Scrappy Red Devils can’t hold Turner in 4th

The Turner County Rebels welcomed the Hawkinsville Red Devils to Ashburn as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic on Monday afternoon.  It was a rematch of a semifinal game from 2014 in Savannah in which the Rebels squeaked by the Red Devils to advance to last year’s state championship game in Macon.

Quan Hillmon drives against the Red Devils in the second half of the MLK Classic nightcap. Turner used a 26-9 run to seal the win. Jessica Peters/SGSN

Quan Hillmon drives against the Red Devils in the second half of the MLK Classic nightcap. Turner used a 26-9 run to seal the win. Jessica Peters/SGSN

This year’s Hawkinsville team, which came having only played 11 games after getting a late start due to its football team winning a state championship, is a little bit younger than last year’s team but they still presented quite a challenge for the Rebels.  The Rebels offense was clicking early and jumped out to a 46-32 lead at the half.  But a quick 8-0 run by Hawkinsville to start the third quarter got the Red Devils right back into it.  From that point on, it was all Rebels.

Overlapping the third and fourth quarters, the Rebels went on a 26-9 run to really break the game open and put away a scrappy bunch from Hawksinsville as they eventually won 80-58.

Sophomore Tamarrion Terry finished with a game high 19 points while senior Shaquille Baldwin continued his strong play of late with 17 points.

With the victory, the Rebels improved to 16-3 overall.  In the newly released GHSA Class A Public School rankings released Tuesday morning, the Rebels came in ranked 7th but still in relatively good shape to host two home playoff games if they win Region 2-A.

Tonight, the Rebels will be jump right back into region play with their third game in four days as they travel to McRae to take on Telfair County.  The Rebels defeated the Trojans 83-51 in Ashburn back on December 2.

 

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