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March 5, 2010

Second-half barrage knocks GPC out of tourney

The Jaguars stepped off the bus 75 minutes before Friday’s semifinal game and warmed up to face the No. 2 seed in the NJCAA Region 17 Tournament. One would have expected them to be lead-footed at least until the second half.

Instead, GPC matched Coastal Georgia College basket-for-basket through the first half. But the Mariners discovered some magic in the locker room and caught fire in the second half, while the Jaguars looked as if they’d just stepped off the bus.

As a result, Coastal Georgia sent the Jaguars home with a convincing 86-68 victory at Middle Georgia College’s Morris Gym in Cochran, Ga.

The victory advances Coastal Georgia (17-14) to the region championship game with Middle Georgia, which defeated Albany Technical College 90-76 in Friday’s second semifinal.

Georgia Perimeter finishes the season with a 14-18 record.

After a 28-28 tie at intermission, the Jaguars went cold from the floor while Coastal went on a rampage behind inspired three-point shooting by freshman guards Ernest Fuller and Jaren Harris.

And the Mariners came back at GPC from all corners, with five players in double figures. Fuller and Harris led with 18 and 17 points, followed by Kentory Johnson (14), Eric Martin (11) and Tray Pearce (10).

GPC’s Jimmy Bacon led all scorers with 19 points. Curtis Trotter, who sat out more than a month with a hand injury, scored 15 on 4-for-5 shooting from the field and 6-for-6 from the foul line. Jarrett Stokes contributed 10 points.

Cameron Venus snared 10 rebounds for the Jaguars, while the Mariners’ Jonathan Brooks had 12 boards to lead in that category.

Middle Georgia (27-3) struggled early on with Albany Tech (16-15), the Cinderella team of the tournament, and trailed at halftime 40-34. But Carl Hall’s 32 points and 18 by Marcos Knight and Kori Forge were too much for the Titans to overcome.

Tip-off time for Saturday’s title game is 4 p.m., and the action will be audio webcast live, beginning with a pregame presentation at 3:50.

The Web site link for the broadcast is posted at the GPC athletics home site—www.gpc.edu/athletic. It also can be accessed at nhsbn.com or the conference Web site, www.gjcaa.org.

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March 2, 2010

Jaguars headed for semifinals in Cochran

Jarrett Stokes takes a shot in heavy traffic.

Jarrett Stokes poured in 27 points and Jimmy Bacon added 16 and several spectacular dunks as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Atlanta Metro College 86-71 Tuesday in the first round of the NJCAA Region 17 men’s basketball tournament.

The victory on the third-seeded Jaguars’ home floor sends GPC (14-17) to Friday’s region semifinals in Cochran, Ga. They will take on Coastal Georgia Community College at 5 p.m. on the Middle Georgia College court. Middle Georgia, the region champion and host of the final four, will play Albany Technical College at 7 p.m.

The championship game is slated for Saturday at 4 p.m.

Though pleased to be packing for Cochran, head coach Alfred Barney wasn’t entirely pleased with the Jaguars’ performance against Atlanta Metro.

“I didn’t see the urgency tonight. It looked like we were in second or third gear,” Barney said. “We have to step it up Friday. If we don’t, we’ll go home.”

Stokes and Bacon opened the game with plenty of urgency, staking the Jaguars to a quick 7-0 lead. In the first minute, Stokes hit a jumper and stole the ball for a layup, and then Bacon canned a 3-pointer from the left corner.

Jimmy Bacon goes up for one of his slam dunks.

But it was evident Atlanta Metro (11-19) came to play. The Panthers contained GPC to a seven-point margin at the half, 47-40, and then Tony Dukes opened the second period with a 3-pointer and Shawn Terry tied it with two buckets.

Then Bacon went to work, drilling three 3-pointers for a 56-51 lead. A few minutes later, Curtis Trotter, playing his first game in more than a month after injuring a hand, converted a 3-point play to give Georgia Perimeter a 63-52 advantage, and the Jaguars never looked back.

Stokes nailed 11 of 19 field goals and five of eight 3-point attempts, while Bacon—just as hot—went six-for-nine and four-for-four from behind the 3-point line. Bacon also dished off four assists and led all rebounders with 13. However, the Panthers edged GPC on the boards, 44-41.

Dukes paced Atlanta Metro’s scorers with 24 points, followed by Terry with 16 and Quinn Bivins with 13.

The verdict gives GPC a three-game sweep over its cross-town rival for the season. The Jaguars defeated Atlanta Metro 71-54 and 69-60 in January and February.

Coastal Georgia coasted to a 103-84 victory over Gordon in Tuesday’s semifinal in Brunswick, Ga., while Albany Tech edged South Georgia Tech 60-58.

The GPC webcast team will broadcast both of Friday’s semifinal games and the championship game Saturday. To access Friday’s broadcast of the semifinals, beginning at 4:50 p.m., click here. To listen to the championship game on Saturday, click here.

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March 2, 2010

Tourney still on schedule

Please be advised that tonight’s basketball game will be played as scheduled:

Men’s Basketball

First Round of the NJCAA Region 17 Tournament

Georgia Perimeter College vs. Atlanta Metropolitan College

Tonight, Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m.

Decatur Campus Gymnasium

To listen to the game webcast, click here.

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February 28, 2010

Jaguars host first-round tournament game

The Georgia Perimeter College men's basketball team will take on Atlanta Metropolitan College Tuesday at 7 p.m. at GPC’s Decatur Gymnasium in the first round of the NJCAA Region 17 tournament.

Georgia Perimeter, No. 3 seed in the tournament, comes into the game with a hot hand, having won three of its last four games, including a convincing 83-67 victory over the conference second-place squad, Coastal Georgia Community College.

The Jaguars, 13-17 overall and 7-7 in the region, defeated Atlanta Metro 69-60 to kick off that streak on Feb. 10. GPC also won the January game between the two teams 71-54.

Atlanta Metro (11-18, 5-8) is seeded sixth in the tournament.

The winner will advance to Friday’s region semifinals in Cochran, Ga., playing the survivor of the first-round game between Coastal Georgia and Gordon College. That semifinal will begin at 5 p.m. on the Middle Georgia College court.

The championship game is slated for Saturday at 4 p.m. at Middle Georgia.

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

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February 22, 2010

Jaguars end regular season on a winning note

Georgia Perimeter College declared itself ready for the Region 17 men’s basketball tournament with a Monday night masterpiece against South Georgia Technical College.

Josh Relaford led with 25 points.

The Jaguars (13-17, 7-7) broke from the gate by scoring the game’s first 19 points, then shifted into cruise control for a 70-50 win on the Decatur campus.

GPC’s next game is March 2 in the region tournament’s first round. The site and opponent was uncertain Monday night. The four top seeds will host first-round games, and the Jaguars were in the thick of the race for home-court advantage.

In a makeup of a snowed-out date earlier this month, the Jaguars were unrelenting. They prevented the Jets (14-14, 6-7) from sinking a single three-point attempt and outrebounded them 50-32.

The chairman of the boards was Jimmy Bacon, with 17 rebounds, all but one on the defensive side. He had 19 in leading GPC to victory over Coastal Georgia Community College on Saturday.

At the other end of the court, Josh Relaford bagged 25 points, 15 of them in the first half.

