, a damaging technical foul, the American flag’s intrusion—to eke out an 80-77 victory over South Georgia Technical College in Americus.

After Georgia Perimeter led for most of the game, SGT tied it up inside the final two minutes when a technical was called on the Jaguars for protesting a shooting foul. The Jets’ LaJuan Clarington sank three of four shots from the line to knot the score 73-73.

Three-point plays by Musa Abdul-Aleem and Reginald Clark put the Jaguars back on top 79-77.

With 29 seconds remaining, they went for the kill when Cameron Venus snared a rebound and lofted a high Hail Mary pass toward Clark, who was sprinting wide open at the other end of the court.

The large flag at “The Hangar,” SGT’s gymnasium, hangs from the ceiling. The basketball hit the thin edge of the flag and dropped to the floor. The officials stopped the action and held a long discussion with the coaches and scorekeeper.

Referee Keith White, despite a vigorous protest by GPC coach Alfred Barney, ruled the pass out-of-bounds. That gave the ball to South Georgia Tech.

Fortunately, in the Jets’ final possession, GPC’s defense held up, with Clark grabbing a rebound and then sinking a foul shot at the other end for the final margin.

After the game, Barney smiled, “I love the American flag—my dad served in the military—but I told them we’ve got to move that flag.”

With the victory GPC (17-10, 8-6) stayed in the hunt for one of the top four spots in the conference standings and home court advantage in the first round the NJCAA Region 17 tournament March 1.

Abul-Aleem scored 28 points to lead the Jaguars, his second straight prolific outing after scoring 29 in Wednesday’s win over Middle Georgia College. Tyler McDaniels contributed 16 points (15 in the first half) and Luka Basta had 15.

Clarington led all scorers with 29 points, and Demario Fountain added 21 for South Georgia Tech (18-9, 8-7).

A 13-point run gave Georgia Perimeter a comfortable advantage in the first half—as much as 16 points—and a 45-36 margin at the intermission. But the Jets whittled away at the lead and tied it at 63.

Four lead changes followed until Venus caught a nice pass from Abdul-Aleem and slammed it in with 1:52 left in the game, setting the stage for the technical and flag drama and Clark and Abdul-Aleem’s heroics at the end.

“Every time we needed a basket, we ran a certain play and executed perfectly,” Barney said. “We picked each other up and stayed the course. I’m extremely proud of them.”

There’s little rest for the Jaguars as they next face the region’s top two teams. They travel across town Monday for a 7:30 p.m. game at Atlanta Metropolitan College, which is fighting College of Coastal Georgia for first place in the standings. Saturday GPC hosts Coastal Georgia at 3 p.m.

To hear both games online, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” Monday’s broadcast begins at 7:20 p.m. and Saturday’s at 2:50.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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February 9, 2011

Musa Abdul-Aleem scores 29 as GPC downs Middle Georgia

In the first half, Georgia Perimeter College had Musa Abdul-Aleem’s hot hand. In the second half, the defense took over and closed out an 84-72 victory over Middle Georgia College Wednesday at the Jaguar Arena on GPC’s Decatur Campus.

Abdul-Aleem had four 3-pointers in the first five-and-a-half minutes on the way to 25 points in the first half and 29 at the final buzzer. Josh Relaford, Jarrett Stokes and Luka Basta scored 11 points apiece. Basta, Relaford and Abdul-Aleem had eight rebounds each as the Jaguars won the battle of the boards 51-35.

“It was a great team effort. We shared the ball, pulled for each other and played with intensity,” said head coach Alfred Barney.

The Jaguars improved to 7-6 in NJCAA Region 17, 16-10 overall.

Ken Taylor, who played for GPC in 2008-09, led Middle Georgia (14-10, 6-7) with 15 points, and Tay Mallory had 14

Middle stayed close until late in the first half when a basket by Relaford and a 3-pointer by Abdul-Aleem put the Jaguars ahead 50-42 at halftime. The Warriors, dogged by the Jaguars’ defense, never made a run in the second half, drawing only as close as seven points.

GPC travels to South Georgia Technical College Saturday for another region match-up that is key for both teams to gaining homecourt advantage in the first round of the tournament March 1. The top four seeds get home games.

“You can go from third to sixth or sixth to third in the matter of a game,” Barney said of the logjam in the middle of the standings.

The game at “The Hangar” in Americus will be broadcast online beginning at 3:55 with the pregame Jaguar Journal and the tipoff at 4:05, depending on the length of the preceding women’s game. The Jaguars’ next home game will be Feb. 19 against College of Coastal Georgia at 3 p.m., which also will be webcast.

To view the region standings, visit http://www.gcaa-sports.org.

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February 5, 2011

Waycross methodically hands Jaguars key setback

After suffering a walloping at Atlanta Metro Thursday night and spending a lazy Friday at Atlanta malls, the Waycross College men’s basketball team looked like a serious business organization Saturday.

The SwampFoxes defeated Georgia Perimeter College 73-55 with discipline and aggressiveness at GPC’s Decatur Campus in a key conference game for both squads.

Georgia Perimeter appeared ready to make a game of it for the first seven minutes until a bucket by Joe Williams gave the visitors an 11-10 lead that they quickly expanded and never relinquished. Throughout the remainder of the game, whenever GPC threatened to change the momentum, Waycross struck back to maintain a working margin.

“They didn’t come to play—they came to win,” said Jaguar head coach Alfred Barney. “They came down the court to answer with the big play. If they didn’t make the big basket, they got the offensive rebound.”

With the loss, Georgia Perimeter slips to 6-6 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) and 15-10 overall. It almost assures that the Jaguars now must battle for fourth place in the region standings.

The top four teams earn home court advantage in the first round of the eight-team region tournament in March.

Waycross (19-5, 8-4) now stands in good shape to gain an enviable third-place in the league standings, behind first- and second-place Coastal Georgia and Atlanta Metro.

Williams led all scorers with 22 points, and teammate Darius Tookes added 11 for the SwampFoxes. Jarrett Stokes paced Georgia Perimeter with 17 points, followed by Luka Basta with 12.

The hosts won the battle of the boards 44-40, but the telling statistic for GPC was its 28 turnovers.

“That means that you don’t shoot the ball,” Barney said.

