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LOCAL ROUNDUP: GHC basketball teams sweep Atlanta Metro

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The Georgia Highlands men’s basketball team opened GCAA Conference play on the road at Atlanta Metro College and fought back from 18 points down to take a 89-76 win.

The Chargers struggled offensively in first half especially from the 3 point line going 2 for 12. Atlanta Metro went on a 14-2 run to extend their lead to 18 points, but GHC fought to close Atlanta Metro’s lead to 39-37.

GHC opened to second half with a 13-0 run to help secure the victory.

“I am very proud of our resilience today, we got down by 18 points on the road, but we did not quit,” said GHC head coach Phil Gaffney.

The Chargers were led by TaJuan Johnson with 24 points, DeMarcus Addie with 18 points, Khalyl Waters with 13 points, and Sandro Noel and Jeremiah Buford with 10 each points.

The Chargers (7-6, 1-0) will play again Wednesday at home against South Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m.

GHC women 66, Atlanta Metro 56

The Georgia Highlands women’s basketball team earned a 66-56 conference win against Atlanta Metro College on Saturday.

GHC had four players in double digits in scoring led by Dorian Sharpe with 16 points, Briana Davis with 15, Anna Stewart with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Kateryna Khomenko with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

“We really struggled with effort and energy in the first half,” said Lady Charger head coach Brandan Harrell. “We came out and played much better in the second half. We had great efforts from three of our sophomores — Brianna Davis, Anna Stewart, and Kateryna Khomenko. ”

The Lady Chargers (9-9, 5-2) with play again Wednesday at home at 5:30 p.m. against South Georgia Tech.

GSD competes at Kentucky Classic

The Georgia School for the Deaf’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams competed Saturday in the Kentucky Classic at Kentucky School for the Deaf.

The girls won all three of their games and improved to 8-2 on the season, while the boys went 1-2 in tournament play.

Chynah Johnson led the Lady Tigers in scoring through all three games. She scored 16 points a 40-16 win against KSD; 15 points in a 40-22 win against Atlanta Area School for the Deaf; and 23 points in a 44-21 win against KSD.

Jordan Hall totaled 29 points on the day.

DeMarco Brown broke the Georgia School for the Deaf scoring record in the tournament.

He broke with a 55-point performance in a 73-57 loss to AASD, then set the mark higher with 61 points in an 85-66 loss to the same team.

Brown also scored 37 points in a 53-49 win against KSD — the first win of the season for the Tigers.

Bennie Royal contributed eight points in the win.

GSD girls will next play in the first round of the Mason-Dixon Tournament Jan. 18 in Jackson, Mississippi. The boys will host Morris Innovative on Tuesday.