Jarrett Stokes chipped in with 15 points and Bacon had 12, along with six assists on a typically productive night for him.

“If we defend and rebound and get it out in transition, we can win,” GPC coach Alfred Barney said. “I thought we played great.”

The Jaguars allowed only one Jets player to reach double figures in scoring. Daley Strafford had 12. Stephen Davis accumulated a half-dozen blocked shots.

The first-round tournament game will be available on audio webcast. Visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and follow the “Game Webcasts” link, or click on the link at NHSBN.com.

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February 20, 2010

Bacon, Thomas and Jaguars scuttle CCGA 83-67

Jimmy Bacon

Without warning, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars put together a stretch of stunning play, serving notice they plan to be a factor in NJCAA Region 17 as the regular season melts into tournament time.

Three minutes into the second half on the Decatur Campus, the College of Coastal Georgia was sailing along with a 12-point lead. By the end, the Mariners had been blown into uncharted waters by a storm of steals, transition baskets, rebounds, blocked shots, alley-oop dunks, tap-ins, one-on-one spin moves, three-pointers, tap-ins and you get the idea.

GPC 83, Coastal 67.

“In the first half, it was the same old unforced turnovers and bad shots. We didn’t compete,” said Jaguars head coach Alfred Barney. “After that, for the last 17 minutes, we competed like we need to.”

The Jaguars (12-17, 6-7) are in the hunt for a first-division finish in Region 17, important because the top four seeds host first-round games and the other four take bus rides. The first round is March 2, with semifinals and final to follow March 5-6 at the home court of the top-seeded remaining team.

Brandon Thomas

They may need help, but first they need to help themselves by beating South Georgia Tech at home on Monday night. The 7 o’clock is the makeup of a snowout from Feb. 13.

A triple-double by Jimmy Bacon (25 points, 19 rebounds, 11 assists) and a double-double by Brandon Thomas (22 points, 11 rebounds) led GPC. Josh Relaford contributed 12 points and Jarrett Stokes 11.

“Brandon really came up big,” said Barney. “He and Jimmy just moved up to another level.”

The Mariners (13-14, 7-4) took a 40-33 halftime lead on the three-point shooting of Jaren Harris and Ernest Fuller. The first five points of the second half put GPC down by 12.

Two baskets by Thomas started the Jaguars’ comeback before Bacon took over, dominating at both ends. Soon the deficit was gone, and two baskets on assists by Bacon provided a lead.

Coastal hung in, trailing by three at the 7:55 mark. Two baskets by Josh Relaford re-ignited the Jaguars, who finished up the rout. A thundering dunk by Thomas with 30 seconds remaing punctuated the afternoon.

Jonathan Brooks led Coastal with 13 points.

Before the game, the Jaguars honored their three sophomores—Thomas, Stephen Davis and Ivan Walthour.

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

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February 15, 2010

Missed shots costly for Jaguars

At the end, one side of the scoreboard was where the Georgia Perimeter College men wanted it to be. Unfortunately, the other side wasn’t.

The Jaguars were in their comfort zone on defense, holding Albany Technical College in the low 60s. But their shots failed to go through the hoop, leading to a 63-56 loss on the Decatur Campus.

“When you hold the other team to 60-some points, you’ve got to stick the ball in the hole,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “We got some good shots. We just didn’t hit them. We missed a lot of layups.”

The loss leaves GPC (11-17, 5-7) scrambling for position in the NJCAA Region 17 tournament, which starts March 2 on the home courts of the four highest seeds.

The Jaguars have two games remaining, both at home—Saturday against the College of Coastal Georgia and Monday, Feb. 22, against South Georgia Tech. The latter is the makeup of a game snowed out Feb. 13.

A couple of unfamilar names led the Jaguars’ scoring rolls—Brandon Thomas (15 points) and Cameron Venus (11). Jimmy Bacon had nine. Venus also had nine rebounds, Bacon eight and Stephen Davis seven.

After GPC led 31-26 at halftime, the teams slugged it out inside. After two free throws by Davis pulled the Jaguars within 53-52 with 5:35 remaining, they missed their next eight shots, wasting defense that at one point had produced five consecutive turnovers by Albany Tech (13-12, 5-6).

Jerry Lewis led Albany Tech with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Dominique Polite had 17 points and Owens 12, including four free throws in the final 37 seconds that sealed the Jaguars’ fate.

Saturday’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m., following the women’s matchup of GPC and Andrew College. The makeup game on Monday is set for 7 p.m.

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

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February 10, 2010

Jaguars end 3-game slide

Georgia Perimeter College cracked down on defense and snapped a three-game men’s basketball slide Wednesday with a 69-60 victory at Atlanta Metro College.

The Jaguars (11-16, 5-6) had allowed 88, 87 and 91 points in consecutive defeats. But they kept the Red-eyed Panthers at bay in a competitive game in which the visitors’ biggest lead was 11 points.

Jimmy Bacon topped GPC with 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting, followed by Stephen Davis with 16 and Charsani Williams with 12. Scott Ferguson paced Atlanta Metro (9-16, 3-6) with 20.

The verdict gives GPC a sweep of the series with its cross-town rival. The Jaguars handled Atlanta Metro at home 71-54 a month ago.

The Jaguars stage their final three regular season games at their Decatur campus gym, beginning Saturday at 4 p.m. against South Georgia Tech. That game will be audio webcast, with a pre-game show at 3:50 p.m. To access the broadcast, click on the link 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 8, 2010

Davis scores 29 in OT loss

In a game that will be remembered long after the bruises heal, the Georgia Perimeter College men lost a cliffhanger at home to Waycross College, 91-89 in double overtime.

Josh Relaford goes for a layup while Gerald Williams looks for a rebound.

The 56 fouls the referees whistled—29 against the Jaguars, 27 against the visiting Swamp Foxes—left both teams with plenty of chances to win with free throws.

Waycross (15-9, 3-6 in NJCAA Region 17) was 27-for-36 from the line, GPC 22-for-38. Jarrett Stokes, Jimmy Bacon and Gerald Williams fouled out for the Jaguars (10-16, 4-6), who hung in gamely and led with 14 seconds remaining in the second OT.

“We’ve got to play smarter,” said Jaguars head coach Alfred Barney. “We have to adjust our game and we didn’t. We fouled and they made the free throws. We got fouled and didn’t make them.”

The primary “they” was Waycross’ Brandon Hosely, a sophomore from Jonesboro who produced 32 points, half from the free throw line (16-for-17). Hosely also scored 32 in the Swamp Foxes’ nine-point victory over the Jaguars in Waycross on Jan. 23.

Stephen Davis was a double-double force inside for GPC with 29 points and 10 rebounds. His hustle repeatedly inspired the Jaguars at crucial points in the game.

Bacon also had a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds), while Stokes had 12 points and Cameron Venus 10. Stokes turned in a defensive gem guarding Hosely, holding the Foxes’ gunner to 11 points in the first half.

Davis brought the Jaguars back when they looked done for, down by seven with seven minutes remaining. But GPC’s next seven possessions all produced points—nine of them by Davis—as the Jaguars went ahead by five.

After more twists and turns—and, of course, officials’ whistles—the Swamp Foxes tied the score at 69 on a layup by Travis Ellison of Mableton with 26 seconds left. The Jaguars played for the final shot but didn’t get one off.

