DEA Eagles reach Final Four
by Emanuel County Live | February 28, 2007 12:00 am
By ANDY CALLAWAY
By ANDY CALLAWAY
The boys team at David Emanuel Academy boys basketball team reached the Final Four for the only the second time in school history as they won both the first and second round games at East Georgia College in Swainsboro last week. DEA defeated Dawson Street Christian School 72-37 in the first round on Thursday and Fullington Academy 57-42 in the second round on Saturday.
DEAwill play fellow region 2-A member First Presbyterian Christian Academy at 2:30 on Friday in the semifinals. Bethesda Day School, also from region 2-A and the only team to have defeated DEA, will take on Heirway Christian in the other semifinal at 1:00 on Friday. The state championship game is set for 1:30 on Saturday. All the games in the Final Four will be played in the Centennial Center on the campus of Georgia College and State University.
In the win over Dawson Street it was Clifford Byrd leading the way with 20 points followed by Dawda Njie with 16, Logan Salter with 11 and Joseph Sparks with 10. Jared Flowers with eight, Casey Clark with four and Brandon Blount with three also scored as the Eagles improved to 26-2 on the season. George Harper and C J Pruitt both scored 11 for Dawson Street.
“It certainly came at the right time, but this is probably the best all around game that we have played in a while,” said Coach Stacy Sikes. “Clifford Byrd really set the tone for this game with his play on both ends of the floor, especially running the show offensively. Dawda also came up big with aggressive offensive play taking the ball off the rim.”
Njie led the win over Fullington with 14 points followed by Flowers with 12 and Sparks with 10. Salter with seven, Blount with three and Clark with two also scored as DEA won for the 27th time this season, extending the school record for most wins in a season.
“I thought that we played another solid game offensively and defensively,” said Sikes. “Dawda had another good night on the boards for us and that is always a plus. Our scoring was very balanced and that is a key to our success.” DEA now has their focus on the state championship, which would be the first in school history. “I can’t tell you what it means to this team to make it to the Final Four, it is beyond words. I can say that it has been our goal from day one. We will put in another hard week of practice and go to Milledgeville and see what happens.”