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December 21, 2013

Tadric Jackson leads Tift to comeback win

TIFTON — Saturday night’s basketball game between the Tift County blue Devils and the visiting Savannah High Blue Jackets was billed as a “Big Blue Basketball Brawl.”

It lived up to it as both teams made like heavyweight fighters exchanging blows. However, in the third quarter, Savannah appeared to have a knock out as they finally managed an 11-point lead. However, Tift got off the canvas and delivered a knockout punch in the person of senior Tadric Jackson.

With his team down 55-53 with 1:19 left, Jackson would outscore Savannah 5-2 the rest of the way and added a steal with less than 10 seconds left to give Tift a 58-57 win.

Savannah’s Jason Lawton’s basket with 2:15 left gave the Blue Jackets a 48-37 lead. Things appeared bad for Tift at that time, because that was the biggest lead in the game for either squad.

But, things did begin to turn around as the Devils went on an 8-2 run end the quarter, as Savannah led 50-45.

Tift tighten up the defense even more in the fourth quarter, and got the lead down to 2 several times.

Finally with 56.7 seconds left Jackson missed a dunk. The senior would run down the rebound and hit a long 3-pointer to give Tift a 56-55 lead.

After a Jackson free throw to make the score 57-55 with 42.7 seconds left, Jermaine Williams, who had earlier missed two free throws, tied the score for Savannah with 26.2 seconds left.

Tift ran a play for Jackson, who was fouled attempting a shot. The senior wold make 1 of 2 free throws to give the Devils a 58-57 lead with 9.3 seconds left.

Jackson would then hustle back on defense and steal a Savannah pass to seal the win for Tift County.

A Georgia Tech signee, Jackson led Tift with 18 points. D.J. Bryant added 14, while Ali Vaughn scored 10. Preston Horne would contribute 9 to the Tift cause, while Ladarius Stewart would put up 7.

Brandon Ross led Savannah with 15 points. Jamal Norman added 11, and Chris Cokley scored 10. Lawton added 9, and Williams scored 8.

 

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