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Douglas basketball seasons end in state tournament
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
March 05, 2014 01:07 PM | 1279 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Douglas County girls’ basketball player Maya Benham attempts a shot during practice earlier this season.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Douglas County girls’ basketball player Maya Benham attempts a shot during practice earlier this season.
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Three basketball programs in Douglas County saw their seasons conclude this past week as each team made strong runs in the Georgia High School Association playoffs.

The Alexander boys’ basketball team saw its record-setting season conclude with a 78-75 overtime loss to Jonesboro in the semifinals of the Class AAAA playoffs at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton Saturday. Senior Hassani Gravett had a game-high 46 points for Alexander while junior Mikell Lands-Davis contributed 15 in the contest.

The Cougars finished the season with a team-record 26 wins and undefeated in region play, including winning the region tournament. This year marked the third-consecutive season that they’ve won 20 or more games in a single campaign.

Alexander defeated Cass, Grady and Carrollton during its run over a two-week period in the playoffs. Lands-Davis had a team-high 17 points in the Carrollton home victory in front of a sold-out crowd.

“We were fortunate to host some playoff games here at Alexander and there isn’t a better home court in the state of Georgia,” Cougars’ head coach Jason Slate said. “It was great receiving the type of support we’ve gotten from our fans.”

Douglas County High School saw each of its basketball teams win postseason contests as well in the Class AAAAAA playoffs. The girls’ basketball squad advanced to the state quarterfinals, earning wins over Colquitt County and North Cobb. However, the Tigers’ season concluded with an 82-51 loss to McEachern on Feb. 26. In the victory over North Cobb, junior guard Santasia Faust had a game-high 29 points along with nine steals and five rebounds. Fellow junior guard Maya Benham posted 18 points in the win. The Tigers finished the season with 23 wins.

The Douglas County boys’ team also had a stellar season, winning 21 games and earning a Region 3-AAAAAA tournament championship. The Tigers won its first-round state playoff contest against Valdosta on Feb. 22 before seeing their season end with a 72-71 loss to Hillgrove three days later. Senior Justin Bridges had a team-high 33 points in the loss for Douglas County.



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