#OTRHoopsReport: Deep South Classic Day 1 Recap – Dec 29, 2014
Georgia signee Will Jackson helped lead Athens Christian to a first round win in the Deep South Classic
Snellville, Ga. – The 23rd annual Deep South Classic displayed some of the top programs in the state of Georgia. Brookwood High has done a good job of getting teams from Georgia and surrounding states to participate in this event. Opening night had a local feel as some of the top teams in the area were matched up.
Will Jackson is as good as advertised
Georgia signee Will Jackson got off to a fast start scoring 12 points while dishing out 8 assists in the first half against Cambridge. In transition, he handles the ball with his head up and eyes taking a picture of the court to see if the throw ahead pass is available to a teammate sprinting the lane. Jackson has great court vision and regularly sees the next pass before it happens. His feel for the game and understanding of the strength and weakness of his teammates are second to none. Jackson scored in a variety of ways whether it was the three ball, penetrating to the rim, or finishing with the mid-way jumper. Athens Christian advanced to the next round behind 21 points 14 assists from Jackson.
Video Footage of Will Jackson provided by @KrisWatkinsPSB
Three point shooting helps Woodward Academy pull off the win
Senior guard Jamie Dearing showed up big Saturday afternoon knocking down (6) three pointers finishing with 19 points for Woodward Academy. In addition to the hot hand from Dearing, the Eagles also got outside shooting help from Jake Nestlehutt. The junior guard provided a spark in the second quarter hitting back to back three pointers to help Woodward Academy proclaim the lead. Woodward Academy will advance to the second round of the tournament facing Duluth Monday night.
Senior guard playing major role in Duluth’s success
Duluth High School is off to a 12-1 record this year, largely in part to senior lead guard Joe Gordon. Saturday night Gordon scored 17 points while throwing out 6 assists in a 9 point win over Foley High School out of Alabama. This 5-foot-9 guard does a good job of running the offense, setting up teammates for easy baskets around the rim. He has a slick handle which allows him to penetrate the lane where he can finish with the pull up jumper or throw pinpoint passes to his teammates.
Brookwood Head Coach Daniel Bowles gets 100th career win
The home team was just a little too much to handle in their Deep South Classic opener against Johns Creek. The Broncos gave Coach Daniel Bowles his 100th career coaching victory as they won 83-59 Saturday night. The Broncos were led by Trae Higginbotham with 19 points and junior guard Micah Kinsey dropped 11 points. Brookwood advances to the semifinals, where they will face Athens Christian on Monday at 7:30pm.
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