There was a guaranteed 'V' for victory in one of the pool championships Saturday night, a game that featured Vidalia and Valdosta in the finals. In the end it was Vidalia who surged ahead in the 3rd quarter after the two schools were tied at halftime and took a 63-46 win.
The Valdosta Wildcats used their physicality for an early advantage, but Vidalia's Indians rallied from a 5-point deficit after the first 8 minutes to tie it at 27 at the half. Early in the 3rd, they hit a pair of 3-point shots that caused the 'Cats to call timeout and gave them the momentum. They led, 44-38, going into the final period.
Valdosta briefly looked to be back in the game when Rashad Lewis completed an old-fashioned 3-point play, but long distance shots were falling for the Indians. Three minutes into the period, they were up 14 and coasted from there to remain undefeated.
Ramel Thompkins (14), Alton McCloud (12) and Dada Holloway (11) were Vidalia's scoring leaders. Lewis had 16 for the Wildcats with Elliott Ingram scoring 10 and Tra Bennett 9.
The other pool championship took place between the Colquitt County Packers and the defending Class AAA state champions, the Johnson Atomsmashers of Savannah. Johnson coasted to a 57-27 win.
Johnson's speed was evident early and the Pack had difficulties hitting not just shots from the field, but were only 2-13 from the free throw line. The 'Smashers scored at the end of the 3rd to triple up Colquitt, 48-16, which also meant a mercy rule-shortened 4th.
Antwan Maxwell (14) and Adrian Bonds (13) led Johnson, who had 9 of 13 players score. Sebastian Courtney had 9 for Colquitt and Xavier Terry had 8.
In other games played Saturday:
Cook 54, Ware County 43
The teams had 9 combined points after a quarter, Cook leading 6-3. The pace sped up a bit, but it wasn't until the 4th period that the Gators finally had a scoring burst. By that time, the Hornets were up 35-19.
Cook's leading scorers were Travenski Johnson, 17, Thomas Rountree, 12, and Jeremiah Smith, 9. Ware had 12 points from Darien White and 10 from Sharieff Medlock.