A basket by Chase Duffy with 2.5 seconds remaining gave the Mill Creek Hawks a 63-61 victory over the North Florida Educational Institute Eagles Friday. That would be the closest game of the seven played at the 4th annual McDonald's Invitational at Tift County High.
Mill Creek led by 2 points late, but were called for an inbounds violation when trying to run out the clock. Jay West hit a 3-pointer for NFEI to take the lead with 26 seconds remaining, but fouled with 13 seconds left to send Miles Riley to the line. He hit the first free throw to tie it, then grabbed their own rebound after the miss with the ball finally landing in the hands of Duffy.
The Hawks led by 9 after a quarter, but the Eagles gradually inched closer. Mill Creek led 32-28 at halftime, but NFEI was up a point at the end of the 3rd.
West led the Eagles with 18, including 5 3-point shots. Romeo Carter had 16 and Andre Pierce finished with 9. Mill Creek was led by Keetone Glover (14), Scotty Chadwick (12) and Riley (10).
Some of the original match-ups were switched from the original announced brackets earlier this week. Johnson was originally to play Mill Creek and North Florida Educational Institute was to take on West Orange (Fla.), who faced Tift County.
Colquitt County 48, Cook 39
Colquitt led 19-14 at halftime in a game that did not take off until the final quarter. Cook trailed by 4 going into the 4th, but the Packers pulled away.
Xavier Terry led Colquitt with 12 points, followed by Kenji Thompson's 9. Thomas Rountree had 13 and Jeremiah Smith had 12 for Cook.
Northside 66, Ware County 57
The Eagles from Warner Robins had a 17-10 lead at the end of the 1st period and kept it steady for the rest of the game. Ware trailed by 9 at halftime and 7 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Northside had three players in double-digits: Darrin Clark (13), Davanta Willis (11) and Trey Dennis (10). The Gators reached that mark with Sharieff Medlock's 19 and Sammy Burley's 10.