Late basket stings Jackets

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WREN 66, NORTH AUGUSTA 64

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North Augusta's Quinton Harmon (left) and Wren's Demetrius Babb battle for the loose ball during Tuesday's quarterfinal game at North Augusta High.  Chris Thelen/Staff
Chris Thelen/Staff
North Augusta's Quinton Harmon (left) and Wren's Demetrius Babb battle for the loose ball during Tuesday's quarterfinal game at North Augusta High.

NORTH AUGUSTA --- The North Augusta Yellow Jackets' state championship hopes came to an end Tuesday night when Wren's D.J. Brown hit a layup with 4.6 seconds left to give the Hurricanes a stunning 66-64 win.

The Yellow Jackets (21-5) had a rowdy home crowd and momentum heading into the final minutes, but a key turnover cost North Augusta.

"Even going into the fourth quarter of the game, I thought we had momentum, but we just didn't make good decisions and those things happen," Jackets coach Al Young said.

North Augusta was poised to set up the go-ahead score with the game tied at 64 with 1:18 to play. But after letting the clock wind down to 32 seconds, North Augusta turned the ball over on an errant pass by guard Darell Curry.

"We were just trying to hold it to take the perfect shot; hopefully the layup," Young said.

On the next possession, Brown got open on a pick and took a pass for the winning score.

"I really don't know what happened (on Wren's last play)," Young said. "I just told them we had to play good defense, and not foul and not let them get an easy basket. But somehow (Brown) made a backdoor cut on us."

Curry's 3-point attempt at the buzzer was tipped.

The Jackets appeared to take the momentum with them into the locker room at halftime. Trailing much of the first half, North Augusta went on a 9-0 run to tie the game at 32.

Momentum continued to build for North Augusta in the third quarter when precise passing exposed holes in Wren's zone defense, leading repeatedly to easy layups by Quinton Harmon and Bryan Narcisse. Narcisse led all scorers with 22 points.

North Augusta went on to lead by as many as five, but the Hurricanes seemed to hit the clutch shot when they needed it all night. Late in the third, guard Adam Ridlehoover's 3-pointer tied the game at 53-53.

The lead alternated by possession the rest of the way.

Another costly mistake hurt the Jackets prior to the Curry's errant pass, when Brown was fouled by North Augusta's Ronald Sims on a 3-point attempt. Brown sank two of three free throws to tie the game at 64.

The Hurricanes of Piedmont, S.C. (18-10) will go on to play the Hillcrest-Spartanburg winner in the AAAA Upper State Championship Friday in Clemson.

Reach J. Scott Trubey at (706) 823-3424 or scott.trubey@augustachronicle.com.

WREN 66, NORTH AUGUSTA 64

WREN (66)--Sabastian Koch 16, Adam Riddlehoover 14, Jaqurry Bozynowski 13, Demitrius Babb 10, D.J. Brown 8, Tim Franklin 5. Totals: 23 11-15 66.

NORTH AUGUSTA (64)--Brian Narcisse 22, Bret Johnson 14, Quinton Harmon 12, Ronald Sims 10, Brandon Curry 6. Totals: 23 15-21 64.

Wren 21 11 23 11 -- 66

North Augusta 15 17 23 9 -- 64

3-point goals: Wren 9 (Riddlehoover 4, Babb 2, Koch 2, Brown), North Augusta 3 (Johnson 2, Sims).

Records: North Augusta 21-5.

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belapris55
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belapris55 02/20/08 - 08:18 am
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al young can't win the big

al young can't win the big one ,keep him in south carolina please.he screwd laney in the 80's good luck na

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 02/20/08 - 08:23 am
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He screwed Josey and Thomson

He screwed Josey and Thomson to.

get serious
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get serious 02/20/08 - 09:06 am
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Al Young did not play the

Al Young did not play the game, the players did. It sad to see people get on here and make comments about coaches. How quick we judge until we are put into the situation. Go get your teaching degrees (if you don't have one) and go coach a team. If you are coaches, you would understand the pressures of coaching. The kid turns the ball over and a 3 is tipped at the buzzer. How is that the coach's fault? A team has to win and a team has to loose. A coach coaches his or her team and the players play the game. No disrespect to either of you, because you are entitled to your opinions. But please consider what you say about people like that on open boards for others to see. North Augusta lost, not the coach. By the way, congrats to North Augusta. Your athletic programs are always top rate and I really admire your school system. North Augusta is a great place and please keep up the great work with your school system, academics, and athletics.

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Dice2 02/20/08 - 10:19 am
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Get serious, well said!

Get serious, well said! Congratulations to the team and coaches. Nothing can be taken away from these guys for the effort they put forth.
Signed- #1 North Augusta fan & Alumna

ee8
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ee8 02/20/08 - 01:23 pm
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Congrats NA Jackets. As a

Congrats NA Jackets. As a former player of Coach Young I can wholeheartedly say he is a CLASS Act. All his players have looked up to him because he is a good role model. Now as a coach, I myself have "borrowed" some of his coaching philosophy. Practice & work hard to play hard. Congrats Coach! 21-5 and a state quarterfinal appearance is a very good season on any level.

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dodaniels 02/20/08 - 01:39 pm
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I agree with all the positvie

I agree with all the positvie remarks towards Al but this is the reason we need a shot clock because you are bound to turn the ball over by passing it over a minute.

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OBAMA4PRES 02/20/08 - 06:57 pm
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Job well done get serious!!!

Job well done get serious!!! I recieved a great education from NA and wouldn't change it for the world! And Coach Al Young is a remarkable coach!

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