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May 13, 2013

Signees bring scoring talents to GPC

Three high school basketball stars recently signed scholarships to play for Georgia Perimeter College, and they may plug some gaps for the Jaguars in the 2013-14 season.

Quintavious Virgil can score from anywhere, according to Jaguar coaches Alfred Barney, left, and David Dennis.

According to their high school records and remarks by GPC head coach Alfred Barney, the trio represents a good mix of scoring ability, playmaking, rebounding and all-around athleticism.

“We’re going to have shooters,” said Barney, who announced the signings. “That was lacking last season—consistency from the floor and at the foul line.”

In March Barney’s Jaguars missed the semifinals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association) for the first time in his 17 seasons as head coach. The Jaguars finished with a 17-14 record, 11-9 in the conference for a substandard fifth place in the final standings. Putting the ball in the hoop was at issue throughout the season.

At Central High School in Macon, Quintavious Virgil averaged 16 points on the way to earning second team All-Middle Georgia honors. Barney anticipates Virgil mostly will play the shooting guard position.

“Quintavious is a tremendous shooter. He can put the ball in the hole from anywhere,” Barney said. “We haven’t had a shooter like that since—I don’t know when. And he has good size.”

High-scoring Sean Buffen inks the paper to play for the Jaguars.

Virgil averaged 6.5 rebounds per game, and Barney indicated he also may see some action at small forward. He handed out 2.5 assists and lifted 1.8 steals per game for the Chargers, who were coached by Andre Taylor.

Sean Buffen, a 6-2 guard, hails from Spencer High School in Columbus, where he averaged a whopping 30 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing off two assists per game. “He’s a scorer—in high school he had games over 30, over 40. He’s strong—he’s just an athlete,”Barney said.

Indeed, Buffen produced seven 40-point games for coach Walter Jackson’s Green Wave, including 49 and 50-point performances.

Defenders trying to stop Buffen don’t want to foul him. He had 31 free throw attempts in one game and sank 25 of them.

Tyswon Cantrell averaged 15 points and 7.3 rebounds per game at West Hall High School in Oakwood. He hit 49 percent of his field goal attempts and was a 72 percent free-throw shooter.

Tyswon Cantrell comes to GPC with a reputation for handing out assists, 5.2 per game at Oakwood’s West Hall High.

Possibly the most important attribute for Barney is that Cantrell brings an accomplished playmaking ability to the table. He averaged 5.2 assists per game for coach Warren Sellers and the Spartans.

“He has good size and great court vision,” Barney said. “He’s a tremendous defensive player, and he does what we want him to do—he feeds before he eats.”

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

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March 7, 2013

Hayes and Henry earn All-GCAA honors

Caleb Hayes and Shane Henry received honorable mention awards on the all-conference team named earlier this week by the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Shane Henry 3-7-13

Shane Henry

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Caleb Hayes

Henry also was named to the five-player All-Freshman team.

A sophomore point guard from Atlanta and North Atlanta High School, Hayes led the Jaguars in scoring with a 12.4 points per game average. He ranked eighth in the GCAA with a 36.4 3-point shooting percentage.

He also led the Jaguars in assists (4.0 per game) and steals (1.8 per game). His assist total tied him with Atlanta Metro’s Saiquan Terry for 11th in the GCAA.

Henry, a freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y. who played at Newton County High School in Covington, led the GCAA in field goal percentage, 58.6 percent, with 119 baskets in 203 attempts.

The Jaguars’ second top scorer with 9.4 points per game, Henry was sixth in the conference in blocked shots with 48, a 1.7 average. On the boards, his 199 rebounds, 6.9 per game, paced the Jaguars and placed him 11th in the league.

The all-conference team is selected each year at a meeting of the coaches of the GCAA, which also serves as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Jordan Johnson of East Georgia State College was selected as the Player of the Year. East Georgia also garnered the defensive award, won by Trey Haygood.

East’s head coach, Neil Bailey, earned the Coach of the Year award for guiding the Bobcats to a 28-2 record, finishing in first place at 19-1 in the program’s third year in existence.

All-GCAA Team, 2012-13

Coach of the year, Neil Bailey, East Georgia State College; Player of the year, Jordon Johnson, East Georgia; Defensive Player of the year: Trey Haygood, East Georgia.

First Team:

Jordon Johnson, East Georgia; Jarvis Williams, Gordon State College; Sean Tate, Chattahoochee Tech; Shane Heyward, Middle Georgia State College; Anthony Ethridge, South Georgia Tech.

Second Team:

D.J. Felder, East Georgia; Malcolm Reily, Chattahoochee Tech; Chad Ross, Waycross; Marquis Barnes, Gordon; Octavius Green, South Georgia Tech.

Honorable Mention:

Cam Baker, Central Georgia Tech; Shane Henry, Georgia Perimeter College; Devarick Houston, Chattahoochee Tech; Caleb Hayes, Georgia Perimeter College; Nouhoum Boucoum, Albany Tech.

Freshman Team:

Anthony Ethridge, South Georgia Tech; Malcolm Reily, Chattahoochee Tech; Cam Baker, Central Georgia Tech; Shane Henry, Georgia Perimeter; Nouhoum Boucoum, Albany Tech.

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March 5, 2013

Season ends with off night in tourney

With a cold March wind howling outside, Georgia Perimeter College had a cold night inside, and it brought an early exit from March Madness for the Jaguars.

Staving off two Jaguar rallies in Cochran Tuesday, host Middle Georgia State College emerged the victor over GPC 61-47 in the first round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

The Jaguars rallied to a brief lead in the first half and threatened in the second, but they shot a gloomy 29.2 percent from the field, including three of 15 from behind the 3-point arc.

“We gave it effort to the end,” GPC head coach Alfred Barney said. “But we missed four key free throws, missed too many shots and left guys wide open in transition.”

Georgia Perimeter closes out the season with an overall record of 17-14 and an 11-9 fifth-place mark in the GCAA, which is Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Fourth-place Middle Georgia (23-7) moves on to Friday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal in Swainsboro, facing top seed and final four host East Georgia State College (28-2). The Bobcats survived a challenge by No. 8 Central Georgia Tech 86-77 Tuesday.

On the short end of an 18-9 score, GPC went on a 12-2 run to take its first—and only—lead of the game, 21-20. The Knights, formerly known as the Warriors, held a slim 25-24 edge at halftime.

That’s when the Jaguars dropped to sub-freezing temperatures on the floor. Middle Georgia opened the second period with a 20-6 spurt for its largest lead of the evening, 45-30.

GPC rallied behind six successful free throws of seven attempts by Shane Henry and Julian Reese. An 8-2 surge brought the Jaguars within seven.

Then they missed four straight from the charity stripe and lost a golden opportunity to capture the momentum. Still, they expanded the run to 12-4 and again closed it to seven, 49-42 with six minutes remaining.

GPC’s defense forced turnovers in the final five minutes that never converted to points, while the Knights, though sloppily, ran up a 14-point margin that stuck.

“The guys came to the bench saying, ‘They’re trying to give it to us, but we can’t take it,’” Barney said. “We just couldn’t score.”

The coach noted that both teams played outstanding defense overall.

“But I told them at halftime, ‘You’ve got to score. The defense can’t keep holding them back.’”

Reese led everybody with 15 points, Henry followed with 10 and Keenan Harris added nine for the Jags.

D’Angelo Johnson scored 13 for Middle, and Joey Harris had 11.

Elsewhere in first-round tournament action, sixth-seeded South Georgia Tech pulled off a 72-55 upset in Barnesville of No. 3 Gordon State College, the defending champion.