GPC led by four with 55 seconds remaining in the first overtime, but a turnover and two missed free throws let Waycross off the hook. Four points by Hosely sent the game to double overtime.

At this point, the rock-’em-sock-’em match produced a smattering of blood. It was on the jersey of Davis, who missed more than a minute while going back to the locker room to change into injured teammate Curtis Trotter’s jersey.

Davis resumed his stout play upon his return, but Waycross went ahead by four on a layup by Josh Mendenhall with 39 seconds left.

The kill shot? Not on this long night of lead changes.

A three-pointer and another basket by Clifford Tuck put GPC back ahead 89-88 with 14 seconds left. Hosely and Ellison pulled the game out for Waycross’ first-year program with three free throws, and a final-second heave by Davis almost went in.

The game was webcast on NHSBN.com, and the archived broadcast can be accessed through that site or at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

The Jaguars next play on the road Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at archrival Atlanta Metropolitan College. The women’s teams square off at 5:30.

The Jaguars next play Saturday at home at 4 p.m. against South Georgia Technical College. The same schools’ women’s teams meet at 2. Both games will be webcast live.

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

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February 6, 2010

Coastal Georgia downs Jaguars

Road-weary Georgia Perimeter College crossed paths with a hot team and ran out of gas in Brunswick by an 87-77 loss to Coastal Georgia Community College in men’s basketball Saturday.

The Mariners (13-11, 7-1), atop the Region 17 standings with Middle Georgia, swept to their sixth straight win. The Jaguars (10-15, 4-5) had no answer for Jonathan Brooks, who piled up 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners.

For the second consecutive outing, both defeats, GPC dug itself into a hole and slightly outscored its foe in the second half. The Jaguars trailed by 12 at intermission.

GPC wrapped up an extended stretch of road games at 1-3, which began with a loss at Waycross College. The Jaguars are back in their Decatur gym Monday night at 7:30 to host Waycross.

Former Georgia Tech and NBA great Dennis Scott will broadcast a remote of his 790 The Zone radio show, 3-D’s After Dark, by the entrance to the Jaguar’s gymnasium.

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

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February 3, 2010

Jaguars rally but fall short to Middle Georgia

The Georgia Perimeter College men “won” one half Wednesday against Middle Georgia. By then, however, the Warriors already had built a massive lead and cruised to a basketball win over the Jaguars 88-66 in Cochran.

The visitors (10-14, 4-4) were undone by 19 turnovers and 37 percent shooting from the floor. Middle Georgia (18-3, 6-1), co-leader of Region 17 and ranked No. 17 nationally in the NJCAA, shredded the Jaguars’ full-court press in moving on top by 27.

The press finally began to pay dividends and GPC trimmed the deficit to 20. The Jaguars wound up outscoring Middle Georgia by a point in the second half after trailing 53-30 at the break.

Jimmy Bacon stood out for GPC, which dropped a 74-64 decision 13 days earlier in Decatur, with 15 points and eight rebounds. Jarrett Stokes scored 14.

Kori Forge and Carl Hall hit GPC with a double whammy, scoring 23 and 20 points, respectively.

The Jaguars conclude a four-game stretch away from home by facing Coastal Georgia Community College on Saturday afternoon in Brunswick.

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

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February 2, 2010

Jaguars team up to ‘Slam Dunk Cancer’

Georgia Perimeter College and Austin Road Elementary are teaming up for the first annual “Slam Dunk Cancer” fundraiser for a cure.

The Jaguars show their civic engagement spirit.

The Georgia Perimeter men’s basketball team and ARE-Young Men About Change, (YMAC), mentoring program selected this event for their community service project. Their goal is to raise $1,000 in an effort to make a difference in the lives of others.

“Austin Road Elementary and the GPC Jaguars are serious about teaming up to ‘Slam Dunk Cancer,’” says Alfred Barney, head coach of the men’s basketball team.

The GPC team, cheerleaders and stats crew will all wear black and pink “Slam Dunk” cancer t-shirts at Jaguar games and other times.

The fundraiser will be promoted at the men’s Monday, Feb. 8, home game with Waycross College, which tips off at 7:30 p.m.

And another big fundraiser event will be featured as the women’s and men’s teams host South Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, on Saturday, Feb. 13.

For more information on “Slam Dunk Cancer,” call 678-891-2360.

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January 30, 2010

Jaguars gain revenge on Gordon

Jarrett Stokes scored 29 points.

Georgia Perimeter College exploded early in the second half behind the hot hand of Jarrett Stokes and outraced Gordon College 92-78 in men’s basketball Saturday in Barnesville.

Stokes scored 29 points, exceeding his previous season high by one, as GPC (10-13, 4-3) avenged a home-court loss to the Highlanders (13-8, 3-3) earlier this month.

The Jaguars, trailing by five at halftime, revved up about two minutes into the second half and stormed to a double-digit lead. Gordon got the margin down to nine but GPC surged safely ahead thanks to accurate foul shooting. Stokes was 9-for-10.

GPC got 20 points from Stephen Davis and 12 from Derrick Orr.

The Jaguars had trouble containing Gordon’s Malcolm Jackson, who entered the game as the No. 3 scorer in GJCAA with an 18.5 average. He amassed 32 points, half of them on 16 free throws in 18 attempts.

The Jaguars remain on the road with their third straight away game Wednesday against Middle Georgia in Cochran.

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

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January 23, 2010

New foe Waycross finds a way against Jaguars

The inaugural Waycross College men’s basketball team notched its first Georgia Junior College Athletic Association win ever Saturday at the expense of Georgia Perimeter College.

The Swamp Foxes (12-8, 1-5) broke open a tight game late in the second half to triumph 82-73 behind 32 points from Brandon Hosely.

GPC (9-13, 3-3) got 24 points from Jarrett Stokes and 19 from Jimmy Bacon, who also latched onto 14 rebounds.

The game featured eight lead changes and six ties. GPC led by as much as four after intermission before the Swamp Foxes stormed ahead 54-42. The Jaguars could close no further than a five-point deficit.

Waycross went to the free throw line 43 times, sinking 28, as Bacon and Cameron Venus fouled out. GPC outrebounded the home team by 44-34 but forced just 10 turnovers.

The Jaguars have a week to refocus before traveling to Barnsville to take on Gordon College. After road ventures to Middle Georgia College and Coastal Georgia Community College Feb. 3 and 6, they return to host a rematch with Waycross on Feb. 8 at 7:30.

Dennis Scott, the former Georgia Tech and Orlando Magic star, will be on hand Feb. 8, hosting a remote broadcast of his night radio 790 The Zone show at the entrance to the Jaguar’s Decatur Campus court.

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

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January 20, 2010

Dry spell trips Jaguars

The Georgia Perimeter College men seized an early lead, but an unusually long dry spell in the second half condemned them to a 74-64 loss to No. 24-ranked Middle Georgia at the GPC gym on the Decatur Campus.

“I thought in the second half they got after us good. We really missed a lot of easy shots, but they were blocking shots, too,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “We were throwing things up there, but they were doing things to make us miss.”

Middle Georgia (16-2) stayed unbeaten in Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association at 4-0.

GPC fell to 3-2 in the league, 9-11 overall.