Although Stokes and the Jaguar defense held Waycross’ scoring leader, Reco Lewis, to nine points, his three-of-four 3-point shots were timed at critical junctures.

When a dunk by Basta and two free throws by Reginald Clark narrowed the lead to seven points, 59-52, with eight minutes left in the game, Lewis returned the momentum to his team with a calm 3-pointer from the right corner. The SwampFoxes then posted a 13-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Next up for the Jaguars is a visit next Wednesday from Middle Georgia College, one of the three teams battling GPC for fourth place and home-court advantage in the tournament. Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m., depending on when the women’s game ends, and fans can listen to the online broadcast at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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February 1, 2011

Five Jags hit double digits to lower Highlanders

Josh Relaford registered a double-double and four other Jaguars scored in double figures as Georgia Perimeter College put away Gordon College 74-52 in men’s basketball Tuesday in Barnesville.

Freshman forward Luka Basta, a 6-9 import from Serbia, led the Jaguars with 15 points. Relaford contributed 11 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.

Teammates Musa Abdul-Aleem, Mario Vasser and Brandon Jenkins each tallied ten points. Christopher Blunt dished off four assists.

With the win GPC improves to 15-9 overall, 6-5 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA Region 17). Going into Tuesday’s game, the Jaguars held seventh place in the league, a half game behind Middle Georgia College.

The contest was nip-and-tuck for most of the first half, with four lead changes, but Georgia Perimeter pulled away late in the period, enjoying a 35-27 margin at the intermission.

Gordon (9-12, 2-7) closed it to 39-34 with about 15 minutes remaining in the game. Then the Jaguars erupted on a 16-3 run to extend the lead to 55-37 with seven minutes to play.

The Highlanders’ Malcom Jackson, second highest point producer in the league, led all scorers with 19 points. Gordon committed 21 turnovers to 15 for GPC, and the Jags outrebounded their hosts 42-36.

Revenge will be on the minds of the Jaguars Saturday as they host Waycross College at 3 p.m. Currently in third place in the GCAA standings, the Swamp Foxes (17-4, 6-3) defeated Georgia Perimeter 79-66 eleven days ago in Waycross.

To hear the Waycross audio play-by-play online, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and follow the link under “Game Webcasts.” The pregame Jaguar Journal begins at 2:50 p.m.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 29, 2011

Second-half rally falls short for GPC

Georgia Perimeter College climbed out of a deep hole but could not get above ground level in a 77-68 men’s basketball loss Saturday afternoon at Albany Tech.

The Jaguars trailed by 18 points in the first half, only to pull even on two occasions with about eight minutes remaining in the game. They had three possessions with a chance to assume the lead, and their over-reliance on three-point shots hurt during the next sequence.

With the setback, the Jaguars dip to 14-9 overall, 5-5 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA Region 17).

The brothers Abdul-Aleem led GPC in scoring. Muhammed had 17, Musa 14.

Justin Wilcox paced Albany Tech (15-4, 4-3) with 18 points. Coming off a missed game, Jerry Lewis, the Titans’ usual leading scorer, tallied 14.

Rebounding was GPC’s main bugaboo. The visitors were beaten 36-26 on the boards and yielded 13 offensive rebounds.

The Jaguars clamped down on defense after the slow start yet could not come up with the necessary stops late in the contest.

For the second straight game, GPC played short-handed. Cameron Venus is sidelined with a fractured ankle and Tyler McDaniels also was out. The timetable on their return is indefinite.

The Jaguars face another GCAA road game Tuesday against Gordon College in Barnesville. They are back home Saturday versus Waycross College at 3 p.m.

To listen to the Waycross audio webcast, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and follow the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 26, 2011

Jaguars survive scare from new league foe Chattahoochee Tech

Sophomore guard Jarrett Stokes produced a defensive gem and scored 18 points as the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars beat Chattahoochee Technical College 77-71 Wednesday night at Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.

Tyler McDaniels added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Jaguars, who led by 15 at halftime but had to hold off a Golden Eagle rally in the final minutes.

“We played a good first half, but in the second half we were way off defensively. Their guards penetrated and they even led their team in rebounds,” GPC coach Alfred Barney said.

“Offensively, we slowed down the tempo in the second half and stopped going inside. You just can’t do that. In the first half they couldn’t catch us in the transition and the inside game.”

Georgia Perimeter is now 5-4 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) and 14-8 overall. Chattahoochee Tech, playing its first season in Region 17, fell to 11-8, 1-6. The Golden Eagles defeated GPC 65-57 in December for their lone league victory.

Mario Vasser scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Jaguars, while Reginald Clark also had nine points.

Stokes held the region’s leading scorer, Christopher Deny, to four points in the first half, but Deny finished with 17.

“Jarrett did a good job on him. But in the second half when Jarrett was screened, we didn’t slide and help,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “Holding down a top scorer has to be a team effort.”

Stokes, who going into the night led the conference in free throws with an 89.9 average, was 13-for-13 from the line in a game that produced 56 fouls.

Georgia Perimeter took an 8-0 lead in the opening three minutes with the inside game. McDaniels, a 6-9 sophomore, hit three turnaround jumpers and 6-9 freshman Luka Basta slammed in a dunk. The Jaguars never lost the lead and expanded it to 15 at halftime.

But a 3-point play by Deny closed the gap to five, 69-64, with 1:30 remaining in the game. Then Deny missed two free throws with 1:14 left, and Stokes sank two from the line, pulling the Jaguars out of danger.

Georgia Perimeter travels to Albany Technical College Saturday for a men’s-women’s doubleheader. After a Tuesday trip to Golden College, the Jaguars return to their home court on Saturday, Feb. 5, hosting Waycross College.

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January 24, 2011

Short-handed Jaguars down East Georgia 84-61

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars got a spark from their defense late in the first half and followed through for an 84-61 win over East Georgia College Monday night at the Decatur Campus.

Mario Vasser had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Jaguars, 13-8, 4-4 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Muhammed Abdul-Aleem and Josh Relaford scored 13 points apiece. Christopher Blunt dished off nine assists, winning the praise of coach Alfred Barney.

“He played well,” said Barney, who also mentioned Vasser and Relaford.

The Jaguars were playing without three injured key players, Musa Abul-Aleem, Cameron Venus and Brandon Jenkins.