In Smyrna, No. 2 Chattahoochee Tech dropped seventh-place Waycross 83-69. Chattahoochee Tech and South Georgia Tech will meet Friday in the 5:30 semifinal in Swainsboro.

The championship game will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. All the games of the championship round will be video webcast by JockJive.

Tuesday's box score.

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February 25, 2013

Jaguars beat Gordon State 70-68 despite stunning buzzer-beater

Xavier Habersham, a freshman forward for Gordon State College, produced the highlight shot of the season in the first half, but the Jaguars produced the winning baskets in the second half.

Caleb Hayes led four Jaguars in double figures with 18 points and Georgia Perimeter College commanded the final 20 minutes for a 70-68 conference victory Monday at Jaguar Arena.

With Georgia Perimeter ahead 36-32, Gordon inbounded the ball under GPC’s basket with .7 seconds showing on the clock before the halftime buzzer.

Habersham took the inbound pass inside GPC’s foul line, whirled and threw a line-drive football pass almost the length of the court. The ball hit the back of the rim and caromed into the net, and fans went into a frenzy of disbelief.

View Habersham’s buzzer-beater shot.

But Hayes and company expanded the 36-35 halftime lead in the second half to 12 points and beat back a late Gordon rally to take some momentum into next week’s Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

GPC finishes the regular season with a 17-13 overall record and 11-9 in the GCAA, which also serves as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The Jaguars will travel Tuesday, March 5, to either Gordon or Middle Georgia College for the first round of the conference tournament. The winner advances to Friday’s semifinals at the highest surviving seed among the eight teams playing on March 5.

Keenan Harris scored 12 points for the Jaguars and Shane Henry and Travien Geter had 10 apiece. Hayes dished off seven assists and Henry blocked three shots.

GPC had a hot hand—the Jaguars made 44 percent of their field goals, including five of 12 3-point attempts, 42 percent.

Gordon (12-7, 20-9) was paced by Jarvis Williams, the league’s leading scorer, with 24 points. Marquis Barnes added 18 and Habersham finished with 11, two of which will be viewed on You Tube by thousands of basketball enthusiasts.

The Jaguars’ tournament game Tuesday will be webcast. Watch www.gpc.edu/athletic for details. The March 8-9 championship round will be video webcast by Jock Jive, and the links will be available at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

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February 23, 2013

Albany Tech rallies to spoil Sophomore Day

It started out with a Sophomore Day celebration, and the Jaguars continued the festivities with a dominant first half, leading by seven points. And then the Titans crashed the party.

Albany Technical College rallied to a 64-53 victory over host Georgia Perimeter College Saturday at Jaguar Arena in Decatur.

The loss means more than Sophomore Day spoiled—GPC statistically cannot finish in fourth place and earn a home court advantage in the first round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament on March 5. Middle Georgia and Gordon will finish in third or fourth positions, the order depending on their final two games.

Georgia Perimeter (16-13, 10-9 GCAA) led 26-19 inside five minutes in the first period, and then Albany Tech went on an 11-4 spurt that tied the game 30-30 at the halftime break.

Lafonzo Smith dropped in a free throw 25 seconds into the second half, giving Albany Tech their first lead of the game since he had scored the game’s very first bucket. The Titans never looked back, staying ahead to the end.

Albany’s Nouhoum Boucoum led all scorers with 22 points, and teammate Tony Fears had 11.

GPC’s Julian Reese and Keenan Harris each scored 11 also. Harris grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, while Caleb Hayes led everybody in assists with six.

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February 16, 2013

GPC defense stalls Jets 57-53

All season long, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars have played such outstanding defense that they’ve held their opponents in an up-tempo league to an average of 61.2 points per game. High-scoring teams such as Saturday’s opponent in Americus, South Georgia Tech, find themselves falling 20 or 30 points shy of their points-per-game average.

The Jets came into the game on their home court, “The Hangar,” averaging 82 points per game. They left The Hangar on the short end of a 57-53 score.

GPC’s victory moves the Jaguars into a tie with South Georgia Tech for fifth place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and sets the stage for the Jaguars’ home stand next Saturday and Monday with Albany Tech and Gordon College.

If Georgia Perimeter (16-12, 10-8 GCAA) wins those final regular-season games, the Jaguars could finish in fourth place in the conference standings. Fourth place would earn home-court advantage in the first round of the conference tournament on March 5.

That outcome depends on how Middle Georgia College and Gordon College finish in their final three league games, as both have an 11-6 GCAA record.

The defense saved the day against South Georgia Tech (20-8, 10-8). The Jaguar offense sputtered miserably in the first half, trailing 25-14 at the intermission. Then the Jags held Tech to 28 points in the second half while rolling up 43 for the come-from-behind victory.

Shane Henry led GPC with 14 points, followed by Julian Reese with 12 and Dan Lambert with 11. Reese grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double, and Lambert had nine boards.

Anthony Etheridge came off the bench to lead the Jets with 23 points, and B.J. Davis added 12.

Saturday’s Albany Tech game is “Sophomore Day,” as the pregame ceremony will honor the Jaguar sophs. The game will be audio webcast, beginning at 3:55 pm., with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.” Monday’s 7 p.m. meeting with Gordon College also will be broadcast online.

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February 13, 2013

Jaguars stave off Atlanta Metro rally

Caleb Hayes scored 17 points and had eight assists as Georgia Perimeter College held off Atlanta Metropolitan College 59-54 Wednesday at Jaguar Arena.

Hayes hit three of five 3-point attempts and was six-of-seven at the foul stripe. Keenan Harris led the Jaguars with a game-high nine rebounds and a key basket.

With the score 55-50 and 1:35 remaining, Harris scored on a put-back that doused a late threat by the Trailblazers. GPC had led by as much as 15 points in the second half.

But Georgia Perimeter’s pressure defense eventually made the difference. The Jaguars held the Trailblazers to 30 percent shooting from the field.

“We’ve been playing good defense all year,” said head coach Alfred Barney. “But we still haven’t learned how to close out a game.”

The Jaguars (15-12, 9-8) remain in the chase for a fourth-place finish in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings but they need to keep winning through February and hope other teams lose.

The top four teams win home-court advantage in the March 5 first round of the conference playoffs.

“We needed that game,” Barney said. “We had mental breakdowns but we got the job done.”

Georgia Perimeter edged Atlanta Metro 64-63 early in January at Metro.

The Trailblazers (5-12, 6-19) were led by Johnathan Knight with 16, while GPC’s defense contained their top scorer, Saiquan Terry, to 13 points. Darrius Miles also had 13.

The Jaguars led at halftime 28-22.

Saturday the Jaguars visit South Georgia Tech, one of the contenders for fourth place. After a week’s rest, they return to the home court Feb. 23, hosting Albany Tech. That game’s audio webcast will begin at 3:55 pm., with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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February 11, 2013

Middle Georgia defense stymies Jaguars

Holding off a Jaguar second-half surge with its suffocating defense, Middle Georgia College led all the way and defeated Georgia Perimeter College 60-52 Monday in Cochran.

Georgia Perimeter entered the contest in sixth place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings, a few percentage points behind fifth-place Middle Georgia. With the setback, the Jaguars (14-12, 8-8 GCAA) slip further away from the top four spots, which earn home-court advantage in the first round of the conference tournament on May 5.

Down seven points early in the second half, GPC’s Dan Lambert sank two free throws and Caleb Hayes scored two field goals in a six-point run that narrowed it to 39-38 midway through the period.

But it was as close as the Jaguars would come. The Warriors answered with their own 6-0 run, continued their punishing defense and maintained a six or seven-point margin to the end.

