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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Georgia Highlands men win a close battle with South Georgia Tech

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A fierce, physical battle Wednesday night showed Georgia Highlands head men’s basketball coach Phil Gaffney just how far his team has come this season.

The Chargers hung on for an 87-82 home win over conference rival South Georgia Tech at The Corral as GHC improved to 2-0 against Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association opponents.

Both teams traded baskets throughout the first half with South Georgia holding a 37-36 lead at the half. The Chargers’ stifling defense paid dividends early in the second half with GHC storming out to a 63-43 lead with 12:27 left.

South Georgia Tech took advantage of the Chargers turnovers down the stretch to cut the lead to 84-80 but that was as close as the Jets would come.

“We had a tremendous effort tonight over the first place team in our conference,” Gaffney said. “We can see we are getting better and better every day.”

The Chargers were led by DeMarcus Addie with 21 points, while TaJuan Johnson added 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Sandro Noel had a double-double 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Khalyl Waters finished with 14 points.

Geogia Highlands (8-6) travels to South Georgia State on Saturday.

South Georgia Tech women 60, Georgia Highlands 53

The Lady Chargers fought hard against nationally-ranked South Georgia Tech but the Lady Jets pulled away for the 60-53 win.

Both teams struggled offensively all night but the outcome of the game was decided in the paint with South Georgia Tech outscoring GHC 30-12.

The Lady Chargers were led by Anna Stewart with 16 points, Kateryna Khomenko with 14 points and eight rebounds, and Ozahria Fisher with 13 points.

GHC (9-10, 5-3) returns to action Saturday with a trip to Central Georgia Tech.