Local players lead Southern Kings to win

Southern Kings 68, Storm Elite 44

Usually they’re wearing different uniforms, trying to best each other in high school gyms on Tuesday and weekend nights in the winter.


But right now they’re on the same team this summer, hitting 3-pointers and causing turnovers.

A collection of local high school basketball standouts are playing for the Southern Kings at this year’s Peach State Summer Showcase. Saturday night, the Kings beat Storm Elite (Ala.), 68-44, at Augusta Prep in the first round of bracket play. The Kings play at Augusta Prep at 9:15 a.m. today in a quarterfinal. If they win, they would play a semifinal at 11:45 a.m. at Augusta Prep. Another win would send them to the championship game at 3:30 p.m. today at USC Aiken.

JaShawn Brooks, who plays for Laney, scored 23 points for the Kings, reaching his total at a time when Storm Elite was at only 27 points as a team. Brooks knew he was in for a big scoring day when he scored on an and-1 put back for his team’s first basket.

“I got open looks,” Brooks said. “We all have good chemistry – we know each others’ game really well.”

The Kings led by double-digits for the first time at 15-5 and were never really threatened.

Other players also had some highlight plays in the easy win. In the first half, Don Coleman spun in the lane and converted an impressive layup and the Butler player’s make stretched the Kings’ lead to 27-10.

Teammate Malik Dunbar, from North Augusta, later helped start the second-half with a powerful dunk. His slam followed back-to-back 3-pointers from Brooks, who made four in the win as the Kings advanced.

“It’s really competitive,” Brooks said. “It makes you get better every day.”