Jimmy Bacon led the Jaguars with 16 points, followed by Curtis Trotter (12) and Jarrett Stokes (11). Cameron Venus contributed 10 rebounds.

For Middle Georgia, 6-foot-8 Carl Hall was a force inside, producing 23 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots with a few others altered. Marcos Knight had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

After leading by 10 early and 38-34 at halftime, the Jaguars scored just one basket in almost the first nine minutes of the second half. That came on a goaltending call.

After the score was tied at 42, Middle Georgia ran off seven consecutive points.

The Jaguars pulled within 53-50 on a fast-break layup by Clifford Tuck with 8:46 left. After that, the Warriors pounded away inside, drove to the hoop with abandon and made most of their free throws to put the game away.

“We played a poor first half—not like we’ve been playing all year,” said Middle Georgia head coach Scott Moe. “But we’ve been good at getting the lead and icing it down at the end.”

Of the Jaguars, he noted: “They’re young. They had to rely on the outside shot. I’ve been there.”

The rematch comes quickly, Feb. 3 in Cochran. In the meantime, the Jaguars have a couple of more road trips—Saturday, Jan. 23, to Waycross College and Jan. 30 to Gordon College in Barnesville. At Gordon, they’ll try to avenge a five-point loss at home in the first conference game earlier this month.

The Jaguars’ next home game isn’t until Feb. 8, against Waycross College at 7:30 p.m. Former Georgia Tech and NBA great Dennis Scott will broadcast his 790 The Zone radio show live by the entrance to the Jaguar basketball hall.

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

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January 16, 2010

Jaguars share scoring wealth, win third straight

A balanced scoring attack bailed out the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team Saturday in a see-saw 74-62 conference victory over South Georgia Tech in Americus on Saturday.

The Jaguars (9-11, 3-1) forged a 17-point lead in the first half of the NJCAA Region 17 game, then handed nearly all of it back by intermission. GPC held a slim 37-35 lead at halftime.

The Jets (11-9, 2-1) seized the lead midway in the second half, going ahead by four as GPC lost momentum during a 10-minute break to attend to an injured Tech player. The contest featured six lead changes.

Regrouping with pinpoint shooting, the Jaguars finished the game with 47 percent from the floor and 46 percent on three-pointers.

GPC’s points were well distributed among Jarrett Stokes (18), Jimmy Bacon (15) and Derrick Orr, Cameron Venus and Stephen Davis (10 each).

Venus brought down nine rebounds, same as Bacon, and managed three steals. Davis was a defensive force with four blocks.

Daley Strafford scored 17 for the home team.

Carrying a three-game win streak, the Jaguars resume play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a key GJCAA encounter with Middle Georgia College on the Decatur Campus. Middle Georgia (14-2, 2-0), is ranked in the top 35 in the NJCAA national poll.

Georgia Perimeter will have to slow down the Warriors’ scoring duo of 6-8 freshman center Carl Hall and freshman guard Marcos Knight. Hall ranks 25th in the nation with 19.5 points per game, while Knight is close behind at No. 49 with a 17.5 average.

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

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January 13, 2010

Jags turn things up a notch

When their cross-town rival showed up, the Georgia Perimeter College men mustered a satisfying greeting, beating Atlanta Metropolitan College 71-54 at the GPC gym on the Decatur Campus.

Jimmy Bacon scored GPC’s first nine points.

“It’s a rivalry game,” said Jaguars head coach Alfred Barney. “We played with a little more intensity.”

That defensive focus – and more than a little solid play above the rim – pushed the Jaguars to 8-11 overall, 2-1 in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

Josh Relaford led GPC with 15 points, followed by Stephen Davis (14), Brandon Thomas (13) and Jimmy Bacon (11). Cameron Venus led with nine rebounds as the Jaguars won the battle of the boards 48-36.

They also won almost every other kind of battle that can be quantified. Victories over Metro (8-12, 2-2) are seldom decided so early.

The opening nine minutes were entertaining, fast-paced and the kind of close match fans of the teams expect. Bacon scored GPC’s first nine points on three plays – two treys and a three-point play after a drive to the hoop.

Ahead by three at the 10:45 mark, the Jaguars produced a long stretch of defensive efficiency, holding the Panthers to two free throws in 18 possessions. By then, GPC had a 41-22 lead, but Metro countered with the final five points of the first half.

But no sustained run was in the cards.

The Jaguars produced the first seven points of the second half, four by Derrick Orr. After GPC padded its lead to 23, the game unwound to its logical conclusion, the only wart for the Jaguars some sloppy ballhandling in the final minutes.

“We’ve got to learn to take care of the basketball,” said Barney. “But we played hard. A lot better than we’ve been playing.”

So the Jaguars claim bragging rights, at least until the Feb. 10 rematch a few miles away over at the Metro.

“These guys know each other well,” said Barney. “They’re always talking to each other on Facebook and MySpace.”

The Jaguars next play on Jan. 16 in Americus against South Georgia Technical College. The next home game is Jan. 20 against Middle Georgia College at 7:30 p.m., after the women from the same schools square off at 5:30.

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

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January 9, 2010

GPC evens conference record

Georgia Perimeter College benefitted from the absence of Albany Tech’s top scorer Saturday for a 77-66 men’s basketball victory on the road.

The verdict leveled the Jaguars’ Georgia Junior College Athletic Association record to 1-1 and lifted them to 7-11 overall, breaking a three-game slide.

The Titans’ Wilbur Lake was suspended for making contact with a referee in their previous game.

Jarrett Stokes poured in 22 points for GPC on 8-for-12 shooting. Jimmy Bacon, besides his 15 points, was a force near the basket with 11 rebounds and three blocks.

In Lake’s absence, Montavious Mark chipped in with 14 points and Romeo Owens 12 for Albany.

GPC can build a winning streak with a GJCAA win Wednesday over cross-town rival Atlanta Metro College. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Decatur Campus gym.

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

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January 6, 2010

Jaguars drop league opener

Sometimes a team battles against the trees in the front court and then loses to the little man in the backcourt.

That was the story as Gordon College outlasted the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team, posting a 68-63 victory Wednesday night on GPC’s home court in the opening conference game for each team.

The visitors held a distinct height advantage—two 6-7 guards, a 6-9 forward and seven-foot Jean Pierre Uwamahoro of Rwanda at post.

Although the Highlanders predictably controlled the boards, 44-33, it was six-foot-one Malcom Jackson of Fayetteville, Ga., who made the difference—and what GPC coach Alfred Barney described as “beating ourselves” on the part of the Jaguars.

“We didn’t compete,” Barney said. “We didn’t guard; we gave them second and third shots; we got wide open shots and missed them.

“Give Gordon credit—they came to win and we didn’t.”

Gordon (11-4) led throughout until the Jaguars found their game at the same point in the second half. GPC put together a 15-2 run early in the period to pull within one, 46-45 on a steal and jumper by Jarrett Stokes.

A basket by Brandon Thomas gave the Jaguars their first lead, 59-57, with eight minutes remaining.

But in the final six minutes, Jackson took over the game, scoring seven of his game-high 16 points to seal the victory.

GPC fell to 6-11 and 0-1 in Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Jimmy Bacon led the Jaguars with 14 points, and Stephen Davis added 10. Curtis Trotter matched Uwamahoro’s nine rebounds on the boards.

