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Hounds place third in Holiday Classic
by Chuck Thompson
Dec 26, 2013 | 785 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sophomore Jerry Stephens, who made the all-tournament team after scoring 72 points in the three games, soars to the basket against Aiken, S.C., in the Greyhounds’ opening win over the Hornets last week in the 23rd annual Holiday Classic in Gray.
Sophomore Jerry Stephens, who made the all-tournament team after scoring 72 points in the three games, soars to the basket against Aiken, S.C., in the Greyhounds’ opening win over the Hornets last week in the 23rd annual Holiday Classic in Gray.
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Neither of Jones County’s teams was able to win the school’s 23rd annual Holiday Classic, but both coaches came away encouraged by the way their players performed in the three-day tournament in Gray last Thursday through Saturday.

The Greyhounds went 2-1 in the Holiday Classic, sponsored by State Bank and Trust Company, downing Aiken, S.C., 66-63 in overtime in the opening round, falling to Central-Macon 85-80, also in overtime, in the second round, and beating East Laurens 92-82 in the consolation final on the third day.

Dublin held off a late charge by Central, the defending tournament champion, to win the boys’ title with a 53-51 victory.

The Lady Hounds defeated Allatoona 53-37 in the opening round, then lost their next two games, 42-29 to Spalding and 42-22 to Lowndes.

Effingham County spanked Spalding 62-31 in the girls’ championship game on Saturday.

Sophomore Jerry Stephens, who led the team in scoring each night and finished with 72 points in the three games, made the all-tournament team for the Greyhounds. Senior A.J. Middlebrooks was hot from long range, hitting 13 3-pointers in the tournament to finish with 39 points, and freshman Nick Singleton also scored in double figures each game, totaling 40 points.

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