Knights take important region win over Eagles
EVANS 64, JOSEY 61
By Stephen Fastenau | Columbia County Bureau
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Less than 10 seconds remained during the boys game Tuesday at Evans.

Players from each side received instructions during a timeout.

The Knights wanted to stay in the passing lanes. Josey wanted only to get a shot off.

Evans prevailed and held on to win, 64-61, and hand the Eagles their third Region 3-AAAA loss. The Knights avenged an earlier loss to Josey.

"We're going to live on this one a couple days," Evans senior Justin Black said. "We're not going to get to sleep for a couple days."

Knights sophomore Trevor Foreman stepped in front of an Eagles' pass, secured the steal and was fouled with 1.5 seconds remaining after Josey devised a play down by two.

The victory means Evans and Josey are tied for the region's second seed with six league games remaining for each.

The Eagles beat the Knights 51-46 in December, and the matchup would move to tie-breakers if the two are tied before the region tournament.

Both trail undefeated Richmond Academy in the region standings. The Knights play at Richmond Academy on Friday.

"Back-to-back, (to play) the top two teams in the standings -- it's a tough week," Evans coach Kevin Kenny said.

Black said avenging the loss to Josey should give the Knights (14-4, 12-3 region) confidence Friday when they try to even the regular-season meetings with Richmond Academy.

Josey also has another crack at the region's top team. The Eagles (15-4, 12-3) had their chance for second alone Tuesday.

The Eagles started the second half hot, scoring the first three baskets and building a five-point advantage. They led by three starting the final eight minutes.

But a Foreman steal, drive and subsequent trip to the free-throw line led to a double-technical foul and ejection of Eagles forward Conrad Wilburn. Evans made four of the resulting six free throws and led by five.

"Don't try to get us back in one possession," Josey coach Jabari Levi told his players during an ensuing timeout. "We got a lot of time. Be patient."

The Knights pushed their lead to eight before Levi's squad rallied. The Eagles worked under the basket, converting two 3-point plays, to pull within two with a little more than a minute remaining.

They were down two with the ball when Levi called timeout with 9.2 seconds left.

"They could have folded, but they definitely kept fighting," Levi said. "My group is a fighting group."

Reach Stephen Fastenau at (706) 863-6165, ext. 116 or stephen.fastenau@augustachronicle.com.

From the Wednesday, January 27, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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