Daveion Aellner, a 6-7 guard, and Faibein Davis contributed 11 points apiece for Gordon.

Next, Georgia Perimeter hits the southern highway Saturday for a 4 p.m. region game with Albany Technical College. The Jaguars return home to meet cross-town region rival Atlanta Metro College on January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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

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December 29, 2009

GPC tripped again in Florida

Florida has not been a friendly site for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team this season.

Tuesday’s 75-64 loss to Gulf Coast Community College on the final day of its Christmas Classic in Panama City dropped the Jaguars to 0-6 in the Sunshine State.

GPC trailed by 10 points at halftime, then closed the gap to three with about four minutes left. Turnovers kept the Jaguars (6-10) from drawing closer.

Jarrett Stokes topped GPC scorers with 19 points. That total was matched by Willie Kirkland Jr. and Eric Buckner for the Commodores (12-4).

Coach Alfred Barney uses the stiff competition in Florida to prepare his team for conference games in the new year. The formula has worked in the past, and the Jaguars will get a clue to its effectiveness Jan. 6 when they play host to Georgia Junior College Athletic Association foe Gordon College. Tip-off time is 7 p.m.

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

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December 28, 2009

Third time no charm against Chipola

Georgia Perimeter College has seen enough of Chipola (Fla.) College.

The Indians, ranked No. 8 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, handled the Jaguars 80-51 in men’s basketball Monday. It was Chipola’s third victory this season over GPC.

The setting was the Holiday Classic in Panama City, Fla., where GPC (6-9) confronts on Tuesday the host team, Gulf Coast Community College. The Commodores defeated Aiken Tech 84-56 Monday.

Jimmy Bacon was GPC’s scoring leader with just 11 points as familiarity did not help the Jaguars against the powerful Indians. Cameron Venus pulled down six rebounds.

GPC dropped 79-66 and 106-66 decisions to Chipola earlier in the season.

Chipola (12-1) placed three scorers in double figures: Lashay Page (16), Marvin Fitzgerald (11) and Delwan Graham (11).

Georgia Perimeter begins its conference schedule on January 6, hosting Gordon College at 7 p.m. The Jaguars have won the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA) in three of the past four years.

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

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December 12, 2009

Jaguars avenge loss to Aiken Tech

Stout defense down the stretch and big plays in the final minute by Stephen Davis gave the Georgia Perimeter College men a 67-63 victory over Aiken Technical College at the GPC gym on the Decatur Campus.

“This was a big win for us before we go home for Christmas,” said coach Alfred Barney, whose Jaguars (6-8) broke a four-game losing streak that started with a six-point loss at Aiken Tech.

Davis, a 6-foot-4 sophomore forward, led GPC with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Eleven of his rebounds came on the offensive end.

Jimmy Bacon had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Jaguars, while Clifford Tuck also had 15 points.

The Jaguars, who trailed by one at halftime, led 48-38 with 13 minutes remaining in the game but would need late-game heroics, some from guard Jarrett Stokes, who returned from a knee injury to play 16 minutes off the bench. Most were on the wing, not at his customary point guard position, as Tuck ran the offense.

“We used him on the wing where he could shoot,” said Barney. “He also was very good defensively down the stretch.”

After Aiken Tech (4-7) took a four-point lead with five minutes remaining, a basket inside by Bacon and a banked three-pointer by Stokes brought the Jaguars back. With the score tied at 60, GPC’s defensive pressure near midcourt forced a five-second violation by the Knights with 1:07 remaining.

Davis put in a missed shot with 45 seconds left to give the Jaguars a two-point lead, then snagged a key rebound on the other end. As the clock ran down to 17.7 seconds, Stokes was fouled and made the first of two free throws.

But instead of having a shot to tie the game, the Knights found themselves stymied by five points when Davis maneuvered for the rebound and stick-back basket. After a three-pointer by Aiken Tech, Stokes wrapped up the decision with two free throws.

“We turned up our defensive intensity down the stretch, and Stephen came up big in the middle,” said Barney.

Aiken Tech had four players score in double figures—Darnell Davis (15), Winford Ivey (13), Antrjuan Albright (11) and Anthony Rapley (10).

The Jaguars are off until Dec. 28 and 29, when they get a final pre-conference reading on their progress with tough games in Panama City, Fla., against Chipola College and Gulf Coast Community College. Chipola, which has already beaten GPC twice, is ranked No. 8 in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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

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December 9, 2009

Jaguars lose lead in final minute

Georgia Perimeter College missed the point. The point guards, that is.

The Jaguars found themselves without a point guard down the stretch Wednesday and were edged by Spartanburg Methodist Junior College 76-74 in men’s basketball.

GPC traveled to the game in Spartanburg, S.C., without injured starter Jarrett Stokes, His fill-in, Clifford Tuck, fouled out, and a third was ejected after committing two technical fouls.

Those fouls were critical in more ways than one. Georgia Perimeter led by five at the time with two minutes left. A flurry of three throws cut it to two and sparked the home team’s rally.

The Jaguars (5-8), who started five freshmen, missed a potential two-point shot inside the final 10 seconds. After the Pioneers hit a free throw, a desperation shot at the buzzer missed the mark.

Spartanburg (9-4) won its sixth straight game since a 65-60 setback to GPC in Decatur last month.

The Jaguars return home Saturday for a 3 p.m. game against Aiken (S.C.) Technical College, their last until after Christmas. Two weeks ago, the Knights (4-6) defeated GPC 55-49 on Aiken Tech’s home court.

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

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December 5, 2009

Florida keeps heat on Jaguars

Crossing the border into Florida often spells trouble for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team. The state is loaded with powerful squads, as GPC was reminded over the weekend.

GPC fell Saturday to Pensacola Junior College 79-69 at the Panhandle Shootout in Marianna, Fla.

The night before, the Jaguars (5-7) were beaten by Chipola College. They are 0-4 in games played in the Sunshine State and 0-5 overall against Florida schools this season.

Although the score was tied 35-35 at halftime, GPC was unable to take advantage of Pensacola’s 22 turnovers and 24 fouls. The Pirates erupted after the intermission, taking a 65-49 lead at one point in the second half.

“We just didn’t show up to play,” said head coach Alfred Barney.

Clifford Tuck topped Jaguars scorers with 14 points, while Derrick Orr and Stephen Davis had 13 apiece.

Brandon Knight paced the Pirates with 15, one more than Daniel West. Pensacola hit 56 percent from the field.

GPC plays its fourth consecutive road game Wednesday in a state where it’s had better luck. Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College looks to avenge its 65-60 loss to the Jaguars in the GPC Thanksgiving Classic.

Saturday, the Jaguars also will be seeing revenge for an earlier loss as they return to their home court for a game with Aiken Technical College at 3 p.m. Aiken Tech defeated GPC 55-49 in November.

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

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December 4, 2009

Chipola justifies top ten ranking

First time, it was close. Second time, it was morose for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team in their season-long series with Chipola College.

The Jaguars fell behind early and stayed there in a 106-66 loss to Chipola on Friday night at the Panhandle Classic in Marianna, Fla.

GPC (5-6) was competitive against the Indians at its gym last month, losing 79-66. But the No. 10 team in the NJCAA rankings lived up to its billing in the rematch, leading 58-34 at halftime.

