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Liberty County vs. Jonesboro – March 3, 2016 – 4A Boys

Liberty County vs. Jonesboro – March 3, 2016 – 4A Boys


♪ music ♪>>>HE’S GOING COAST TO COAST. CLEAR THE RUNWAY. HE’S COMING IN.>>IT’S A HELICOPTER SLAM JAM.>>A PULL-UP FROM THREE. COUNT IT.>>WATCH THIS GUY GO.>>DRIVE BACKS IT IN AND GETS IT. FROM THE MACON COLISEUM, IN THE MACON CENTREPLEX. IT IS CHAMPIONSHIP NUMBER FOUR TO BE DECIDED HERE ON DAY ONE OF THE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT IS A BATTLE OF REGION FOUR VERSUS REGION THREE, LIBERTY COUNTY COMING IN WITH A RECORD OF 28-4 UP AGAINST THE JONESBORO CARDINALS CHASING A THREE-PEAT COMING WITH A RECORD OF 27-1. SEAN, WHEN WE’RE DISCUSSING THESE TEAMS CHASING AFTER A 4A BOYS TITLE.>>THAT’S SPECIAL, SOMETHING TO HANG THEIR HAT ON, BUT YOU REALLY GOT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT THEM, EVERYBODY IS BEHIND JONESBORO GETTING HERE. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, LIBERTY COUNTY, JOHN, GETTING HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME, THERE’S NERVOUSNESS. THEY REALLY WANT THIS REALLY BAD AND THEY’VE GOT TO ENJOY THE PROCESS AND ATMOSPHERE AND NOW YOU’VE GOT A CHANCE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.>>LET’S TALK THE TEAM CHASING THE THREE-PEAT. LAST TEAM TO DO IT WAS MILLER GROVE. THEY KNOCKED OFF SIX IN A ROW AT ONE POINT. WITH JONESBORO, THE NATIONAL SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR IS ONE OF THE MOST SOUTH AFTER JUNIORS IN THE COUNTRY IN WALKER.>>HE’S A STUD, AVERAGING CLOSE TO 24 POINTS A GAME, JUST REALLY A GOOD PLAYER TO WATCH AND A GREAT TEAM PLAYER, A GREAT LEADER AND HE’S REALLY MATURE.>>A LOT OF EFFORT THERE FOR M.J. WALKER FROM LIBERTY COUNTY. TWO KIDS PROBABLY ONE AND THE SAME, THE SAME BRAIN, PLAYING TOGETHER SINCE THEY WERE NINE AND 10, IT’S MITCHELL AND RICHARDSON.>>THEY’RE AVERAGING 48 POINTS A GAME, 60% OF THE POINTS FOR LIBERTY COUNTY COMING THROUGH THESE TWO. WHAT A NIGHT WE HAVE THIRD MEMBER OF OUR BROADCAST TEAM WILL BE PATROLLING THE SIDELINES, SAM CRENSHAW. WHAT’S THIS ABOUT A YOUNG COACH AND A COACH THAT’S BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE.>>THE COACH AND THE NUMBERS, COACH MAEHLMAN HAS BEEN THERE 16 YEARS. JULIAN STOKES GRADUATED FROM LIBERTY COUNTY IN 2010. 2010. AND HE’S BACK AS A HEAD COACH FOR THE TEAM GOING TO THEIR FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. TURN, TURN, TURN, TURN, TURN, TURN, AUBURN COACH BRUCE PEARL IN THE HOUSE BEHIND ME HERE IS HERE TO CHECK THE GAME OUT TONIGHT.>>BRUCE PEARL IS KEEPING AN EYE ON DAVION MITCHELL. JULIAN STOKES AT THE AGE OF 24. THERE YOU GO. LET’S LOOK AT LIBERTY STARTERS, STARTING LINEUPS BROUGHT TO US BY OUR FRIENDS AT REGIONS BANK. THAT IS YOUR LIBERTY COUNTY STARTING FIVE. IT’S TIME TO EXPECT MORE AND THE DEFENDING DEFENDING CHAMP, JONESBORO, IT IS M.J. WALKER, ERIC LOVETT IN FROM ALABAMA TWO YEARS AGO AFTER HIS SOPHOMORE SEASON, NOW A STRONG SENIOR, JENKINS, QUALLS AND SMITH. LET’S LOOK AT THE KEYS OF THE GAME.>>THIS YOUNG MAN, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT HE IS KIND OF THE CATALYST TO GETTING THIS LIBERTY TEAM TO A CHAMPIONSHIP. EASY GOT TO HAVE A BIG GAME. THE OTHER TWO HAVE TO BE READY TO PLAY. THIS IS THE FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP IN SCHOOL HISTORY, YOU’VE GOT ENJOY THE EXCITEMENT OF BEING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT JULIAN STOKES HAS IMPRESSED UPON HIS KIDS, ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE. DON’T WORRY WHAT’S GOING ON. HE KNOWS THAT THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL OPPORTUNITY, THAT’S HIS WORD. MAYBE A LOT OF FOLKS AT THE AGE OF 24 NEVER THOUGHT A 24-YEAR-OLD WAS READY TO BE A HEAD BASKETBALL COACH, BUT GUESS WHAT, 27-1, HE WAS AN ASSISTANT LAST YEAR UNDER WILLY GRAHAM, GRAHAM RETIRED. LET’S FIND OUT WHAT BOTH COACHES HAD TO SAY TO THEIR SQUADS BEFORE THE GAME TONIGHT.>>NO PRESSURE. NO PRESSURE. IT’S ANOTHER GAME. IT’S JUST ANOTHER GAME. WE’RE GOING TO GO OUT THERE AND DO WHAT WE DO.>>LET’S GO.>>WHO CARES IT’S THEIR FIRST TIME THERE, WHO CARES IT’S OUR SECOND TIME. 32 MINUTES, ONE HOUR AND A HALF OF EVERYTHING YOU GOT PLAYING TOGETHER, PLAYING HARD, PLAYING FUN. EVERYTHING YOU GOT. GIVE IT TO ME FOR THE NEXT HOUR AND A HALF. ALL RIGHT? LET’S GO.>>DAN MAEHLMAN TALKING TO HIS JONESBORO CARDINALS.>>COACH TALKED TO HIS TEAM, VERY CALM AND CONFIDENT. THAT’S GOING TO SHOW. WE’LL SEE WHAT TEAM IS GOING TO COME OUT THE MENTALITY OF BOTH.>>27-1, BEST RECORD IN HISTORY FOR LIBERTY COUNTY. THE BEST TITLE IN ANY GAME SINCE 1965 FOR ANY SCHOOL FROM LIBERTY COUNTY AND THIS IS THE FIRST LIBERTY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ANY SPORT THE SCHOOL OPENED IN 1991 AND IF YOU’RE INTO NUMBERS, FIVE FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES FOR LIBERTY COUNTY, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2015 AND 2016, AND THEY WOULD LOSE THE EVENTUAL CHAMPION EACH TIME THAT THEY WOULD APPEAR IN A FINAL FOUR. JONESBORO ON THE FLIP SIDE, CHALLENGED THEMSELVES EARLY ON BY GOING TO PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA TO PLAY IN A CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT. THIRD PLACE OUT OF 16 TEAMS PLAYING THE NATIONAL TOP RANGED TEAM IN THE NATION, CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA. LOSING BUT THEN COMING BACK AND HAVING TO PLAY BISHOP GORMAN THE NEXT NIGHT, TWO STRONG SQUADS, MAEHLMAN HAS HIS TEAM TESTED.>>YOU TALK ABOUT HOW THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE. HE WON THE TIP, 5’10”, ATHLETIC, GOING TO GIVE A TALE OF WHAT WE EXPECT FOR THE NEXT HOUR AND A HALF.>>TAKING THE BALL UP THE COURT. THE SOPHOMORE AVERAGING 13. FIVE REBOUNDS, THREE AND A HALF ASSISTS. QUALLS GETTING ACQUAINTED, THEY’LL BE SEEING A LOT OF EACH OTHER ALL NIGHT. JUMPER THREE. QUINN, NO, QUALLS COMES OUT WITH IT. JONESBORO GOT THE NUMBERS AND THE ESCAPE. FAST ON THE HAND COMING BACK. GOOD SAVE, JONESBORO WILL HANG ON TO IT, PERIMETER JUMPER. BACK TO THE RIM, NO GOOD, REBOUND, LIBERTY COUNTY. ALL THE WAY DOWN COAST-TO-COAST, MISSED, SECOND TURNED, NO. NO THIRD CHANCE. THE FOUL ON THE INSIDE. LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE GOING TO CALL IT ON ERIC LOVETT.>>JOHN, LOOKING AT HOW THE FIRST 53 SECONDS OF THE GAME STARTED, JOHN, A FEW MISSED SHOTS, A FEW TURNOVERS. YOU CAN TELL THERE’S A FEW BUTTERFLIES BETWEEN BOTH TEAMS. THEY’RE GOING TO SET HER DOWN BUT YOU CAN TELL EARLY, A FEW BUTTERFLIES BETWEEN BOTH TEAMS.>>FREE-THROW HITS THE FRONT OF THE RIM AND THAT’S ABOUT IT FROM JAALON FRAZIER. FRAZIER AVERAGING ABOUT THREE AND A HALF POINTS, FIVE REBOUNDS A GAME. MISSES BOTH FREE-THROWS AND BOOK COMES JONESBORO. TYRIQ JENKINS, ZERO. SETS UP HIGH. JENKINS. ON THE PERIMETER. GETS IT TO QUALLS TO HIS LEFT. QUALLS INSIDE. FOR SMITH, NOTHING ALLOWED IN THE PAINT SO FAR BY LIBERTY COUNTY. JUMPER OUTSIDE.>>STEPPING UP AND STROKING A THREE. YOU CAN TELL, HEY, HE’S GOT A LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN HIS STROKE. HE’S GOING TO SHOW SOMETHING TONIGHT, JOHN.