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Matt Jones Dominates in Laney’s Boys Win Over Butler

Eboni Fields and the Lady Bulldogs Top the Lady Wildcats to Claim First Place in the Region Standings.



James Nipper – Laney

Laney hosted Butler Friday for a double header between region rivals that had implications for the league’s standings, as the meetings between theses schools usually do come January every season. AugBball special contributors Charles McNeil, the play-by-play voice for both Laney (with Perry Broadcasting) and Augusta University (with AugBball), and Zach Tinkham, a member of Augusta University’s staff, provided post game analysis along with an interview of Laney’s boys head coach Tracey Gamble in the video summary of the games below.

Matt Jones Dominates

Laney’s boys improved to 3-1 in region play with a 67-58 win over Butler, and the Wildcats remain alone in second place in the eight team region, one game behind Westside (4-0). Butler fell to 2-1 in league play.
In the video below Coach Gamble, McNeil and Tinkham all heap praise on Laney’s 6-8 senior center Matt Jones, who led all scorers with 22 points and is credited for double figure rebounds, 4 blocked shots and, as Tinkham points out, altering many more of Butler’s attempts. Jones has been one of the area’s most attractive college prospects for a few years. We barely captured his two-handed dunk over a 6-8 defender off a lob on an inbounds play, but the footage was too good not to place it first in the video anyway!



Laney – James Nipper 1 2-2 4, Matthew Jones 10 2-4 22, Quan Collier 6 3-4 15, Kyrell Thompson 5 0-0 12, DJ Collins 5 0-0 12, Corey Alexander 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 7-10 67.

    Butler – Ronnie Striggles 6 4-5 17, Kedar Bodie 9 0-1 20, Chance Finklin 1 1-2 3, Jatavian Freeman 1 0-0 2, Trayveyon Perry 5 0-0 10, Adrian Hatcher 1 0-0 2, Zabriel Boozer 1 0-0 2, Elijah Martinez 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 5-8 58.

Three-point goals – Laney: 4 (Thompson 2, Collins 2). Butler: 3 (Striggles, Bodie 2).

The Lady Bulldogs Prevail

Brionna Sims – Butler

We aren’t used to seeing a Laney loss on the girls side, and that is exactly what Butler and its second year head coach Eboni Fields, a former star for Laney herself, delivered Friday. The win was Butler’s sixth straight, and the Lady Bulldogs improved to 4-0 in region play, while Laney fell to 3-1. 2005 was the last time the Lady Wildcats lost a region contest to a Richmond County foe, and Fields was in uniform for Laney during that season.
In the video below, Tinkham praised Fields for her halftime adjustments that allowed Butler to better handle Laney’s defensive pressure in the second half, when Butler overcome an 11 point deficit by scoring 45 second half points and running away with the victory.


Butler – Lauren Braddy 3 0-0 6, Amari Surry 3 2-2 8, Tamiya Jackson 4 0-2 9, Jamesha Slater 1 0-0 3, Jayla Thomas 3 0-0 6, Makera Tarver 1 0-0 3, Brionna Sims 10 6-10 27. Totals: 25 8-14 62.

    Laney – Santana Davis 2 3-4 7, Eniya Bostic 0 2-2 2, Kiara Turner 3 2-4 12, Ciara Turner 1 0-0 2, Janiya Wilson 1 0-0 2, Sanclaire Fryer 3 0-0 6, Alteona Collier 8 6-11 22. Totals: 18 13-19 51.

Three-point goals – Butler: 4 (Jackson, Slater, Tarver, Sims). Laney: 2 (Turner, Collier).

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CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast – Episode 2

Because its regular season just ended, this week’s show is heavily focused on the high school scene, with an equal focus on both the area’s boys and girls side



Because its regular season just ended, this week’s show is heavily focused on the high school scene, with an equal focus on both the area’s boys and girls side.

CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast – Episode 2

***Special Note: Starting at the 24:30 mark in the video above, Chad explained his understanding for why Evans didn’t play Milton Friday. After seeing the episode, Evans head coach and athletic director Kevin Kenny contacted us and asked to be interviewed so he could correct the record and give his first hand account of why the region tournament for the area’s class 6A region was canceled, and for why the game against Milton didn’t happen. Here is the interview with Coach Kenny, a direct response to the 30 second explanation Chad gave starting at the 24:30 mark of episode 2 (above).***

Evans Head Coach and Athletic Director Kevin Kenny’s Response to Episode 2

Show Notes – Episode 2

Segment 1 – A tour through the regular season

0:00 – 4:15

The impact of the virus on the high school season, using North Augusta’s boys as an example

4:30 – 6:35

Chad’s Fantastic Five (plus a 6th man) freshmen

6:35 – 8:15

Describing and showing of the most eye catching individual highlights of the season

Girls Basketball in Focus…

8:15 – 11:50

Focusing on girls basketball, Charles describes what it has been like to see Laney take a step back and watch Cross Creek, Butler and Josey all take down the Lady Wildcats and assert themselves as forces to be reckoned with.

11:50 – 18:30

More about local girls basketball…

Chad weighs in on the changing of the guard on the girls side and Jordyn Dorsey’s excellence on the court AND in the classroom is highlighted as we hear from Jordyn herself.

But before we hear from Jordyn we take a tour through pretty much the entire area when it come to girls hoops. Finally, we hear from Jordyn at about the 18:00 mark.

***The CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast is also available in an audio only format. Here is the SoundCloud version of Episode 2:***

***And here is the SoundCloud audio version of Coach Kenny’s response to Episode 2***

Segment 2 – Court Side Seats

Focusing on recent thrillers we witnessed:

– Butler vs Laney (Doubleheader)

– Wheeler vs Kell

– Augusta Christian vs Ben Lippen

– Butler vs Westside

– Fox Creek vs Strom Thurmond***

18:30 – 20:15

Butler vs Laney (girls)

20:15 – 21:30

Butler vs Laney (boys)

21:30 – 23:30

Chad talks about Butler’s stacked roster and its dominant final week of the regular season, with blowout wins over Laney and Westside.

23:30 – 24:15

And we finish the Butler talk by showing the bucket Brionna Sims (of the Lady Bulldogs) scored Friday to eclipse the 1,000 point barrier, as well as the celebration that followed.

24:30 – 25:15

What happened to Evans vs Milton?

25:15 – 27:30

Class 6A Showdown

#1 Wheeler vs #2 Kell

Scoota Henderson – The next Sharife Cooper, Ant-Man Edwards, Collin Sexton

Wheeler – The defending Class 7A state champion

27:30 – 32:00

Augusta Christian vs Ben Lippen

Augusta Christian’s January surge and a rundown of its key players.

Is freshman Elijah Crawford the best player in the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), which is the high school home of Zion Williamson?

32:00 – 33:30

About Elijah Crawford’s progression throughout the years and his work with trainer Darrin Shine. Can Elijah Crawford (a freshman) one day become a the kind of player Scoota Henderson (a junior) is?

33:30 – 35:35

Butler vs Westside – For the Class 2A regular season region championship

Charles talks about a favorite player of his, senior point guard Ronnie Striggles.

35:35 – 37:25

Fox Creek vs Strom Thurmond

***Segment 3 – Augusta University Basketball Update***

37:25 – 40:20

Augusta University vs Flagler Doubleheader

The Lady Jaguars improved to 4-1 in PBC play

40:20 – 42:40

We hear from men’s head coach Dip Metress, who explains why his team, even though it has been severely impacted by the loss of 5 players for the rest of the season, will not be “opting out.”

43:30 – 47:00

Previewing next week’s show

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