New Photo Website and Link...
February 25, 2009
Cartersville, GA - The Summer Hill Blue Devils Athletic Program is pleased announce the establishment of a new website for photos of program members.
Please visit http://summerhillbluedevils.shutterfly.com or you can scroll down the left menu of the front page of our website and click on "2008-09 Blue Devils Photos." The link will take you directly to the photo website!
We hope you enjoy!
Clayton State Club Team bends rules of courtesy...
February 23, 2009
Morrow, GA - When the Clayton State Club team visited Summer Hill back in November, the Devils made sure they were properly accomodated. College officials and rules were used, as well as players with in the scope of the purpose at hand.
On last Tuesday, the proper conditions were not provided in return for the Devils when they visited Clayton State. The intramural-style atmosphere was not what was expected, not what was indicated; and the intramural level referees were not the experience the Summer Hill program was seeking to be subjected to. Clayton organizers also utilized the 20-minute running clock game system, which we do not use - ever - under any circumstances. Again, intramural style atmosphere...
Additionally, the Clayton State team, who had been defeated handily by the Summer Hill blue squad both times previously, saw the need to include several players who have completed their college athletic eligibility and who have even played ont the professional level. This act alone was simply in-tolerable.
Had we known these would be the conditions, we would not have agreed to play the game. As a result, the Summer Hill program has declared the game as a forfeit win and has announced that no more games will be scheduled against their program.
The win moves the Summer Hill Men in Blue to 14-7 on the season.
Mammoth win over Georgia Perimeter on Valentine's Day!!!
February 14, 2009
Winning at GPC is not something that happens very often for anyone. The Jaguars seemed to be on their way to another win Saturday, but somewhere along the way the Blue Devils decided to wake up and fight, play as a unit and make use of energy that reserves Darrell Waters and Richard Davis supplied in the second half.
The Jaguars bounced ahead 45-37 at halftime, but turnovers limited them to 27 second-half points against the Blue Devils from Cartersville. GPC wound up with 30 giveaways, wiping out a 12-rebound advantage for the game. Travis Rasco and Omar Thomas corralled seven rebounds each.
Down 54-40 a few minutes into the second half, Waters and Davis came off the bench to provide a spark that both created defensive nightmare for GPC. SH's press created multiple turnovers and Waters took advantage by reeling off eight straight points, to help the Devils close the gap. GPC managed to keep a small spread with sporadic baskets, despite repeated turnovers and missed perimeter shots. Davis, hindered by a torn muscle in his shoulder, mustered the strength to instigate consecutive turnovers by GPC at mid-court. Both times, Davis drove strong to the basket and converted, finally knotting the score, capping a surprising 24-10 run. The Panthers would regain the lead on a lay-in, at 66-64.
Later, Joshua White stepped up with a huge trey to put Summer Hill up for the first time at 67-66. After another GPC miscue, Courtney George drove the lane for a basket and was fouled. He hit the freetrow to put SH up 70-66, a lead that GPC could not recover from down the stretch. GPC was forced to foul in the final 90 seconds, while SH milked the clock. George, White and Brandon Harris combined to go 7 of 8 to ice the victory.
For the Jags, Jamail Turner scored 18 points Anthony Miller had 13, with Thomas and Steve McNabb following at 11 points apiece. Former Cass High School star Dexter Jones finished with five points for GPC.
Waters led the way with 15 points in the victory, while Joshua White and Darryl Williams each had 13, George 11, while Nagee Smith had nine and Marcus Henderson seven. Davis finished with five.
Summer Hill, now 19-6, shot 48% from the field in the second half and held GPC (15-13) to only 26% shooting in the second half.
Summer Hill Blue drops nail-biter to Fort Mac, 78-75...
February 8, 2009
The Knights led much of the way, but the Devils battled and stayed close. After falling down by as many as nine in the second half, the Men in Blue worked their way back into the game behind the scoring of Gary Warner and Jeff Hawkins.
Down the stretch the game could have gone either way. The Devils re-gain possession of the ball and called timeout with 17 ticks left and were down 76-75. Getting to the basket was the plan and Jarmond Bailey made his move with about :08 showing. He drove just inside the right elbow of the lane and had a seem to the basket but chose to pass the the short wing to an unsuspecting Gary Warner. Warner mishandled the ball and turned it back over to Fort Mac. A quick foul and the Knights buried the two shots at the charity strip. With 2.3 second left, the Devils tried a hail-mary that fell short.
BOX SCORE................................................ 1.... 2.... F
Fort McPherson Knights............................ 42... 36... 78
Summer Hill Blue Devils (Blue) -- 2008-9... 34... 41... 75
Summer Hill (gold) handles Truett McConnell on the road, 78-60...
January 31, 2009
Cleveland, GA - Summer Hill raids the Bears Den and comes out with a statement-making 18-point road win over a hampered Truett-McConnell College team, who had two key players out for the game.
Truett-McConnell College’s men’s basketball team had a home game versus Summer Hill Blue Devils, but that is not the main story. What is the main story you ask? This weekend all across the country many of the colleges and high school coaches participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer's Suits and Sneakers night to raise money and awareness for their local cancer society. All the coaches that participated wore basketball shoes with their normal coaching attire (suit and tie). Coach Baldwin, his staff, and Summer Hill Head Coach David Archer all took part Saturday. TMC also donated their money from the admission, Gatorade sells, and halftime shootout contest to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
“I know this was mainly a Division I event, for arenas of 25,000 plus and games that are televised. But I know cancer has personally affected my family and even if it is not a lot of money and exposure, every bit helps. I really want to thank Summer Hill for participating and for all the fans that were involved with the shootout, bought Gatorades, or just paid to come to the game” Coach Baldwin said of the event.
