Williams Earns Basketball Honors
Sy-Marieona Williams was one of four members of the Brewton-Parker women’s basketball team to receive post-season honors from the Southern States Athletic Conference for their play during the 2020-21 season.
Williams earned second team all conference honors following a season where she averaged 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. She also had 15 steals during the season.
Brewton- Parker head coach Steve Edwards said that Williams is an explosive offensive player who is learning how to impact the game in other ways. “I’ve been tough on Bubbles over the last year or so and she has responded well. She’s only a sophomore and we believe she’s only scratching the surface of what she can be for our team. She made second team all conference but she believes she has more to give. We are glad to coach her and we are proud of her,” added Edwards.
During the season, the 5-foot-3 guard scored a career-high 30 points against Faulkner and had three steals in a game against William Carey. Against Middle Georgia, she grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists.
Williams led Johnson High to a Class AAA state title in 2018 and originally signed to play at College of Coastal Georgia before transferring to BPC.
Tigers Go Winless In Basketball
In what was truly a pandemic shorten season, the Savannah State men’s basketball team only got the chance to play three games this season.
The Tigers were only able to get one home game while finishing their campaign with two road contests.
Savannah State faced SIAC newcomer Allen in Tiger Arena on March 3 but fell short 98-94 in a game that featured 13 ties and seven lead changes.
SSU led by as many as eight points in the first period but only led 53- 52 at intermission.
A 3-pointer by Marcus Scott gave SSU a 73-63 edge with 14:25 left in the game but that lead dwindled as Allen tied the game at 78 with 8:15 remaining.
Allen was held without a field goal the final five and a half minutes but the Yellow Jackets closed the contest by making 11 of 12 free throw attempts.
Trey Deloach led all scorers with 28 points while getting six rebounds, four blocks and four steals. Scott added 21 points and five assist while juco transfer Christian Blue made five 3-pointers for 15 points to go along with his five assists.
Savannah State traveled to Birmingham to face Miles in a two-game series on March 6 & 7. It was a long trip home for the Tigers who lost the first game 64-42 and finished the series with a 58-46 setback.
In the first game against Miles, the Bears raced out to a 20-8 lead. SSU sliced their deficit to nine but Miles ended the period with a 11-1 run to take a 36-17 lead into the half.
SSU trailed by as many as 29 points in the second half as they went on to the 22-point loss. Deloach had 17 points for the Tigers while Andrew Okorodudu chipped in 11 points and rebounds.
The following day, the score was knotted at 15 with 6:25 left in the first half but Miles finished the period with a 11-3 spurt to take a eight point edge into intermission.
A stern halftime speech by coach Horace Broadnax led to the Tigers starting the second half with a 9-0 run thanks to layups by Deloach, Cherestal Bernard and Justice Stanley and a 3-pointer by Scott to take a 27-26 lead at the 16:10 mark.
However, Miles responded with runs of 12- 2, 8-2 and 8-1 that would eventually put them ahead by 14 points as they cruised to the 12 point victory.
Deloach was the lone Tiger in double figures with 16 points.
SSU Falls In Gulf Coast Challenge
D’Vonn Gibbons accounted for three touchdowns but it would not be enough as the Savannah State football team would fall in the third annual Gulf Coast Challenge to West Alabama by a score of 36- 28. The game was played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
The crowd of 3,449 saw Gibbons get SSU on the scoreboard with 14:43 left in the first quarter, thanks to a 37 yard touchdown run.
West Alabama answered with a touchdown midway in the first quarter and field goal early in the second quarter to go ahead 10-7.
With just over four minutes left in the quarter Gibbons threw a pass to Einaj Carter which resulted in a 76 yard touchdown run and a 28-24 SSU advantage.
All the scoring in the fourth quarter belonged to West Alabama
Gibbons ran for 109 yards while passing for 87. D’Angelo Durham added 75 rushing yards while Carter caught three passes for 79 yards. Walter Yates led the defense with a game-high 10 tackles.