TIFTON — For the packed house Friday night, both varsity games between the Tift County Blue Devils and Coffee Trojans were worth the money. The games were decided by 10 total points and featured an overtime. In the end, it would be the Devils winning both, the girls game 55-48 and the boys took a 64-61 thriller.
It was a quick dart through the defense that gave the boys their final lead. A quick move and a layup from the left side from Tyrie Jackson with 22 seconds left in overtime that broke a 61-61 tie.
The Trojans were then called for traveling at 13.7. D.J. Bryant could not completely slam the door shut when he was fouled and only made one free throw, but with only 10 seconds left on the clock, Coffee had to be in a hurry. They managed two attempts at 3-pointers, but both bounced off the rim, the final one as time expired.
For a half, Coffee had Tift grounded.
When the horn sounded for intermission, the Devils had but 13 points. This was after a 7-point 1st quarter. Even more distressing, Tadric Jackson had yet to score and the Trojans carried a 19-13 lead into halftime.
Coffee kept the future Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket bottled for one half, but they could not make it two.
Tadric Jackson came roaring out of the gate to start the 3rd quarter. He had an old-fashioned three-point play within 15 seconds, then added another bucket two minutes later. By the end of the period, he was up to 10 points and Coffee's tight grip on the game had evaporated.
Though Tift scored more points in the 3rd than they had in the 1st half, the Trojans refused to go away quietly. Down two to start the final period, they began it with a three-point play by Brandon Roe.