Originally created 02/06/99

Lions roar past Eagles in loud way



The Augusta Christian's boys basketball team isn't shy about showing off from time to time.

So with University of South Carolina head coach Eddie Fogler on hand, the Lions did what they do best.

Augusta Christian went on a 15-0 run in the first quarter and never looked back, defeating Brentwood 73-53 at the Lions Den.

"We had a lot of adrenaline because it was senior night," Augusta Christian's Andrew Duke said. "We felt we had to go out and play our best for our family and friends."

With the win, the Lions (20-2, 10-0) close out region play with an undefeated record going into the GISA Region 4-AAA Tournament next week.

"Going undefeated in the region gives us a tidal wave of momentum going into the tournament," Lions' forward Joey Isaac said.

With the game tied at 8-all, the Lions rolled off 15 straight points to take a 23-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Isaac and Nathan Michaels combined for 12 points during the run.

Andrew Duke slammed home an alley-oop pass from James Seegars to give Augusta Christian a 27-11 lead in the second quarter.

"A dunk in high school is a momentum breaker," Isaac said. "When we do that, we feel we're unstoppable."

But Brentwood (14-4, 6-3) cut the lead to 27-14 on a Brad Davis 3-pointer. The Lions, however, extended their lead to 38-20 on an Isaac layup with 7.2 seconds left in the half. Brian Walker hit a layup with 2.3 seconds left in the half to cut Augusta Christian's lead to 38-22 at the half.

The Lions put away the Eagles in the third quarter as Isaac and Seegars combined for 17 of their team's 21 third-quarter points. Seegars converted a three-point play that put Augusta Christian up 48-22 with 5:34 left in the third quarter.

Isaac gave Augusta Christian its biggest lead of the night on a layup with 4:44 remaining to put the Lions up 65-35.

"This shows we're capable of playing with anybody in the region since they're No. 2 in the region," Duke said. "It shows we can beat 'em and beat 'em by a good amount."

In the girls' game, Brentwood opened up a four-point halftime lead in the second half and defeated Augusta Christian 65-44.

Cynthia Mercer scored the first four points of the third quarter to give the Lady Eagles (18-2, 9-0) a 31-23 lead. Jesse Miller knocked down a 15-foot jumper to give Brentwood a 45-33 lead with 27.8 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Lady Lions cut the lead to 49-40 on a Kellie Tiller layup with 5:34 remaining in the game. But the Lady Eagles slammed the door with a 16-4 run to close the game.

Chris Gay covers sports for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 868-1222 or cag112@hotmail.com