GPC got fast-break layups from Vasser and Blunt late in the first half to take a seven-point lead. Both came off missed shots by East Georgia (11-8, 0-7).

“When you rebound the ball you can play transition,” Barney said. In the second half, the Jaguars scored 11 of their first 13 possessions, putting the game away.

The Bobcats, held to 32 percent shooting for the game, managed only six points in the first seven-and-a-half minutes. Thomas Fryer led East Georgia with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

Next the Jaguars host Chattahoochee Technical College Wednesday at 7 p.m. Chatt Tech beat GPC in December 65-57 on the the Golden Eagles’ home court in Marietta.

Wednesday’s game with will be audio webcast, beginning with the pregame Jaguar Journal at 6:50. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 22, 2011

Coastal Georgia edges Jaguars 76-72

Depleted by injuries, the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball came tantalizingly close Saturday afternoon but could not catch College of Coastal Georgia in a 76-72 setback in Brunswick.

On three occasions, the Jaguars (12-8 overall, 3-4 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) had potential game-tying possessions but came up pointless on each. Also in the final minute, they neglected to secure a rebound on a missed Mariners shot, allowing the home team to retain possession and run off more time.

Musa Abdul-Aleem (knee), Brandon Jenkins (heel) and Cameron Venus (ankle), sat out with injuries suffered in a rough-and-tumble loss Friday night against Waycross College.

The status of Abdul-Aleem and Jenkins is uncertain for Monday night’s home game on the Decatur Campus against East Georgia College. Venus is expected to miss the game.

Mario Vasser stepped up in the absence of his ailing teammates with 13 points and eight rebounds. Tyler McDaniels and Jarrett Stokes, who received stitches from a blow in Friday’s game, chipped in with 12 points apiece.

Jaren Harris paced Coastal Georgia with 17 points. The Mariners lead the league with a 7-1 record, 15-5 overall.

The Jaguars, one of the nation’s top rebounding teams, were beaten on the boards 43-35 in the game’s most telling statistic. GPC was assessed with 22 turnovers, many of them unforced, as the home team led for nearly the entire game.

Monday’s game with East Georgia College will be webcast, beginning with the pregame Jaguar Journal at 7:30 and the tipoff at 7:40, depending on when the women’s game ends. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 21, 2011

Waycross swamps Jags in second half

A busy weekend for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team in the state’s southern coastal area started swimmingly, but the Jaguars were swept away in the second half of a 79-66 loss at Waycross College.

GPC led for most of the game and was ahead by four when a deadly combination of turnovers and a trio of consecutive three-point baskets by the Swamp Foxes did them in.

The Jaguars (12-7 overall, 3-3 Georgia Collegiate Athletics Association) were guilty of 17 turnovers, made just six of 22 free on threes and failed on four straight free throws when the game was up for grabs.

Georgia Perimeter rode Tyler McDaniels to an early edge that held up for much of the night. McDaniels scored 18, all but three in the first half. His teammates did not feed him the ball enough later to take advantage of his hot touch. Musa Abdul-Aleem was the other Jaguar in double digits with 11 points.

The Jaguars’ spotty offense overshadowed a credible defensive performance, although GPC did allow Reco Lewis to amass 27 points and 11 rebounds. He was followed by three other Swamp Foxes in double figures—Rachard Lofton and Joe Williams with 12 points each and Tarrence Chatman with 11.

Waycross, 16-2 overall, is a GCAA title contender, improving to 6-2 in the league. After the game, the Jaguars traveled one hour to Brunswick, where they confront College of Coastal Georgia on Saturday afternoon. The Mariners currently lead the GCAA (Region 17 of the NJCAA) with a 6-1 record, 14-5 overall.

Monday, the Jags are back home for their third game in four days, a 7:30 p.m. tip-off against East Georgia College. To listen to the audio online broadcast, beginning with the pregame Jaguar Journal at 7:25 and the tipoff at approximately 7:30—depending on the women’s preliminary game—visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 19, 2011

Atlanta Metro too much for Jaguars

After two straight close wins, Georgia Perimeter College turned up flat Wednesday night and lost 88-73 to crosstown rival Atlanta Metropolitan College at the Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.

The Jaguars fell to 12-6 overall, 3-2 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Atlanta Metro improved to 14-3, 3-1.

Helping keep GPC afloat was freshman forward Mario Vasser, who led the hosts with 21 points, including two three-pointers. Jarrett Stokes contributed 11 points.

Musa Abdul-Aleem collected eight rebounds as the Jaguars lost the battle of the boards 45-41.

For Atlanta Metro, Scott Ferguson pumped in 19 points, while Darius Minor and Lithuanian Robertas Grabauskas followed with 18 apiece. Quinn Bivins added 17.

GPC fell behind 36-27 at halftime but pulled within four points four minutes into the second half on a tap-in by Vasser. But they never got closer as Grabauskas scored the next six points for veteran coach Robert Pritchett’s hard-driving squad.

The Jaguars face a tough two-game road trip Friday night at Waycross College and Saturday afternoon at College of Coastal Georgia. Their next home game is Monday against East Georgia College at 7:30. Monday’s game will be broadcast online, beginning with the pregame Jaguar Journal at 7:25, depending on when the women’s game ends. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 17, 2011

Jaguars pull out tough road game at Middle Georgia

Georgia Perimeter College built some momentum early in the region season Monday night with a hard-fought 74-71 victory over Middle Georgia College in Cochran.

Muhammad Abdul-Aleem led four Jaguars in double figures with 17 points, while his twin brother Musa had 12. Mario Vasser had 16 points and Jarrett Stokes 12 for GPC (12-5, 3-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA).

After falling behind by 11 points, the Jaguars went ahead 34-32 at halftime with a 13-1 run. In the second half, GPC led by 10 points at one point but wound up having to battle Middle Georgia (10-5, 3-2) down the stretch.

In the final 11 minutes, the teams slugged it out with several ties, a lead switch and two key three-pointers by Vasser. The Jaguars broke a 68-68 tie with free throws by Stokes and Vasser and a slam dunk by Josh Relaford.

Reggie Brown led Middle with 19 points 14 rebounds.

