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Davis Earns OVC Honor

Garden City native Shabari Davis was one of 12 players from Southeast Missouri State to be named to the 2021 Ohio Valley Conference all conference football team.

Davis was named to the OVC Second team as a kick returner.

The Groves High School product averaged 35.7 yards per return this season. He also ran back a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown against Eastern Illinois. Davis finished his career as the only player in Southeast Missouri’s Division I history that returned a kickoff, punt and interception for a touchdown.

The son of Shabari Davis and Zanzie Bowens Reid, he finished the regular season with six kickoff returns for 214 yards and a touchdown and nine punt returns for 46 yards. As a defensive back, Davis had 21 tackles (16 solo), one tackle for loss, one interception and four pass breakups.

Davis already has his undergraduate degree and is working on his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.

Shabari Davis
Shabari Davis

DeLoach Leads SSU To Victory

Trey DeLoach scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Savannah State men’s basketball team to their first win of the season, a 68-51 non-conference victory over Claflin at Tiger Arena on November 27. The Richmond Hill native also had three blocks and two steals for the Tigers (1-3).

Eleik Bowles came off the bench to score 16 points while Christian Blue had 11 points and nine assists and Marcus Scott added 10 points.

SSU, who led from start to finish, led by 19 with just under 12 minutes left but used a 14-3 run to go ahead 63-33 with 6:59 remaining.

On Nov. 22, the Tigers traveled down to Brunswick to face the College of Coastal Georgia. SSU had a rough time making the long shots as they finished the game going one for 16 behind the arc in a 67-59 loss.

Savannah State trailed by two with ten minutes left but the Mariners answered with nine straights points to extend their advantage to 56-45. SSU never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

Trey DeLoach
Trey DeLoach

SSU, who won the rebounding battle 39 to 29, was led by Daryl Richardson’s 17 points. DeLoach scored 16 points and Andrew Okorodudu chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Lady Tigers Remain Unbeaten

The Savannah State women’s basketball team ran their record to 4-0 last week with wins over the College of Coastal Georgia (96-70), Georgia College (53-44) and Claflin (77-43).

Its the first time Savannah State started the season with four straight wins since 1993-94 when the team started the season with eight consecutive victories.

In the November 22 road win over Coastal Georgia, the difference was the first quarter when SSU jumped out to a 23-12 lead. The remaining quarters were close with the Lady Tigers outscoring the Mariners 29- 21, 20-14 and 24-23. SSU also scored 32 points off 21 Coastal Georgia turnovers.

Eleik Bowles
Eleik Bowles

Azhana Maxwell and Amari Heard led six Savannah State players in double figures with 14 points each. Le’Andrea Gillis and Ta’Kyla Austin added 13 points apiece while Shekinah Howard had 11 and Bria Gibbs scored 10. Gillis also had seven rebounds.

Former Calvary Day standout SaQuira Porter led Coastal Georgia with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Savannah State broke open a close game against Georgia College on Nov. 24 by outscoring the Bobcats 19-6 in the third quarter. SSU led by five at the 6:24 mark of the third quarter but finished the quarter with a 15-2 run to extend their lead to 48-30.

Gibbs led SSU with 12 points while Gillis scored 10. Heard grabbed seven rebounds in the win.

Former Savannah Country Day standout Amelia Wylly played nine minutes for the Bobcats and made both of her free throw attempts.

On Nov. 27, Claflin came to Tiger Arena and left with a 34-point loss.

SSU led 17-11 after the first quarter and both teams scored 16 points each in the fourth quarter. The second and third quarters were dominated by Savannah State as the Lady Tigers outscored the Panthers 16-9 in the second quarter and 28-7 in the third quarter.

Daryl Richardson
Daryl Richardson

Savannah State scored the first ten points of the third quarter and cruised the rest of the way.

Maxwell had 13 points for the Lady Tigers while Austin and Howard scored ten apiece.

Bowie State Advances; FAMU Falls

Bowie State advanced to the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs Quarterfinals after a 13-10 home victory over Newberry College on November 27.

The Bulldogs (12- 1) will now face the No. 1 seed Valdosta State (10-1) for the Super Region 2 title game on Dec. 4 in Valdosta, Georgia, at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.

While Bowie State won their game, the same cannot be said for Florida A&M where the Rattlers stay in the FSC playoffs came to an end following their first round loss to Southeastern Louisiana by a score of 38-14.

Amari Heard
Amari Heard

It was the Rattlers first playoff appearance since 2001.

Florida A&M finishes the season 9-3. The Rattlers had nine wins last season too. The back-toback nine-win season is the first time since 1999-2000 when Coach William “Billy” Joe went 10-4 in ‘99 and 9-3 in ‘00.

Azhana Maxwell
Azhana Maxwell

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