>>HALF OF THE GAMES THIS YEAR, ERIC LOVETT HAS THREE JUMPERS. OFF THE RIM NO GOOD. HERE COMES JONESBORO AGAIN. JENKINS LOOKING TO DRIVE, SPIN, KICKED TO THE CORNER. THREE-POINTER. OFF THE RIM, NO GOOD. LIBERTY COUNTY, THE PASS INTERCEPTED, BUT THEY ARE GOING TO TRY CROSS COURT. THOUGHT ABOUT IT, DAVION MITCHELL. IN THE PAINT, BLOCKED, WITH THE SAVE. AND THE FOUL.>>HAD A THREE-POINT PLAY THE OLD FASHIONED WAY, JOHN, OFFENSIVE REBOUND AND FRAZIER BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR A CHANCE TO GO DOWN FOR THREE.>>IT’S HIS SECOND. HE HAS TO SIT EARLY. ERIC CAPPER COMES IN OFF THE BENCH. IF THAT NAME’S FAMILIAR TO YOU, NUMBER THREE IN WHITE, YOUR STAR QUARTERBACK FROM THE FOOTBALL TEAM WAS — GRABS THE REBOUND. FREE-THROW WAS MISSED. WALKER IN THE PASSING LANE. MITCHUM KNOCKS IT OUT OF BOUNDS.>>JOHN, I’M LOOKING AT HOW THEY DEFENDED M.J. THEY DENY HIM THE BALL, GOING TO TRAP HIM ON THE BALL SCREENS AND MAKE SURE WE GET THE BALL OUT OF HIS HANDS SO HE CAN’T BE EFFECTIVE.>>WAY BACK, TIE REGION KINS WITH THE INBOUND SO THEY CAN RESET.>>THERE’S THAT TRAP AGAIN.>>LOOKS LIKE THEY CUT THE CORD IN HALF. NO GOOD, REBOUND, LIBERTY COUNTY. MITCHELL AGAIN. AND QUALLS. OFF THE GLASS.>>WE TALKED ABOUT THE TWO HEADED MONSTER EARLIER, BUT RICHARDSON IS THAT THIRD PART OF IT THAT WHEN HE’S HOT, JOHN, HE’S HOT AFTER 13 POINTS A GAME. A SOPHOMORE MADE A GOOD MOVE TO THE BASKET. VERY CONFIDENT WITH THE SCOOP TO THE LAYUP.>>JUMPER FOR THREE, OFF THE RIM, NO GOOD. REBOUND PICKED UP AGAIN. LIBERTY COUNTY IN TRANSITION. MITCHELL, PULL UP JUMPER, SHORT. COMES JONESBORO QUICKLY. THEY’VE GOT NUMBERS. IT’S FOUR ON TWO. INSTEAD OF THE PICK, THEY’RE GOING TO CALL THE FOUL ON MITCHELL.>>JOHN, JUST GOOD BASKETBALL. HERE’S THE SOUTHPAW, BEING SMOOTH TO THE BASKET. AVOIDING THE CHARGE. HE’S A GOOD PLAYER, JOHN, AND THEY’RE DEFINITELY GOING TO NEED RICHARDSON TO MISS THIS GAME TONIGHT.>>PROTECTING THE BALL WITH THE BODY ON THE DRIVE UP. WALKER PATROLLING THE PERIMETER, HE’LL BRING IT BACK TO TYRIQ JENKINS TO RESET.>>THEY’RE TRYING TO DENY HIM THE BALL NUMBER ONE, BUT THEY’RE PLAYING OFF OF QUALLS. THEY’RE NOT LOOKING TO HIM AS AN OFFENSIVE THREAT.>>ANOTHER FOUL OUTSIDE THE ARC. THAT’S GOING TO GO ON RICHARDSON. THAT’S HIS SECOND FOUL EARLY ON. IT’S GOING TO BE A THREE SHOT FOUL. BEFORE M.J. WALKER TAKES HIS THREE FREE-THROWS WE ARE RIGHT AT THE HALFWAY POINT OF THE FIRST QUARTER. LIBERTY COUNTY WITH THE EARLY LEAD AS BOTH TEAMS TRY TO SIZE THE OTHER UP HERE AT THE MACON COLISEUM IN THE MACON CENTERPLEX ON GBP.>>WELCOME BACK, . LET’S FIGURE OUT HOW THESE TEAMS GOT HERE. THE ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP. JONESBORO HAD A 34-POINT WIN OVER WORTH COUNTY. SNUCK PAST CAROLTON, BEAT WESTOVER BY TWO. A TOUGH DEFENSIVE EFFORTS BY THE CARDINALS HAD THEM WIN BY 28. KNOCKED OR HOWARD. YOU SEE SOMETHING ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF ALL THOSE WINS, PLAYING IN THE 70’S AND 80’S. 26 POINTS, 18 POINTS, 10 POINTS AND 13 POINTS, THEY GOT IT TO A 16-0 LEAD IN THE SEMIS AND PUT UP 81 ON THE BOARD.>>YOU CAN SEE THE TRACK MEET. LIBERTY COUNTY AND JONESBORO WANT TO PLAY AGGRESSIVE, BE IN ATTACK MODE. SHOOTING THE THREE, ATTACKING THE RIMS. THEY ARE ATHLETIC ENOUGH TO PLAY THAT STYLE. NOW SHOTS ARE GOING TO START FALLING AROUND. THEY’VE GOT GOOD PLAYERS ON THE COURT AND I’M ENJOYING THIS GAME. NOT MUCH TO TALK ABOUT IN THE FIRST FOUR MINUTES, JUST THE JITTERS HAVING TO COME OUT. LIBERTY COUNTY STARTING 0-3 FROM THE FIELD. IT’S GETTING THE JITTERS OUT SO BAT TEAMS CAN RELAX AND CALM DOWN.>>UP IN THE AIR, WE’RE TIED AT FOUR. ONE OF THE TOP 10 PLAYERS IN THE NATION, JOHN, M.J. WALKER. EVERYBODY WANTS TO SIGN HIM, JUST A PURE, PURE STROKE OF PURE ATHLETE, BUT COACH MAEHLMAN SAID HE’S A BETTER LEADER AND WAY HE’S MATURED RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS ICE IS A CREDIT TO WHAT THIS YOUNG MAN AND HIS FAMILY, HE CAN CREDIT HIS MOM AND DAD HOW MUCH THEY ENCOURAGE THE YOUNG MAN TO DO THE RIGHT THING.>>FIRST TWO YEARS IN THE PROGRAM, HE WAS IN THE BACKGROUND, BUT NOW WHEN THEY’RE THERE TO PRACTICE, HE’S THERE. THREE FREE-THROWS IN THE BACK. JUMPER OFF THE SIDE OF THE RIM, NO GOOD. DANGEROUS PASS, BUT TRIED TO GET A SECOND OPPORTUNITY. THEY’RE GOING TO CALL A BLOCK ON THE DRIVE THROUGH.>>THAT’S A GOOD CALL BY THE OFFICIALS THERE. DEFENSE WAS LATE, GREAT DRIVE. YOU’VE GOT TO ATTACK THE PAINT ESPECIALLY IN A GAME LIKE THIS, JOHN, EVERYTHING CAN’T BE ON THE PERIMETER GETTING TO THE PAINT. THAT’S A FANTASTIC JOB BY HARRIS GETTING TO THE LINE FOR TWO.>>FIRST FREE-THROW UP AND IN. FIRST POINT IN THE BOOK FOR HARRIS. SEAN: GREAT DEFENSE BY LIBERTY COUNTY. JOHN: THE HAND ON THE BALL, GOES OFF JENKINS OUT OF BOUNDS AND BACK COME THE PANTHERS. MITCHELL, LONG THREE OFF THE RIM. M.J. WALKER THE REBOUND. HERE COMES TYRIQ JENKINS, LONG OUTLET, SQUARED UP THREE, SHORT AGAIN, LIBERTY COUNTY, HERE COMES TWO GUYS, TRANSITION AGAIN. THIS IS WHAT WE EXPECTED OFF THE GLASS UP AND IN.>>ATTACK THE RIM TYPE OF PLAYER, JOHN. PLAYING REALLY GOOD, HERE’S TRANSITION.>>SQUARE AND FIRED. GREAT DEFENSIVE PLAY. STAYS WITH THE PANTHERS.>>A SPECIAL PLAYER, JOHN, HAVEN’T HAD A CHANCE TO SEE HIM ALL SEASON LONG. HE’S GOING TO BE A STUD AT UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA. HE IS ATHLETIC, ACTIVE AND HE IS RELENTLESS.>>CROWNING ERIC COOPER WITH THE BALL. THE DRIVE ON DAVION MITCHELL. SEAN: HE CAN DEFINITELY CREATE A MISMATCH ON THE DEFENSIVE END, BUT HOW QUICK AND ATHLETIC HE IS, AND HOW HE PURSUES THE BASKETBALL. JOHN: QUALLS, IT WILL BE HIS FIRST. BLOCKED ON THE INSIDE BY LOVETT. NICE NO CALL DOWN LOW BY THE OFFICIALS. NICE BLOCK BY LOVETT.>>ALL THE WAY UP HIGH. DOWN AROUND THE SCREEN, GOING PAST M.J. WALKER, HIGH SCOTT, WHISTLE ON THE INSIDE. BLOCK CALL JONESBORO. SEAN: JOHNNY, THEY ARE PLAYING RELAXED, THEY’RE ATTACKING THE RIM. THEY’RE PLAYING THEIR GAME. JONESBORO, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE PLAYING ON THEIR HEELS JUST A LITTLE BIT. LIBERTY COUNTY WITH A 1 POINT LEAD, NOW A TWO. JOHN: UP AND IN. HIS THIRD POINT OF THE DAY. THEY’LL STAY AT THREE. BACK COMES JONESBORO, LIBERTY UP 8-6 COMING UP ON TWO MINUTES TO GO HERE. JENKINS. WALKER. QUALLS LOOKING. HE DRIVES. SEAN: LOOK FOR COACH MAEHLMAN TO PULL QUALLS OUT TO GET A LITTLE BETTER SHOOTER. JOHN: QUALLS GOT SUBBED OUT. SEAN: M.J. ON THE INSIDE. THAT WAS GREAT HANDS, A LOT OF TRAFFIC INSIDE, BUT HE WAS STRONG WITH THE BASKETBALL. JOHN: THE COUNT, FIRES, GOT IT. SEAN: HE’S RELENTLESS ON THE COURT. JOHN: COMING BACK THE OTHER WAY, THEY GET THE TIP IN THAT TIME. ZERRICK COOPER. PULSE UP AGAIN. SEAN: HEY JOHN, BUTTER’S ON THE ROLL, BABY. HE’S ON A ROLL. DEFENSIVELY HE’S DOING IT, OFFENSIVELY HE’S DOING IT. THAT KID IS DOING IT TONIGHT.>>FOUND HIS GROOVE WITH TWO STRAIGHT THREES. LIBERTY COUNTY UP BY FOUR. M.J., RIM. SAVE, LIBERTY COUNTY COMING BACK. A LOT OF TRAFFIC IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR. THERE’S LECOUNTE. SEE WHAT HE DOES. STRIPPED. HERE COMES JENKINS WITH IT. TOO MUCH ENGLISH ON IT, OUT OF BOUNDS. SEAN: OFFENSIVE BENCH FOR JONESBORO, VERY KEY. EXECUTION, HE HAD A TWO-ON-TWO OPPORTUNITY RIGHT THERE IN THE FAST BREAK, TURNOVER. YOU JUST CAN’T HAVE THAT IN A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>YOU THINK LIBERTY COUNTY WOULD PLAY FOR THE LAST SHOT. KNOWING THE WAY THE OFFENSE HAS BEEN, IF THERE’S AN OPENING SHOT, THEY’LL TAKE IT.