TMC lost the game by a final score of 78-60 but hopefully their efforts on Saturday night will help win the fight against Cancer. Local product, Tyler Norman led the way with 19 points, while Meau Jones had 11 points. TMC had 4 guys with double-digit rebounds (Meau 14, Josh Willimas 10, Marcus Benitez 10, and Jesse Norton 10). TMC out rebounded Summer Hill 60-34. TMC will now travel to MiddleGeorgiaCollege on Thursday and Coastal Georgia on Saturday. TMC is currently 4th in the GJCAA.
Summer Hill was led by Joshua White with 21 points, while Darrell Waters had 15, Marcus Henderson 11 and James Royal 10.
Summer Hill Gold gets big win over Fort Mac, while Blue Squad handles North Georgia again...
January 25, 2009
Cartersville, GA - The Blue Devils moved to 16-6 on the season, after an impressive win over a tough Fort McPherson Knights squad. Darryl Williams turned in what was arguably his most complete performance of the season, exploding for 25 points, while also collecting five steals and five rebounds.
Fort Mac jumped out early, leading 4-0 in the opening minute, but the Devils bounced back after treys by Courtney George and two by Williams. The lead changed hands repeatedly through out the first 10 minutes. Calvin Artis and Ricky Gulley kept the Knights offense clicking with mid-range baskets out of their motion offense. Williams nailed two more threes and Darrell Waters entered to provide some inside scoring to help Summer Hill build an eight point cushion. Joshua White, Brandon Harris and George all got in foul trouble, but the Devils deep bench responded. Fort Mac cut it back down to two, but Roman Gilliam closed the half scoring six straight for the Devils and they led 47-39 at the mid-point.
The second half saw Fort Mac become very physical, in attempt to trow off the Devils quickness and perimeter shooting. Summer Hill's offense stalled as a result, as adjustments were trying to be made. Fort Mac fought back behind the inside scoring of Jamal Pippins and Gulley's patented and reliable mid-range shots. White finally got going with several power drives which helped SH re-build the ten point spread. But, White and George both picked up their fourth fouls and had to return to the bench. Waters entered and promptly nailed a three on the right wing, pushing the SH lead to 13, at 64-51. Summer Hill had a comfortable lead heading into the final two minutes. Fort Mac forced a couple of SH misses and a turnover, which Artis took advantage of with two long threes, to suddenly trim the lead down to 82-78 with :39 seconds left. The Kights then went into foul mode, putting the Blue Devils on the line. Williams, George and Marcus Henderson combined to go 8-for-8 from the charity stripe, to seal the win.
Artis led Fort Mac with 25 points, while Gulley had 18, Pippens 14 and Rock Whaley eight. The high-scoring Ricky James was held to a season-low four points.
To go along with William's scoring antics, Waters finished with 15 points, nine boards, two blocks and took five offensive charges, while George had 12 points, four assists. White scored all of his 10 in the second half and also had six rebounds. Henderson had eight points, and eight boards. Harris and Gilliam both had six, while James Royal and Jeff Hawkins rounded out the scoring with four each.
The Blue Devils will now go on the road next Saturday to face Truett-McConnell College in a 7:00pm tipoff in Cleveland, Georgia.
Men in Blue outlast North Georgia, 127-97...
Cartersville, GA - The Summer Hill Men in Blue out-ran the North Georgia Wolverines 127-97 on Sunday evening at JH Morgan Gym.
In their third matchup of the season series, the Wolverines came with a mission to make it a game. In the first two meetings, the Devils had no problem with North Georgia. This night would be different, as the Wolves came ready to play. The lead exchanged hands several time in the opening minutes with the Thomas brothers keeping pace for the Wolverines. On loan from the SH Gold squad, Richard Davis helped the Blue squad build a double-digit lead mid-way through the half. His long range shooting, along with the scoring of Demetrius Metcalf and Nagee Smith established a good lead. North Georgia fought back though, trimming it down to two at one point. Brandon Thomas downed 21 first half points, but the balanced SH scoring still had North Georgia down 59-52 at the half. Davis had 16 for SH at the break.
In the second half, the Men in Blue gradually began to pull away but turning up the defense and turning it into offense with quick scores. Chris Brown and Daryne Lucas got into the scoring act, combining for 20 second half points. Gary Warner got cranked up as well, to lead a well-balanced scoring attack in which everyone contributed. The Devils cruised to victory on a 68-point second half scoring explosion.
Men in Blue chalk up record first half, enroute to win, while Gold squad holds on to beat AWU
January 19, 2009
Cartersville, GA - After a lackluster start last night against Ware, the Summer Hill Blue Squad came out with someting to prove, scoring 82 points in the first half and cruising to a 125-78 win over North Georgia.
Demetrius Metcalf had a season-high 29 points and Nagee Smith had 20 in the win, to go along with six other SH players in double-figures. For a full box score go to the Summer Hill Blue squad's schedule/results listing on the left menu on this website.
BOX SCORE....................................... 1 -- 2 -- F
North Georgia Wolverines........................ 33 - 45 - 78
Summer Hill Blue Devils (Blue) -- 2008-9........ 82 - 43 - 125
Summer Hill Gold gets by a stubborn AWU team, 82-77...