Georgia Perimeter returns to its home court Wednesday to host crosstown rival Atlanta Metropolitan College at 7:30 p.m. The game will be audio webcast, beginning with the pregame Jaguar Journal at 7:20. To listen to the broadcast, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 15, 2010

Jaguars shake off rust, ground Jets in OT

Georgia Perimeter College got spectacular plays in the final seconds of regulation and in overtime Saturday to beat South Georgia Tech 72-70 at Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.

Jarrett Stokes made a floating 10-foot jump shot in traffic with four seconds remaining in regulation, tying the score at 63. After the teams battled through a physical overtime, South Georgia Tech wound up with the ball under its basket with 14 seconds on the clock.

Mario Vasser, playing his first game at GPC, tipped a high inbounds pass to Reginald Clark, who streaked down the court for the winning layup.

“In the first half we were just rusty. I still don’t think we played with the energy we need, but I was proud of our guys,“ said head coach Alfred Barney. “We made the plays we had to make.“

Because of the holidays and a snowout, the Jaguars were playing after a 29-day layoff.

But the schedule picks up now with a road game at Middle Georgia College Monday night and a home matchup with Atlanta Metro on Wednesday.

The Jaguars are 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA. Tyler McDaniels led GPC with 19 points, followed by Stokes with 13 and Vasser with 10. Cameron Venus had 10 rebounds.

Demario Fountain led South Georgia Tech (12-5, 2-3) with 21 points, seven in overtime.

The Jaguars fell behind 40-29 early in the second half before steals by Muhammad Abdul-Aleem and Clark helped pull them ahead 51-50 at the eight-minute mark. The rest of the game and overtime was nip and tuck with the Jaguars getting the best of the physical contest, which produced 52 fouls.

Monday’s game at Middle Georgia College will be webcast, beginning with the pregame Jaguar Journal at 7:20 and the tipoff at 7:30, time approximate after the women’s game. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.“

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December 16, 2010

‘Best team effort’ brings win over Lawson State

Cameron Venus and Musa Abdul-Aleem poured in 23 points apiece and the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars put on a dazzling performance of teamwork to down visiting Lawson State Community College 90-75 Thursday night.

Musa Abdul-Aleem shot 8-for-14 for 23 points.

The Jaguars compiled 24 assists as convincing evidence of ball-sharing, which coach Alfred Barney has been preaching about to his highly talented squad since the beginning of the season.

“We played well as a team. It’s the best team effort we’ve had all year. It makes all the difference in the world,” Barney said.

“We had 24 assists—the other night we had six.”

Sophomore guard Jarrett Stokes led the Jaguars with seven assists, while Venus and Tyler McDaniels added four each.

Georgia Perimeter (10-5) led by only four points at the half, 37-31, and couldn’t shake Lawson State (9-4) through most of the second half. But with 14 minutes remaining and GPC up 52-50, Venus scored on a reverse layup, blocked two consecutive shots and sank two free throws to give the Jaguars a lead of six.

A few minutes later, he slammed hometwo dunks to maintain the six-point lead against the pesky Cougars.

Cameron Venus slams in two of his 23 points.

In the closing minutes, Stokes, who scored 14 points, iced the game with a steal, three free throws and a baseline layup.

Abdul-Aleem held a hot hand all night, shooting eight-for-14 from field-goal range, three-for-seven from behind the 3-point line and four-four from the free throw stripe. Venus hit 11 of 17 field goal attempts.

GPC outrebounded the visitors 52-31, paced by Muhammad Abdul-Aleem with 11 boards off the bench, Venus 10 and Musa Abdul-Aleem nine. Additionally, Musa collected four steals to add to his stellar night.

Larry McGaughey and Tarvin Gaines led Lawson State with 12 points each, and Taaj Ridley tacked on 10.

GPC now takes an unusual three-week break, next hosting Albany Technical College on Jan. 10 to begin the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule in earnest. Tipoff time will be approximately 7:30 p.m., depending on the length of the 5:30 Jaguar women’s game with Albany Tech. Both games will be broadcast online, and fans can tune in by visiting www.gpc.edu/athletic and clicking on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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December 11, 2010

Turnovers, cold shooting doom Jags in region cross-town region loss

A short hop to an away game across town turned into a long bus ride home after the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars fell to new conference foe Chattahoochee Technical College 65-57 Saturday in men’s basketball.

The game, played at the Smyrna Community Center, was the first meeting between the two teams since Marietta-based Chattahoochee Tech joined the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association).

Georgia Perimeter (9-5, 1-1 GCAA) committed 29 turnovers, ten in the first 16 trips down the court. That put the Jaguars in a 15-4 hole, and the margin remained 11 at halftime, 32-21.

The Jaguars continued their cold shooting spree in second half, having made only two field goals with 11:24 remaining and falling behind 52-29. However, they pulled within 13, 60-47, with 4:49 left and finally within eight, the final margin.

A 3-pointer by Quinton Wood that provided the 23-point lead at 11:24 was the final basket for the Golden Eagles, who went into a stall offense and scored their final 13 points from the free throw line.

GPC, shooting only 33 percent from the field, was led by sophomore forward Josh Relaford with 14 points. Tyler McDaniels followed with 10 and Musa Abdul-Aleem had seven.

Chris Deny’s 15 points led Chattahoochee Tech (8-2, 1-1), and Leon Coleman added 11.

The Jaguars outrebounded the hosts 50-37, led by Cameron Venus with 14.

They get a rest until next Thursday, Dec. 16, when Lawson State Community College of Birmingham, Ala. pays a visit. Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m. To listen to the online broadcast, beginning at 7:20 with the pregame Jaguar Journal, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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December 9, 2010

McDaniels, Stokes lead Jaguars over East Georgia in conference opener

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars survived a second-half rollercoaster ride to beat East Georgia College 82-67 in their region opener Thursday night in Swainsboro.

GPC led by 19 points at halftime and 23 early in the second half before watching the lead shrink to nine with a 16-2 run by East Georgia.

“When a team makes a run at you, you have to make the layups, make the free throws and stop the bleeding,” said head coach Alfred Barney. “But we had a great game in the first half, and I’m proud we made big plays and stops at the end.”

Tyler McDaniels led the Jaguars with 27 points, 18 in the first half. Jarrett Stokes scored 24 and Musa Abdul-Aleem had 16.