>>COMING OFF 27-1, I THINK THEY’LL WAIT AND TRY TO TAKE THE LAST SHOT.>>TYRIQ KNOWS THAT WAS ON HIM. HE WAS TRYING TO GET IT PAST DAVION MITCHELL FOR THE LAST SHOT, HAD A LITTLE TOO MUCH. TEN SECONDS TO GO HERE IN THE FIRST. THOUGHT ABOUT IT GIVE AND GO, NOW IT’S BECAUSE TO M.J. WALKER, CREATING INSIDE THE SHOT OFF THE RIM, NO GOOD, REBOUND, LIBERTY COUNTY. WE’RE CLOSE, AND THAT’S THE FIRST EIGHT MINUTES. LIBERTY COUNTY BEHIND RICHARD LECOUNTE, BRUCE PEARL IN THE HOUSE. HE’S MAKING SURE THAT HE KEEPS AN EYE ON DAVION MITCHELL. THE PANTHERS ARE UP FOUR, STARING IN THE TWO TIME CHAMPS AND NOT BLINKING AFTER THE FIRST EIGHT MINUTES ON GBP.>>>WELCOME BACK TO MACON COLISEUM IN THE MACON CENTERPLEX ON GBP. JONESBORO IS IN AN UNFAMILIAR PLACE IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA.>>ABSOLUTELY, COACH SAYING YOU’VE GOT TO GO BACK OUT THERE AND GO TO WORK. THEY’RE OUTWORKING YOU. GO BACK ON THE FLOOR AND KEEP THEM OFF THE BOARDS. THEY’RE GETTING SECOND, THIRD OPPORTUNITIES. YOU GOT TO END THAT WHEN WE GO BACK ON THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW. LET’S WATCH FOR IT.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SAM, FIRST IMPRESSIONS?>>YOU’VE GOT THE HUNTED AND YOU’VE GOT THE HUNTER. JONESBORO’S BEEN THE HUNTED, GOING FOR THREE IN A ROW. LIBERTY COUNTY, THEY WANT THAT FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP.>>THE OFFICIALS IN THE GAME, THE ONES IN CHARGE OF THE WHISTLES HERE. LIBERTY COUNTY UP FOUR. JONESBORO IN THE FIRST QUARTER ONLY 3-11 FROM THE FLOOR. LIBERTY COUNTY OFF TO A ROUGH START, BUT LECOUNTE’S TWO THREES, 29%. JENKINS LOOKING TO DRIVE ACROSS FOR A THREE. ZERRICK COOPER. TELL THEM TO GO BOOK TO THE KEYS, ROAD PLAYERS HAVE TO STEP UP. COOPER HITTING THE THREE WILL ALLOW JONESBORO TO BE A LITTLE MORE ACCURATE AND NOT JUST FOCUS ON WALKER. JOHN: NICE OFF THE RIDE, BIG TIP, NO, SECOND, THIRD CHAPS, JONESBORO TRYING TO BRING IT BACK OUT. QUALLS GOES INTO THE LIBERTY BENCH, LOOK OUT. QUALLS JUST, YOU KNOW, SACRIFICING HIS BODY, JOHN, JUST TRYING TO PLAY HARD. THEY’RE PLAYING OFF OF HIM ON THE DEFENSE, SO GIVING HIM THE ABILITY, JOHN, TO MAKE PLAYS. HE’S JUST BEEN AN OFFENSIVE THREAT. AT SOME TIME, COACH MAEHLMAN IS GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A SUBSTITUTION ON THE OFFENSIVE END. WE TALKED ABOUT HIM, THE PART OF THE BIG THREE HERE. LIBERTY COUNTY, AVERAGING 13 POINTS A GAME. JOHN: HAD THE BLOCK IDEA, BUT LIBERTY COUNTY MAKES IT ANOTHER ONE AND DONE FOR JONESBORO. DRIVE, KICK, NICE SHIELD WITH THE BODY. DOESN’T GET THE ROLL. SEAN: JOHN, I JUST WATCHED THAT SEGMENT. HE REACHED HERE IN THE TRANSITION. HIS TEAMMATES HELPED HIM OUT ON THE DEFENSIVE END. THOSE ARE THE KIND OF PLACE THAT ROLE PLAYERS HAVE TO STEP UP, ON THE DEFENSE END, AS WELL. JOHN: TYRIQ REECE, THAT IS HIS SECOND FOUL. SOMETHING TO KEEP ON EYE ON. LIBERTY COUNTY THE 4 POINT LEAD. SPIN MOVE, BASELINE, GOT SOMEBODY UP IN THE AREA AND FOUL. MARTIAL WASHINGTON UP IN THE AIR THAT TIME. WASHINGTON A SENIOR, THAT’S HIS FIRST, HEADING TO SOUTHERN GEORGIA TO PLAY FOOTBALL. GOOD FOOTWORK, GREAT JOB THERE BY COOPER. SEAN: WE TALKED ABOUT THE SUBSTITUTION COACH MAEHLMAN MADE. HE WENT BIG, PUT MOSLEY IN AT 6’6″, DOWN LOW FOR QUALLS. NOW LIBERTY COUNTY HAS TO MATCH UP WITH EVERYONE INSTEAD OF PLAYING FOUR AGAINST FIVE. NOW IT’S MORE OF A FIVE TO FIVE MATCHUP MAN-TO-MAN.>>FRAZIER COMES BACK IN. A LANE VIOLATION CALLED. OFF THE FREE-THROW, WE’LL BRING IT BACK THE OTHER WAY. THEY’LL CALL IT ON JAMARI MOSLEY. TEE REGION KINS NOW TAKING A TURN GUARDING DAVION MITCHELL. RICHARDSON WAY OUT. LONG ATTEMPT AT A JUMPER. LIBERTY COUNTY GETS A SECOND CHANCE. MITCHELL THOUGHT ABOUT IT, COMES BACK OUT WITH IT. LECOUNTE DRIVING, OFF THE RIM, NO. SECOND CHANCE BUCKET AGAIN, THIS TIME FRAZIER. SEAN: THAT’S JUST ENERGY, JOHN, THAT’S JUST ENERGY BEING AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND IT’S SO MUCH FOCUSED ON THE PENETRATION, JOHN, THAT THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR LIBERTY COUNTY. JOHN: JENKINS DRIVE, ALMOST GOT HIS POCKET PICKED FROM BEHIND. LECOUNTE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED DOWN LOW.>>LECOUNTE COMING TO THE BASKET. YOU GOT TO HAVE THAT WEEK SIDE REBOUNDING THERE. THAT’S A GOOD BASKETBALL, AND GREAT POSITION THERE BY LIBERTY COUNTY.>>LECOUNTE’S FIRST FOUL. HAS A 6 POINT LEAD. M.J. WALKER, RIM, NO. FRAZIER HIT THE FLOOR. LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE GOING TO CALL A FOUL ON JONESBORO WITH THE REACH. THE FALL ON JAMARI MOSLEY. SEAN: YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION. YOU’VE GOT LECOUNTE, A FIVE STAR PLAYER, HE’S PLAYING THE NUMBER 10 PLAYER IN THE NATION. HE’S NOT GETTING OPEN THAT EASY, AGAINST ONE OF THE TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS IN THE NATION FOOTBALL-WISE.>>YOU WANT TO TALK SAFETY, NO, SAME TEAM FIGHTING FOR IT. LECOUNTE, HE’LL FIRE. SEAN: IT’S LIKE WHAT I SAID, THERE’S A GUY WHO’S GOING TO DEFEND YOU, PLAY WITH ENERGY, RATTLE M.J. WALKER, GETTING THE STEAL, HITTING THE THREE. JOHN: PUTS IT BACK TO SEVEN. RICHARDSON LOOKING TO DRIVE ON JENKINS CROSSOVER, KICKED IT BACK TO WASHINGTON TO DAVION MITCHELL. FINALLY KICKS IT BACK OUT. RICHARDSON. JOHN: FOUL ON LIBERTY. PHRASE HERB, THAT WILL BE HIS FIRST. SEAN: LIBERTY COUNTY, JOB, THEY ARE PLAYING WITH SO MUCH PASSION RIGHT NOW, YOU LOOK AT JONESBORO, EVERYBODY FROM JONESBORO IS BENDING OVER. THEY HAVEN’T BEEN IN A FIGHT LIKE THIS FOR A LONG TIME AND WE’VE GOT A LOT OF BASKETBALL TO PLAY. JOHN: COMING UP ON THE HALFWAY POINT HERE IN THE SECOND QUARTER. COOPER GETS THE PUT IN. COACH MAEHLMAN JUST SAID 3-2. SEAN: LOOK AT MATCHUPS, TRY TO FORCE LIBERTY COUNTY TO PLAY ON THE PERIMETER, GIVE THE OUTSIDE SHOT. THAT WAY YOU DON’T PUT YOUR DEFENSIVE GUYS IN FOUL TERRITORY.>>MITCHELL WILL BRING IT UP THE FLOOR. THERE’S THE ZONE. THEY’RE MATCHING UP. THE PASS. LECOUNTE, GIVE AND GO, HAD IT KNOCKED AWAY. JONESBORO COMING BACK. IT’S A THREE ON THREE, JENKINS, RIGHT HAND. SEAN: GOOD JOB ON JENKINS BEING ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ZONE, GOOD DEFLECTION. NICE IN THE TRANSITION. JOHN: RICHARDSON PICKED UP BY JENKINS. MITCHELL. LECOUNTE MISSED THE THREE THAT TIME. LONG OUTLET. BY THE QUARTERBACK, TWO PASSES LATER AND THEY MISS THE LAYUP. OFF THE RIM, NO, IT COMES BACK THE OTHER WAY. 3:01 TO GO. HERE IN THE FIRST HALF, LIBERTY COUNTY’S HANGING WITH JONESBORO. THE CARDINALS DOWN FOUR ON THE GBP. STAY WITH US.>>>WELCOME BACK, 3:01ING TO FIRST HALF. LIBERTY COUNTY. 4 POINT LEAD ON JONESBORO. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT 23 TONIGHT. SEAN: JOHN, AGAIN, A TOP PLAYER. HE’S ALL OVER THE PLACE OFFENSIVELY, HE’S MAKING SHOTS DEFENSIVELY. HE’S GETTING STILLS, THINGS THAT HE’S COMFORTABLE AND ACCUSTOMED TO DOING. HE’S WEARING THEM DOWN. THAT’S WHAT HE’S DOING, BECAUSE HE’S DOING SO MUCH ON THE DEFENSIVE END AND OFFENSIVE END. THAT’S TOUGH. HE’S GOT TO GO AGAINST A GUY LIKE THAT, ESPECIALLY M.J. WALKER WHO YOU’RE ACCUSTOMED BEING THE DOMINANT PLAYER ON THE TEAM, DOMINANT ATHLETE ON THE COURT, HERE’S A GUY JUST AS CHECK AS YOU AND HE’S DOMINATING THE GAME RIGHT NOW.