Shane Henry led GPC with 12 points, followed by Keenan Harris with 10 and Hayes with nine.

Middle Georgia (17-6, 8-6) was led by Cortez Riley with 14 points and Quincey Bennett with 10.

Next up for the Jaguars is a home date with cross-town rival Atlanta Metropolitan College Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The audio webcast will begin at 7:25, with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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

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February 9, 2013

Jaguars slip at Gordon College 65-60

Fortunately, in the second half Georgia Perimeter College outscored defending conference champion Gordon College 37-28 Saturday. Unfortunately, Gordon won the first 20 minutes 37-23 and pulled out a 65-60 victory over the Jaguars in Barnesville.

The two teams came into the contest struggling for third place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. With the loss, Georgia Perimeter (14-11, 8-7 GCAA) drops into fifth place, a half game behind South Georgia Tech, which is 9-7 in the league.

Gordon (16-7, 8-5) gains a comfortable hold on third place. The top four teams at the end of the regular season will earn home-court advantage when the conference tournament begins March 5.

Hitting five of 10 3-point shots, Caleb Hayes led Georgia Perimeter with 23 points. Keenan Harris scored 13.

GPC outrebounded Gordon 32-29, outshot the Highlanders 45 percent to 35 percent, but committed 18 turnovers to Gordon’s 12.

Jarvis Williams was a difference-maker for the Highlanders, scoring 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and five-of-seven from the line. Xavier Habersham scored 18 points, and Obie Hurt tallied 10.

Monday the Jaguars take a bus to Cochran to face Middle Georgia College in another key GCAA match-up, as both teams are in the chase for home-court advantage in the first round of the tournament. The game will be audio webcast, beginning at 7:25, with a link under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

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February 6, 2013

Henry’s slam dunks send Jaguars to 2-point victory

If somebody created a highlight reel for the Jaguars’ 2012-13 season, a centerpiece would be Shane Henry’s slam dunks.

He’s performed numerous slams and spectacular alley-oop dunks this season. Wednesday he slam-jammed the Jaguars to victory on back-to-back put-backs in the final seconds.

Henry was afire with a double-double as Georgia Perimeter College rallied in the second half to defeat Georgia Highlands College 58-56 Wednesday at the Decatur Campus.

Georgia Perimeter (14-10, 8-6 GCAA) had defeated winless Georgia Highlands 68-62 in December. But Wednesday the Chargers (0-23, 0-14) surprisingly controlled the first half, leading by as much as 13, and they were ahead 33-22 at the intermission.

Henry, a 6-7 forward-center, scored the Jaguars’ first eight points in the second half. GPC eventually surpassed Highlands 47-46 on a rebound and goal by Darius Baugh with 8:21 remaining.

The lead see-sawed, and then Hayes scored a 3-pointer and a field goal, giving the Jaguars a 54-53 edge going into the last minute.

With 17 seconds on the scoreboard, Henry caught a rebound off the rim, dunked it, and GPC had a 3-point margin.

After a timeout, the Chargers’ Caleb Martin sank a pressure 3-point shot to tie it with 13 seconds on the clock and seemingly send the game into overtime.

GPC’s Keenan Harris got off a shot with three seconds to go. It missed but Henry came out of nowhere and repeated the previous put-back, slamming home the rebound for the victory as the horn sounded.

Henry finished with 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Travien Geter led the Jags in scoring with 17 points, while Hayes scored 13 and dished off six assists.

Matt Catanzano pumped in 22 points for Georgia Highlands before leaving the game with an injury. Martin followed with 13 points and Felton Davis had 11.

The Jaguars travel to Gordon College Saturday, and then to Middle Georgia College on Monday. The Middle game will be audio broadcast online, beginning at 7:25, with a link under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

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February 2, 2013

Jaguars let one slip away to Waycross

A second-half collapse and failure to box out in the final seconds doomed the Jaguars in a key Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference game Saturday.

Jordan Enadeghe, a 6-3 forward for Waycross College, tapped in a rebound in the last second to give the SwampFoxes a 58-57 victory over Georgia Perimeter College at Jaguar Arena in Decatur.

Georgia Perimeter (13-10, 7-6 GCAA) had defeated and surpassed Waycross a week ago in the conference standings to assume a tie for fourth place with Gordon College.

Battling Waycross and three others for third or fourth place and home-court advantage in the GCAA tournament, the Jaguars now sit in fifth place, a half-game behind Gordon.

GPC led most of the way Saturday, holding a fairly comfortable 31-19 advantage at the halftime break.

But Waycross (14-8, 6-6) chipped away at the lead, outscored GPC 39-26 in the second half and commanded the final minutes as the Jaguars suffered big misses from the field and foul line.

With GPC clinging to a 55-48 lead with 3:47 remaining, Waycross went on a 10-2 run for the victory.

In the frantic final minute, Julian Reese put Georgia Perimeter ahead 57-56, and with 47 seconds left the Jaguars got the ball back on a jump-ball-alternative-possession call.

They worked the clock down but had to shoot with the shot clock ready to sound. The rebound touched several hands and eventually bounced off a Jaguar and went out of bounds.

Waycross, the league’s top rebounding team, raced down court, and Jalen Simmons missed the last-second shot. But Enadeghe crashed the boards and put back the game-winner with a mere .7 second on the clock.

Even then the Jags made it exciting. Darius Baugh received a long inbound pass at midcourt and launched a Hail Mary bank shot that hit the rim but bounced out.

Reese led GPC with 15 points, and Caleb Hayes contributed 13. Shane Henry had nine rebounds, as the Jaguars beat their guests 45-37 on the boards.

Chad Ross scored 13 for the SwampFoxes, followed by Simmons with 10.

Both teams were ice-cold, GPC finishing at 36 percent from the field and Waycross 33 percent.

Wednesday the Jaguars host winless Georgia Highlands College (0-22, 0-13) at 7:30 p.m. The game will be audio webcast with a link under “Game Webcasts” 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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January 30, 2013

Four in double figures as Jaguars win on road

Julian Reese scored 20 points and three other Jaguars hit double digits as Georgia Perimeter College slipped by Central Georgia Tech 81-77 in a conference match-up Wednesday in Macon.

Georgia Perimeter (13-9, 7-5 GCAA) is tied with Gordon College for fourth place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference. The top four seeds earn home-court advantage in the March 5 play-in round of the GCAA tournament.

Shane Henry had 14 points for GPC, and Caleb Hayes and Travien Geter each scored 12. The Jaguars made 44 percent of their field goal attempts.

Hayes handed off six assists, while Marshauwn Buie came off the bench and stole the ball four times from Central Georgia Tech (9-15, 5-9).

Saturday at 2 p.m. the Jaguars host the Waycross College SwampFoxes, whom GPC defeated 63-58 a week ago. The audio webcast begins at 1:55 with a link under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

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January 26, 2013

Jaguars move up with win at Waycross

Travien Geter led Georgia Perimeter College with 17 points as the Jaguars secured a much-needed 63-58 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference victory at Waycross College Saturday.

Georgia Perimeter (12-9, 6-5 GCAA) passes Waycross in the league standings, moving into a tie for fourth place with Gordon College.

The Jaguars, Waycross, Gordon, South Georgia Tech and Middle Georgia are locked in a struggle for the GCAA’s third and fourth spots, which receive home-court advantage in the first round of the conference tournament on March 5.

Geter made three of four 3-point shots, and Caleb Hayes was three-for-six, scoring 14 points. Shane Henry followed with 12 points.