East Georgia drew within five points 60-55 with nine minutes to play, but the Jaguars rallied late in the game to win their opener in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The GCAA is also Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The big plays within the final minutes included six straight successful free throws by Stokes, a steal and an assist in a scramble underneath GPC’s basket by Abdul-Aleem, a steal and free throw by McDaniels and a dunk by Abdul-Aleem in the closing seconds after a bounce-pass assist from Christopher Blunt.

The Jaguars (9-4, 1-0 GCAA) beat the Bobcats on the boards 53-37. Cameron Venus pulled down 12 and McDaniels had 10. Venus also registered five assists for the second consecutive outing.

Thomas Fryar paced East Georgia (5-3, 0-3) with 17 points and 11 rebounds. GPC’s defense held Lamar Richardson, the GCAA’s leading scorer with a 20.3 average, to 14 points. Stokes and Brandon Jenkins shared the duty of guarding him.

“They both deserve credit, as does the whole team. It was a team effort to hold him to 14 points,” Barney said.

Saturday GPC visits Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta for its second GCAA game. The online broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. with the pregame Jaguar Journal. Tip-off time is 7 p.m.

The Jaguars return to their home court on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m., hosting Lawson State Community College of Birmingham, Ala. Tip-off time is around 7:30 p.m., depending on the women’s game preceding it. The online broadcast will begin at 7:20.

To listen to the broadcasts, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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December 7, 2010

Twins help Georgia Perimeter past Emory of Oxford 86-68

Muhammed Abdul-Aleem scored 16 points, and his twin brother, Musa, added 15 to lead Georgia Perimeter College of Emory of Oxford College 86-68 Tuesday in Covington.

Tyler McDaniels contributed 13 points as Georgia Perimeter led throughout the game, holding a 46-32 margin at halftime and scoring 40 in the second half to improve to 8-4.

Head coach Alfred Barney started Muhammed Abdul-Aleem—along with fellow reserves Reginald Clark, Benjamin Taylor-Gray and Roman Sokil—and got solid performances from them. Muhammed had 12 rebounds, while Clark and Sokil scored eight and seven points, repectively. Sokil had six rebounds.

GPC dominated the battle on the boards 61-46, as fifth starter Cameron Venus, a regular, pulled down 17.

For Oxford College (4-7), an NJCAA Division 3 school, Jorge Menocal led four players in double figures with 14 points. Wesley Bugg had 13, followed by Evan Dunwoodie (12) and Caesar Anyogu (10).

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December 4, 2010

Aiken Tech takes revenge on cold Jaguars

If Georgia Perimeter College basketball coach Alfred Barney is preaching “consistency” to his players, it shouldn’t be a surprise. A Jaguar squad struggling to find its identity and establish consistency fell Saturday to a team that Georgia Perimeter defeated a little over two weeks ago.

Led by Jamar Jackson’s 18 points and seven rebounds, Aiken Technical College surprised the Jaguars with a relatively easy 76-64 win at Aiken, S.C., reversing GPC’s 85-82 home-court victory over the Knights on Nov. 16. The loss ended the Jaguars’ four-game winning streak.

Freshman reserve guard Muhammad Abdul-Aleem scored 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to pace Georgia Perimeter (7-4), which got little or no consistency from numerous leaders of the November victory. Abdul-Aleem was the only Jaguar to reach double figures.

However other reserves, Reginald Clark and 7-foot-1-inch center Roman Sokil, contributed solid performances with eight points apiece. Josh Relaford grabbed six rebounds in the losing cause.

The Jaguars suffered a cold night from the floor (20-for-59, 5 of 16 3-pointers) and the foul stripe (19 of 34 attempts).

Anthony Rapley added 10 points for the hosts, the only other Knight in double figures.

Next up for the Jaguars is a contest at NJCAA Division 3 Oxford College in Covington on Tuesday. Tip-off time is 7 p.m.

On Thursday the Jaguars travel to Swainsboro to open their Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule with East Georgia College (5-1). This is the second season of existence for the Bobcats and their first in the GCAA (also known as NJCAA Region 17).

The game will be audio broadcast online, beginning with the pregame Jaguar Journal at 7:20 p.m. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” Also, the GPC-East Georgia women’s game can be heard, beginning at 5:20 p.m.

GPC’s next home game will be Dec. 16 against Lawson State Community College of Alabama.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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December 1, 2010

GPC rolls past Atlanta Sports Academy

Teamwork and balanced scoring prevailed as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Atlanta Sports Academy 95-59 in men’s basketball Wednesday at GPC’s Decatur Campus gymnasium.

Georgia Perimeter (7-3) enjoyed balanced scoring with five players in double figures—Jarrett Stokes (22), Musa Abdul-Aleem (15), Cameron Venus (12), Josh Relaford (11) and Christopher Blunt (10). Venus recorded six assists and five steals

In the early minutes, the Jaguars took control when Abdul-Aleem scored and then stole the ball to feed Stokes for an easy layup. A pair of 3-pointers by Stokes and Christopher Blunt, a field goal by Abdul-Aleem and a steal on a rebound for two by Venus gave the Jaguars a 21-10 advantage. They went on to a 54-28 halftime lead.

Keenen Ready led Atlanta Sports Academy (5-4) with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Spartans outrebounded the home team 46-40.

GPC now begins a road stretch, traveling to Aiken Technical College in Aiken, S.C., Saturday and then to Oxford in Covington on Tuesday.

Next Thursday, Dec. 9, the Jaguars visit East Georgia College in Swainsboro for their opening Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association game. That contest will be broadcast online—fans can tune in by visiting www.gpc.edu/athletic and clicking on the link under Game Webcasts.”

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November 26, 2010

Jaguars trip unbeaten Chatt Valley in AMC Classic

A rejiggered lineup that has brought more quickness onto the floor paid dividends Friday for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team.

The Jaguars disposed of unbeaten Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) 85-69 in the opening session of the AMC Thanksgiving Classic at Atlanta Metropolitan College.

Coach Alfred Barney inserted Brandon Jennings at shooting guard and three other starters moved up to the next position, with Jarrett Stokes remaining at point guard.

With previous starter Xavier Styles (6-foot-8) coming off the bench—along with 7-1 Roman Sokil—the shorter Jaguars survived on the boards and induced 23 turnovers out of the Pirates (5-1).

Defensively, we’re a little more solid, a little bit quicker,” said Barney, who was able to deploy all five starters in a full-court press.

