By R. Alan Richardson
Senior Jordan Huff played the final game of his basketball career at MCHS Friday. The 6’2” 182 pound senior is headed for early enrollment as a scholarship football player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this semester. He will be missed.
This two-sport standout has played a vital role in back-to-back Region Championships in football his sophomore and junior seasons and was voted in as an 8-AAA All-Region defensive back his senior year. Huff is also known for his tenacious and unrelenting defense for Coach Jamond Sims’ basketball squad. He has been the Gary (The Glove) Payton for the Bulldogs defensively over the past three seasons. Whenever the Dogs needed a stopper on a hot shooter, he was the man to call on. That role has made him an important part of the deep Dogs’ playoff runs during his tenure. He has also proven himself to be a dogged rebounder and steady scorer around the basket when needed.
The usual sixth man for MOCO was given the nod for the start against Monroe Area and he did not disappoint. He was 3-4 from the field and connected on 1-2 three pointers to go along with his one assist, one rebound, and three steals. He was given a standing ovation and received the game ball after the contest with congratulations all-around from his teammates and coaches. It was a great way to send off a great young man.
Coach Jamond Sims said, “We’re really going to miss Jordan. It was a great game to finish his high school career with the guys he’s been playing with since sixth grade. It was something special. He brings everything every day to practice and games going full speed in everything he does. Jordan’s a tough kid, a stopper, a guy that makes things happen and is called on to defend the best guard on the other team. You never have to worry about it when he’s on the player. It seems he’s one of those players that always makes the right play at the right time and is always in the right spot. I had an opportunity to tell him what he brought to the team the last couple of years not only on the floor, but with his well-mannered, and level-headed approach to the game and to life. Don’t get me wrong. When he steps on that floor, he’s all confidence and all business, but he has the personality to be comfortable in any room he walks into. He’s going to do well.”
The Bulldogs took the Monroe game easily 79-53 with balanced scoring and nine players putting their name in the scoring column. Tyrin Lawrence led the offensive attack with 17 points followed by Stevin Greene’s 13. Other scorers included Nolan Causwell-9, Alec Woodard-8, Huff-7, AJ Brown-7, Desmond White-7, Aaron Mullins-6, and Trent Folds-5. Woodard had a complete game grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out eight assists while Causwell was a force on the boards with eight as well. Greene had six steals to go along with his six assists. Mullins, always a crowd favorite, came in late to score six straight points on a tip-in and two nice inside baskets. His teammates and the fans loved it.
The Dogs came out hot against the Hurricanes’ 2-3 zone hitting their first three trifectas of the game from Lawrence, Huff, and Greene. They took an 11-6 lead in a low-scoring first quarter and then outscored Monroe 19-3 over the first five minutes of the second stanza. Greene came out firing in the second quarter with nine straight points and Lawrence scored eight straight to take a 30-8 lead. Monroe answered with eight straight of their own going into the half to trail by a 30-17 margin.
The Dogs went on another run after the intermission. The message at halftime must have been to get the ball inside, and that’s what they did by feeding 6’8” Causwell in the paint. He went to work on the smaller Canes’ defenders and helped MOCO jump out to a 47-22 advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter. Woodard nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to take a commanding 56-30 lead heading into the final quarter. Morgan breezed through the final eight minutes for the 79-53 win.
The varsity teams will play Franklin County at home this Friday with JV starting at 4:00 and varsity at 7:00. They will then turn around on Saturday to host the Sweet South Shootout. The venue will highlight a number of highly ranked teams from Georgia. Action starts at 4:00 with the varsity girls playing at 5:30 vs. Salem. The boys will play Duluth at 8:30.