Waycross (13-7, 5-5) also had three players in double figures. Keldrick Davis had 15 points, Chad Ross 12 and KeShaun Mayfield 10.

The Jaguars outshot their hosts from the 3-point line 53.8 to 20 percent and 63.6 to 45 percent from the foul line. They outrebounded the SwampFoxes 38-28 and held a slim 30-28 halftime advantage.

Wednesday the Jags take the bus to Central Georgia Technical College in Macon for another GCAA game. Then it’s a rematch with Waycross on Saturday at Jaguar Arena at 2 p.m. That game will be audio broadcast online with a link under “Game Webcasts” 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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January 23, 2013

Jaguars rally to upset No. 22 Middle Georgia

Third time’s charm. The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars beat one nationally ranked team in three tries in the past week.

Shane Henry led Georgia Perimeter with 18 points and a key alley-oop dunk as the Jaguars edged No. 22 Middle Georgia College 58-57 Wednesday on GPC’s Decatur Campus.

The Jaguars had fallen to No. 18 East Georgia State College Saturday and to No. 9 Chattahoochee Tech a week ago. In fact, four of their five losses in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association have been to those two top-20 teams.

The victory improves GPC to 5-5 in the conference and keeps them in the hunt for home-court advantage in the first round of the tournament March 5. They are 11-9 overall and coming off a four-game losing streak.

Middle Georgia (13-4, 4-4) jumped to a 41-28 lead at the intermission with 48 percent shooting from the field and a bustling zone defense.

“Their zone really hurt us. We were impatient against it in the first half, and then we settled down in the second half,” GPC head coach Alfred Barney said, “But I really think the defense won the game for us.”

Indeed, the Jaguars’ defense restricted the Warriors to only 16 points in the final 20 minutes, while the offense chipped away at the margin.

GPC produced an 11-point run in the final five minutes and seized the lead 55-54 when Julian Reese lofted a highlight reel alley-oop pass from the right wing to the left of the rim where Henry slam-jammed it in.

Travien Geter scored 12 points for the Jaguars, and Caleb Hayes had 11 and four assists. Reese and Henry grabbed 10 and nine rebounds, respectively, as the Jaguars won the battle of the boards 42-31.

Henry, Geter and Luka Basta held the Warriors’ leading scorer, Shane Heyward, scoreless. Jonathan Thomas led Middle with 13 points, followed by Quincey Bennett with 11.

Saturday the Jaguars travel to Waycross College and next Wednesday they go to Macon to face Central Georgia Technical College. The next home game is with Waycross on Feb. 2. All are conference games.

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January 19, 2013

Defensive gem barely misses upset of No. 23 East Georgia

For the second time this week, the Jaguars created a little panic for a nationally ranked team but were unsuccessful in pulling off an upset.

East Georgia State College, ranked 23rd in the NJCAA coaches poll, won a classic defensive struggle, topping Georgia Perimeter College 48-43 Saturday afternoon at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

The final score, harkening back to the low point totals a century ago in college basketball, wasn’t decided until the closing seconds.

Despite his team’s crucial offensive lapses in the final minutes, GPC head coach Alfred Barney said, “I’m proud of our guys. They came into the game with the right attitude. They knew what they had to do. They were locked in today.”

The outcome left the Jaguars languishing near .500 on the season, 10-9, and below it in conference play, 4-5. East Georgia, winning its seventh straight game, continued its bid for top seed in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with a 9-0 record, 17-1 overall.

Wednesday Georgia Perimeter had lost a hard-fought game 72-59 to 11th-ranked Chattahoochee Tech, the team East Georgia is chasing in the standings.

Saturday’s contest was much closer because GPC’s defense was nothing short of phenomenal. East Georgia came into the game averaging 82 points per game, but the Jaguars smothered the visitors in the first half, holding them to the short end of a 29-22 score.

Coming in, East Georgia had a 50 percent field goal percentage and 40 percent 3-point percentage. GPC held them to 31.6 and 24 percent. Sophomore guard-forward Trayvien Geter and the Jaguars held the league’s leading scorer, Jordan Johnson (20.6 points per game, 50 percent 3-point shooting), to 12 points and three-of-nine 3-pointers.

“We played great on defense today,” Barney said. Praising Geter’s outstanding defense on Johnson, Barney said a key to that was Geter’s teammates “sitting in the gaps and closing passing lanes. The only times he scored was when we left him open.”

Though Georgia Perimeter led at halftime 29-22 (with only six turnovers), the Jags were able to muster only 14 points in the final 20 minutes, a tribute to the Bobcats’ own sterling defense and GPC’s careless mistakes and missed layups in the end game

But the offense had many bright spots. In the middle of the second half, the Jags pulled off the highlight play of the year when Hayes started a fast break and heaved a perfect half-court alley-oop pass to Shane Henry, who slammed it in.

Henry, the GCAA’s top rebounder, led his team on the glass with 10 rebounds, while Geter led in points with nine.

The Bobcats’ Da’Vanon Felder led all scorers with 16 points, and Brian Pearson had 10 boards.

Wednesday the Jaguars host Middle Georgia College at 7:30 p.m. GPC is jockeying with the Warriors and several other teams for the third or fourth top seed, which means home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Fans can listen to an audio broadcast of the game by clicking on the link under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

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January 16, 2013

No. 11 Chattahoochee Tech survives Jaguars

Ranked 11th in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, Chattahoochee Technical College got a scare in Jaguar Arena Wednesday, and then the Golden Eagles lived up to their billing.

Keenan Harris scores two of his 17 points.

Chattahoochee Tech defeated Georgia Perimeter College 72-59—despite an extraordinary performance by Keenan Harris—in a conference skirmish that was much closer than the final score indicates.

Midway through the first half, Georgia Perimeter racked up 12 straight points to take a 26-14 advantage with six minutes remaining before the intermission.

“We did that because we ran our offense,” head coach Alfred Barney said. “Then our guys started going one-on-one, driving into heavy traffic to show what they can do instead of playing the team game.”

The Eagles seized the opportunity with their own 12-point run to lead at halftime 31-29.

Early in the second half, the Jaguars regained the lead on a 3-point goal by Julian Reese, and then they lost it again.

In the middle of the period, Harris, who led GPC with 17 points, scored four of five Jaguar field goals to keep it close. Two Reese free throws produced a 56-55 lead with 6:38 on the clock.

But fiery guard Sean Tate answered with a bucket, and soon after the visitors went on a seven-point surge that iced the outcome.

“They out-toughed us. They got inside; they won every 50-50. They wanted it more,” Barney said.

Luka Basa slams one home.

In its second year in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, Chattahoochee Tech leads the conference with a 10-0 record, is 18-1 overall and rides an 18-game winning streak. Georgia Perimeter holds sixth place in the league at 4-4, 10-8 overall.

At the end of the regular season, the GCAA’s top four teams will have home-court advantage for the first round of the conference tournament on March 5.

Harris finished with a red-hot eight field goals in 11 attempts. Julian Reese contributed 11 points.

Devarick Houston paced Chattahoochee Tech with 15 points, followed by three others in double figures. Tate scored 14, Jay Ellis 12 and Malcolm Riley 11.

GPC won the battle of the boards 38-36, with Reese and Shane Henry coming away with seven rebounds apiece.

The Jaguars also excelled in the field, shooting 45.5 percent compared with the Eagles’ 40 percent. But GPC was bested in a telling statistic, committing 20 turnovers to Tech’s 11.

Saturday brings another big challenge for the Jaguars. East Georgia State College—ranked No. 23 in the nation—and league-leading scorer Jordan Johnson will visit Jaguar Arena. The tipoff will be at 3 p.m., and the game will be audio webcast at 2:55 with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 12, 2013

Jaguars drop second straight on the road

After winning five consecutive games, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars have hit a couple of bumps in the road.

