DEA sweeps double-header

by | December 27, 2006 12:00 am

By ANDY CALLAWAY

BY ANDY CALLAWAY

David Emanuel Academy swept a varsity basketball doubleheader from John Hancock Academy in Stillmore last Tuesday. The Eagles strolled to a 69-24 win in the boys game and the Lady Eagles outlasted the visitors from Sparta 22-18 in the girls contest.

Clifford Byrd led the Eagles in the boys game as he poured in 26 points including four three point shots while handing out four assists.

“Clifford had a tremendous game for us,” said DEA Head Coach Stacy Sikes. “He shot 50% from behind the three point line, and that is incredible. He wound up shooting 61% from the floor (11 of 18) and also helped his team by giving out four assists.”

With the win, DEA remained undefeated for the season and improved their overall mark to 6-0. The Eagles have also moved into the number one ranked position in the latest GISA coaches class A state poll.

The outcome versus John Hancock was never in doubt as the Eagles built a 37-10 halftime lead. Every Eagle played in the game and 10 of the 11 that dressed scored, including Jared Flowers who scored two points in his first game after recovering from a broken wrist. Logan Salter and Casey Clark each finished with nine points followed by Dawda Njie with six, Hudson Johnson with five, Joseph Sparks and Greg Glover with four each, and Flowers, John Mark Sweat and Brandon Blount with two. Njie grabbed a team high ten rebounds while Salter had nine boards and Clark, Flowers and Glover pulled down six rebounds. Sparks had five steals and Salter finished with four.

“The win was a good way for us to head into the Christmas break although there were some areas of concern,” said Sikes. “We had 22 turnovers and only 12 assists in the game. That kind of ratio will not bode well for us against a bigger stronger team.”

The girls game turned out to be an old fashioned low scoring slugfest that saw DEA leading by the score of 6- 4 at the half.

“It was just one of those games where both teams were playing well defensively but neither could find their rhythm offensively,” said Lady Eagles Head Coach Andy Callaway. “We are happy to come away with a win against a very good John Hancock team but we are not happy with the way we played overall.”

Macy Fagler surpassed the 800 point mark in her high school career by scoring 13 points in the game. Amanda Cardell scored five points while Jessica Cook with three and Gabrielle Story with one also scored as the Lady Eagles improved to 4- 2 with the non-region win. Tabby Gay and Kriesten Pinnell wit six each led John Hancock who fell to 4-3 with the loss.

DEA’s varsity teams will be in action again on Friday December 29 when they host Curtis Baptist starting with the girls game at 6:00. DEA will also be at home on Saturday December 30 when they take on Augusta Home School starting with the girls game at 2:00. On Tuesday January 2, DEA will host Edmund Burke with B-team games beginning at 4:00 with the varsity games starting at 6:30.

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