The Indians (7-1) nailed 14 three-pointers, compared to five for the Jaguars.

Lashay Page did most of the damage, scoring 24 points. GPC got 12 from Ivan Walthour, 11 from Josh Relaford and 10 from Clifford Tuck.

The Jaguars try to regain a .500 record with a Saturday afternoon game against Pensacola Junior College in Marianna.

For better or worse, GPC is not done with Chipola. They are scheduled to meet on Dec. 28 in Panama City, Fla.

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November 30, 2009

Aiken Tech trips Jaguars

The Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team hoped to ride into December on a six-game win streak. Aiken (S.C.) Tech had other ideas.

The Knights, who began Monday night 2-6, surprised the Jaguars 55-49, leaving GPC 5-5 and in need of a breather.

The Jaguars — playing their third game in four days, all away from home — were flat offensively. The exception was Curtis Trotter, who scored 16 points while claiming 10 rebounds.

Dajuwan Carter tallied 13 and Casey Arnold 10 for the Knights.

GPC is in the midst of a six-game stretch on the road. Next up is Chipola (Fla.) College on Friday at the Panhandle Classic in Marianna, Fla. It’s a rematch of a 79-66 GPC setback at its Tip-off Classic.

The Jaguars’ next home game is a Dec. 12 rematch against Aiken at 3 p.m.

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

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November 28, 2009

Stokes stirs GPC with hot hand

Jarrett Stokes scored from inside and outside the three-point arc. The freshman guard scored from the foul line.

Jarrett Stokes was a perfect 10 from the foul line.

When the final buzzer sounded, Stokes had 28 points, a season high for any Georgia Perimeter College player, and the Jaguars climbed above .500 for the first time with a 76-69 win Saturday over Holmes (Miss.) Community College.

The victory at the Atlanta Metropolitan Classic lifted GPC to 5-4 after an 0-4 start. The Jaguars catch their breath before a Monday night game at Aiken (S.C.) Tech College, their third game in four days.

Stokes was accurate on 4-for-6 three-pointers. He nailed all 10 free throw attempts and added three two-point baskets. Only one other Jaguar, Josh Relaford with 11, reached double figures.

GPC was never in danger despite committing 19 turnovers, nearly twice as many as the Bulldogs. The Jaguars made up for failing to protect the ball by hitting 50 percent from the field, including 53 percent on threes.

Anthony Jones scored 20 and Clyde Moore 16 for Holmes.

The Jaguars have little time to rest as they ride Monday to Aiken (S.C.) Technical College for a 7:30 tip-off. Their next home game is Dec. 12, as Aiken reciprocates with a visit at 3 p.m.

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

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November 27, 2009

Jaguars rally to reach .500

Georgia Perimeter College on Friday completed its month-long climb to a .500 men’s basketball record. A day later, the Jaguars can move to winning record territory—or fall back below the break-even mark.

Josh Relaford

The Jaguars (4-4) tripped up Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College 78-69 on opening day of the AMC Classic, hosted by Atlanta Metropolitan College.

GPC has a quick turn-around with a 4 p.m. game Saturday with Holmes (Miss.) Community College.

The win was not easy. GPC trailed by 10 points in the first half after giving up easy baskets and did not take the lead until a flurry of points early in the second.

Coach Alfred Barney was content with the team’s improved play but noted the Jaguars must “protect the ball better late in games.” Chattahoochee made a mild run down the stretch.

GPC’s balanced scoring attack was led by 19 points from Josh Relaford, who also claimed 10 rebounds. Jarrett Stokes added 17 points, Jimmy Bacon 16 and Curtis Trotter 13.

With seven assists, Clifford Tuck was at the front end of many of those baskets.

Trotter and Relaford registered double-doubles as they paced Jaguar rebounders with 11 and 10, respectively.

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

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November 23, 2009

Jaguars beat Oxford 94-63

Seven games into the season – four losses, followed by three victories – Georgia Perimeter College head coach Alfred Barney assessed his young team as “a very talented bunch.”

But in junior college basketball, the goal is to establish solid play, the general roles of players and teamwork before January, when conference seasons begin. In that area, Barney handed out a tougher grade, declaring the Jaguars “a little bit behind schedule.”

“They’ve got to realize you have to come to play every night. It isn’t high school, where you can take some games off. We’ve got some work to do,” he said after a 94-63 victory over Oxford College of Emory University at the GPC gym on the Decatur Campus.

Jimmy Bacon led GPC with 20 points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes, shooting 8-for-10 from the field. Five other Jaguars were in double figures – Jarrett Stokes (19), Stephen Davis (13), Curtis Trotter (12), Clifford Tuck (12) and Josh Relaford (10).

The Jaguars were able to rev up their running game often and shot 66 percent from the field. Stokes made five three-pointers.

GPC’s pressing, trapping defense produced an early 24-9 lead. In one stretch of seven possessions, the Eagles (3-3) committed six turnovers and missed a shot.

The Jaguars led 54-27 at halftime, and the margin would have been larger had it not been for a couple of timely three-pointers by Oxford guard Reade Milner. He finished with 14 points, tying Travis Kitchen for the team lead.

Bacon had 15 points at halftime. After a three-pointer and two free throws early in the second half, he drew his third foul at the 15-minute mark and never returned as Barney spread the minutes around.

“We wanted to give some kids the opportunity to play,” Barney said.

The Jaguars’ man-to-man defense produced 16 turnovers in the first half. After Barney called for a zone, the results were less efficient.

“We play zone sometimes, and we didn’t play it the way we need to play it,” he said. “We got lackadaisical and started fouling. That’s the stuff we’ve got to get rid of.”

Oxford shot 33 percent from the field but wound up picking up 20 points at the free throw line.

After three games in four days, the Jaguars get a few days off before participating in Atlanta Metro’s Thanksgiving Classic. Their next game is Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. against Holmes Community College of Goodman, Miss.

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

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November 21, 2009

Jags make it two straight

The Georgia Perimeter College men’s team parlayed a 7-minute midgame stretch of sparkling basketball into a 74-70 victory over USC-Salkehatchie on the final day of the GPC Thanksgiving Classic on the Decatur Campus.

In the last 90 seconds of the first half and the first 5 1/2 minutes after halftime, the Jaguars (2-4) scored on 12 of 13 possessions, building a 56-33 lead. The Indians (3-4) recovered to make a game of it, but never closed the gap.

Jimmy Bacon led GPC with 17 points, followed by Clifford Tuck with 15 and Curtis Trotter with 14.

Trotter, at 6 feet 7 the Jaguars’ best inside threat, also contributed 15 rebounds. Bacon had 11, nine of them on the offensive end. Overall, GPC outrebounded the Pioneers 58-42.

Jarrett Stokes had six assists for GPC.

After falling behind at the outset, the Jaguars breezed to a 20-7 lead on a jumper by Cameron Venus with 8:59 left in the first half. But the Pioneers, led by Brandon Riley of Eatonton, Ga., countered with their own flurry of offense. A pair of three-pointers by Riley tied the score at 28 late in the half.

Then it was time for Bacon to sizzle. Mucking the offensive boards, he scored on a putback, then assisted on a fast-break layup by Tuck after a USC-Salk turnover. On the Pioneers’ next possession, Bacon blocked a shot, producing a layup by Trotter and a 34-28 halftime lead.