GPC (5-3) surged ahead early, led by seven at halftime and built leads as large as 24 points.

Stokes scored 23 points while Tyler McDaniels, shifted from power forward to center, accounted for 17. Josh Relaford, in reserve had 14 and Cameron Venus, who was reassigned to small forward, pitched in with 11.

We had a balanced attack,” said Barney, noting that Sokil was effective as a substitute.

Daeton Liggins and Marquis Williams shared scoring honors for Chattahoochee with 21 points each.

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November 23, 2010

McDaniels, Abdul-Aleem lift GPC with last-minute heroics

Georgia Perimeter College, trailing for most of the men’s basketball game, seized the lead inside the final minute to put away Lawson State Community College 91-86 Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala.

The Jaguars (4-3) drifted behind by 14 points in the first half but sliced the margin to five by intermission. The game was nip-and-tuck, with 14 lead changes and eight ties—the last one at 86-86.

Tyler McDaniels retrieved the ball after his shot was blocked and scored to break the deadlock. Then Muhammad Abdul-Aleem got a steal and a layup. A free throw closed out the scoring.

Our kids didn’t quit,” coach Alfred Barney said. Our defense really played hard.”

During the comeback, he said, we stayed within our offense and got good shots. We had to make plays.”

Barney had special praise for Abdul-Aleem, saying he did a super job” while scoring 16 points and yanking down seven rebounds. His brother, Musa, topped the Jaguars with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

McDaniels tallied 20, with nine rebounds. Jarrett Stokes contributed 15 points and three steals.

The Jaguars were hampered at the foul line, making only half of their attempts, but were sharp from the floor and held their own on the boards, matching the Cougars’ total.

Next up for GPC is the AMC Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday evening at Atlanta Metropolitan College. Besides the host school, the field includes Holmes Community College and Catawba Valley Community College.

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November 20, 2010

Jaguars rally but fall in overtime

Down by nine points with a tad over four minutes remaining, Georgia Perimeter College turned up the defensive intensity and wound up in overtime against Southern Union State Community College.

But the Jaguars’ chance to win Saturday slid away in a fog of missed jump shots and turnovers. In the end, Southern Union came away with an 80-73 victory at the Decatur Gym in the wrap-up of the GPC Thanksgiving Classic.

GPC coach Alfred Barney didn’t have to ponder long to come up with the right word: Disappointing.”

On the stat sheet, the story was apparent in the shooting percentages. The Jaguars were 28-for-80 overall (35 percent), including 9-for-33 from behind the 3-point arc as they were kept outside by the zone defense of Southern Union (3-4).

They were very well-prepared,” Barney said, a tip of the cap to Bison coach Ron Radford.

Southern Union shot 47 percent from the field.

Still, with a minute to go in regulation, it appeared the Jaguars had righted the ship in the nick of time. A 3-pointer by Jarrett Stokes gave GPC a 64-61 lead. After rebounding a missed shot, the Bison tied the score on a 3-pointer by Malik Major.

That jump shot turned out to be a preview. Major had 10 points in overtime, finishing with 17. J.C. Winn led the Bison with 21 points, while Randall Thompson had 18.

Stokes had 22 points for GPC, followed by Musa Abdul-Aleem with 19 (along with 11 rebounds). Christopher Blunt had 13 points, including three 3-pointers.

Barney was also disappointed on the results from the free throw line. They made more free throws (12) than we shot (11),” he said.

In Saturday’s other game, Aiken Tech scored a 78-56 victory over Middle Georgia Tech.

The Jaguars are 3-3 after playing their first six games of the season at home. Now their next seven are on the road, starting Tuesday night in Birmingham against Lawson State C.C.

Only one home game remains before Christmas—a Dec. 16 rematch against Lawson State.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 19, 2010

Jaguars win first game of GPC Thanksgiving Classic

In their fifth game, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars finally made their defense, offense and transition game work in harmony for an extended period Friday night.

The result was an 85-55 victory over Middle Georgia Technical College on the opening night of the GPC Thanksgiving Classic at the Decatur Gym.

We had some players playing together. Some guys still have to get the message,” said GPC coach Alfred Barney. We’re looking for five or six or seven guys who can play together. There might be some growing pains.”

On this night, Barney settled on a basic unit led by returning sophomore Cameron Venus, who posted a double-double—10 points and 15 rebounds—as well as six assists. Great work on the boards,” Barney said.

Venus played more than 30 minutes, and so did four signees unaccustomed to such minutes— Christopher Blunt, Benjamin Taylor-Grey, Byron Coleman and Brandon Jenkins.

Blunt led GPC with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Taylor-Grey had 12, including a pair of 3-pointers. Ben shot the ball real well,” Barney said of the freshman from Portsmouth, England.

Coleman, who stands 6 feet 10, was a force in the middle with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jenkins chipped in with nine points.

The Jaguars (3-2) nearly got a double-double from Muhammad Abdul-Aleem, who finished with 14 points and nine rebounds and was outstanding as the Jaguars cranked up their transition game in the second half. He put up his numbers in 16 minutes.

The balanced scoring pleased Barney, who emphasized it’s all about the team.”

The Jaguars return to the court Saturday afternoon at 4 to play Southern Union State Community College of Wadley, Ala. Southern Union cut a 19-point halftime deficit to a single point before losing 73-63 to Aiken Tech in the opening game Friday night.

Aiken Tech plays Middle Georgia Tech at 2 o’clock.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 16, 2010

Abdul-Aleem, McDaniels lead Jags over Aiken Tech

Musa Abdul-Aleem poured in 23 points and Tyler McDaniels scored 22 to lead the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team to an 85-82 victory Tuesday at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

Georgia Perimeter (2-2) had a 10-point halftime advantage but couldn’t put the Knights away until the closing minutes.

With 2:52 remaining and a one-point lead, McDaniels hit a turnaround jumper from the baseline with the shot clock running down to give GPC a 76-73 edge. A steal by Jarrett Stokes led to a layup by Abdul-Aleem, putting the Jaguars up 78-73. They proceeded to wrap it up at the foul line.

Reginald Clark added 12 points for the winners. Abdul-Aleem pulled down six rebounds to lead the Jaguars on the glass. Sophomore forward Cameron Venus posted solid numbers in boards (five), assists (six) and steals (five).