Cartersville, GA - Summer Hill took a 47-31 lead into the break but had to fight to hang on down the stretch, as Mike Howren and Company came racing back to make it a close game in the end.
The Blue Devils traded baskets with AWU most of the first half, before going on a big defensive run to close the half and go in with the 16-point lead. In the second half, Summer Hill worked its lead out to as much as 21 after a three made it 72-51. But, AWU's Howren got hot and drained several threes, to mount a furious comeback attempt in the waning minutes. Darrell Waters got a big put-back and a jumper in the lane for Summer Hill. AWU answered with a couple of lay-ins by Daniel Barrett. Then, Joshua White and Nagee Smith combined to go 4-fo-4 at the line to keep AWU at a distance at 80-77. After a Darryl Williams miss on the front-end of a 1-and-1, AWU called time out with 19 ticks left and a chance to tie. Darrell Wilkins' trey attempt on the right side was just shy with 2 seconds left and Smith grabbed the rebound. He was fouled and the freethrows he nailed sealed the win for Summer Hill.
The Blue Devils moved to 14-6 on the season. Waters led the way with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Courtney George had 13 and White had 12.
Summer Hill Gold beats N.GA, while Blue squad drops game to Ware Prep
January 18, 2009
Cartersville, GA - The Summer Hill Blue Devils (gold squad) built a 60-32 lead over North Georgia by half-time and never looked back, breezing to a 123-81 win on Sunday afternoon at JH Morgan Gym.
Nagee Smith led seven Devils in double-figures with 23 points, while Joshua White turned in a triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Darryl Williams also had 14 points and 8 assists. Courtney George and Brandon Harris both got 11 points, as Richard Davis got 10 points and seven assists. Rounding out the scoring was Marcus Henderson and Gary Warner with four each and Roman Gilliam two.
BOX SCORE................................... 1 -- 2 - F
North Georgia Wolverines.................... 32 - 49 - 81
Summer Hill Blue Devils (Gold) -- 2008-9.... 60 - 63 - 123
Men in Blue can't overcome slow start, bow to Ware Prep...
Carterville, GA - Ware Prep jumped out to a huge lead, before fighting off the Men in Blue down the stretch on Sunday evening at JH Morgan Gym.
After falling down by as many as 30 in the first half, the Summer Hill (blue squad) Blue Devils finally realized they could compete in the second half. The Devils exploded for 67 points after intermission but it was a little late as, even though the lead was trimming to seven at one point, Ware was able to hang on for the win.
Nagee Smith led the was with 27 points, while Jamie King had his highes point output of the season with 17. Jarmond Bailey and Demetrius Metcalf both had 12 and Gary Warner got 11.
BOX SCORE................................... 1 -- 2 -- F
Ware Prep-1................................. 56 - 53 - 109
Summer Hill Blue Devils (Blue) -- 2008-9.... 29 - 67 - 96
Devils out-duel CSCC, 113-95
January 11, 2009
Columbia's charge was to provide pressure and make the game wide open. They pressed from the opening tip but the Blue Devils were up to the task, breaking the press and converting to build a double-digit cushion behind transition buckets by Josh White and Darryl Williams. When CSCC was not pressing they were falling back into a zone defense that Darrell Waters and Marcus Henderson began to pick apart to the tune of 21 combined points in the first half. Summer Hill had built a 14-point spread at 49-35. But, Columbia battled back with several quick buckets by O'neal Brady and a trey by Dontavious Merriweather to cut it to seven with about 15 seconds left in the half. Summer Hill got to the basket and could not convert. CSCC Coach, Malcom Montomery called a timeout with 2.5 seconds left in the half and set a play to get a shot off. Michael Sweat launched a three from past half-court that banked in at the buzzer, trimming the Devil lead to two going into the break.
Summer Hill came out with renewed focus in the second half and re-generated the double-digit lead by breaking CSCC's pressure and getting baskets at the rim. Brandon Harris performed very well in transition, reeling off 17 second half points. When slowed down, the Devil's half-court spread kept Columbia guessing, with Waters, White and James Royal all converting on baskets in the paint. Courtney George kept CSCC from being able to pack the zone in by hitting two long-range tri-fectas.
Bradon and Sweat both finished with 22 on the game, while Jafarious Wade had 10 and Andrew Ayodeji got nine. Columbia State CC, out of Nashville and the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association (TJCAA), slipped to 9-8 on the season.
Waters led the way for the Devils with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Harris finished with 18 points and six rebs. White had a all-round effort with 17 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals. George had 14 points, four assists and four steals, as Darryl Williams got 11 points, four assists and three steals. Henderson also had 11 points and Royal finished with 10 points. Gary Warner and Nagee Smith rounded out the scoring with five and four, respectively. Summer Hill improved to 12-6 on the year and will be off until next Sunday when they host the North Georgia Wolverines at 4:30pm.
Blue Devils 'blue squad' exact revenge, defeat AWU 79-68...