Saturday the Jags lost at Albany Technical College 58-47 after falling Wednesday at East Georgia College.

The Jaguars slide to 10-7 on the season and 4-3 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, after a 4-1 start in the conference.

It was the first conference win for Albany Tech (6-11, 1-7 GCAA). The Titans held a slim 24-23 halftime lead.

Darius Baugh and Shane Henry were the only Jaguars to break into double figures, with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Henry led the team with eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

GPC was ice cold from the field, 36.5 percent, and downright ugly from the 3-point line (18.2 percent) and the charity stripe (43.8).

Wednesday the Jaguars take on league-leading Chattahoochee Tech at home at 7:30 p.m. The game will be audio webcast, beginning at approximately 7:25 with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 9, 2013

Hot East Georgia rolls by Jaguars

In only its third year of existence, the East Georgia College men’s basketball program continued its rapid ascendance in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Wednesday, and the Jaguars were the most recent victims.

The Bobcats whipped Georgia Perimeter College 83-65 on their home court in Swainsboro, remaining undefeated in the GCAA (6-0) and raising their season record to 14-1.

Georgia Perimeter (10-6, 4-2 GCAA) couldn’t stop the league-leading scorer, Jordan Johnson, who put in 23 points. Johnson hit four of seven 3-point attempts and his team was eight-for-15.

Three other Bobcats scored in double figures—D.J. Felder and Larry Bullock with 15 each and Trey Hagood with 13. East Georgia led at the half 36-24.

Julian Reese paced the Jaguars with 14 points, followed by Travien Geter with 11 and Shane Henry 10. Reese and Luka Basta had seven rebounds apiece, and Junious Prowell had three assists and three steals.

Next the Jaguars visit GCAA opponent Albany Technical College on Saturday. Wednesday the Jags host league-leading Chattahoochee Tech at 7:30 p.m. The online broadcast begins at approximately 7:25 with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic 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 7, 2013

Second effort by Reese sends Jags to 5th straight win

With only seconds on the clock and overtime looming large, Julian Reese rebounded his own shot and scored to give Georgia Perimeter College a 76-74 conference win over South Georgia Tech Monday at Jaguar Arena.

The Jaguars, 10-5 on the season and 4-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also got closing heroics by Travien Geter, who hit a turnaround jumper and two foul shots inside the final 2:20 and rebounded a missed free throw to score with 23 seconds on the clock. That put GPC ahead 74-72.

But the Jets’ B.J. Davis answered six seconds later, hauling in a long pass for a layup to tie the score for the 12th time.

With 16 seconds left, the Jaguars worked for the final shot, and at five seconds Reese muscled to the basket for an unsightly layup with multiple Jets swarming him. The ball hit the glass and bounded to the other side of the rim, where Reese lunged with exceptional second effort, grabbed the rebound while falling and shot it back up almost from the floor.

It banked in, the buzzer sounded as the Jets inbounded the ball and the Jaguars celebrated their fifth consecutive victory.

Reese, a sophomore guard-forward, led GPC with 17 points. Geter finished with 10 points and Luka Basta contributed 10.

The Jaguars won the seesaw affair with a stifling defense that disrupted the Jets’ high-powered offense, pushing them out away from the hoop. Coming into the game, five Jets averaged in double figures, but only two attained double digits Monday—Anthony Etheridge with 24 and Octavius Green with 12.

“I thought we played very well on defense. I thought both teams played very good defense,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney.

GPC battled back from an 11-point deficit midway in the first half with a 15-4 run, tying it at 26 all.

But South Georgia Tech (14-3, 4-3) kept up the pressure, leading 35-30 at the half and keeping the lead for seven minutes into the second period.

GPC caught the Jets again at 47-47 with two free throws by Caleb Hayes. The surges in both halves featured outstanding defensive play by GPC.

“We executed well when were down 11 and we took the defense to another level,” Barney said. “But we missed too many free throws. We have to make free throws to win a championship.”

GPC made 13 of 22 from the foul line but outshot the Jets from the field, hitting 30 of 70 attempts.

The Jaguars dominated the boards 51-39—against a team specializing in that skill—with Shane Henry gathering 10 rebounds and Basta and Geter eight apiece. Henry also dished off four assists.

Green, the No. 2 rebounder in the nation, led everybody with 15 boards.

GPC travels to Swainsboro Wednesday to face formidable East Georgia College. In their third season in existence, the Bobcats sit in second place in the GCAA with a 5-0 record, 13-1 overall. Saturday, the Jaguars visit Albany Technical College for another conference game.

They return to the home court next Wednesday, Jan. 16, hosting league-leading Chattahoochee Tech at 7:30 p.m. The online broadcast begins at approximately 7:25 with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 5, 2013

Reese’s 3-pointer lifts Jaguars to 64-63 win

Julian Reese swished a downtown 3-point field goal as the shot clock ran out in the final minute, giving Georgia Perimeter College a 64-63 conference victory Saturday at Atlanta Metro College.

After trailing most of the game—and by as much as 12 points—the Jaguars produced a late comeback, seized the lead and then almost let their slim margin slip away in the final seconds.

“We’ve lost three games that way, losing a lead in the end,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “You can’t win a championship like that in this league.”

It was the third consecutive season in which Georgia Perimeter and Atlanta Metro went down to the wire in the Trailblazer’s gym, and GPC has won all three games. Two years ago the Jaguars triumphed in four overtimes, and last year Caleb Hayes won it with a stunning fall-away 3-point shot.

Saturday’s victory is GPC’s fourth straight, and the Jaguars improve to 9-5 overall and 3-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Travien Geter paced Georgia Perimeter with 11 points and seven rebounds. He sank all of his seven free throws. Reese finished with 10 points, and Junious Prowell had nine points along with four steals.

Atlanta Metro (3-12, 2-5) got a big game from Saiquan Terry, who led all scorers with 25 points. He nearly stopped GPC singlehandedly with five 3-pointers out of 10 attempts.

In the first half, the Jaguars fell behind 18-17 when Terry hit a trey, and AMC continued on to lead 30-25 at the intermission.

The Trailblazers built the margin to 12 points early in the second half, but the momentum shifted midway when Geter scored with a Hayes assist. Alek Milosavljevic followed with a bucket assisted by Reese, cutting the lead to 49-43.

Terry canned two NBA treys in the next four minutes, but the Jags didn’t let it kill their surge. Hayes put them ahead 59-58 on a long 3-pointer with two minutes remaining.

Reese followed with a field goal, and in the final minute, with the shot clock down to the last second, he released his highlight 3-pointer to give GPC a 64-60 lead.

With 17 seconds remaining, Terry dropped in three foul shots, cutting the margin to one. Then Georgia Perimeter missed two free throws, giving AMC an inbounds play with 3.8 seconds on the scoreboard. But the Jaguars kept Terry away from the ball, and the Blazers couldn’t get off a good shot at the buzzer.

“We played hard defense in the second half,” Barney said. “We were a little rusty in the first half.” With the holiday break, the Jaguars hadn’t played a game since December 10.

GPC hosts South Georgia Monday at 7 p.m. in the Decatur Campus gym. The game will be audio webcast, beginning at approximately 6:55 p.m., depending on the length of the women’s game. South Georgia Tech entered the weekend with a 14-1 record.

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December 10, 2012

Reese scores 21 as Jags win third straight

Julian Reese pumped in 21 points as Georgia Perimeter College marched to a 73-53 victory at Oxford College of Emory University Monday in Covington.