Jerel Stephenson and Ronald Sims scored 18 and 17, respectively, for Aiken Tech (2-5). The visitors dominated the boards 41-34.

Next the Jaguars host this weekend’s annual GPC Thanksgiving Classic, facing Middle Georgia Tech Friday at 7 p.m. The Knights will hop back on the bus, meeting Southern Union State Community College in the 5 p.m. opener. GPC plays Southern Union Saturday at 4 p.m., while the two tech schools meet earlier at 2 p.m.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 13, 2010

No. 8 Chipola handles Jaguars in GPC Tip-Off Classic

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars stayed with No. 8-ranked Chipola College for 30 minutes Saturday before falling 70-55 at the GPC Tip-Off Classic at the newly remodeled Decatur gymnasium.

Afterward, they heard some words from coach Alfred Barney about the joy of teamwork.

If we don’t start sharing the basketball and playing together, it’s going to be a long year. You’ve got to trust in your teammates,” Barney said after the Jaguars fell to 1-2.

On the floor, we’re playing like five individuals. That’s on offense and defense,” he said.

Musa Abdul-Aleem led GPC with 15 points, followed by Jarrett Stokes with nine, Brandon Jenkins with eight and Xavier Styles with seven. Styles, a freshman from Hinesville, also had 14 rebounds in 30 minutes.

Other stats caught Barney’s eye more. Chipola (4-0), of Marianna, Fla., made 18 free throws, more than the Jaguars shot (13; they made seven).

We don’t get fouled because we’re shooting jumpers,” the coach said.

Chipola led by four at halftime, briefly faltered in the second half and pulled away down the stretch. Shamarr Bowdon led the Indians with 14 points—four 3-pointers and a couple of free throws. Geron Johnson had 12, Sam Grooms 11 and Elijah Pittman 10.

Marcos Knight, the Region 17 Player of the Year at Middle Georgia last season before transferring to Chipola, was held to three points on 1-for-11 shooting.

In Saturday’s preliminary game, Johnson County Community College of Overland Park, Kan., scored its second victory in two days, beating Atlanta Metro 68-61.

The Jaguars return to their home court Tuesday to play Aiken Technical College at 7 p.m. The game will be webcast, beginning at 6:50 p.m. with the Jaguar Journal. Go to www.gpc.edu/athletic and look for Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 12, 2010

Johnson County nips Jaguars in final seconds

A close game from start to finish seemed destined to come down to the final possession. Sure enough, the ball belonged to Georgia Perimeter College, but its last-second shot missed, allowing Johnson County Community College to escape with a 74-73 men’s basketball win Friday on opening night of the GPC Classic.

The largest lead for either team was eight points. The lead was swapped eight times, and there were 11 ties.

The Cavaliers (2-1) broke the last tie when Aaron Washington dropped in a foul shot with four seconds left. Following a timeout, GPC’s Cameron Venus inbounded the ball to Jarrett Stokes. He fed Brandon Jenkins, who launched a running shot from the top of the circle. It kicked harmlessly off the rim.

The Jaguars, with a height advantage, fell into a pattern of three-point shooting and hit only six of 25. Many of their 40 attempts from two-point territory were long-range.

"If we don’t get the ball inside and instead keep taking jump shots, it’s going to be like this every game," Jaguars coach Alfred Barney lamented.

GPC (1-1) spotted the visitors from Overland Park, Kan., a 7-0 head start, and then outscored the Cavaliers 12-1 over the next two minutes. The Jaguars moved in front by five at halftime, only to see the lead vanish when Johnson County blew out to a 58-50 advantage. GPC seized it back, surging ahead 73-70, but failed to score in the closing 1:20.

Only two Jaguars reached double figures in scoring: Musa Abdul-Aleem with 22 and Stokes with 15.

Johnson County’ scoring ledger was the epitome of balance. Washington had 10, two teammates tallied nine each and four others had eight apiece.

Led by Luka Basta with six rebounds, GPC beat the Cavaliers on the glass 43-38. Reginald Clark registered three assists and four steals, while Stokes and Josh Relaford had three assists each.

The Jaguars face a quick turn-around, closing out the Classic at 4 p.m. Saturday on the Decatur campus against Chipola (Fla.) College, ranked eighth by the National Junior College Athletics Association. Atlanta Metro College, which lost to Chipola 83-72 Friday, begins the doubleheader at 2 p.m. against Johnson County.

The GPC-Chipola game will be audio broadcast online. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under Game Webcasts.”

The GPC Tip-Off Classic is played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 4, 2010

Jaguars open season at old digs with new look

Sophomore guard Jarrett Stokes scored 20 points and freshman guard-forward Musa Abdul-Aleem added 18 as the unusually tall Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team began its 2010-11 campaign with a 91-77 victory over Middle Georgia Technical College Thursday.

Because the Jaguars’ home court is undergoing renovations, the game was played in the old gymnasium at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, where the college’s basketball program had its humble beginnings in 1965 as DeKalb College.

Georgia Perimeter (1-0) got off to a rocky start against the Titans, falling behind by eight points early in the game. Middle Georgia Tech (1-2), a club team designated to play in Division 3 of the NJCAA next season, showed its quickness and toughness by breaking the Jaguars press for opportunities around the basket.

“We didn’t defend like we need to,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “Seventy-seven points is too many—too many fouls. We were awful on defense.”

Midway in the first period, freshman Brandon Jenkins launched a 3-point shot that gave the Jaguars their first lead, a lead they never relinquished. A dunk by 6-9 freshman Luka Basta a couple minutes later brought the crowd to its feet and seemed to fire up the Jaguars. Sophomore Cameron Venus slammed another one two minutes later.

After taking a 43-37 lead into the intermission, GPC kept the pressure on and led by as much as 16 points late in the second half when Stokes canned a 3-pointer.

But Barney wasn’t impressed with the overall performance of his offense

“We didn’t shoot well against the zone. We were a little tight,” he said. “Shooting is one of our strong suits.”

GPC got a good look at two of its international recruits, Roman Lokil, a 7-1 freshman from Ukraine, and Basta, who hails from Serbia. Basta scored 10 points, including a second timely stuff on a sharp pass through traffic up the lane by Venus. Josh Relaford and Muhammad Abdul-Aleem—Musa’s twin—contributed nine points apiece.