January 11, 2009
In the last meeting, AWU's Mike Howren drilled 39 points. The Devils sought to bottle Howren up. The tactic worked, but Darrell Wilkins picked up the slack early, scoring seven points in the opening minutes. The Devils struggled to hit shots against AWU's long zone defense. After a Daniel Barrett's deep trey put AWU up 10-1. However, Summer Hill began applying pressure and went on a 10-0 run. Nagee Smith's jumper in the lane gave the Men in Blue its first lead at 11-10. AWU would re-claim the lead strong buckets on the block by Ronnie Donaldson. Summer Hill got super defensive efforts from Jamie King and Chris Brown, which led to Smith answering with consecutive dunks, followed by a King three on the left wing. The Men in Blue fought back to take a 37-33 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Devils opened thing up a little. Gary Warner finally got on track with jumper and Smith downed two clean pull ups in the lane, to pull out to a double-digit spread. AWU went cold from the perimeter, but remained in striking distance by pounding the ball in the middle to Donaldson and Kevin Hammett. Brown and Warner would help keep AWU at bay. Brown drove for several buckets in transition, while Warner knocked down two clutch three-pointers down the stretch. Summer Hill went into a spread to utilize time the final four minutes, at one point running the clock down almost 90 seconds, a possession that ended with a dagger three by Smith in the right corner.
Donaldson and Wilkins led AWU with 20 each. Hammett had 11 and Barrett nine. Howren was held to a 2-point output, along with Deron Davis, Brian Stevenson and Armond Knowles.
For the Men in Blue, Smith paced the way with 22 points, four assists and three steals, while Warner got 18 pts, four rebs. Brown finished with 13 points, five assists and three steals. Jamie King turned a mammoth performance with nine points, eight steals and eight assists, flirting with a triple double on the night. Brice Kellogg got six points and Demetrius Metcalf four. Rounding out the scoring for the Blue Devils were Keith Cagle with three, Daryne Lucas two and Ken Shaw two.
Summer Hill gets big win over Fort McPherson, 72-70...
January 10, 2009
Fort Gillem, GA - The Summer Hill Blue Devils held off a Fort McPherson rally in the final minutes to hang on for a 72-70 win on the road. Coming in Fort McPherson had beaten three common opponents, Wallace State, Gordon College and Truett McConnell and has had arguably its strongest season ever, to this point.
Summer Hill was up to the daunting task on this day. The Devils led by as many as 14 in the first half. The Knights fought back to close it to five, but White's trey at the end of the half pushed Summer Hill's lead back to nine, 35-26.
In the second half, Fort Mac worked back into the game with small ball and the help of drawing fouls and getting in the bonus early. Multiple free throw opportunities chipped away at the Devils lead, along with two treys by Ricky James. But, the Devils got big defensive plays by Richard Davis and Marcus Henderson, then got buckets from Harris and White down the stretch, along with some crutch freethrows.
Joshua White had a very efficient 23 points, while Darrell Waters had 12, Brandon Harris 11 and Nagee Smith 10.
The win snapped a 3-game losing steak for the Blue Devils, who move to 11-6 on the season.
Blue Devils build lead at Gordon, buckle in second half...
December 11, 2008
Devils melt-down in second half, after being up big...
Barnesville, GA - The Summer Hill Blue Devils were on the road, inside the unfriendly confines at Gordon College on Thursday evening. For the first 20-minutes, the Highlanders didn't know what to do with the Devils, who played beautifully on both sides of the ball en route to a 42-28 half-time lead. But, it would prove to be a strange tale of two halves, Gordon used two decisive runs in a 70-point second half explosion to blow open a close game in the closing minutes to claim a 98-81 win.
Summer Hill jumped out to a 5-0 lead early, despite missing opportunities to have Gordon in a bigger hole. Several early turnovers allowed Gordon to regroup. The two teams traded leads several times, before Summer Hill began to build a lead with a defense that was causing the Highlanders problems as they struggled to get clean looks at the basket, shooting only 40% from the field. The active defense was creating good looks on the other end. Proper ball movement found open perimeter shooters, as Richard Davis, Darryl Williams, Courtney George and Joshua White combined for six Summer Hill treys in the opening half. The Devils had built their biggest lead at 14 going into the break, seemingly in control, while shooting a warm 55% from the field, including 6-of-10 from long range.
The tides changed drastically in the second half. The Devils took several ill-advised shots to begin the half. Gordon quickly capitalized each time, triggering a 20-4 run that saw them race back to take a 48-46 lead just four minutes in. From there, the game was a dog-fight, with the lead changing hands repeatedly. Gordon got out to a four-point lead at the 8:40 mark, but Summer Hill worked back into it. Marcus Henderson's turnaround re-knotted the score at 76-all. Gordon quickly answered. Then, George drew a foul, sank both to re-tie. Gordon's Ray Head drove past a defender and banked a 15-footer to put Gordon back up 80-78. Then, White drew another foul and sank one of two freethrow, trimming the Gordon lead to 80-79 with only 2:40 remaining. On the next possession, Willie Woodard spotted for a three on the left wing. Marcus Henderson lunged to contest. A startled Woodard changed his shot, oddly mis-firing, which made the referee assume Henderson fouled. In fact, Henderson was not even close to contact on the play. Nevertheless, Woodard stepped to the line and nailed all three shots. Feeling desparate, SH came down and shot yet another ill-advised long-range shot which Gordon rebounded. Head then, reversed dribble and exectuted a cross-over at the top of the key and drilled a three-point daggar to push Gordon to its largest lead of the game at 86-79 with 2:20 showing. After another perimeter miss by the Devils just seconds later, Atwon Brantley drew a foul and put Gordon up by nine when he sank both free throws. Eight points in a matter of :25 ticks off the clock proved to be the final straw. However, Gordon was not done. Over the final two minutes, Summer Hill repeatedly shot errant treys, only to see Gordon drill two more threes, execute a follow up dunk off a rebound and sink two more freethrows to close out the game with a bewildering and wild frenzy that made the game look like a total blow out!
Gordon College, who moved to 8-4 on the season, was led by Brantley with 22, while Head finished with 18, as did Daveion Zellner. Woodard tallied 16 in the win.
