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Gray Collegiate beats Andrew Jackson, 79-38, to win second straight AA boys title

By Billy G. Baker

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Columbia—Gray Collegiate (21-10) scored the first 10 points of the game and built a 34-26 lead at the half, going on to earn their second straight AA boys title defeating Andrew Jackson with a dominating 79-38 win at the USC Colonial Center on March, 2.

Gray made 13 of 19 first half shots as 8 different players scored, led by senior point guard Tommy Bruner with 12 points. A-J was led in the first half by a 10 point effort from D.J. Ealey. Gray’s defense also forced 10 AJ turnovers in the first half, 19 for the game. In the third period Gray outscored A-J 16-11 to take a 50-37 lead in to the final period.

In the fourth quarter Gray exploded for 29 points for their final total while limiting AJ to just one final quarter point. .

“Man, it feels great to win two in a row and everybody was talking about other teams defenses coming into the finals this weekend but I will put my team up against anyone because we play great defense too and it showed today,” said head coach Dion Bethea. “The whole team played well today and it was a big team win.

“I felt like Tommy Bruner stepped up in the first quarter and showed great senior leadership and we finally shot well from the free throw line (18 of 25) also,” said Coach Bethea. “We started five seniors today and we’ll miss all of them. Bruner, Khalil Robison, Ty Rivers, Jalil Robinson, and Dallaz Corbitt have all given us a great two year run. I hope we can make it three in a row and we’ll build the team around junior Jalen Deloach (6-8),” said Coach Bethea. “Just proud of everyone today and it was a great team win.”

Bruner who has an upcoming visit with Hofstra also said Georgia Tech was in his final five. “I felt like I needed to be a senior leader today in the championship and I challenged myself a little more today,” said Bruner. “I tried to leave it all on the court today and I even made most of my free throws for a change.”

Andrew Jackson head coach Danny Wright was proud of his team finishing 17-5 and making it to the state finals. “We are from a small community and we made history getting to the finals and I am so proud of going 17-5 and playing in the state finals,” said Coach Wright. “We were able to hang with them in the first half but their sheer talent wore us down in the second half. My guys played their hearts out and being alumni of Andrew Jackson myself I will never forget this season.”

For the game Gray Collegiate made 27 of 48 shots from the field, blocked 8 shots and had 15 steals. Bruner led all Gray scorers with 19 followed by Jalil Robinson with 15, and Khalil Robinson with 12. Three Gray players had 9 points in Jalil Robinson, Deloach, and Dallaz Corbitt. Ty Rivers chipped in with 7 points.

For Andrew Jackson DJ Ealey led the way with 15 points and was his team’s only player in double figures. Jamie Hinson had seven points and OJ White contributed five along with four points by Jawquinn Black.


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