Curtis loses by one in state semifinals

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Curtis Baptist head coach John Spurlock stood, arms crossed, brow furrowed – utterly perplexed - in the hallway outside his team’s locker room following the Crusaders’ GISA Class AA state tournament semifinal game.


Spurlock’s squad never trailed for more than 28 minutes Thursday, and led by as many as eight points in the second half, yet lost 50-49 to Frederica at Georgia College and State's Centennial Center.

Spurlock reasoned that his team wasn’t outhustled, or outmuscled in the fourth quarter. He settled on its poor shot selection.

“We were hurrying shots, not being patient,” Spurlock said. “Just not the type of shots we wanted at that point in the game.”

Four Crusaders scored in double figures, led by Brian Wilson’s 13 points. Cole Swanson, Ian Gonder and Julian Owens added 10 points each.

Frederica went to a full-court press defense in the second half that seemed to limit the Crusaders’ opportunities and force more turnovers than in the opening stanza.