In GPC’s 22-5 run at the start of the second half, Tuck had seven points, Bacon six (a pair of three-pointers) and Stokes five.

But the Pioneers, held to 32 percent shooting, managed to chip away and almost caught lighting in the waning minutes, again led by Riley, who scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the final 1:03.

A three-pointer by Riley pulled USC-Salk within 70-67 with 30 seconds remaining. A bad pass by GPC gave the Pioneers a chance to tie, but Tuck rebounded the missed shot and sank two free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining.

The Jaguars next play Nov. 23, a home game against Oxford College at 7 p.m.

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

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November 21, 2009

Spartanburg Methodist wins

Darion Canty and Tim Budd took charge in the final minute as Spartanburg Methodist College beat Southern Sports Academy 86-81 on the final day of the GPC Thanksgiving Classic at the Decatur Campus.

Canty broke a tie at 81 with a jump shot with 30 seconds remaining and wrapped up the victory with three free throws. Budd, a 6-foot-9 center, pulled down two of his 12 rebounds at key times in the final minute.

Michael Lowe led Spartanburg Methodist (4-4) with 16 points, followed by Canty and CJ Gleaton with 15 apiece. Budd contributed 10.

Jared Harrison and Bryant Stroiger each scored 14 points for Southern Sports Academy, which had three starters foul out.

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

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November 20, 2009

Jags snag first win

The Georgia Perimeter College men had Spartanburg Methodist College on the ropes several times, but the knockout blow didn’t come until the final minute of a 65-60 victory on the first day of the GPC Thanksgiving Classic at the Decatur campus.

Stephen Davis blocked a key shot, and Cameron Venus and Clifford Tuck came through at the free throw line to seal GPC’s first victory of the season.

Davis and Curtis Trotter led the Jaguars (1-4) with 11 points apiece, and Gerald Williams contributed 10 as head coach Alfred Barney substituted liberally, at times sending in an entire unit. Barney used fresh troops to apply pressure in the backcourt most of the game, the strategy producing 29 turnovers from the Pioneers (3-4).

Darion Canty led Spartanburg Methodist with 19 points, while 6-foot-9 center Tim Budd had 18, plus 11 rebounds.

After falling behind early, GPC took control with a 9-0 run. Trotter had five of those points, a three-pointer and two free throws.

The Jaguars led by nine at halftime and by 15 with 16:24 remaining when Jimmy Bacon scored on an assist from Jarrett Stokes after a steal. At that point, the Pioneers had committed five turnovers in seven trips down the floor.

After Spartanburg Methodist came off the mat with eight consecutive points, the Jaguars produced another flurry. A basket by Davis — putting back his own miss — and a layup by Tuck off a steal by Venus put GPC’s lead back at 11 with 11:21 remaining.

But the Pioneers finally got their offense in gear, sparked by two crucial three-pointers from DJ Glover. They pulled within four points, then three, then finally within 60-59 on a layup by Budd with 29.5 seconds remaining.

Davis’ block of an 8-foot shot by Canty with fewer than 10 seconds remaining proved crucial. The block was Davis’ fourth of the game, and he also contributed six rebounds.

The Jaguars wrap up their Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 21 with a 4 p.m. game against USC-Salkehatchie, which defeated Southern Sports Academy 98-79 in the opener. SSA and Spartanburg Methodist meet at 2 p.m.

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

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November 20, 2009

USC-Salkehatchie rolls

Guard Brandon Riley of Eatonton, Ga., scored 21 points and forward Nate Drayton of Savannah added 18 as USC-Salkehatchie beat Southern Sports Academy 98-79 in the opening game of the GPC Thanksgiving Classic at the Decatur campus.

USC-Salk (3-3), last year’s regular-season champion in Region 10 of the National Junior College Athletic Association, cruised after leading 50-34 at halftime. The Indians play Georgia Perimeter College on Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.

Jared Harrison led Southern Sports Academy with 17 points before fouling out with 8:53 remaining. Dame Aka and Kojo Mensha had 15 apiece.

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

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November 14, 2009

Tip-off Classic: Chipola denies GPC first win

Powerful Chipola College kept Georgia Perimeter College from tasting victory for the first time this basketball season, winning 79-66 Saturday at the Jaguars’ Decatur Campus.

The game, which concluded GPC’s Tip-off Classic, left the home team 0-4. The Indians, ranked 13th in the NJCAA poll, advanced to 4-0. Florida teams dominated Georgia in the Tip-Off Classic, as Chipola and Northwest Florida State College took all four games against GPC and Atlanta Metropolitan College.

The Jaguars stayed within reach throughout. They trailed 34-29 at halftime but could not match Chipola’s balanced scoring. The Indians placed five men in double figures, with Marvin Fitzgerald’s 14 points leading the brigade.

Curtis Trotter was the Jaguars’ standout. His 13 points matched Jarrett Stokes for a team best, and he bulled his way to 14 rebounds.

There were encouraging signs for the Jaguars. They held their turnover total under 20 (with 18) and were outrebounded by only four (44-40). The Indians were limited to 39 percent shooting from the field.

GPC also hit 39 percent, just 28 percent on threes.

The Jaguars get two more chances to crack the win column next weekend in their Thanksgiving Classic. They confront Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist at 7 p.m. Friday, following a 5 p.m. game between Mississippi Elite and USC Salkehatchie. On Saturday, the teams trade opponents, with GPC taking on Salkehatchie at 4 p.m.

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

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November 14, 2009

Tip-off Classic: NW Florida rolls on

Northwest Florida State College completed a perfect weekend, downing Atlanta Metro 80-51 Saturday.

The Raiders, who knocked off GPC on Friday for the second time this season, improved to 5-0 behind 21 points from Sherrad Brantley. Northwest’s defense hounded the Red-Eyed Panthers into 1-for-16 shooting from three-point territory and dominated the boards with a 57-34 edge.

The outcome was clear-cut by halftime, when Northwest Florida led 50-22.

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

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November 13, 2009

Tip-Off Classic: N.W. Florida downs GPC

A week sometimes makes a difference, but not quite enough this time for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team.

The Jaguars fell to Northwest Florida State College 72-62 Friday in the nightcap of the GPC Tip-Off Classic at the Decatur Campus. A week ago the Raiders routed GPC by a 93-61 score.

Why the difference in the point margin? “We played harder—we competed this time,” said Jaguar head coach Alfred Barney.

Northwest Florida’s head coach, Bruce Stewart’s answer was that the Raiders were cold from the floor Friday compared to the last contest with GPC. “We made a lot of three,s last week,” he said.

Indeed, the Raiders started out cold, and the Jaguars seized an early 20-9 lead with an 11-point run and a coast-to-coast dunk by Josh Relaford.

But GPC (0-3) cooled off and the visitors took a 34-28 halftime lead that they never relinquished behind handy shooting by Brian Bryant (27 points) and Toby Veal (20).

Curtis Trotter led the Jaguars with 16, followed by Stephen Davis’ 14 and Jimmy Bacon’s 10. Trotter’s 13 rebounds were high for both teams.