A sophomore guard-forward, Reese had a hot hand from long range, hitting five of seven 3-point shots. Marshauwn Buie made three of four from beyond the 3-point stripe and finished with 13 points.

Georgia Perimeter (8-5) raced to a 40-18 halftime lead, but the hosts outscored the Jaguars 35-33 in the final 20 minutes. Kevin Tolbert paced Oxford (9-3) with 15 points and Jalen Gilmore added 12.

The Jaguars now enjoy a holiday rest until they travel across town to play at Atlanta Metropolitan College on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 4 p.m. The following Monday they return to their home court to host South Georgia Technical College at 7 p.m.

Both of those contests are Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association match-ups and both will be audio webcast with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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December 8, 2012

GPC wins low-scoring game at Aiken Tech

After scoring only 12 points in a bizarre first half, Georgia Perimeter College rallied to pull out a 49-43 win at Aiken Technical College in Aiken, S.C., Saturday.

GPC took control after the intermission, outscoring the hosts 37-20 in the second period.

It was the second straight game in which Shane Henry came off the bench to lead the Jaguars, this time with 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

The victory gave Georgia Perimeter (7-5) a measure of revenge as the Jaguars fell to Aiken Tech 62-51 on Nov. 17 at the Georgia-South Carolina Thanksgiving Classic, an invitational tournament hosted by GPC.

Saturday’s game resembled a contest from basketball’s early days, with Aiken Tech leading at halftime by a meager 23-12 score. Twelve may be the lowest output for a half in Alfred Barney’s 17 years as head coach at Georgia Perimeter.

The point total can’t be attributed to sloppiness. The Jaguars played a clean game with only 11 turnovers and they shot 56.2 percent from the field (18 for 32) for the second time in two outings. They sank 11 of 15 free throw attempts.

Henry was the only Jaguar to reach double figures. Caleb Hayes collected eight points, four assists and three steals.

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December 5, 2012

Jaguars earn road win over Georgia Highlands

Freshman forward Shane Henry came off the bench to score 15 points and lead Georgia Perimeter College to a 68-62 conference victory at Georgia Highlands College Wednesday.

Henry netted six of seven field goal attempts as Georgia Perimeter shot 56.2 percent from the floor.

The Jaguars improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA.

Caleb Hayes contributed 14 points, nine assists and four steals for the Jaguars, while Luka Basta had 13 points. Travien Geter led the team on the boards with seven rebounds.

Georgia Highlands, in its first season in the GCAA, remains winless at 0-10, 0-4.

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December 3, 2012

Chattahoochee Tech rallies past Jaguars

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars held a 19-point lead in the second half but let it slip away, falling to Chattahoochee Technical College 69-67 Monday at the Smyrna Recreation Center.

The loss drops Georgia Perimeter to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Caleb Hayes led the Jaguars with 18 points, and Marsalis Stewart and Travien Geter had 14 apiece.

GPC led 43-35 at halftime but couldn’t maintain the momentum late in the game. Chatt Tech (9-1, 3-0) was led by Malcom Riley with 23 points, followed by Sean Tate’s 17 and Chevelan Pearson’s 13.

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November 24, 2012

Hayes drops in 24 as Jaguars win 87-47

Caleb Hayes scored 24 points and Shane Henry posted a double-double as Georgia Perimeter College breezed to an 87-47 victory over ABI Prep Academy Saturday at the AMC Thanksgiving Classic at Atlanta Metropolitan College.

Henry contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia Perimeter (5-4). Also scoring in double figures were Dan Lambert (14) and Keenan Harris 11.

Junious Prowell and Julian Reese led the team in assists with eight and six, respectively, while Travien Geter grabbed three steals.

The Jaguars jumped off to an early lead, which they rode to 48-21 halftime advantage.

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November 23, 2012

Hayes’ 28 not enough to lift Jaguars

Red-hot Caleb Hayes tossed in 28 points, but it was to no avail as Georgia Perimeter College stumbled in the second half and fell to Southern Tech Academy Friday 75-72 at the Atlanta Metropolitan College AMC Thanksgiving Classic.

After leading 38-32 at the intermission, the Jaguars (4-4) allowed the Wildcats to rally and outscore them 43-34 in the second half.

A sophomore point guard, Hayes drained five of 10 3-point goal attempts, finishing nine-of-16 from the field. He added five assists to his night’s work.

Marsalis Stewart, a 6-9 sophomore who has been slowed by a preseason injury, shot a perfect seven-of-seven from the field, and one-for-one from the foul line for 15 points.

Marshauwn Buie contributed nine points, five assists and four steals, while Junious Prowell had three thefts and led the team in rebounds with seven.

The Jaguars take off a week to rest and prepare for final exams before resuming their Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule, visiting Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

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November 20, 2012

GPC holds off late rally, wins conference opener

Caleb Hayes and Dan Lambert led five Jaguars in double figures as Georgia Perimeter College held off Central Georgia Technical College Friday 83-75 at Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.

Hayes scored 20 points and Lambert 19 in GPC’s Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association opener. Marshauwn Buie and Shane Henry had 12 points apiece, and Julian Reese added 11, including three of five 3-point goal attempts.

The Jaguars, 4-3 overall, went on a 14-0 run at the end of the first half to lead 35-21 at the intermission. They extended the streak to 17-0 in the second half, leading 38-21, and eventually posted an alley-oop-filled 29-4 run to take a seemingly insurmountable 50-25 lead.

But then GPC committed a series of fouls, turnovers and mental mistakes as Central Georgia Tech (3-5, 1-2 GCAA) applied an effective full-court press to roar back with its own 19-0 run.

“We simply allowed the game to get away from us,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “When you’ve got four sophomores on the floor, you should be a little more disciplined.”

The Cougars closed the margin to seven, 79-72, with 52 second left. However, a free throw by Hayes and two by Buie put the game out of reach.

The game included an unusual number of technical fouls, seven, all on players.

Henry led all rebounders with 14, but the visitors outrebounded the Jaguars 49-46. Hayes contributed seven assists to head that category.

Four players scored in double figures for the Cougars—Aleksander Milanovic with 21, Tyler Kendrick 16, Earl Farnum 12 and Tobiasz Hose 11.

The Jaguars now take to the road until the next home game on Jan. 7. They meet Lawson State Community College (Ala.) Friday at 5 p.m. in the AMC Thanksgiving Classic at Atlanta Metro College. Then they play four away games in December and one in January before hosting a Jan. 7 conference game with South Georgia Tech.

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November 17, 2012

Jaguars win one, drop one in Thanksgiving invitational

It was good news and bad news for the Jaguars at the Georgia-South Carolina Thanksgiving Classic held on the Decatur Campus.

Georgia Perimeter College defeated the University of South Carolina-Salkahatchie 64-55 on Friday and then lost to Aiken Technical College 62-51 on Saturday.

First the good news. GPC’s defense held USC-Salkahatchie to 26 percent from the field as Caleb Hayes, Julian Reese and Junious Prowell led the Jaguars with 12 points apiece, followed by Shane Henry with 11.

Injuries limited the Jaguars to dressing eight players, but they were able to smother the Indians, who fired up 23 three-point shots and made only three.

The Jaguars led 33-27 at halftime. The Indians rallied to tie the score before fading in the final moments.

Antonio Manns Jr. led USC-Salk with 15 points.

Playing their second game in 24 hours with just eight players available, the Jaguars couldn’t keep up with Aiken Tech’s hot hand on Saturday in the final game of the invitational.

