Columbia Star

Gray runs over Abbeville



A 26-0 run from the first to the second quarter lifted the Gray Collegiate War Eagles to a 95-47 win over the Abbeville Panthers Saturday, February 18 in the second round of the 2A playoffs.

“The guys did a great job of sharing the basketball,” Gray Collegiate head coach Dion Bethea said. “I felt early on the ball was sticking to us. They did a great job of moving the basketball. They work hard in practice. They are always looking for each other. Those guys have it clicking. I’m just glad all of them played well.”

Two layups and two free throws from Avantae Parker put Gray ahead 6-2. Abbeville battled back with a free throw from JD Baylor and a 3-pointer from Patrick Singletary to tie the score. A layup from Myke Mitchell and a jumper from Ellis Graham put the War Eagles ahead 10-6. A bucket from Damarcus Leach shrank the Panthers’ deficit to 10-8.

Then Gray went on its run. The War Eagles ended the first quarter scoring seven straight points to lead 17-8. Parker scored four points and Tray White added three.

The next 19 points came in the second quarter as the lead grew to 36-8. Braylhan Thomas led the way with two layups and a free throw, Trey Maddox got a dunk and a 3-pointer, Devyn Johnson knocked down a 3-pointer, White and Quan McDuffie made layups, and Mitchell converted a pair of free throws.

A layup, a jumper, and two free throws from Baylor and two free throws from Javario Tinch trimmed the Abbeville deficit to 42-16. The War Eagles scored six of the next eight points to take a 48-18 halftime lead. Maddox scored four points and LJ Britt added two.

Parker scored eight more points in the third quarter, Thomas chipped in with seven, Mitchell had four, and Britt and Johnson added three each as the War Eagles’ lead ballooned to 74-27.

“Like last year in the playoffs, we wanted to make sure we kept everyone under 40,” Bethea said. “I felt like we can score. From a defensive standpoint we have to set a target goal, which is holding opponents under 40 points. I thought we did that well.”

Justin Pauling scored four points in the fourth quarter; White chipped in with three; and McDuffie, Mitchell, Maddox, Graham, Johnson, and Brandon Jamison added two each as Gray Collegiate came away with the win.

Gray Collegiate: Avantae Parker 18, Braylhan Thomas 14, Trayvon Maddox 12, Myke Mitchell 10, Tray White 8, Ellis Graham 8, Devyn Johnson 8, Justin Pauling 6, LJ Britt 5, Quan McDuffie 4, and Brandon Jamison 2.

Abbeville: Javario Tinch 14, JD Baylor 13, Damarcus Leach 6, Patrick Singletary 6, Darius Riley 3, Antonio Harrison 2, Eric Burton 2, and Altavious Patterson 1.

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