Darrell Waters and White both had 14 for Summer Hill, while George got 13, and Henderson and Williams 10 each. Richard Davis finished with eight and Nagee Smith six. Summer Hill slipped to 9-3 on the season and will now host Cedartown on Sunday afternoon in a 4:30pm tilt at JH Morgan Gym.
Summer Hill gold squad romps 120-51, while SH blue outlasts AWU 93-78....
December 6, 2008
Cartersville, GA - Blue Devils romp over Morris Brown, 120-51 on Saturday night at Aubrey Street Gym. Morris Brown scored the first basket, but it would prove to be their only lead of the game, as the Devils got on track early and raced to a huge 66-21 lead by half time.
The Devils moved to 9-1 on the year and will now host Top 30 ranked Wallace State (AL) on Sunday after noon. Wallace held the #1 National Ranking in the Junior College Polls for a number of weeks last season and finished with a 32-1 record. They also come into Sunday's matchup at JH Morgan Gym with an identical 9-1 record.
Cartersville, GA - The Blue squad of Summer Hill got a big win over a veteran AWU team on Saturday night at Aubrey Street Gym.
After building a nine point lead in the first half, the blue relented and AWU worked its way back into the lead at 26-25. Summer Hill regrouped and took a 41-34 lead into the half. With the benefit of a two shot technical to start the second half, AWU kick-started with a 10-0 run that saw them re-claim the lead at 44-41. Summer Hill answered with its own 16-2 run, including eight straight points from Nagee Smith. The run have gave Summer Hill a lead it would nurse the remainder of the night. AWU flirted with comebacks several times down the stretch but good ball movement in the spread offense allowed the Devils increase their lead in the final minutes.
Mike Howren led AWU with 19 points, while Kevin Hammitt had 16, Brandon Smalls 13 and three with 10 points, including Darrell Wilkins, Erie Stanley and Landon McCarty.
Smith paced the Men in Blue with a game-high 30 points, while Demetrius Metcalf had 16, Chris Brown 12, Jamie King 9, Breion Brazier 7, Brice Kellog and Isaih Riobe 6 each, Jarmon Bailey 4, Ken Shaw 2 and Gary Warner 1.
Devils breeze roar past the eagles on the road, 116-59...
December 3, 2008
The Devils exploded for 70 second half points. Josh White also had 13 and a host of others finished with nine.
Summer Hill moved to 8-1 on the season, after also picking up two forfeit victories last weekend as a result of being unecessarily bumped from the Atlanta Metro Thanksgiving Classic.
Summer Hill makes it easy for Jets in Americus...
November 22, 2008
Written by Chris Whitaker, Americus Times Recorder
Published November 23, 2008 12:29 am
— AMERICUS — Every time Summerhill Prep tried to close the gap against the Jets on Saturday, Antonio Bell was ready to answer.
The freshman guard had a game-high 19 points as South Georgia Tech beat Summerhill 98-83 at The Hangar for homecoming.
Greg Brooks had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead four Jets who had double-doubles, another school record. But the team’s streak of four-consecutive home games with at least 100 points was snapped.
“I told the guys on Tuesday don’t let one loss turn into two and stop the snowball and get back to the winning ways,” said Jets coach Steven Wright. “Even though I consider that a real ugly game, the outcome was never in question. We did a good job of keeping them at bay.”
Wright also said he could tell there was something a little different about Bell in shoot-around. When the Jets needed a basket, Bell drove to the basket and pushed the lead back out.
“He seemed to be a little more motivated for some reason,” said Wright. “He had more fire in him today and the numbers showed.”
Markell Smith had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Jae Crowder had 10 and 11, and Tyson Randolph had 10 and 10 in being selected homecoming king for the Americus campus. Wright said those numbers show he can count on several different people to put up some big games.
But maybe the biggest surprise came from Brooks.
“Tonight’s performance is what we expect out of him,” said Wright. “He does a lot of things right around the bucket — gets tip-ins, big rebounds. He’s a guy we don’t look to for scoring, and he was big no doubt.”
The Jets had a 55-33 and 19-15 edge in rebounds and offensive rebounds, and they held a 27-10 advantage in second-chance points. They shot 51 percent for the game, made 20 of 22 free throws and committed 26 turnovers.
Forty-nine fouls were called in the game, 29 on the Jets. Summerhill (5-1) made 24 of 41 free throws and shot 40 percent for the game.
Darrell Waters and Courtney George each had 15 points to pace the Blue Devils.
The Jets return to action when they play in a Thanksgiving tournament on Wednesday and Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla. The Blue Devils will participate in the Atlanta Metro Classic next weekend.
Lady Jets 69, Summerhill Lady Devils 37...
Jenny Nixon was 5-for-5 in the second half and finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots as the Lady Jets made light work of Summerhill Prep.
South Georgia Tech (4-2) led 30-9 at one point in the first half, and it held the Lady Blue Devils to just 18 percent shooting for the game. Harrell said it was a good way to bounce back after Tuesday’s 73-50 loss against No. 9 Chipola (Fla.) on Tuesday.
“We were able to work on some things, especially in the second half,” said coach Brandan Harrell. “That was our whole halftime adjustment — to try and get a little better execution offensively, and we did that. We shot 59 percent in the second half. It should help our confidence a bit, too.”
Porshe Lampkin scored 11 points off the bench, and Ashley Harrison had four blocks.
