The Morgan boys’ basketball team took a trip to the Sunshine State to compete in the Capital City Classic in Tallahassee last weekend. Ty Lawrence, Anthony Cooper, and Alec Woodard continue to carry the load. Any in this trio of players can scorch you on any given night. Coach Jamond Sims said, “They are a fun group to coach. They really don’t get caught up in who scores the most or takes a number of shots. Sometimes, they can be too unselfish.”
That’s a nice problem to have when you have a trio like this. The threesome combined for 52 of Morgan’s 64 against Maclay (FL) and the next afternoon vs. Leon (FL).
Sims again commented, “Over the years, when we get at least a combined 40 points from three guys, we win.”
Against the very good Maclay team, the Dogs came away with a 64-55 win, in what would prove to be the first of two tough games. Lawrence remains on an offensive star, racking up a game high of 26 points. Lawrence’s third quarter heroics, when he scored 14 of the team’s 22 points, gave MOCO the 52-39 lead following a 30-30 halftime tie between the two squads. It was enough for the win. Woodard garnered 14 and Cooper added 12 to the total. Point guard Stevin Greene had a solid night with eight points, seven boards, and three assists.
Morgan then took on Leon High School, another team from the Tallahassee area, and showed that Florida basketball can be as good as its football is touted for. It was another night of the Woodard-Lawrence show with the duo combining for 50 points in the lopsided 81-54 win. Lawrence was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second time this season after being nominated in the Dacula Craig Sager Memorial earlier this year for his performance.
This game was over quickly. The Dogs jumped all over the Lions in the first quarter 23-6 and cruised to the victory. Lawrence came out on fire scoring 11 of those. He had 16 at the half with Morgan leading 39-21. Woodard got things going with the three-ball hitting six on the evening ending up with a game-high 28 points. Others MOCO players getting into the scoring column were Cooper with eight, Quinn Williams 5, Green 7, Latrabius Stokes 1, Austin Hoopengardner 3, Jordan Huff 3, KJ Wyatt 2, and Yusuf Baig 2.
According to Max Preps, the boys are currently listed as the seventh best team in the state in all classifications, 167th in the country, and number one in Georgia’s Class AAA. Don’t look now, but that old football nemesis by the name of Monroe Area is currently undefeated at 8-0 and ranked number three while Hart County is holding down the ninth spot in AAA.
The Bulldogs will host their annual Sweet South Classic tournament beginning Dec. 28 – 30. Games are scheduled throughout the day for boys and girls action at the main gym. The girls are slated for a 7 p.m. matchup with Butler of Augusta and the boys will face Chip Academy out of Atlanta at 8:30 p.m.
Sims commented, “We are looking forward to the upcoming Sweet South Classic, as it should be another competitive event. Some events are filled with teams that the host school should beat. We try to fill ours with the best available competition. There will be a wide range of teams as far as location, size, and style. Hopefully, both girls and guys will get valuable game experience that will pay dividends during our region schedule after Christmas.”