GHS boys hoops rallies to beat BHS

Published: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.

Friday's high school boys basketball district game pitting Gainesville High School and visiting Buchholz didn't bring out the type of game in T.J. Hall that area fans are used to seeing, but the senior found just enough strength to affect the outcome for his squad.

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Octavius Green (12) attempts to block a shot from Xavier Braham (42) during Friday night's game at Gainesville High School.

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Hall, who has battled the flu for a week, hit 5-of-18 shots, but scored 11 of his 17 points in the final quarter to fuel a GHS comeback and earn the 58-50 win.

Hall went into the fourth quarter 3-of-14, but had help from his teammates to keep the game close. Center Octavius Green finished with 14 points and guard Matt Jackson added 12.

"I was pretty fatigued," said Hall, who added eight rebounds and four assists. "I saw the score was close and my coach was like ‘Step it up,' so I just had to push through the fatigue."

Gainesville (14-4, 5-2 District 5-4A) opened the game on a 7-2 run until Bobcat junior Joe Adel dropped five straight points to force the first of seven ties.

GHS coach Kelly Beckham, upset with Hall's shot selection, sat his leading scorer for much of the second quarter and the Hurricanes squandered a seven-point lead when a 9-0 Bobcat run gave Buchholz a 23-20 halftime edge.

GHS mounted a run shortly after the intermission when Hall hit Green for a layup, then stole a pass in transition and drove it in for a dunk to ignite an 8-1 run that erased a seven-point Buchholz lead and forced another tie.

Buchholz (9-9, 3-2) clamped down the rest of the quarter and allowed two field goals in the final 5:45 to take a 34-32 lead into the final period.

An already physical game was amped up when the Hurricanes attacked the basket much harder in the final quarter and spent most of the final eight minutes at the free-throw line. Fourteen of the team's final 26 points came from the stripe, including six from Hall and three each from Green and Jackson. An 8-2 run to open the period gave GHS the lead for good and Hall put the seal on the victory with seven straight points to extend the advantage to seven with two minutes to play.

The Bobcats were led by Xavier Braham, who scored 15 points before fouling out late in the game. Adel added 10, including a pair of 3-pointers.

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