>>BACK TO THE TRUCK, WE’LL BE GETTING A LOT OF GREAT SHOTS. SHOUTOUT FOR THE CREW IN A THREE DAY EVENT DOWN HERE. THREE MINUTES TO GO. THEY’RE ON A 5-0 RUN CURRENTLY. BOTH TEAMS 3-8 FROM THE FLOOR. MITCHELL STARTED UP AGAIN. JONESBORO CONTENT TO LET HIM TRACK THE PROM AT HER. SEAN: JOHN, A LOT OF TIMES, THE ZONE, WHAT IT DOES IS TAKE THE OFFENSE OFF, A LOT OF TRANSITION BASKET, A LOT OF PENETRATION TO THE BASKET. THE ZONE IS OFF RHYTHM, BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO BOX OUT AGAINST THE ZONE, TOO. THAT’S RICHARDSON AGAIN BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME. JOHN: WENT TO 4-18, COMING UP ON TWO MINUTES TO GO FIRST HALF. CHAMPIONSHIP NUMBER FOUR, THE LAST ONE FOR DAVE. GOOD JOB. M.J. GOT IT. SEAN: HE’S ONE OF THE TOP 10 PLAYERS IN THE NATION. FROM THE OUTSIDE TO THE INSIDE, HE HAS A SOLID STROKE. HE’S GOT A LOT OF BASKETBALL TO PLAY, JOHN, WHEN HE EXPLODES, JOHN, HE WILL EXPLODE. JOHN: GOING ON 90 SECONDS TO GO. NOW THINKING BIT, MAKES THE THREE. DID A GREAT JOB SIZING HIM UP. USING THE HESITATION, AND JUST AND COOPER’S NOT ABLE TO GET THERE EARLIER, JOHN. JUST DOING A SOLID JOB OF BEING IN ATTACK MODE ALL NIGHT LONG. JOHN: THE FOUL ON CREIGHTON. FIRST FREE-THROW MISSED. SECOND ONE MISSED, TOO, BUT INSIDE. HARRIS. LIBERTY COUNTY, QUICK INBOUND, MITCHELL. AROUND THE HORN, LOOKING FOR HIM. SEAN: JOHN, I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH COACH MAEHLMAN IS GOING TO STICK WITH THIS IN THE SECOND HALF. IN THE SECOND QUARTER, IT’S REALLY CAUSING THIS LIBERTY COUNTY TO PLAY A LITTLE OFF RHYTHM. JOHN: THEY ARE USED TO PLAYING IN THE 70’S AND 80’S AND NOW ALMOST AT THE END OF FIRST HALF, THEY ONLY HAVE 24. WALKER LOOKING TO DRIVE ON HARRIS. SEAN: TO GO BACK TO THE KEYS OF THE GAME, WE TALKED ABOUT THE ROLE PLAYERS. M.J. WALKER ONE OF THE TOP SENIORS IN THE NATION, HE’S A SOLID PLAYER, BUT THE ROLE PLAYERS FOR JONESBORO HAVE TO STEP UP AT SOME POINT TONIGHT.>>MOSLEY BACK IN AS ZERRICK COOPER IS OUT. FREE-THROW GOOD. JIG ON A 9-2 RUN THE LAST THREE AND A HALF MINUTES. WE’LL SEE IF LIBERTY SITS ON IT. SEAN: GOES BACK TO MAN-TO-MAN. LIBERTY COUNTY HAS THE RHYTHM, JOHN. JOHN: AT HALF COURT. BY MOSLEY. M.J. WALKER UP HIGH. DOWN TO 10. KICK OUT, THREE, SHORT. THAT’S THE HALF. OH! ALMOST! SHOT CLOCK WOULD HAVE DIED ANYWAY, BUT LIBERTY COUNTY. SEAN: RICHARD LECOUNTE HAD THE HALF FOR THE PANTHERS. GETTING FROM THE OUTSIDE, GETTING HALF OF LIBERTY COUNTY’S POINTS. AND JULIAN STOKES HAS A LEAD AT THE BREAK. 16 MINUTES AWAY FROM THEIR FIRST EVER STATE TITLE, SAM CRENSHAW WITH COACH STOKES.>>AS YOU GO INTO THE LOCKER ROOM, TALK ABOUT THE FIRST HALF.>>WE’VE BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB ON THE REBOUNDS. I THINK WE ARE OUT HUSTLING THEM RIGHT NOW. WE KEEP DOING WHAT WE’RE DOING, WE’LL COME OUT WITH THE WIN. WE HAVE TO COME OUT IN THE SECOND HALF DOING THE THINGS WE DID IN THE FIRST HALF.>>MAYBE YOU HAD TO SETTLE DOWN AND LOSE THE NERVES TO START THIS GAME.>>TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY, MAN, WE HAD MISSED OPPORTUNITIES AT THE BASKET. WHEN WE GET TO THE FREE-THROW LINE, WE ARE NOT KNOCKING DOWN OUR FREE-THROW’S LIKE WE USUAL DO. I TOLD THEM THIS IS JUST A GAME. THEY’VE GOT TO SETTLE DOWN IN THE SECOND HALF.>>THAT IS COACH STOKES. 26-22 LIBERTY COUNTY UP ON JONESBORO. LET’S GO TO MARK AND JACKIE.>>WE’LL HAVE SCORES AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FIRST HALF GAME.>>I’LL TELL YOU WHAT FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT ON LINE IN THE WORLD OF SOCIAL MEDIA, THAT AND MUCH MORE COMING UP ON OUR HALF TIME SHOW AS WE CONTINUE. DON’T GO ANYWHERE.>>WELCOME TO THE GBP HALF TIME SHOW LIVE FROM . WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH THE FOURTH AND FINAL GAME OF DAY ONE OF THIS BASKETBALL BLOCKS AND BUZZER BEATERS.>>COMING UP, FIRST HALF SCORES AND HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU, BUT FIRST, LET’S GET TO THINGS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, LET’S GET TO WHAT THE FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT ON LINE. YOU CAN FIND US AT FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AT GBP SPORTS. YOU CAN STREAM THESE GAMES LIVE AT GBP.ORG/SPORTS. STEPHANIE SAYING WISHING MY BROTHER LUCK TONIGHT AT THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TONIGHT. THEY’VE GOT A LEG UP ON DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS. SHE’S SHOWING HER LOVE THERE.>>BROOKE CHIMING IN WITH THIS CUTE BUNCH OF KIDS, WE CAN’T HIDE OR PANTHERS PRIDE.>>SEND US WHERE YOU’RE WATCHING FROM, WHO YOU’RE ROOTING FOR. GOING NUTS BEHIND THE THREE-POINT LINE. THAT’S RICHARD LECOUNTE FOR LIBERTY COUNTY. YOU CAN FOLLOW US, LIKE US, WE’RE ALSO ON SNAP CHAT NOW WHERE YOU CAN SEE ALL THE BEHIND THE SCENES ACTION HAPPENING HERE AT THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS. MAKE SURE YOU FIND US ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS.>>LET’S CHECK OUT THE SCOREBOARD. WE’VE CROWNED THREE STATE CHAMPIONS TODAY, ONE MORE TO GO AND 16 MINUTES OF REGULATION TO PLAY. THE GIRLS CLASS A PUBLIC CHAMPIONSHIP, BEATING CARROL COUNTY FOR THE FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THAT SCHOOL’S HISTORY. THE BOYS 1A PUBLIC. FIFTY YEARS LATER, THEY COMBINED THE TWO SCHOOLS, WINNING ITS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP OVER THE VETERANS WAR HORSE. WE ARE AT THE HALF, LIBERTY COUNTY LEADING JONESBORO, THE CARDINALS HOPING, GOING, TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH THE THREE-POINT AND BE BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK STATE CHAMPS.>>I CAN’T BELIEVE WE’RE IN OUR FINAL GAME HERE OF THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ON THE FIRST DAY. IT’S TIME FOR OUR CAREER PLAY OF THE GAME, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM OF GEORGIA.>>LOVE WORK ON COMPUTERS? LET THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM OF GEORGIA HELP YOU QUALIFY FOR ONE OF THOUSANDS OF JOB OPENINGS.>>THIS GAME IS LIVING UP TO ALL ITS EXPECTATIONS. LIBERTY COUNTY HAS DAVION MITCHELL, HE’S GOING TO AUBURN IN A COUPLE YEARS. HE’S JUST A JUNIOR BUT ALREADY COMMITTED. LECOUNTE IS GOING TO GEORGIA.>>IT’S INCREDIBLE ALL THE TALENT YOU SEE. YOU SEE THAT MANIFEST THROUGH THE NBA, WNBA AND COLLEGE LEVEL, AS WELL. A LOT OF TALENT ON THE COURT, THAT’S FOR SURE.>>WE’RE GETTING READY FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINAL GAME OF DAY ONE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE. IT’S THE 4A BOYS GAME.>>DON’T GO ANYWHERE, IT’S THE FINAL 16 MINUTES OF REGULATION. LIBERTY COUNTY MAKING THINS INTERESTING. JOHN AND SEAN WILL HAVE THE FIRST HALF SCORES AND HIGHLIGHTS, COMING UP NEXT ON GBP. JUROR BACK INSIDE MACON COLISEUM. COACH MAEHLMAN, TALK ABOUT THE FIRST HALF OF THIS GAME.