The Lady Jets owned the boards with a 59-37 advantage and outscored Summerhill’s bench 35-3. Melissa Bunce-Winters led Summer Hill with 14 points.
Summer Hill surprises Truett-McConnell with sweep on Saturday night...
November 15, 2008
Cartersville, GA - After a huge 92-84 win over nationally ranked Truett McConnell College last weekend, the 5-0 Summer Hill Blue Devils have gotten off to the best start in its four-year history. The Blue Devils will now have their streak tested against another nationally ranked team in the South Georgia Tech Jets in Americus on Saturday night.
The Blue Devils got out to a strong start, leading by as many as 18-8 early in the game against Truett. But, after key players got in foul trouble, the Bears capitalized while Summer Hill's reserves fought to maintain. Truett battled back and led by as many as seven with a trapping defense that caused the Devils' offense to come a slow crawl. Richard Davis and Darrell Waters provided much needed inside buckets and Tim Fortenberry nailed two long treys to get the local team going again and Summer Hill was able to reclaim the lead, going into the half up 44-39. In the second half, with the first unit back, Summer Hill was able to work back out to an 11-point spread at one point, only to see foul trouble mount again. Courtney George, Darryl Williams and Joshua White all had to sit for an extended period of time.
However, the SH reserves came in ready to relieve this time. Davis played his most steady stretch the entire season, scoring a chuck of timely points with smart shots and freethrows. Jamie King and Nagee Smith also helped to weather the Bear defensive press. The defensive aggressiveness by both teams was "war-like" and produced a lot of freethrow attempts for both team. Though Duece Jackson and his Truett pack made several runs down the stretch, Summer Hill was able to keep them at bay. Josh White's steal and slam with just over a minute left, gave the Devils a 90-82 lead that seemed to provide the spread needed to hold on. After Williams and George eventually fouled out and several missed freethrows once the Bears were forced to foul, Roman Gilliam came in cold but iced the victory with two clean freethrows in the closing seconds. Jackson led Truett with 28 points on the night, while Meau Jones had 16 points and Brandon Hosely 15. Travis Ellison also had eight and Scotty Thomas five. For Summer Hill, Davis finished with a season-high 23 points, while White had 19, George a dozen, Fortenberry seven and Waters six. Getting in the act also was Brandon Harris with six, Williams five, Smith four and King three. Marcus Henderson, Jeff Hawkins and Gilliam all finished with two points each. Summer Hill will now face another tough task in South Georgia Tech, who has started out the season at 5-1 and is ranked in the Top 25 in the country. The Blue Devils are 0-3 all-time against the Jets in a 7:30pm tilt inside the "Hangar" on the campus of SGTC in Americus.
Summer Hill Lady Devils 70 Truett McConnell Lady Bears 62...
Cartersville, GA - In the first game of the evening, the Lady Devils opened their season with a 70-62 win over the Truett Lady Bears. After falling behind by as many as 13 in the early going, the Lady Devils settled down and began to dominate the flow of the game. By half-time Truett found themselves down 33-31, then couldn't contain the Lady Devil's inside presence. The size difference allow Summer Hill's girls to balance the offense out in order to pull away for a double-digit lead in the latter stages of the game. Melissa Winters and Mattatha Brunson both had 12 for Summer Hill (1-0), while Shameka Doxie, Leah Kessenich and Shakenda Stallings all had nine. Shannon Hanson and Tamera Watkins had seven and six, respectively, as Chaunte Byers had four and Shagera Irwin and Tiesha Jackson each collected one point in the victory. The Lady Devils will also be on the road at South Georgia Tech this Saturday where they tip off at 5:30pm.
Summer Hill Blue Devils (blue squad) 73 Clayton State Club Team 63...
Cartersville, GA - The Blue squad led early, then bogged down in a muck of turnovers and ill-advised shots. Despite playing less than capable basketball, the Men in Blue only trailed by one at the half to a good shooting Clayton State team. After regrouping, applying some strong pressing defense to establish control in the seconf half, the Devils were able to cool Clayton off and begin to pull away down the stretch.
Nagee Smith led all scorers with 27 points, while Darrell Waters had 11. Brieon Brazier finished with 10, while Jarmond Bailey had seven, Demetrius Metcalf six, Jamie King four and Gary Warner three. Brice Kellog, Ken Shaw and Ben Pierre all had two, while Isaiah Riobe got one point in the win. The Devils blue squad moved to 2-3 on the year.
Summer Hill wakes up to beat Emory of Oxford College 83-67, moves to 4-0…
November 10, 2008
Oxford came out confident from the opening tip, even though the Devils were out to an early 5-0 lead. Oxford fought back with solid offensive execution to take the lead at 8-7 four minutes in. Over the next few minutes, Summer Hill looked to have gained control, forcing a couple of turnovers and scoring on the other end. Kevin Green came off the bench to down seven points in the stretch for the Devils. But, after building a nine-point cushion, Oxford began to get repeated dibble-drives to the basket from their guards, as well as, short turn around jumpers in the post. The Devils went cold as the Eagles efficiently worked their way into the lead and eventually going into the intermission up 37-33.
The Blue Devils came out on a mission in the second half. A renewed defensive focus began causing the Eagles to shoot errant shots. Brandon Harris and Darrell Waters took advantage, converting feeds from Summer Hill guards Courtney George and Darryl Williams. Williams, also got in the scoring act hitting two threes and Josh White and Richard Davis both got several penetration buckets, as SH re-took the lead for good. Oxford made several mini-runs, but after fouling out one of their post players, a chunk of their advantage was gone. With the offense unbalanced, the Eagles couldn’t seem to connect on key perimeter shots to keep pace. Summer Hill pulled away late for a 16-point win that was really closer than the score indicated.
