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December 28, 2013

2nd quarter propels Blue Devils past Mill Creek

TIFTON — For the second night in a row, it took the Tift County Blue Devils a bit of time to come out of the gate, but in the end, they would have another very successful night against the Mill Creek Hawks Saturday.

The final score was a 75-48 blowout, but for 1.5 quarters the contest was much tighter.

Midway through the 2nd, the 6-point lead the Devils established had just been halved by Davion Clark. D.J. Bryant hit a 3 of his own to push the margin back to 6. Seconds later, a steal and a layup by Ladarius Stewart made it an 8-point game and any lingering doubts ceased.

The Hawks had another basket, but by this time Tift was cooking. They went on a 9-0 run before it was broken by a pair of Miles Riley free throws and a Keetone Glover score. Mill Creek had steals on consecutive possessions, but the half would close when Tyrie Jackson took the ball back. He fed it to Ali Vaughn for a slam dunk. Thanks to the surge, what had been a 14-11 Tift County lead after one quarter was now 36-23 at halftime.

Mill Creek played the Devils almost evenly in the 3rd, but with the buzzer came the 4th quarter and the onslaught was on again. Bryant nailed two more 3's and Tadric Jackson slipped in a dunk before Eric Holland went exclusively to substitutes. The Devils outscored their opponents 27-14 in the final period.

Stewart had the game's first basket — a 3-pointer — but the Hawks scored the next 5. They had leads of 8-4 and 11-9 before Tadric Jackson scored a basket and two free throws to give his team the lead for keeps. By his standards, he had a cold start, missing a dunk and a few shots before settling in; he had 8 1st half points. His teammates gave him plenty of help. Eight would score in the 1st half and four would end up scoring more than 10 points for the game.Tadric Jackson had 17, Bryant had 12 and Stewart and Rashawn Canady both scored 10.

Clark led the Hawks with 17 and Sha Powell contributed 8.

The Blue Devils are now 10-2 for the season. They play at Brunswick Friday and have a home game against Camden County Saturday.

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