>>WE DIDN’T MATCH THEIR INTENSITY, DIDN’T DO A GOOD JOB OF BLOCKING OUT. OUR GAME PLAN WAS TO PLAY GOOD DEFENSE AND BLOCK THEM OUT, MAKE THEM HIT SHOTS IN THIS BIG ARENA. WE DIDN’T DO THAT. THEY OUTWORKED US 16 MINUTES.>>YOU’VE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION BEFORE, BUT THAT’S THE LAST TWO YEARS. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE IN THE SECOND HALF?>>I TOLD MY GUYS, YOU’VE GOT 16 MINUTES LEFT, TO HAND THEM A VERY SIMPLE GAME PLAN. HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT? WHOEVER WANTS IT THE MOST IS GOING TO WIN THIS GAME.>>JOHN, SEAN, BACK TO YOU. JOHN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SAM. HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT IT? INTERESTING WORDS FROM COACH MAEHLMAN. SEAN: WE TALK ABOUT BEING THE HUNTED OR THE HUNTER. JONESBORO IS USED TO BEING THE HUNTED. YOU’VE GOT LIBERTY COUNTY COMING OUT AND THEY’VE GOT THAT GUN AND SEE THAT RASCALIE RABBIT AND THEY WANT TO GET HIM. LECOUNTE IS THE ONE WITH THE GUN, DOING THINGS, FIVE STEP STUTTER AT THE DEFENSIVE END. HE SHOWS YOU THE KIND OF PLAYER HE IS, JUST A GAVE PLAYING WITH SO MUCH ENERGY AND PASSION AND JUST TENACIOUS ON THE DEFENSIVE END, TOO.>>FIRST HALF HEIGHTS, WE’LL SEE HOW WE GOT TO THIS POINT. YOU SEE M.V. WALKER, THEY CLAMPED DOWN ON HIM HARD.>>CATCHING THE BALL IN THE PAINT, WAS ABLE TO COME OUT AND DO THINGS, FOOTBALL STAR THAT IS GOING TO PLAY AT CLEMSON, SO HE’S HELPING OUT. HERE’S THE MAN OF THE HOUR, LECOUNTE, ATTACKING IN TRANSITION, HERE’S LECOUNTE ANTICIPATING WITH THE STEAL AND OFF OF THE STEAL KNOCKING DOWN THE THREE. YOU’VE GOT A GUY THAT AGAIN AFTER THE THREE, HE JUMPED RIGHT UP INTO THE FACE OF M.V. WALKER. LOOKING AT THE STATS HERE, JOHN, REBOUNDS, 24-12. EVERY WAY YOU CAN IMAGINE, JOHN, LIBERTY COUNTY IS DOMINATING THE GAME. JOHN: 13 DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS FOR LIBERTY COUNTY, ONE OFFENSIVE BOARD FOR JONESBORO. ONE. SEAN: THAT’S CALLED HUSTLE, JOHN. SOMETIMES YOU CAN CALL PLAYS, BUT YOU CAN’T GET OUT HERE AND JUST DRAW UP HEART, AND HUSTLE. YOU KNOW, YOU GOT TO BRING YOUR OWN HEART, BRING YOUR OWN GUTS, TONIGHT, LECOUNTE AND HIS GUYS, THEY ARE JUST BRINGING THAT WORK HARD ETHIC, THAT MINDSET AND REALLY RATTLING JONESBORO.>>OBVIOUSLY ZERRICK COOPER HEADING THAT WAY TO BE A PART OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM. WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON IN THESE HUDDLES RIGHT NOW? SEAN: LIBERTY COUNTY THAT NOTHING TO LOSE. WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE, YOU GIVE 100%. THEY’RE TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR OPPORTUNITY FOR A THREE-POINTED. WHEN YOU PROTECT IT, YOU PLAY A LITTLE CAUTIOUS. THEY HAVE TO PLAY CONTENTIOUS, NO HOLDS BARRED IN THE SECOND HALF. JOHN: SO THERE IS SOMETHING TO TRYING TO GO PROTECT IT TOO HARD. SEAN: OH, YES. JOHN: LIBERTY COUNTY HAD THE DRIBBLE DRIVE. THEY HAD THAT BACK DOOR. I TRIED TO EXPAND ON THIS 4 POINT LEAD. LET’S SEE HOW JONESBORO RESPONDS TO COACH MAEHLMAN’S SPEECH THAT HE GAVE. HE TOLD OUR SAM CRENSHAW ABOUT IT. JENKINS, BASED ON THE KICK, NO GOOD, REBOUND, EVERYBODY CRASHES INSIDE. WHOSE FOG TO GET IT? LIBERTY COUNTY COMING OUT WITH IT. MITCHELL. SEAN: JOHN, I LIKE MITCHELL’S SIZE. HE’S ABOUT 6’2″, A GREAT LOOKING BODY, ONE OF THE TOP 11-POINT GUARDS IN THE NATION FOR THE 17TH SEASON. THIS KID IS GOING TO BE PRETTY GOOD DOWN AT OWEN. JOHN: FIRST 40 SECONDS IN HERE, GOING ALL THE WAY BACK. LECOUNTE WILL BRING PROSECUTOR IT TO THE FRONT COURT.>>NO FINDING WALKER THIS TIME. INTERESTING. A SECOND CHANCE FOR LIBERTY COUNTY AGAIN. AGAIN THEY’RE CALLING CHARGE ON LECOUNTE. THAT’S HIS SECOND. SEAN: YOU’VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND HAS HE BRINGS TO THE TABLE. HE’S NOT GOING TO STOP ON THE FIRST, SECOND, THIRD OR FOURTH PLAY. BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, YOU PLAYED THROUGH THE WHISTLE AND EVEN THOUGH HE GOT THE CHARGE ON HIM. THIS KID IS PLAYING WITH SOMETHING RIGHT HERE. THIS IS A SENSE OF YOU ARE GENESIS. JOHN: ONE FOOTBALL PLAYER GOING AT OTHER. THE THREE SAFETIES CHARGES INTO THE QUARTERBACK, CHANGES POSSESSION. THEY’RE GOING TO CALL A FOUL ON LIBERTY COUNTY. SEAN: IT WAS A GOOD FOUL. M.J. WALKER, WHEN HE PENETRATES, JOHN, IT’S NOT ONE-ON-ONE. HE ALMOST RUNS IT IN TO THREE OR FOUR. LIBERTY COUNTY JUST COLLAPSES IN HIS PRESENCE.>>THREE BODIES IN THE INSIDE STEP.>>SMITH CALLED FOR THE VIOLATION. THREE SECONDS IN, LIBERTY COUNTY STILL, 26-22. RICHARDSON LEFT HAND TIPPED IN. RICHARDSON WITH NINE, UP TO SIX. ACTIVE HANDS, EVERYWHERE BY LIBERTY COUNTY. THEY’VE GOT NUMBERS, DAVION MITCHELL. DID YOU SEE HOW HIGH HE JUMPED? DID YOU SEE HOW MUCH HE GOT UP? LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. HE’S NOT PUTTING UP THE NUMBERS THAT YOU THINK HE WOULD TONIGHT. AS ATHLETIC AS THAT PLAY WAS, JOHN, THAT’S A HIGH MAJOR PLAY AND HE’S JUST A JUNIOR.>>FIRST BUCKET OF THE NIGHT FOR DAVION MITCHELL. DOUBLE DRIBBLE, JONESBORO WITH A TURNOVER. SEAN: IN A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, THIS IS THE FIRST POINT I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE. I THINK HE’S GOING TO PLAY FOR AGGRESSIVE AND GETTING INVOLVED IN THE PLAY. JOHN: THREE TURNOVERS ALREADY THIS QUARTER. HEADED BACK THE OTHER WAY, JONESBORO WITH A FOUR ON ONE AND THEY MISSED THE LAYUP AND THE SECOND AND THIRD CHANCES!>>CALL ON JAALON FRAZIER, HIS SECOND. SEAN: JONESBORO HERE, GOING INTO THE SECOND HALF AND ALL THE FIRST HALF, HAD THREE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE TIP BACK AND JUST DIDN’T FALL. YOU HAD A CHANCE TO CONVERT OFF A TURNOVER. WE’LL SEE IF THEY CAN GET TWO POINTS OFF THE POSSESSION. SEAN: THOSE ARE THE KIND OF PLAYS YOU HAVE TO MAKE IN A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. POINT-BLANK RANGE AND YOUR TRYING TO GET IT FROM THE REBOUND LINE. JOHN: BACK COMES LIBERTY COUNTY. TWO-ON-TWO, PULLUP, JUMPER, TOO MUCH, BUT ANOTHER CHANCE FROM LIBERTY COUNTY AGAIN. MITCHELL, THINKING ABOUT IT. DRIVE. LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE TYRIQ JENKINS ON THE DRIVE. SEAN: WHEN YOU MAKE ATHLETIC PLAYS LIKE HE DID IN THE TRANSITION, THAT SENSE OF ENERGY, HE’S GOT SOMETHING STARTING TO STIR AND NOW IS GOING TO GO ON THE ATTACK. I THOUGHT IT WAS ONE. BUCKET COUNTS! I TOLD YOU HE JUST NEEDED ONE PLAY TO GET HIS FIRE LIT. NOW THREE STRAIGHT PLAYS AND EASY DOMINATED PLAY. JOHN: TARIQ JENKINS, HIS THIRD. COMING UP ON FIVE MINUTES. GREAT ENTRY PASS TO WALKER. TOO MUCH, REBOUND ON THE INSIDE. LIBERTY COUNTY. ALL THE JOSTLING INSIDE THE PAINT. IT STAYS WITH JONESBORO.>>BODY LANGUAGE. WATCH THE BODY LANGUAGE OF JONES, THEY’RE IN THE FIGHT. THEY HAVE TO WAKE UP. THEY’RE IN A FIGHT. THEY’RE HOPING SOMETHING HAPPENS. THEY’RE HOPING THAT M.J. WALKER CAN PUT THEM ON HIS BACK BUT YOU CAN’T DO THAT BECAUSE IT’S ONE AGAINST FIVE. SOMEBODY HAS TO STEP UP FOR JONESBORO IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MINUTES.