clear
Thursday September 3rd, 2015 12:39AM

Class AA playoffs: Second half surge carries Dragons into Elite 8

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter
JEFFERSON -- The Jefferson boys used a huge second half to pull away from Manchester and take an 80-62 win Tuesday in the second round of the Class AA playoffs.

The Dragons (25-5) outscored Manchester 45-27 in the second half after the two teams were tied at 35 at halftime.

Jefferson coach Boling DuBose said his team picked the best time to play one of its best games of the season.

"It may have been the best we've played so far. But, we can still play better," DuBose said. "We have a tough draw and they have stepped up in both games in the playoffs with real good efforts."

Things will get vastly tougher Thursday as the Dragons will play host to defending Class AA state champion Greater Atlanta Christian, which features arguably the state's best player in any classification in 6-foot-7 senior Isaiah Wilkins.

Tip-off has yet to be determined.

"They are so big and play a tremendous trapping press,"DuBose said of GAC. "It will be our toughest game so far, no doubt. But we'll be ready. Hopefully we can get another big crowd to help us out."

Against Manchester, the game turned in the waning moments of the third quarter with the Dragons clinging to a six-point lead. Satchel Turpin would slam home a thunderous dunk, which was followed moments later by a Jefferson steal and layup for a 57-47 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Dragons put the game away at the free throw line hitting 13-of-20 down the stretch.

Tay Taylor paced Jefferson with 25 points, 21 coming in the second half. Turpin finished with 14 points and sophomore Hunter Thompson came off the bench to pour in 12 points for the Dragons.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 8 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 8 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 8 months ago )
Sports
Lanierland boys semifinals: Unbeatens Johnson, Red Elephants roll into finals
Both Gainesville and Johnson powered their way into the Lanierland Tournament finals on Monday. The two undefeated teams will meet Tuesday for the title at 8:30 p.m. at Chestatee.
10:01AM ( 8 months ago )
Lanierland girls semifinals: GHS, Lady Falcons advance to finals <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Flowery Branch and Gainesville each took impressive wins Monday to advance to the Lanierland Tournament finals...
10:00AM ( 8 months ago )
Girls basketball: Lady Tigers advance to Pickens Holiday finals
The Dawson County girls basketball advanced to the finals of the Pickens Holiday Classic after an 81-54 win over Riverwood Monday.
11:48PM ( 8 months ago )
High School Sports
Justin Thomas looks to lead Ga Tech to another big season
Justin Thomas has a bunch of new guys around him heading into Thursday night's opener...
11:03PM ( 22 hours from now )
Trojans' focus is on themselves as they open season on road
Come Friday, it will be North Hall’s chance to see if it can slow down what has so far been a dominant and punishing Jefferson ground game. But Trojans’ coach David Bishop said that’s not his team's biggest priority as it prepares to open the 2015 campaign on the road against the Dragons.
8:01PM ( 19 hours from now )
SEC's title hopes may rest on an influx of new starting QBs
The Southeastern Conference has gone two whole years without winning a national title...
11:45AM ( 11 hours from now )
Freshmen highlight volleyball season-opening victory over Toccoa Falls
A pair of freshmen stole the show in the Piedmont College volleyball season opener as the Lady Lions won 3-0 against local rival Toccoa Falls College. Setter Emily Peters led the way with 28 assists while libero Haley Hixon recorded a team-high 14 digs and six service aces.
By AccessWDUN staff
10:06PM ( 2 hours ago )
Braves swept by Marlins in 7-3 finale
The Miami Marlins rarely play well in Atlanta. Against this Braves club, Miami could do no wrong.
9:07PM ( 3 hours ago )