Morgan’s boys opened up their season competing in the Craig Sager Memorial Basketball Tournament held at Dacula High School this week and over the weekend. The Dogs are coming off the 2016-17 season where they played in the State Championship game for the fourth straight time. They are 2-2 during that stretch losing to Pace Academy in the finals last season. MOCO returns a litany of talent from that team and have high expectations for this year. Many anticipate that the Dogs could return for a fifth straight time, but that’s a long way off.
The Craig Sager event is listed as one of the largest in the country with 32 teams competing in both boys and girls brackets. It is the largest sanctioned co-ed tournament in the nation for 2017 and will run from Saturday through Tuesday at Dacula High School. Monday’s and Tuesday’s results weren’t available at press time.
Craig Sager was one of basketball’s most ‘colorful’ sideline personalities known for his outrageous sport coats of many colors. The tournament brackets have been aptly named plaid, paisley, chevron, and floral to honor his memory and his attire. Sager died after a lengthy battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia last December. The tournament hopes to raise funds and awareness for this terrible disease.
In the opening round of the tournament three of the Bulldog stars from a year ago carried the load in an 84-78 overtime in their first outing against a strong Therrell High School (1-1 on the season) squad. Junior guards Alec Woodard, Tyrin Lawrence, and Stevin Green combined for 79 of the Bulldog’s 84 points. No, that’s not a misprint. Woodard lit it up with 37 points while Lawrence poured in 25 and Green added 17. Only two other players contributed points in the win. The threesome scored all 14 of the team’s overtime points for the win to put the Dogs at 1-0 on the young season.
Jamond Sims, in his third year at the helm of the program, said, “We played out of sync, which was expected, since we only had the full team for four practices when the football season ended. Through it all, the players were able to make plays in the end and get the win. No rest for the weary, as we face the number two ranked team in AAAAAA (Dacula) Monday. These challenges and teams will prepare us for later situations.”
The Morgan-Dacula matchup was played Monday with the Championship Game following that on Tuesday evening.
Morgan’s boys will play this weekend in the Hardwood Basketball Classic.
In girls action the Lady Dogs took a 55-32 victory over Cambridge High School at the Jefferson Kickoff Tournament in their first game of the season. The tournament continued Monday and Tuesday of this week. Details were unavailable at press time.