LITHONIA, Ga. -- Four Miller Grove Wolverines hit double figures and the No. 1 ranked team in Class AAAAA downed No. 2 ranked Mays 64-49 to seal the No. 1 seed in the 6B-AAAAA sub region on senior and alumni night at Miller Grove.
With former football, basketball and track star and current New York Jet wide receiver Stephen watching before being honored at halftime, the Wolverines went to work on the boards much as Hill did as part of the first state title team in 2009.
Miller Grove (21-3) dominated by pulling down 34 rebounds to just 20 by the Raiders (16-5) with Kyre' Hamer (11 points) benefitted early for a pair of open three-point shots to get the Wolverines out front to stay.
Earl Bryant took over in the final 2:30 of the second quarter scoring six points, including two free throws with 25 seconds left to give Miller Grove a 20-11 advantage heading into the second period.
Bryant then had a pair of crowd pleasing dunks on fast breaks as the lead ballooned to 33-15 with 2:26 to play in the first half.
Raylon Richardson had a dunk of his own and hit four free throws as the Wolverines took a 37-24 halftime lead.
Ayinde Russell scored eight of his 11 points in the second half to help Mays get within nine points on three different occasions.
James Walker hit back-to-back layups on passes from Bryant and Alterique Gilbert to push a 49-40 fourth quarter lead back out to 13 (53-40) with
5:17 to play.
Mays would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way as Gilbert, a freshman guard averaging almost five assists a game, hit on seven of nine free throws down the stretch.
Bryant finished with 15 points, Gilbert with 13, Walker with 12 and eight rebounds and Hamer with 11 points to lead the Wolverines.
Russell was joined in double figures for Mays by Lundy Luqman with 13.
(G) Miller Grove 66, Mays 43
Miller Grove made a sweep on the night as the No. 3 ranked Lady Wolverines had a 20 rebound advantage (44-24) on the way to a 66-43 victory in the girls' game to start the night.
Leading by just a 6-4 advantage senior Tashi Thompson started a 10-0 run with a three-pointer with 1:51 left in the first quarter and Miller Grove (19-4) was off to the races against the Lady Raiders (13-9).
Thompson followed with an unconventional three-point play after missing the second of two free throws she rebounded her miss for a layup. Katie Hunt added a drive into the lane for a layup and Thompson followed with a steal on the full court press for another easy basket to give Miller Grove a 16-4 lead heading into the second quarter.
Catika Brown had five points in another 10-0 run early in the second quarter as Miller Grove pulled out to a 28-8 lead with 3:46 to play in the half. Mays cut the lead to 15 at the half trailing 31-16.
Miller Grove put the game away with a 12-2 run to start the second half with Thompson contributing six of the points and Chrystal Ezechukwu put in four more as the lead ballooned to 43-18.
Miller Grove cruised the rest of the way to the 66-43 win.
Thompson finished with 16 points leading all scorers while teammates Klarissa Weaver added 11 points and Ezechukwu 10.
Mays was led by Javonne Brown with 15 points and Harlyn Wyatt with 10.
Miller Grove wraps up the regular season on Tuesday, February 5 on the road at Arabia Mountain.
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