White paced the Summer Hill scoring with 16 points, while Waters finished with 15 points, 12 boards and three blocks. Harris showed his true form, dropping 14 points and grabbing a season high 10 rebounds and swiping four steals. Williams tallied all dozen of his points in the second half and also had four assists. Green had seven points, as Nagee Smith and Davis both finished with six points, George five and Jeff Hawkins two. Boxscore: http://www.leaguelineup.com/gamesum_basketball.asp?url=summerhill&sid=970836940&GameID=5023012
The win moved Summer Hill to 4-0 on the season, before welcoming Truett-McConnell to town next Saturday evening for a 7:30pm matchup at Aubrey Street Gym. The Summer Hill women will also open its season next Saturday with a 5:30pm tilt against the Truett Lady Bears. The Summer Hill men’s Blue Squad will play the night-cap at 8:30pm versus the Clayton State University club team. General Admission is $4.00. For more information please visit http://www.leaguelineup.com/summerhill or Contact David Archer, Jr. at email@example.com .
Summer Hill Blue Squad squanders lead, loses to Ware Prep, 77-75...
Cartersville, GA - November 8, 2008 -- Last week the Summer Hill Blue squad dropped a two point decision to Ware Prep and looked to rebound this week in a re-match against the Raiders on Saturday evening. The Devils took an impressive nine-point lead into the half-time, but couldn't hold on in the second stanza as Ware fought back to take the win down the stretch.
Summer Hill executed perfectly in the opening half, taking advantage of the re-turning Marcus Henderson in the post. The offense flowed around Henderson as he collected buckets in the lane and kicked passes out for easy buckets by Nagee Smith, Demetrius Metcalf and Roman Gilliam. The Men in Blue led by as many as 14 in the first half, and though smaller in stature, their defense badgered Ware into missed jumpers. Ware trailed 43-34 at the break, with many of their points coming at the free throw line once they reached the bonus.
In the second half, the Devils maintained their spread until about the eight minute mark, when Ware began to take advantage of mismatches. The Raiders briefly cut their deficit to six, which prompted a Blue Devil time out. Summer Hill responded with five straight points, including an and-1 for Henderson, pushing the lead back to double-digits. However, the zone defense Summer Hill employed began to leave Ware shooters open. Three tri-fectas got the Raiders back in the game quickly. The Men in Blue suddenly found themselves down by two with time ticking down. After a turnover and another three, Ware was up 74-69. Summer Hill turned it over yet again, but Jamie King got a steal and quickly buried a trey in the corner to cut it back to 74-72 with 40 ticks remaining. King created another immediate turnover, but couldn't convert the pass across the lane and turned it back over. This time Ware answered with a lay-in while drawing a foul. They hit the free throw, making it 77-72. Summer Hill managed another bucket and free throw in the waning seconds, but it was too late.
Henderson led all scorers with 21 points and also had 10 rebounds. Nagee Smith had 18, while Roman Gilliam both got 13 points and Metcalf 10. Full boxscore:
The blue squad slips to 0-2 to start the season, but will be back on the court to right the ship next Saturday at 8:30pm when they host Clayton State University's Club Team at JH Morgan Gym.
Summer Hill mauls Martinique, 116-48...
November 6, 2008
Up 7-2 early, Josh White hit his second three in the corner, which triggered an enormous run that say Summer Hill streak to a 42-3 lead at the 11:03 mark of the first half. Corntey George, White, Kevin Green and Darrell Williams, Jr. spearheaded a defensive press that forced Martinique into 22 first half turn overs. Martinique settled and scored a few baskets going into the half, but the Blue Devils had already put the game away while hitting 10 treys out of transition in the process. Martinique found themselves down 63-21 at the break.
The second half saw much of the same. Though the Devils pulled back defensively down the stretch. Martinique was still outscored 53-27.
Summer Hill shot 55% from the field on the evening and made 27-35 freethrows. Martinique shot a respectable 42% from the field, but had trouble getting shots off while coughing the ball up 41 times to the Devils' constant pressure.
Surviant Stephane led Martinique with 13 points and Duranty Sylvier also had 11.
For Summer Hill, moves to 3-0 on the young season, White had 25 points and nine boards, George 16 pts, six assists and seven steals, while Richard Davis tallied 14 points and four rebounds. Darrell Waters also had 12 points, as Tim Fortenberry and Williams had 10 each. Williams also had five assists and four steals.
The Devils will now host a pair of games on Saturday JH Morgan. The Gold squad will play Emory Oxford College at 4:00pm, while the Blue squad will tipoff against Ware Prep at 5:30pm.
Summer Hill Blue Devils are ready to begin its 2008-09 Campaign!
November 2, 2008
Cartersville, Ga. - The Summer Hill Blue Devils enter their fourth season of play with high hopes and many new recruits. The Devils will open up with Ware Prep Academy this Sunday with the blue and gold squads hosting a double-header at 4:00pm and 5:30pm at JH Morgan Gym on Aubrey Street.
Summer Hill will then go on the road Monday night, as the Gold squad will take on Reinhardt College's JV team.
On Wednesday evening, the men's National Team from the Island of Martinique in the French Antilles will return to Cartersville to take on the Blue Devil's Gold team at 7:30pm.
