clear
Sunday May 3rd, 2015 1:00PM

Boys basketball: Gainesville fends off Flowery Branch behind Sosebee

By Morgan Lee Sports Editor
Related Articles
GAINESVILLE -- Gainesville boys basketball made the best of a difficult situation on Tuesday -- in more ways than one.

The Red Elephants found themselves trailing Flowery Branch in the second half of a Region 8-AAAAA contest -- a showdown taking place in the midst of the Lanierland tournament.

As big as Lanierland is, however, Gainesville kept its focus on the region contest long enough to pull out a 52-48 win over the Falcons in Gainesville.

"This was the much bigger game for us, because it is a region game," said Red Elephants coach Benjie Woo, who watched his team pull out a similarly close battle with Lakeview in the first round of Lanierland on Saturday. "The way Lanierland is set-up doesn't make any sense, but I'm glad we found a way to win tonight."

The Red Elephants (3-4, 2-4 Region 8-AAAAA) outscored the Falcons 17-11 over the final eight minutes, taking the lead for good on a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter. That they did so was due in large part to JD Sosebee.

The junior forward scored 10 of his team-high 12 points over the final eight minutes. In fact, all of his scoring came in the second half, as his post presence helped offset Flowery Branch's Cody Dewing, who put up a game-high 21, including 11 in the fourth quarter -- which represented all of the Falcons' scoring in the period.

"JD's just a tough kid, and he's got good hands," Wood said.

Sosebee scored seven points in the 9-0 run that overturned a stellar third quarter effort from Flowery Branch.

Trailing 28-17 at the half, the Falcons (1-7, 0-6) caught fire thanks to Taylor Bourdage's 3-point shooting, as the guard nailed two treys to spark the Flowery Branch attack -- two of three for the Falcons in the quarter. Dewing's length inside also came to bare, as the center's putback knotted the contest at 32-32. Brett Shepherd then scored five points inside the final minute to give Flowery Branch a 37-35 lead.

Sosebee was not about to give in, however, scoring three straight lay-ups, including a three-point play to grab a 44-37 advantage Gainesville would not yield.

"We've just got to learn to be more consistent," Wood said. "We showed flashes tonight, but if we want to get better we have to be consistent. I thought the first half we played under control and as a team, but in the second half we didn't do that."

Gainesville closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 15-8 lead that stretched to 25-10 on Luke Maddox's 3-pointer with 1:38 left in the half.

Maddox finished with 11, while Jay Gaudlock added 10 for Gainesville, which will continue play in the Lanierland tournament semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday at Flowery Branch against Johnson.

Flowery Branch, meanwhile, will take on Lakeview at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the consolation bracket at Lakeview Academy.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Bartus, Icemen shuts out Gwinnett
Garrett Bartus pitched a 42 save shutout, as the Evansville IceMen topped the Gwinnett Gladiators on a New year
10:23PM ( 1 year ago )
Gator Bowl Preview Capsule
A rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl, which Georgia won 45-31 in Orlando.
8:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Millsap's 34 leads Hawks past Celtics
Paul Millsap had season highs with 34 points and 15 rebounds as the Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday afternoon.
7:44PM ( 1 year ago )
Sports
Big Red Shootout: Buford foils Lady Elephants' upset bid in finale
Buford junior Camille Anderson knows to forget about the past during games.
11:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Boys basketball: Knights rebound with win over Centennial
The Johnson boys bounced back after a loss to Grayson on Friday with a 94-72 win Saturday night over Centennial in the Duluth Jingle Jam.
10:43PM ( 1 year ago )
Girls basketball: Dawson falls in Battle of States finals
Dawson County fell behind early and could not complete the comeback in a 70-65 loss to Hayesville, N.C. in the championship game of The Battle of the States Tournament Saturday night.
10:38PM ( 1 year ago )
High School Sports
Coach Quinn believes 1st NFL draft with Falcons a success
General manager Thomas Dimitroff and new coach Dan Quinn say the Atlanta Falcons got exactly what they were looking for on the last day of the NFL draft.
3:40PM ( 2 hours from now )
Golf: Red Elephants surge back to claim Invite crown over Marist
The Gainesville boys golf team staged a second-round comeback on Saturday to claim The Invite crown at Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville.
11:53AM ( 1 hour ago )
David Ragan ready to move to Michael Waltrip Racing
David Ragan’s tenure in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota comes to an end with the GEICO 500 and he’ll be moving onto his third team in 11 races—“a little weird, for sure,” he acknowledged—when the Sprint Cup schedule resumes at Kansas Speedway on May 9.
By Mark McCarter-NASCAR Wire Service
8:00AM ( 5 hours ago )
Reds notch 8-4 win over Braves
Jay Bruce powered two long triples, Marlon Byrd broke out of his slump and Zack Cozart had three hits to lead the Reds to an 8-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
10:42PM ( 14 hours ago )
American Pharoah gives trainer a long-awaited 4th Derby win
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Three times in seven years, Bob Baffert left the Kentucky Derby empty-handed. Two seconds and a sixth-place finish by the wagering favorite.After a while, those close calls star...
9:28PM ( 15 hours ago )