Guard Caleb Hayes played all 40 minutes and finished with 16 points. Shane Henry had 11 points and nine rebounds for GPC (3-3).

The Jaguars and Knights were tied at 25 before Aiken Tech’s Ronkeem Sallywhite made a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of the first half for a 31-25 lead. The Knights (1-3) went on to frustrate the hosts with long-range shooting in the second half, going 10-for-16 from behind the arc.

Sallywhite finished with 18 points. GPC tried 12 three-pointers and made just two, both by Hayes.

The Jaguars open their Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule Tuesday at 7 p.m., entertaining Central Georgia Technical College. The game will be audio webcast, with a link available at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

SOUTH GEORGIA TECH 71, AIKEN TECH 64: In Friday’s first game of the invitational, South Georgia Tech got 21 points from Stedmon Lemon in a victory over Aiken Tech. Octavius Green added 16 points and 14 rebounds. Maurice Strong led Aiken Tech with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

SOUTH GEORGIA TECH 86, USC-SALKAHATCHIE 76: In Saturday’s first game, Stedmon Lemon and Anthony Ethridge scored 20 points apiece to lead undefeated South Georgia Tech (6-0) over USC-Salkehatchie. Anthony Crawford led USC-Salk (2-5) with 25 points, 15 of them on 3-pointers.

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

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November 10, 2012

Florida-Georgia Shootout: Double OT slips away to No. 2

It’s becoming an annual event. Georgia Perimeter College fell by three points Saturday in the Florida-Georgia Shootout to the same nationally ranked team that clipped the Jaguars by one last year.

Northwest Florida State College, ranked No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, outlasted Georgia Perimeter in double overtime 96-93 Saturday at Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.

A year ago in the Shootout, James Johnson’s last-second shot rimmed the basket and fell out, allowing Northwest Florida, then ranked No. 11, to escape the Jaguars 70-69.

This time Georgia Perimeter (2-2) clawed its way into two overtimes as the teams engaged in a fierce defensive battle, despite the score.

Northwest’s All-American guard Chris Jones, who scored 38 points in Friday’s win over Atlanta Metropolitan College, led all scorers with 28 points, but the Jaguar defense reduced him to a distributor for much of the game.

“We played good defense,” said head coach Alfred Barney. “But once again we had too many turnovers in crucial possessions. When you play a good team like that, every possession is crucial.”

Five Jaguars hit double figures. Guard Ken Jackson came off the bench to put on his own offensive show with 23 points, hitting five of seven three-point attempts and four of four foul shots.

Julian Reese had 21 points, making eight of nine free throws and going three-for-four beyond the 3-point line. Caleb Hayes and Junious Prowell each added 12 points and Marsalis Stewart had 10.

Elgin Cook had 22 points for Northwest and Telvin Wilkerson contributed 17.

In the second overtime, turnovers and fouls (six Jaguars fouled out of the game) cost GPC the contest. Overall, the hosts committed 32 turnovers, while the visitors had 26.

“You’re going to turn it over some in any game, 12 or 13 times. Thirty-two turnovers is unacceptable,” Barney said.

“But I loved the effort in the second half,” he added. “We came back and tied it up and lost the lead and came back again and again.”

Northwest Florida (4-0) had to scramble to keep up with the hot-handed Jaguars in the first half. However, after seven lead changes, the Raiders built a 41-32 halftime lead.

Then GPC opened the second half with a 7-0 run, and it was nip-and-tuck to the end with 10 more lead changes.

Stewart scored with less than a second left in regulation time to knot the score 79-79 and send the game into overtime.

With a minute to go in the first overtime, a Hayes basket gave the Jags an 88-87 lead that they let slip away with a foul that tied resulted in a tie. They would have lost the game at the buzzer, but Shane Henry blocked a shot by Jones, and the marathon went into a second overtime.

After Hayes and Jackson gave GPC a 93-90 lead, turnovers and players fouling out allowed the Raiders a six-point surge to victory. Even then, the Raiders missed six consecutive free throws in the final two minutes, but Jones, who missed four of those, sank four straight from the stripe for the winning margin.

The victory gave the two Florida teams a 4-0 sweep of the Georgia squads in the Shootout for the second consecutive year.

The Jaguars get a rest until next weekend, when they host another invitational, the Georgia-South Carolina Thanksgiving Classic. Friday features South Georgia Tech vs. Aiken Tech at 5 p.m. and GPC vs. USC-Salkehatchie at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games: South Georgia Tech-Salkehatchie at 1 p.m. and GPC-Aiken Tech at 7. All games will be audio webcast with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

CHIPOLA 80, ATLANTA METRO 75

Johnathan Knight scored 21 points for Atlanta Metropolitan College but it wasn’t enough to stop Chipola, ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA coaches poll.

Chipola (3-0) had four players in double figures and two with nine points. Earl Watson scored 17, Kruize Pinkins 15, Chris Thomas 13 and Carlos Morris 10.

Atlanta Metro (0-4) got 16 points from Jonathan Tinch, the team’s only sophomore, and 13 from Terry Saiquan.

The young Trailblazers’s record may be deceptive. They’ve played three top 25 teams, losing to Chipola, No. 2 Northwest Florida and No. 22 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Next week they host No. 18 Gordon College on Wednesday and No. 15 Palm Beach State College on Friday.

The Georgia-South Carolina Thanksgiving Classic will be played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 9, 2012

Florida-Georgia Shootout: Round One goes to Florida

In last year’s Florida-Georgia Shootout at Georgia Perimeter College, the Florida teams won all four games.

Friday at Jaguar Arena on GPC’s Decatur Campus, Chipola College, ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA, and second-ranked Northwest Florida State College once again displayed their basketball pedigrees with victories over their Georgia opponents.

Georgia Perimeter College (2-1) fell to Chipola 84-61 in the nightcap, while Atlanta Metropolitan College dropped an 80-72 decision to Northwest Florida. Both Florida teams have been national contenders in recent years.

Early in the night game, GPC’s Luka Basta slammed in three dunks, and the Jaguars looked as if they may stay with Chipola (2-0).

But after the score was tied 10-10, the Indians took advantage of Jaguar turnovers to take a 39-28 haltime lead that they expanded to as much as 31 points in the second half.

“We lost our composure,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “One pass, one shot—one pass no shot. We were out of sync. The turnovers we had were crucial turnovers. We dug ourselves into a hole.”

In the last 10 minutes of the game, Marsalis Stewart got a hot hand while the Jaguars regained focus with an effective press, whittling away at the margin with a 24-13 run.

Caleb Hayes led GPC with 11 points and Basta had 10, all 10 in the first half. Stewart and Junious Prowell scored nine apiece.

But Chipola outmuscled the Jaguars and finished with five players in double figures—Demetrious Floyd with 16, Cinmeon Bowers 13, Carlos Morris 12, Terel Hall 11 and Chris Thomas 10.

“They were a very physical team and we weren’t,” Barney said. On the boards Georgia Perimeter held its own, pulling down 31 rebounds to the visitors’ 31.

Saturday the Georgia teams will seek to avoid another Florida sweep as the Jaguars meet Northwest Florida at 3 p.m. after Atlanta Metro and Chipola go at it at 1 p.m.

Both games will be video webcast on i-high.com, with the Metro game beginning at 12:55 p.m. and GPC’s matchup with the nation’s No. 2 team at 2:55 p.m. Tune in at www.gpc.edu/athletic by clicking on the links under “Game Webcasts.”

NORTHWEST FLORIDA 80, ATLANTA METRO 72

Sophomore guard Chris Jones pumped in 38 points to lead Northwest Florida in a second-half turnaround.