With increased interest and participation, the Blue Devils have been able to put together two full squads this season. This year's schedule will include five Top 40 JUCO College teams, including South Georgia Tech, Georgia Perimeter, Truett-McConnell and Wallace State-Hanceville (AL), who were ranked #1 in the JUCO Division 1 polls for a time last year.
The Summer Hill Blue Devils competed in the Truett-McConnell Pre-season Jamboree last weekend and played very well, taking top billing, in round-robin action against Truett-McConnell and Spartanburg Methodist. Among the three teams participating, the Devils won three of the four halves played, while the others won only two and one, respectively. The program bosts former high school stars from Cartersville/Bartow County, as well as, Polk, Gordon, Gwinnett, Fulton, Dekalb Counties, among others.
The Lady Devils will also open their season on November 15th at 5:00pm, in the first game of a double-header at home against Truett-McConnell College. Newly named Head Coach Valerie Linley will be holding tryouts this Saturday from 1pm-3pm at JH Morgan Gym.
General Admission to the Blue Devils games is $4.00, and many home dates will include double and triple-headers!
For more information on the Summer Hill Program or to view the 2008-09 roster and game schedule, please visit http://www.leaguelineup.com/summerhill. Or, you can contact David Archer, Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-606-3764.
Blue Devils off to good start, 2-0 heading into game vs. Martinique...
November 5, 2008
Waleska, GA - Summer Hill moved to 2-0 on the young season after breaking away in the second half against the Reinhardt College JV Eagles for a 90-54 road win. The Devils struggled early to get things going, while Reinhardt played up to their potential, keeping the score close. Summer Hill's second unit came in to get thing cranked up, as Kevin Green promptly nailed a trey, followed by several offensive rebounds and put backs by Richard Davis. After a steal, Tim Fortenberry also got a break away layin. Up 45-29 at the half, the Devils pushed their spread out to 21 quickly into the second half on a bucket in the lane and a three pointer in the deep corner by Josh White. Later Nagee Smith drained two mammoth dunks to break it open. Summer Hill never looked back from there and cruised to victory. Smith, White and Courtney George each got 14 points to lead a balanced SH attack, which also got 12 and 10, respectively from Richard Davis and Tim Fortenberry. Also for Summer Hill, Jeff Hawkins got nine and Brandon Harris seven.
The Devils will now host the Martinique National Team Wednesday night at 7:30pm at JH Morgan Gym at 129 Aubrey Street in Cartersville.
BOX SCORE.......................... 1... 2... F
Summer Hill Blue Devils (Gold).... 45.. 45.. 90
Reinhardt College JV.............. 29.. 25.. 54
Devils open season with tough 86-74 win over Ware Prep...
Cartersville, GA - The Blue Devils trailed much of the first half, before going on a defensive tear, which turned the tides. Up 39-33 at the half, Summer Hill used another spurt to start the second stanza to build a 22 point cushion at one point. Ware made several runs and managed to trim their deficit to a dozen by the end of the contest. But, Summer Hill despite looking a bit sloppy, was able to close the game and earn an opening night win. Darrell Waters led the way with 24 points, while Josh White had 16 for the the Blue Devils.
BOX SCORE........................ 1.. 2.... F
Ware Prep-1......................33.. 41.. 74
Summer Hill Blue Devils (Gold)...39.. 47.. 86
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ware holds on for narrow win over SH-Blue...
Cartersville, GA - Summer Hill Blue squad fought back to get in the game, after falling down by as many as 17 in the second half, only to come up short in the waning seconds 80-78 against Ware Prep on Sunday afternoon. The two teams fought to a 33-33 tie at the half, but Ware went on a huge run that saw them run up to a 60-43 lead. The Blue Devils applied a half-court press that created some quick buckets, racing back to get back in the game. However, some late miscues inhibited the Devils from completing the comeback and Ware held on for the win. Demetrius Metcalf debuted with 20 points and seven rebounds for the Blue Devils, while Nagee Smith accounted for 17. The Summer Hill blue squad starts the season out with a loss, but will look to rebound in their next game.
BOX SCORE........................ 1... 2... F
Ware Prep-2...................... 33.. 45.. 78
Summer Hill Blue Devils (Blue)... 33.. 47.. 80
Student-Athlete Signings! This is what it's all about...
August 26, 2007
The following young men have signed athletic letters of intent with various academic institutions...
1. Mike Linley, former Woodland HS player, signed a basketball letter of intent with South Georgia Tech
2. Quantavious Martin, former Cedartown HS player, signed a basketball letter of intent with South Georgia Tech
3. Mikaiel Carter, former Cass HS player, signed a basketball letter of intent with Truett McConnell College
4. Jeff Croft, former Woodland HS player, signed a basketball letter of intent with Kennesaw State
5. Corey Gardhigh, former Cedartown HS player, signed a football letter of intent with Benedict (SC).
6. Sandy Perry, New Jersey, signed a basketball letter of intent with Barton Community College, KS.
7. Kevin Green, former Cartersville HS player, signed a basketball letter of intent with Gordon College
8. Kashif Gumbs, former Osborne HS player, signed a basketball letter of intent with Belmont-Abbey
9. Marcus McElrath, former Osborne HS player, signed a basketball letter of intent with Alabama Southern
10. Caviar Coleman, former Osborne HS player, signed a basketball letter of intent with Emmanuel College
11. Johnathon Johnson, former Cass HS player, signed a basketball letter of intent with Iowa Wesleyan College
David Archer, Jr.
Summer Hill Blue Devils Post Grad Program
PO Box 2282
Cartersville GA 30120