>>PULL UP JUMPER, TOO MUCH. SECOND CHANCE, A RARITY, THEY MISSED IT AGAIN. BODIES ALL OVER THE FLOOR. TIMEOUT CALLED. DOES IT STAY, YES. SEAN: FIRST PERSON ON THE COURT, LIBERTY COUNTY WITH THE FIRST PEOPLE ON THE COURT, THE FIRST PERSON ON THE COURT WITH THE BASKETBALL. JOHN: HEADS-UP PLAY BY JAALON FRAZIER. JONESBORO FROM THE FLOOR THIS QUARTER, 0-7. HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY BASKETBALLS BOUNCE OR WHAT ANIMAL CAN JUMP THE HIGHEST? DON’T MISS WHY WEDNESDAYS FOR A FULL NIGHT OF SCIENCE SHOWS. WHY WEDNESDAY ON THE GREAT GBP. HOW ABOUT A WHY THURSDAY? SEAN: WHY THURSDAY? STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, JOHN, JONESBORO AND LIBERTY COUNTY. THAT’S WHY. JOHN: THIS IS A GREAT GAME, LIBERTY COUNTY BEING AGGRESSIVE, PLAYING WITH SO MUCH ENERGY. RELENTLESS, GETTING ALL THE 50-50 BALLS. THEY REALLY WANT THIS CHAMPIONSHIP BAD, JOHN.>>RICHARDSON INBOUNDS TO DAVION MITCHELL. YOU CAN SEE THAT MITCHUM’S FEELING IT. LOPE TO THE GROUND, HE’S FEEL IT AND THERE’S A WHISTLE ON THE PASS THAT’S GOING TO BE ON QUALLS. THAT’S QUALLS’ SECOND FOUL. IN THE FIRST GAME WE CALLED TODAY WAS A GAME OF RUNS IN SINGLE-A BETWEEN WILKINSON COUNTY AND HANCOCK CENTRAL. THIS IS ALSO A GAME OF RUNS, JONESBORO HAD A 9-2 RUN TO CLOSE THE MARGIN TO TWO BEFORE LIBERTY HAS SCORED NINE NOW TO MAKE IT AN 11-POINT GAME ALL OVER AGAIN. MITCHELL, TOO MUCH. COMING OUT WITH IT, JONESBORO FALLS TO M.J. WALKER. DRIVING. THAT FOULS GOING TO BE ON MARTIAL WASHINGTON. SEAN: IF HE CAN ATTACK THE RIM, HE CAN NOT HAVE FIVE BLACK SHIRTS WAITING FOR HIM IN THE PAINT. GOT A LITTLE BIT HERE IN THE HALF COURT. WE’LL SEE WHAT JONESBORO CAN DO. JOHN: ANYTIME 23 GETS THE BALL, AS MANY BLACK ITS SHIRTS AS POSSIBLE CLAMP DOWN ON HIM AND THEY’VE DONE IT SINCE THE OPENING TIP. SEAN: TRYING TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE BALL, GET IN POSITION TO SCORE. HE’S POUNDING IT. JOHN: ZERRICK COOPER PLAYING CATCH. COMING UP ON THREE AND A HALF TO GO. ERIC LOVETT, LONG THREE. RIMMED OUT. QUALLS INSIDE. JAMARI SPINS. HALF COURT TRAP. SEAN: JOHN, IT’S ONLY A NINE-POINT GAME. IF I’M JONESBORO, I MAY GO BACK TO THE 1-2 ZONE. JOHN: SIX AND A HALF MINUTE DROUGHT WITH THAT BUCKET. FOUL’S ON ZERRICK COOPER. IT’S HIS THIRD. LIBERTY COUNTY, 130-ON SECOND-CHANCE POINTS. DAVION MITCHELL, FIRST BUCKET OF THE GAME WENT TO THE PENTHOUSE. LIBERTY COUNTY’S LEAD IS NINE. JOHN: WELCOME BACK, LIBERTY COUNTY’S LEAD IS NINE. WE REFER TO THE DEFENDING CHAMP, KNOCKING OFF COLOMBIA IN 2014, JONESBORO ENDS UP WITH THE DUTY TO GET THERE FIRST AND WHAT DO YOU DO FOR AN ENCORE? JUMPER NO GOOD BY COLOMBIA. JONESBORO TO GET THE FIRST TITLE, THE FINAL OVER COLOMBIA. LAST YEAR IN A BIG GAME, CAROLTON GETTING A LOT OF IMPACT ON THE INSIDE, BUT ONCE AGAIN, GUYS THAT YOU’RE SEEING WHO ARE SENIORS NOW WERE JUNIORS LAST YEAR. JONESBORO ENDED UP GOING BACK-TO-BACK KNOCKING OBVIOUSLY CAROLTON FOR BACK-TO-BACK TITLES. JAMARI SMITH. SECOND-CHANCE POINTS FINALLY FALLING FOR JONESBORO. SEAN: JONESBORO JUST CHIPPING AWAY, DON’T PANIC, TAKE YOUR TIME. IT’S THE THIRD QUARTER, YOU TRY TO FORCE THE TEMPO AND MAKE THIS PLAY, YOU’VE GOT TO GET STOPS. JOHN: LIKE THAT ONE. SEAN: I DON’T KNOW WHAT, JOHN, I LIKE THIS EXCHANGE. THIS IS THE FOOTBALL PLAYER VERSUS THE BASKETBALL PLAYER. THAT FOOTBALL GUY, HE’S GOING TO GET INSIDE THE MIND OF M.V. WALKER. M.J. WALKER, WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO, HOW IS HE GOING TO REACT? WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO. JOHN: GOING UP AGAINST THE NUMBER ONE WIDE RECEIVER, THAT’S WHAT YOU GOT RIGHT THERE. SEAN: M.J., THOSE TWO ALONE, IT’S THE FACE GUARD GOING ON AND M.J. INSTEAD OF MAKING CUTS, JUST WALKING AROUND. ROLE PLAYERS FOR JONESBORO, JOHN, HAVE TO MAKE PLAYS. JOHN: THE MARGIN’S FIVE WITH UNDER TWO MINUTES TO GO THIRD QUARTER. THE BOUNCE IS GOOD THERE FROM RICHARDSON TO BREAK UP THE 6-0 RUN BY THE CARDINALS. TOO HARD, DOESN’T GET THE ROLL. JONESBORO WAS FIGHTING FOR IT WITH RICHARDSON. IT GOES OUT OF BOUNDS AND STAYS. THERE’S IT IS RIGHT THERE. SEAN: HE’S GOT TO CUT, HE’S GOT TO MOVE, BUT HE’S FRUSTRATED BY LECOUNTE. GREAT DEFENSE. JOHN: RICHARDSON, DAVION MITCHELL. JAMARI SMITH GUARDING. STEPOVER, LEFT HAND, BIG TEAR DROP, DOESN’T FALL. KICKED BACK OUT. LECOUNTE GOING AFTER THE BASKETBALL. BODIES EVERYWHERE. SEAN: LETS SAY WE HAD 100 TONIGHT. WE’VE HAD MORE, BUT LECOUNTE HAS HAD SOMETHING IN MOST OF THEM, HE’S EVERYWHERE. JOHN: HE’S BROUGHT THE FOOTBALL MENTALITY ON TO THE BASKETBALL COURT. SEAN: YOU NEED THAT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT. THERE’S A SENSE OF TOUGHNESS THAT GOOD PLAYERS HAVE. THERE’S A SENSE OF TOUGHNESS THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE.>>MITCHELL AND WALKER. TIMEOUT CALLED BY JONESBORO. NOT A BAD MOVE BY WALKER, USING THE SPIN MOVE TO DEEP THE DEFENSE OFF OF HIM. SEAN: THAT’S A GOOD PLAY. IF HE CAN CONTINUE THAT, HE CAN ADD TO THINGS AND KEEP THE TEAM ON HIS BACK. CLOSE TO A FOUL. TWO POINTS DOWN LOW IN THE PAINT. JOHN: DAVION MITCHELL DOES NOT HAVE THE COUNT. HAS TWO. WE MENTIONED THAT FOOTBALL MENTALITY OF LECOUNTE. ONE OF THE ASSISTANT COACHES FOR JULIAN STOKES IS SOMEONE THAT YOU KNOW FROM TIME UP IN OF A TO KNOW. SEAN: HE HAS SO MUCH CONFIDENCE IN THIS PROGRAM. HE’S KEY. HE MAY BE THE FIRST IN THIS WHOLE THING, JOHN, GETTING COACH STOKES IN THE POSITION TO COACH — THE YOUNG AGE OF 24. JOHN: LIBERTY COUNTY, CLASS OF 2010, JULIAN STOKES. WENT AWAY, IN 2014 CAME HOME.>>I’M SHOCKED THAT JONESBORO IS TRYING TO FORCE THE TEMPO. I WOULD DROP BACK TO THAT 3-2 ZONE. YOU’RE ONLY DOWN FIVE POINTS, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO THROW LIBERTY COUNTY OFF RHYTHM SOMEHOW. JOHN: UP HIGH, THERE’S RICHARDSON. PICKED UP BY ERIC LOVETT. AFTER COMPLETE TO THE CHEERLEADER. THAT’S ANOTHER TURNOVER, THE NINTH FOR LIBERTY COUNTY.>>GREAT CATCH, GOOD HANDS. LET’S SEE WHAT JONESBORO CAN DO, JOHN. WHAT HAPPENS.>>LECOUNTE. M.J. WALKER, DOUBLE-TEAMED, FIVE AND 23, BODIES ALL OVER. JONESBORO HAD POSSESSION. ZERRICK COOPER CALLS TIMEOUT.>>I DO LIKE THIS, M.J. WALKER, THE FIRST ON THE COURT. THERE’S ANOTHER FOOTBALL PLAYER, YOU’VE GOT THE TWO FOOTBALL GUYS ON THE FLOOR, JOHN. THAT’S WHAT THE GAME IS GOING TO COME DOWN TO, THE HEART AND HUSTLE PLAYS, THE 50-50 PLACE. M.J. GETTING ON THE FLOOR MAY HAVE WAKEN UP THAT GIANT. JOHN: FIVE POINTS, FOUR REBOUNDS, FOUR STAR Q.B.>>I KNEW ABOUT A.C.L.’S, TO BOUNCE BACK FROM THAT TYPE OF INJURY, THAT SURGERY AND COME OUT HERE AND PLAY AS HARD, ON LOOSE BALLS, HE KNOWS HOW TO PLAY AND SACRIFICE HIS BODY TO GET THINGS DONE.>>GETS US THROUGH TO THE 24 MINUTE MARK. DAVION MITCHELL, LAYUP. MARGIN BACK TO SEVEN. TARIQ JENKINS DOWN. SEAN: THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THE BALL TO WALKER. YOU HAD A WIDE-OPEN LAYUP, WIDE OPEN PULLUP. STOP LOOKING FOR A ONE MAN SHOW. THE ROLE PLAYERS HAVE TO BE INVOLVED AND MAKE PLAYS. JOHN: OFF THE RIM, NO GOOD. DOES IT COUNT? DIDN’T GO, DOESN’T COUNT ANY WAY. LIBERTY COUNTY EIGHT MINUTES AWAY FROM KNOCKING OFF THE TWO TIME DEFENDING CHAMPS, DAVION MITCHELL, SEVEN IN THE QUARTER. LIBERTY COUNTY UP 7A3. ON THE GREAT GBP, FOURTH QUARTER RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.>>>WELCOME BACK, IN THE MACON CENTERPLEX ON GBP GETTING READY FOR THE LAST EIGHT MINUTES, LIBERTY COUNTY LEADING THE TWO TO HIM DEFENDING CHAMPS BY SEVEN. SAM CRENSHAW WAS PAYING ATTENTION DURING THE BREAK.