For the Titans, J. J. Keyhea and Johnny Enos matched Stokes’ and Musa Abdul-Aleem’s point production, gathering 20 and 18, respectively. Keyhea sank 10 of 12 free throws.

The Jaguars get a little rest and practice before hosting the GPC Tip-Off Classic Nov. 12-13. They play Johnson County Community College (Kan.) Friday the 12th and Chipola College (Fla.) on Saturday for Homecoming. Atlanta Metropolitan College also will compete in the invitational. GPC officials plan to have the Decatur Campus gym renovation completed for the event.

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November 3, 2003

Jaguars signify renewal from floor to towering international roster

It’s a roster with enough size to stand eye-to-eye with any NBA team. Three players hail from overseas, two of them from countries where English is not the primary tongue.

Two others are identical twins who prepped a few miles from campus and have spent the past few years overseas. The lone transfer likely would be playing elsewhere for his father, except Dad was replaced.

The players provide a mix like none other experienced by Alfred Barney, about to begin his 16th season as Georgia Perimeter College’s men’s basketball coach.

With only three holdovers from a 14-18 team that was Barney’s weakest since 1999-2000, it’s not easy to evaluate the Jaguars before the season gets underway with a home game Nov. 4 against Middle Georgia Tech.

“I’m excited because we’ve got a legitimate chance to win,” said Barney, who knows the feeling, having dominated Region 17 for a decade. He took GPC to seven National Junior College Athletic Association tournaments, including three straight (2006-2008) and a final four finish in 2003. And he’s aiming to renew that level of performance.

“It feels like we’ve got the pieces in place. If we don’t hurt ourselves from within, we’ve got a chance.”

One certainty: “Teams will have to try and adjust to us,” Barney said. Last season, the height-deprived Jaguars, whose usual starting lineup topped out at 6-foot-5, seemed in a constant state of modifications.

Through a recruiting service to which GPC subscribes, Barney became aware of 7-foot-1 Roman Sokil of the Ukraine and 6-10 Luka Basta of Serbia.

Through the magic of YouTube, he was able to evaluate both and offer them scholarships, sight (up close and personal) unseen.

Sokil is a prototypical Eastern European big man who can shoot the three-pointer. Because he weighs around 300 pounds, however, his main region will be near the basket.

The hard-nosed Basta also will be stationed close to the rim. With a greater grasp than Sokil of the English language, he brings added value as an occasional translator for the fast-learning Ukrainian.

They will compete for minutes in the post with two freshmen, 6-10 Byron Coleman of Graniteville, S.C., and 6-8 Xavier Styles of Hinesville.

Once 6-9 wing player Tyler McDaniels, a sophomore transfer, returns from a broken finger, the Jaguars’ lineup will be tree-tall. McDaniels, an uncanny shooter out of Meadowcreek High in Gwinnett County with one year of eligibility left, was planning to enroll at Chicago State and play for his father, Benjy Taylor. But the head coach was replaced after last season.

For now, 6-5 Cameron Venus from Valdosta, part of the returning trio, will handle the starting wing position.

The shooting guard, 6-5 Musa Abdul-Aleem, is "a lights-out shooter," according to Barney. Abdul-Aleem, along with 6-4 twin Muhammad, graduated a few years ago from W.D. Muhammed High in south Atlanta, then moved overseas. On the court, distinguishing the brothers is easy; Musa is left-handed, Muhammad a righty.

Another second-year Jaguar, 6-5 Josh Relaford of College Park, is in the mix at the wing and shooting guard spots, along with three freshmen--6-5 Mario Vasser of South Gwinnett High, 6-1 Brandon Jenkins of Houston and 6-3 Benjamin Taylor-Grey. He is the third foreign player, arriving from England.

At point guard, the word is depth. Returning All-Region 17 second team selection Jarrett Stokes, 6-1 of Campbell High in Smyrna, opened last season at shooting guard, his natural position, then was switched to point. “He likes to have the ball in his hands," Barney said. “He did a great job for what we asked him to do.”

Looking over Stokes’ shoulder are two freshmen out of Florida, 5-10 Christ Blunt of Jacksonville and 6-2 Reggie Clark of Cocoa Beach. \

Other coaches in the region (a.k.a. Georgia College Athletic Association) are impressed enough to have voted GPC as the preseason favorite. Barney is not so sure; he tabbed the Jaguars third, with Coastal Georgia unseating Middle Georgia as the champion.

But there are plenty of reasons why the Jaguars could fulfill the coaches’ prophesy. Barney acknowledged two of them.

“The kids this year have picked things up very fast. They have a high basketball IQ,” he said. “And they all seem to get along well.”

Those traits were not as evident last season, which resulted in heavier-than-expected personnel turnover. Some players were academic casualties.

With so many new players, plus new uniforms and a refurbished gym on the Decatur Campus, the sense of renewal in the Jaguars’ camp is palpable.

Barney, a confirmed man-to-man coach, said he might even employ some zone defense to take advantage of GPC’s size.

“I still have no idea why we’re [voted] No. 1,” he said. “We just want to be No. 1 at the end.”

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November 1, 2010

Basketball openers at Clarkston Campus; Decatur gym under construction

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and the men’s opener on Thursday, Nov. 4, will be held at the old gym at GPC’s Clarkston Campus.

The floor at the Jaguars’ home court on the Decatur Campus is being resurfaced for the new season and is not quite ready.

Tuesday, the Lady Jaguars host Roane State Community College (Tenn.) at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium, building G. GPC’s Clarkston Campus is located at 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

Thursday’s men’s opener with Middle Georgia Tech—also at the Clarkston gym—will begin with a tip-off time of 7 p.m.

Fans can easily get to the gym by taking Memorial Drive east of I-285 to the light at DeKalb Tech Drive. Turn left and go past the DeKalb Tech parking lots. Turn left at the stop sign, where the drive bends to the right. Building G is at the far end of the parking lot.

Both games will be audio webcast. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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September 13, 2010

Men’s Basketball Tryouts Thursday at Clarkston Campus

Tryouts for the GPC men’s basketball team will be held on Thursday, September 16, at 7 p.m. at the Clarkston Campus gymnasium in Building G on the quad. The Clarkston Campus is located at 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, 30021. Please be on time.

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