GHS seniors bid farewell to home court

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2005

For the four seniors on Greenville High's basketball team, Friday's game against Jefferson Davis was heart wrenching. Saturday's game against T.R. Miller provided that group with a different set of emotions.

After starting the game 17-14, the Tigers quickly fell behind 24-23 at the intermission, and then down to 24-23 in the third period.

All that changed in the fourth period as the Tigers were able to post 25 points and outscore their competition 25-12 and lay claim to the 60-49 victory.

Isiah Mack proved to be one of the biggest offensive assets for the Tigers as he posted 20 points in the victory.

Gaviston Warren finished the day with 14 points and Devoski McMeans 10 points in his final regular season game on the home court.

The first time the Tigers and the Volunteers took the floor the result was not pretty. JD was the decisive victor to the tune of 30 points.

Friday's game was vastly different then the first meeting. The Tigers ultimately fell short against the visiting Volunteers. But this loss was by a slim, three-point loss in a very back-and-forth game.

Jeff Davis took the floor and raced out to an early 26-20 first period lead. But, by the intermission, the Tigers had found their groove and had put the visiting Vols on the low end of the scoreboard, 39-35.

The homse-standing seniors of Greenville hung onto the lead, narrowly through the duration of the third period and was up by the slimmest of margins, 50-49, going into the final frame.

As both teams battled for the lead, the Volunteers became the team that was able to post the victory, 77-74.

Friday night was the first time this season that nearly all five of the starting Tigers posted double digits in scoring. Josh Hawkins fell on basket short with nine points. However, Mack finished with 20 points, McMeans and Warren both finished with 14 points and Curtis Fields posted 11 points in the loss.

Despite the split the Greenville Tigers have a chance to pick up a pair of wins when they travel to Brantley on Thursday and then to Central-Hayneville on Friday.

The Tigers have a week off after their game against the Lions before the area tournament. The first round of the area tournament will be played Feb. 11 and the championship will be played Feb. 14.