Panthers fall to tourney host in opening round

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 30, 2005

BREWTON - Georgiana coach Jerome Harris III has never admitted to feeling helpless, but he was in that situation late Tuesday night.

Homestanding T.R. Miller built a double-digit lead and never looked back before coming away with a 48-29 victory over the Harris' Panthers in the nightcap to the opening round of the T.R. Miller Christmas Classic.

&#8220It was just a complete lack of effort on our part all the way around tonight,” Harris said. &#8220I hope we will come back (Wednesday) with a better attitude with a will to win.”

Harris did get that win he was looking for on Wednesday. The Panthers jumped out to a 17-10 lead after the first eight minutes against Jay (Fla.) and never looked back in a 54-46 win.

Georgiana faced St. Paul of Mobile in a consolation final Friday afternoon.

In the loss to T.R. Miller (6-6), Georgiana clawed and scratched to try to get back in the game by drawing to within six points with 2:41 left in the third period on a three-point play by Glen Clark.

Only that was the last basket for Georgiana for the remainder of the period as the Tigers rebuilt a 12-point advantage heading into the final stanza.

The final nail in the Panthers' coffin came with just 7:09 left in the game under T.R. Miller's basket. A Tiger shot attempt rimmed out of the basket and a Georgiana player attempted to tip it to a teammate, only the ball bounced right into the basket for a T.R. Miller bucket.

The Panthers managed just one basket for the remainder of the game.

Chris Hall led Georgiana with 10 points, while Terrell Brooks led the Tigers with 12.

In the win over Jay, Kenny Peterson led Georgiana with 12 points. Terrance Matthews chipped in 12 in the win over the Royals.

Jay was led by Brandon Hendricks, who finished with a game-high 15 points.