Atlanta Metro (0-3) led 42-36 at halftime, but Jones came back from the intermission to score the Raiders’ first 16 points.

Jones made 15 of 22 field goal attempts and had six steals. The Raiders (3-0) applied an effective defensive pressure in the second half to seize the lead.

Metro’s Brandon Glover hit eight of 10 shots from the field, many by driving the lane, to lead the Trailblazers with 17 points. Terry Saiquan and Jonathan Tinch added 14 and 12, respectively.

The Florida-Georgia Shootout will be played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 6, 2012

Jaguars roll past Southern Crescent Tech

Alek Milosavljevic posted a double-double and Georgia Perimeter College enjoyed balanced scoring on the way to an 84-36 victory over Southern Crescent Technical College Tuesday.

The Jaguars (2-0) had nine players score six or more points and three hit double figures. They were led by Milosavljevic, a 6-10 sophomore from Serbia, with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Freshman point guard Ken Jackson followed with 13 points and three assists, while Caleb Hayes added 10 points to his 28 in Thursday’s season opener. Luka Basta, also a Serbian sophomore, contributed nine.

Southern Crescent (0-3) was led by Darrius Miller with nine points.

Friday and Saturday the Jaguars host the Florida-Georgia Shootout, featuring two top 10 teams from the Sunshine State.

Atlanta Metropolitan College will open the invitational Friday at 5 p.m., facing Northwest Florida State College, which is ranked second in the NJCAA coaches poll.

In Friday’s 7 p.m. nightcap, GPC will play No. 4 Chipola College. Saturday Atlanta Metro meets Chipola at 1 p.m. and the Jaguars will take on Northwest Florida at 3 p.m.

All four games will be video webcast on i-high.com. Visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts”
to watch.

The Florida-Georgia Shootout will be played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 1, 2012

Hayes’ 28 points lead Jaguars to victory in opener

Sophomore point guard Caleb Hayes poured in 28 points to lead Georgia Perimeter College to an 88-67 win over Middle Georgia Technical College Thursday in the Jaguars’ season opener at Decatur Campus.

Hayes sank a remarkable 14 of 14 free throws, while Julian Reese hit four of six from the line on the way to 17 points. Luka Basta also scored in double figures with 13 points.

Though the Jaguars held Middle Georgia Tech to two five-minute scoreless stretches in the first half, they let the Titans outscore them 42-40 in the second half, and head coach Alfred Barney wasn’t pleased.

“Offensively we did good—we executed some and did all right in the half-court,” Barney said. “But defensively we didn’t do anything in the second half that we’ve been working on for three months. That’s unacceptable.”

The coach noted that Georgia Perimeter had three key contributors out with injuries and then he added, “We’ve got people playing out of position, but there’s no excuse on the defensive end.”

Still, GPC stole the ball 16 times—led by Hayes, Keenan Harris and Junious Prowell with four apiece—and the Jaguars blocked six shots with Shane Henry getting three.

Basta and Harris led with nine rebounds each as GPC beat the visitors on the boards 48-32. Prowell handed out six assists.

For the Titans, D’Meco Rozier scored 18 points while making four of eight 3-point attempts. Richard Yancey followed with 12 and Dwayne Bryant had 10. Bryant led all rebounders with 12. Jeff Gulley had six assists.

Tuesday Southern Crescent College visits GPC at 7 p.m.

Next weekend the Jaguars host the Florida-Georgia shootout, which features two nationally ranked teams.

Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. GPC meets Chipola College, ranked fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll. Saturday the Jaguars take on No. 2 Northwest Florida State College at 3 p.m. Atlanta Metropolitan College will play Northwest on Friday at 5 p.m. and Chipola on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Jaguars’ Shootout games will be audio broadcast, beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Friday and 2:50 p.m. on Saturday. 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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October 31, 2012

Jaguar defense is solid; offense ‘not there yet’

Under Alfred Barney, entering his 17th season as head coach at Georgia Perimeter College, the Jaguars have won eight conference championships and taken six trips to national tournaments. The Jaguars have reached the region tournament semifinals in all of his 16 seasons.

Julian Reese

Caleb Hayes

Barney should know what it takes for a successful season, so take note when he says, “This could be a challenging year for us, but the potential is there.”

The 2012-13 Jaguars will miss several key graduates from last year’s Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association runner-up team, such as defensive ace Brandon Jenkins and second-team All-American James Johnson (also GCAA Player of the Year).

But Barney says this year’s Jaguars have the talent to continue as contenders in the GCAA, which also serves as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. He says that the Jaguars’ success primarily depends on their offense.

“The defense is going to be very good. This will be one of the better defenses in the conference,” Barney said.

In the past three seasons the Jaguar defenses, led first by Jarrett Stokes and then Jenkins, consistently shut down the league’s top scorers. But “the defense can’t do it all,” Barney added.

“Offensively, we’re not there yet. We’ve got to mature offensively. To win championships you’ve got to move the ball and put it in the basket. The defense can’t do everything.”

Shane Henry

Luka Basta

The roster is virtually a clean slate—only two sophomore return from last year’s squad, Caleb Hayes and Luka Basta.

A 5-10 point guard, Hayes (Atlanta, North Atlanta H.S.) provides a solid veteran presence on the roster. “Caleb is a scorer and a tremendous playmaker—pushes the ball up court as quick as anybody in the league,” Barney said. “We’ll be up-tempo again this year.”

Basta, (Belgrade, Serbia, 14th Belgrade H.S.) a 6-9 forward-center, has been plagued by injuries for two seasons. He was red-shirted last year but looks strong going into the season, Barney said.

Hayes will be pushed by freshman point guard Ken Jackson (5-9, Monroe, Monroe Area H.S.), a lightning quick ball handler who will see plenty of action.

The roster features seven talented and nearly interchangeable guard-forwards, including sophomore transfers Julian Reese (6-4 Gary, Ind., LaVergne H.S.), Keenan Harris (6-4 Decatur, Flowery Branch H.S.), Travien Geter (6-7 Gordon, Wilkinson County H.S.) and Darius Baugh (6-2 Atlanta, Hillgrove H.S.).

Reese, an NCAA Division 1 mid-major prospect, shows great athleticism and court savvy, and, according to Barney that essentially describes the entire group of guard-forwards.

Freshmen guard-forwards include Dan Lambert (6-5 Augusta, Butler H.S.), Marshauwn Buie Fr. (6-3 Chicago, Ill., Michele Clark H.S.) and Junious Prowell (6-1 Minneapolis, Minn., Langston Hughes H.S.).

Slated to start at forward and post up will be 6-7 freshman Shane Henry, who hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., but played at Newton Co. High in Covington.

“Shane is a special player. He can score, rebound, feed, block shots—he’ll be a force under the basket,” Barney said.

Also playing the forward and center positions will be sophomores Marsalis Stewart So., (6-9, Wilmington, Del., Massanutten Academy) and Alek Milosavljevic, (6-10, Svilajnac, Serbia, Svilajnac H.S.). Stewart, another potential starter, will miss the beginning of the season with an injury.

The Jaguars open the season Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest against Middle Georgia Tech at Jaguar Arena on the Decatur Campus.

One unusual twist in the GCAA schedule is that its expansion requires an earlier start. League play begins on Nov. 20 for the Jaguars, when they will host Central Georgia Tech.

The conference promises to be stronger this year than it has ever been. Defendinga champion Gordon will be a contender, along with East Georgia, Chattahoochee Tech, South Georgia Tech and Middle Georgia.

“It’s going to be a highly competitive league,” Barney said. “Anybody could win the championship. We’ll need to be in midseason form early in the season.”

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

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