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Cokley Shines In Portsmouth Invitational

Chris Cokely participated in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament which was held April 11-14 in Portsmouth, Virginia at the Churchland High School Sports Complex

The invitational selects 64 top college basketball seniors from around the country to compete in a four-day, 12 team tournament.

One of two NBA pre-draft camps, the Portsmouth Invitational is the oldest amateur basketball tournament in the United States. The top five players from the event are invited to the NBA combine.

The event provides an opportunity for the players to showcase their skills in front of a bevy of professional scouts from professional leagues around the world, including the NBA.

A Savannah native, Cokely, who recently finished his collegiate career at Alabama Birmingham played with the K & D Round’s Landscaping team along with players from Notre Dame, Temple, Colorado, Northwestern, Rhode Island, Seton Hall and Marquette.

K & D beat their first two opponents by scores of 97-86 and 95-90 but lost in the championship game 91-90. The 6-foot-8 Cokely had 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the first game, 12 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in the second game and 11 rebounds and nine points in the title game. He finished the tournament shooting 12 of 29 from the field, 7 of 8 from the free throw line while averaging 10.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

Quarterman Released by Rockets

Savannah native Tim Quarterman, who less than two weeks after signing a two-year contract with the Houston Rockets, has been released by the basketball franchise. The 6-foot-6 Quarterman was released shortly after it was announced the Rockets were signing guard Aaron Jackson. Quarterman saw action in just three games for the Rockets, playing a total of 13 minutes and scoring four points on the season.

Quarterman, 23, signed a ten-day contract in late March but the Rockets extended that deal for the remainder of the season with the possibility of having him back next year. The former Johnson High standout was traded to the Rockets in the off-season for cash considerations and was in training camp with the team before he was cut.

O’Neal Plays in

Savannah Golf


Local golfer Tim O’Neal recently participated in the Savannah Golf Championship at the Deer Creek Golf Club at The Landings. the tournament was part of the Tour that took place March 29 thru April 1.

O’Neal, who turned professional in 1997, finished tied for 62nd at the tournament which was good enough for him to take home $1,386 in winnings. The former Jackson State golfer shot 66 in the first round to finish the opening day at six under. He finished the second round five under after shooting a 73 but struggled in the third round, shooting 77 to finish even. O’Neal bounced back in the final round and finished the tournament four under as he shot 68.

The 45 year old golfer made seven birdies in the opening round and one bogey. In the second round he made three birdies, two bogies and one double bogey on the 11th hole. He made a double bogey on the 15th hole in the third day of competition as well as two birdies and five bogies. In the final round, he improved his game to make six birdies and only two bogies.

SIAC Leads Division II in Football Attendance

For the 15th consecutive year, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) led all NCAA Division II conferences in football attendance. Last season, SIAC football games drew an average of 7,117 fans per game with total attendance of 341,607. The SIAC has led all NCAA Division II conferences in football attendance for 26 of the last 28 seasons dating back to the 1990 season. Since 1990, the SIAC has led NCAA Division II football attendance 25 times including totaling an attendance of at least 300,000 on 20 occasions.

Commissioner Gregory Moore stated, “The relationships that our SIAC institutions share with their alumni and fans are sacrosanct. Those relationships not only drive our football attendance, but also galvanize our campuses and the communities our institutions serve in ways that are truly special and unique.”

Among the most well attended games last season were the 82nd Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic (25,101), Miles vs. Tuskegee (17,350), and the Fountain City Classic between Albany State and Fort Valley State (13,391). The Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic and the Fountain City Classic games are both played in Columbus, Georgia.

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