However, Northwest Florida (4-0) out-rebounded the Jaguars 53-46. Georgia Perimeter committed 22 turnovers to the Raiders’ 13, and missed numerous open shots late in the game.

“We’ve got to be smarter down the stretch,” Barney said. “We’re not big enough and fast enough to miss easy shots, free throws and dunks. We’re not blocking out. The second shot on our defensive boards is OK, but the third and the fourth—we’ve got to get it together.”

In Saturday’s Tip-Off Classic action, Northwest Florida meets Atlanta Metropolitan College at 2 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. matchup between the Jaguars and No. 13 ranked Chipola College.

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

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November 13, 2009

GPC Tip-Off Classic: Chipola wins opener

Chipola College defeated Atlanta Metro College 87-67 in Friday’s opener of the GPC Tip-Off Classic, hosted by Georgia Perimeter College.

Steadman Short led the Indians (3-0) with 12 points, and three players added 11 each—Kevin Powell, Dexter Ellington and John Taylor.

Atlanta Metro’s Tony Dukes led all scorers with 28 points.

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

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November 7, 2009

Northwest Florida cruises by Jaguars

Northwest Florida State College rolled by the Georgia Perimeter College men’s basketball team 93-61 Saturday in Northwest’s Tip-Off Classic in Niceville, Fla.

The Jaguars (0-2) hung tough for just over 10 minutes, trailing 25-17. But Northwest (3-0) ripped off 13 straight points and cruised into halftime ahead 44-25 as GPC misfired on threes, sinking three of 16.

After intermission, the Raiders scored the first 20 points and eventually widened their edge to 70-30.

Foul trouble plagued the Jaguars. Three fouled out, the first with only four minutes gone in the second half. A northwest parade to the foul line produced 58 attempts, 32 of which went in.

Curtis Trotter, with 15 points, was the only Jaguar scorer in double figures. Sherrard Brantley, from Dublin, Ga., topped the Raiders with 20.

GPC hopes to improve at home with its Tip-off-Classic in a rematch with Northwest. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday, following Atlanta Metro College versus Chipola (Fla.) College at 5.

On Saturday, it’s GPC against Chipola at 4 p.m. after the Atlanta Metro-Northwest matchup at 2. Chipola is ranked No. 13 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

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

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November 6, 2009

GPC rally falls short in opener

With a nearly brand-new roster, Georgia Perimeter College’s slow start in its men’s basketball opener Friday was no surprise.

Clifford Tuck

Yet the Jaguars, down 16 points, almost rallied for the win before falling short 64-58 to Alabama Southern Community College on the first day of the Northwest Florida State College Tip-off Classic in Niceville, Fla.

Behind sharp-shooting guard Clifford Tuck, the Jaguars closed to within three points with two minutes left. Alabama Southern preserved the lead, largely on 17 made free throws and 20 points from Rico Sanders.

Tuck scored 20 himself, mostly on his four three-pointers. GPC nailed eight from behind the arc.

The Jaguars were less successful from the foul line, hitting only six of 11.

Jimmy Bacon tallied 12 and Jarrett Stokes 11 for GPC. All are freshmen as the Jaguars this season suit up only three sophomores, two of whom return from a year ago.

The Jaguars can even their record Saturday against the host team, Northwest Florida State College.

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

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November 5, 2009

Talent, maturity keys to GPC’s season

They are young. They are small. Their two premier players from last year are gone, along with the rest of the lineup except one. They are not the defending champions.

Jimmy Bacon

But they are the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars, with a rich history in men’s basketball (including three consecutive trips to the national tournament) and a veteran coach in Alfred Barney. So, his peers voted GPC the preseason favorite in the conference, Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

“Our reputation carries a little bit of weight, but I was surprised at that ranking,” said Barney, whose ballot had South Georgia Technical College repeating as champion. The National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll validates that sentiment, ranking South Georgia Tech at No. 29 and not ranking GPC or any other Region 17 team.

Of his 14th edition of the Jaguars, Barney said, “They are so athletic and talented. It’s one of the most talented and athletic groups I’ve ever had. But they’ve got to mature.”

GPC will miss graduates Jamail Turner and Anthony Miller for more than their play. Turner, a guard-forward, was runner-up region Player of the Year and Miller, a guard who has moved on to Jacksonville State, was region Defensive Player of the Year. They combined to average just over 30 points per game.

“They were our one-two punch,” Barney said. “They gave us good leadership.”

The duo was unable to carry the Jaguars to its fourth consecutive national tournament, which would have been their fourth straight. GPC fell in the Region 17 playoffs, finishing 19-14—Barney’s first non-20-win season since 1999-2000.

Of the thirteen players this year, 6-foot-10 center Ivan Walthour (Liberty County High) and forward Stephen Davis (Berkmar High) as the only Jaguars back for an encore. Another sophomore, guard/forward Brandon Thomas (Meadowcreek High), transferred from an Illinois college. The other ten players are freshmen.

Jarrett Stokes

“We had to have introductions before the first practice,” Barney joked, “so we know who we are.”

Barney is undaunted by the heavy makeover confronting him. He once took a team with 10 freshmen to the nationals.

The key for newcomers, he said, is to accept that they will not score like LeBron James, as they might have in high school.

“In our system, you are not going to put up 20 or 30 points per game,” Barney said. Over his career, several players have left after failing to adjust.

As practice commenced, most starting positions were up for grabs. Barney cited guard/forward Jimmy Bacon (Long County High), guard Jarrett Stokes (Campbell High) and guard/forward Gerald Williams (Mitchell County High) as strong contenders.

Derrick Orr, a quick guard, will be a key to the team’s success. Curtis Trotter of Toronto, the latest Canadian to suit up for the Jaguars, is a post player who can hit from three-point range. At 6-foot-7, he often may be the tallest Jaguar on the court.

“I am extremely happy with this group,” Barney said. “They are gym rats—a pleasure to coach.”

GPC will engage in its typical brutal pre-region schedule beginning Friday and Saturday at The Northwest Florida State College Tip-Off Classic in Niceville, Fla. The Jaguars play Alabama Southern Community College Friday and the host team on Saturday.

Before New Year’s Day, Georgia Perimeter will spend lots of time in Florida, as they will attend other Sunshine State tournaments in Marianna and Panama City.

They also play host to two tournaments—the Tip-off Classic Nov. 13-14, which kicks off the regular season home schedule, and the Thanksgiving Classic the following weekend.

Each event, home and away, draws some of the highest-ranked teams in the country. The Jaguars will play Chipola College, ranked No. 13 in the NJCAA preseason poll, three times, beginning with Nov. 14 at the GPC Tip-off Classic.

“If we’re not careful, we’ll come out of the gate 0-5,” Barney said.

Last year’s squad opened 2-7, and then recovered to claim a share of the regular-season Region 17 title. Barney has braced himself for tough sledding early on this time as the players grow accustomed to each other and the more intense play.

“They don’t understand yet the level of competition they have to face,” he said.

To run his high-octane offense, Barney historically substitutes five players at a time. A shortage of depth on the front line may prevent that approach this season, but the coach is not about to ease off the accelerator. His goal is for GPC to get the ball down court within six seconds.

“If we survive the first half of the year,” Barney said, “I think we’ll be all right in the conference.”

So do his fellow region coaches. They are accustomed to seeing the Jaguars rise to the top.

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

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