>>COACH MEL MAN SAID YOU HAVE EIGHT MINUTES LEFT TO PLAY YOUR VERY BEST. HE SAID EVERY REBOUND HAS TO BE HOURS, EVERY LOOSE BALL HAS TO BE OURS. ON EVERY OFFENSIVE POSSESSION, YOU’VE GOT TO LOOK FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE SHOT. JOHN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SAM. THAT’S YOUR TALKING TO WITH EACH OTHER.>>STAPLING IS SET, SEVEN-POINT GAME, LIBERTY COUNTY, THE FIRST TWO MINUTES, WE’LL SEE WHAT TEAM HAS THE GUTS TO FINISH THIS THING OFF. FIRST TWO MINUTES, JOHN, HERE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. JOHN: JONESBORO OUTREBOUNDED LIBERTY COUNTY SEVEN IN THE THIRD. ONCE AGAIN, MORE BODIES ON THE FLOOR. TIMEOUT CALLED. SEAN: M.V. WALKER ALSO SLIPPED, AS WELL. JOHN: LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE PILE. SEAN: JUST A SLIP, NOBODY TOUCHED IT. YOU DON’T HAVE POSSESSION OF THE BALL, SO THEY’RE LOOKING TO CALL A TIMEOUT. I DON’T THINK THE OFFICIAL SAW THAT SO AWARDED LIBERTY COUNTY WITH THE TIMEOUT. THEY’VE GOT THE BALL, SO WE’RE GOING TO KEEP PLAYING, JOHN. JOHN: DAVE I DON’T KNOW MITCHELL KIND OF SPUN OUT, HAD THE PRESENCE OF MIND TO STAY WITH IT AND GET THE TIMEOUT CALLED. I’LL TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON HERE IN THE GREAT GBP JUST IN FINAL FOR BASEBALL SEASON SINCE PITCHERS AND CATCHERS HAVE REPORTED. JACKIE ROBINSON, A LOOK AT THE GROUNDBREAKING CAREER, FEATURING EXTENSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH HIS WIDOW, RACHEL. SEE HOW THEIR LOVE STORY WAS THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL HIS SUCCESS. COMING MONDAY TO THE GREAT GBP.>>WHAT A GREAT STORY, JACKIE ROBINSON, A GUY WHO REALLY CHANGED SPORTS IN A DYNAMIC WAY. JOHN: WE MENTIONED LIGHTS OUT, GAME ON, PROBABLY THE LAST PERSON LEAVING LIBERTY COUNTY TURN OUT THE LIGHTS TODAY. WITH BRAD WELL INSTITUTE IN YOUR CORNER, LIBERTY COUNTY, HIGH SCHOOL, EVERYONE IN LIBERTY COUNTY IS WELL REPRESENTED TODAY AS IS JONESBORO, HERE FOR THE QUAD A CHAMPIONSHIP. NUMBER FOUR, OFF THE GLASS SHORT, REBOUND, PICKED UP ZERRICK COOPER. LOOKING TO OUTLET. JENKINS AND ERIC LOVE IT. COOPER THOUGHT ABOUT IT, BIG STEP, PICKED OFF. DAVION MITCHELL. WILL RICHARDSON, LOOKING TO CLEAR LOVETT OUT. THOUGHT ABOUT IT. GIVE AND GO MITCHELL. MITCHELL, RIGHT HAND. SEAN: GREAT BODY CONTROL BY MITCHELL. I’M TELLING YOU, JOHN, I WAS WATCHING RICHARDSON WITH THE BALL UP TOP. HE HANDLED THE BALL WITH CONFIDENCE. YES, HE HAD TURNOVERS, BUT HE’S MAKING SOLID PLAYS.>>THREE, NO GOOD FOR M.J. WALKER. JENKINS BLOCKED, WALKER HAD IT AND LAST IT, BUT IT’S IN ON THE THIRD CHANCE BY SMITH.>>JONESBORO REALIZE THEY’RE IN A FIGHT. THEY’VE GOT TO BE SCRAPPY, LOOSE BALLS AS COACH SAID, OFFENSIVE REBOUND, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO DEFEND HERE. KEEP THE BALL OUT OF THE PAINT. GET THE STOP, GO DOWN THE FLOOR.>>LOVETT AND RICHARDSON. PASSED TO THE INSIDE, STRIPPED, COMING BOB THE OTHER WAY. REACH-IN THAT TIME BY RICHARDSON, PLAYING DEFENSE TO KEEP LOVETT FROM GETTING THE TWO. THAT WILL BE RICHARDSON’S THIRD. WE’RE 1:40 IN. LIBERTY COUNTY LEADING BY SEVEN. LOVETT HAS REALLY BEEN CLAMPED DOWN TONIGHT, AVERAGING 15 AND FOUR. HE ONLY HAS THE ONE THREE-POINTER FROM THE FIRST QUARTER AND THAT’S IT. SEAN: JOHN, GO BACK TO WHAT I SAID. YOU’VE GOT THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED. WHEN YOU’RE THE HUNTER, YOU LOOK AT LIBERTY COUNTY, YOU’VE GOT A 7 POINT LEAD IN THE FOURTH, YOU WANT — YOU’RE KIND OF LOOKING AT THE CLOCK A LITTLE BIT NOW, CLOCK RUN, CLOCK RUN. WHEN YOU’RE HUNTING, YOU CAN’T SLOW DOWN. YOU HAVE TO STAY AGGRESSIVE. THEY’VE GOT TO CONTINUALLY ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK. JOHN: MISS BOTH FREE-THROWS. BOUNCE PASSED TO THE INSIDE OFF THE GLASS, TOO HARD, LECOUNTE KICKS IT BACK OUT. HE GOT A WHISTLE. LECOUNTE FOR STEPPING ON THE BASELINE. RIGHT NOW, THE COUNT WAS AN EARLY LEAD TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR KIRBY SMART. SEAN: HE IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY LIKE NO ONE ELSE, PLAYING ONE OF THE TOP FIVE PLAYERS IN THE NATION, REALLY HANDLE HIM PRETTY GOOD. OFFENSIVELY, HE IS EVERYWHERE. DEFENSIVELY, HE IS ALL OVER COURT. HE’S GOING TO LEAVE IT ALL OUT HERE TODAY, TRYING TO TAKE THIS CHAMPIONSHIP BACK HOME TO LIBERTY COUNTY.>>LOOKING TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT. HE GOT ANOTHER FOUL. DAVION MITCHELL, HIS FIRST. SEAN: IT’S TOO EARLY FOR JONESBORO TO START SHOOTING THREES. SHOOTING THREES IS GOING TO TAKE AWAY THEIR CONFIDENCE. GET TO THE BASKET, GET TO THE RIM BE, AND THEN GET TO THE FREE-THROW LINE. JOHN: CALL THAT ON JAALON FRAZIER, HIS THIRD. YOU CHIP AWAY, CHIP AWAY, CHIP AWAY AND THE CLOCK DOESN’T MOVE.>>YOU’RE DOWN SEVEN POINTS, SCORE FROM THE FREE-THROW LINE. YOU GOT CONTROL OVER TOP, THE CLOCK. YOU GOT A DEFENSIVE SUB COMING IN TO SET UP YOUR DEFENSE. THIS IS A GREAT SITUATION. JOHN: YOU HAVE MENTIONED THREE-POINT SHOOTING. SEAN: IT’S NOT THEIR STRENGTH. EVERYONE IS SHOOTING WELL BELOW 20-25 FOR THE YEAR, IT’S NOT THEIR BACKBONE. YOU’VE GOT TO TRY TO GET TO YOUR FREE-THROW LINE BUT THEY’VE GOT A CAPITALIZE WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS ITSELF. JOHN: ANOTHER TWO, ZERO” FOUR IN THE QUARTER. 6-14 IN THE GAME FROM THE LINE FOR JONESBORO. RICHARDSON SPINNING ON LOVETT. LEFT HAND.>>I’M REALLY LIKING THIS KID, A SOPHOMORE MAKING BIG PLAYS HERE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SETTING. JOHN: JUMPER MISSES EVERYTHING. TARIQ JENKINS. RICHARDSON, SHOT TO THE CHOPS, TOO. SEAN: GREAT BODY CONTROL. HANDLES THE BALL. STRENGTHENED WITH A SCOOP FOR THE FINISH. JOHN: ANOTHER SHOT TO THE JAW, STICKS WITH IT, OFF THE RIM, NO. JUMP BALL CALLED AND IT’S GOING BACK THE OTHER WAY TO JONESBORO, AS JAALON FRAZIER AND LOVETT WAS TRYING TO HANG ON TO IT AT THE SAME TIME. SEAN: JOHN, SOMETIMES IF YOU LOOK AT LIBERTY COUNTY, YOU WILL SAY YOU’RE UP BY NINE POINTS, UNDER FIVE MINUTES TO GO, JUST BE PATIENT, BUT THAT’S NOT HOW THEY PLAY. YOU CAN’T PLAY OUT OF WHO YOU ARE. LIBERTY COUNTY, YOU’VE GOT TO STAY IN ATTACK MODE AND MAKE THAT RIGHT ATTACK AT THE RIGHT TIME.>>THE BUBBLE SCREEN UP HIGH. WALKER GUARDED BY LECOUNTE.>>UNFORTUNATE, HE IS PLAYING ONE AGAINST FIVE. HE’S HAVING TO DO A LOT OF THINGS ON HIS OWN. JOHN: THE MARGIN IS SIX, TRYING TO GET THROUGH TRAFFIC. DAVION MITCHELL, THEY’RE GOING TO CALL A BLOCK ON WALKER. 23’S GOING AT IT. FOOTBALL VERSUS BASKETBALL. SEAN: LOOKING AT LECOUNTE, HE HASN’T BEEN THAT INVOLVED IN PLAYS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. I THINK FATIGUE IS GETTING TO HIM, JOHN. WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS HERE. DOES HE NEED A LITTLE BREATHER? FATIGUE MAY BE CREEPING UP FOR HIM A LITTLE BIT. JOHN: FOUL WAS CALLED ON M.J. WALKER, HIS FIRST. DAVION MITCHELL. PASS IS WORKING. LECOUNTE BLOCKED BY WALKER FROM BEHIND. ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY. LOST THE HANDLE ON THE WAY UP, JONESBORO’S GOT IT. MORE HANDS IN THE PILE. WALKER AND THE TWO BY JAMARI SMITH. SEAN: ALL JONESBORO NEEDS IS GETTING STOPPED. WE TALKED ABOUT LECOUNTE AND HE’S AT POINT-BLANK RANGE. JOHN: SMITH ON THE REACH ON RICHARDSON, HIS THIRD. THAT IS GOOD. SEAN: I’M GOING TO SET A SCENARIO, UP SIX POINTS, THREE TIMEOUTS, MAYBE A TIME RIGHT NOW, A TIME FOR REST. SOMETIMES THE TIMEOUTS AREN’T FOR STRATEGY, JUST TO GIVE YOUR TEAM A REST, AT BREATHER SO YOU CAN FINISH OUT THE GAME.>>THAT’S 15. AVERAGES 13 ON THE YEAR. LECOUNTE AND WALKER, PUMPS UP FOR THE LONG THREE AND GOT IT. JONESBORO WITH A TIMEOUT. THEY’RE GOING TO COME UP WITH A LITTLE STRATEGY, TRY TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN ON THE DEFENSIVE END. YOU GOT THE NUMBER ONE PLAYER IN THE STATE, THAT’S A JUNIOR AND ONE OF THE TOP 10 PLAYERS IN THE NATION, EVENTUALLY, IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN FOR HIM. NICE STROKE FROM HIM, WALKER FROM THE DEEP THREE. JOHN: ALL RIGHT, LET ME FLIP THE SCRIPT FOR YOU. THERE’S YOUR DEFENDING DEFENDING CHAMP. YOUR JULIAN STOKES, LIBERTY COUNTY GOING UP AGAINST THESE GUYS IN WHITE WHO HAVE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION. WHAT ARE YOU TELLING THEM IN THE HUDDLE UP FOUR WHEN YOU’VE BEEN UP BY A LOT MORE THAN THAT.>>YOU DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO NOW. YOU DON’T NEED BIG PLAYS. IF THEY SEE US PANIC. THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO COME DOWN AND CAPITALIZE ON IT, MAKE SOLID PLAYS. THERE’S NO SHOT CLOCK, SO WE DON’T HAVE TO RUSH. WE STILL HAVE TO BE IN ATTACK MODE BUT HAVE TO BE SMART AND STRATEGIC ABOUT THE ATTACK. SEAN: DOWN BY FOUR POINTS. WE’VE GOT ALL THE MOMENTUM ON OUR SIDE, THIS IS OUR GAME TO WIN. THEY’VE NEVER BEEN IN THIS POSITION BEFORE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME AT A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE, DON’T FORCE THE PLAY, JUST TAKE OUR TIME. JOHN: SO LIBERTY PUSHES THE TEMPO AGAIN. LECOUNTE, RIGHT HAND. SHORT ON THE THREE BY LOVETT, AFTER HITTING THAT EARLY THREE, HE’S BEEN CODE EVER SINCE. LOVETT’S GOING TO STAY WITH JONESBORO AFTER THE JOUSTING. SEAN: GET COOPER BACK IN THE GAME, COACH. YOU NEED THE OFFENSIVE UNIT ON THE COURT. YOU’VE GOT QUALLS IN THE GAME. HE’S A LIABILITY. THEY’RE STARTING TO PICK IT UP NOW, OFFENSIVE EXECUTION, THEY’RE STARTING TO PICK IT UP NOW. ROLE PLAYERS, WE TALKED ABOUT IT ALL DAY LONG, THE ROAD PLAYERS HAVE TO STEP UP, BECAUSE M.J. WALKER CAN’T DO IT ALONE. THE ROLE PLAYERS HASN’T BEEN AS EFFECTIVE AS HE WANTED AND NOW DOWN SIX POINTS.>>REBOUNDING AT THE HALF. ONCE AGAIN, IT WAS 24-12, LIBERTY COUNTY, ALL THE SECOND-CHANCE POINTS THAT LIBERTY COUNTY WAS GETTING. THOSE HAVING A LOT LESS. TO THIS POINT, THEY’VE BEEN OUTREBOUNDED 18-11, BUT A LOT OF THOSE BY JONESBORO SIPS THE HALF HAVE BEEN ON THE OFFENSIVE SIDE. SEAN: COACH TALKED ABOUT WE HAVE TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE, MORE ASSERTIVE. JOHN: AN ALLEY-OOP FOR M.V. OFF THE GLASS. NO TIP. SEAN: YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE SOME OFFENSIVE UNIT TO PUT YOURSELF IN A POSITION — JOHN: BLOCKED ON THE DRIVE ON ZERRICK COOPER AND THAT IS FOUR. MAEHLMAN CAN’T BELIEVE IT. SEAN: ALL HE HAD TO DO WAS STAND HIS GROUND. COOPER’S FALLING BACKWARDS. HE’S GOT TO STAY STATIONERY TO ABSORB THE CHARGE CONTACT. JOHN: SAW COACH MEL MAN SAY IT DOESN’T MATTER.>>MARTIAL GOT THE FIVE. GUARDING WALKER, BASELINE STEP AND THIS IS GOING TO BE A TURNOVER. EVERY. SEAN: COOPER GOT THE GAME. HE GETS FRUSTRATED BY THE CHARGE. HE’S GOT TO LEARN HOW TO LET THAT PLAY GO OR IT MAY COST YOUR TEAM A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. JOHN: FOUL ON — TECHNICAL FOUL CALLED ON ZERRICK COOPER. LET’S TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. SEAN: OFFICIALS DIDN’T SEE THAT, LECOUNTE GOT AT HIT ON THE HEAD WITH THE BALL. OUT OF FRUSTRATION, COOPER REACTED TO IT. JOHN: TECHNICAL ON COOPER. DAVION MITCHELL GOES TO THE LINE. SEAN: I LOVE THIS KID MITCHELL, JOHN, HE’S GOING TO GET BETTER. HE’S GOT A GREAT BODY, GOOD I.Q. FOR THE GAME. JOHN: 1-2. 12 TOTAL. SEAN: IT ALL STARTED WITH HIS DUNK. ALL STARTED. SOMETIMES, JOHN, YOU JUST NEED THAT ONE THING TO GET YOU OVER THE HUMP AND HIS WAS AN EXCITING FINISH TO TRANSITION. JOHN: JONESBORO THEY’VE MISSED THEIR LAST FOUR. MITCHELL HAS SCORED 12 POINTS IN 13 PLUS MINUTES. OFF NO GOOD, SECOND CHANCE, NO. GOING AFTER IT WITH FRAZIER. GOING TO JONESBORO WITH 2:27. SEAN: THAT’S WHERE JONESBORO IS GOING TO MISS COOPER. HE WAS ABLE TO GET SOME REBOUNDS INSIDE AND GET HELP ON THE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE GLASS.>>TO M.J. WALKER, LONG THREE LAUNCH, HE’S THROUGH IT. TRYING TO DRAW THE FOUL P.M. HE DID. SEAN: SOMETIMES YOU CAN KICK THAT LEG OUT AND DRAW CONTACT, BECAUSE IT WAS A GOOD CONTEST UP TOP. I THINK DOWN LOW, THERE WAS SOME CONTACT BELOW THE WAIST. JOHN: DAVION MITCHELL CALLED FOR THE FOUL. WALKER JUST THREW THE BALL UP TO TRY TO CREATE SOMETHING. HE’S CREATED THREE FREE-THROWS OUT OF IT. MITCHELL’S SECOND MISSED FREE-THROW. SEAN: WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF THAT ALREADY IN DAY ONE, A LOT OF THREE-POINTS MISSED WITH FOULS ON THE THREE.>>I THINK DEFENSIVELY, EVERY SHOT, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BLOCK IT. YOU JUST NEED TO CONTEST IT. YOU CONTEST IT IN A WAY THAT YOU DON’T FOUL THE SHOOTER. THE SHOOTER HAS THE RIGHT TO HIS OR HER SPACING TO UP AND COME DOWN. DEFENSIVELY, YOU’VE GOT TO RESPECT THAT. JOHN: 3-3. WALKER WITH 19, THE MARGIN IS FOUR. SEAN: SEE, THAT WAS A HUGE PLAY FOR JONESBORO, JOHN. THREE-POINT PLAY AND CLOCK STOPS. JOHN: TARIQ JENKINS ELECTRIC TO THE OTHER END. THE FOUL IS ON JENKINS, HIS FOURTH.>>WHICH MAY NOT BE A BAD FOUL. RICHARDSON GOING TO THE FREE-THROW LINE. I DON’T THINK HE’S BEEN THERE ALL NIGHT LONG, SO, YOU KNOW, HE’S GOT TO OWE OVER HE’S BEEN THERE TWICE. HE HAS GOT TO PROVE HIMSELF WHEN IT’S LATE IN THE GAME, JOHN, WITH 2:20 TO GO. JOHN: THERE’S A THREE. CRISP THIRD SON WITH 16. 17, MARGIN OF SIX.>>JOHN, HE’S PROVED HIMSELF WORTH IT. HE’LL BE A TOP JUNIOR NEXT YEAR IN THE STATE. 17 POINTS, MAKING BIG PLAYS AND BIG SHOTS DOWN IN THE CLUTCH. JOHN: TRYING TO CREATE M.J. WALKER. HE CHASED OUT OF THE MISS OUT OF BOUNDS. LAST TOUCHED BY JONESBORO. GOES TO LIBERTY COUNTY AT 2:07. SECOND VERSE FROM WALKER, LOB. THAT’S A DANGEROUS PASS. A TURNOVER AND TWO AND POSSIBLY THREE! SEAN: WE’VE SEEN THE MOMENTUM SHIFT BACK AND FORTH EACH PLAY OF THE GAME AND WHEN TO COME BACK, ALSO GET A POINT, OLD FASHIONED THREE-POINT PLAY AND SCORE ONE WHEN THE CLOCK IS STOPPED, JOHN. JOHN: DICEY PASS ON THE INBOUND, INTERCEPTED. FOULS ON LECOUNTE, HIS THIRD. THREE-POINT PLAY, KEPT IT TO THREE. RICHARDSON AND TARIQ JENKINS. OF A I DON’T KNOW MITCHELL, GETS PAST SQUALLS. HANDS IN, AND A FOUL ON HARRIS. THAT WILL BE HIS THIRD. SEAN: JOHN, IF YOUR COACH — I MIGHT CALL A TIMEOUT RIGHT HERE JUST TO ICE M.J. BEFORE A FREE-THROW. CALL A TIMEOUT JUST TO ICE HIM AND NOW YOU CAN COACH YOUR TEAM. SEAN: NOW M.J. WALKER’S HEATING UP, JOHN. I KNOW YOU GOT 1:48 TO GO, BUT HE’S IN RHYTHM. SOMETIMES ON THE FLOOR, DON’T WAKE UP THAT SLEEPING GIANT. JOHN: MISSED. MAKES HIS LAST FIVE FREE-THROWS, GETTING TO THAT POINT. LECOUNTE WITH THE TEAR DROP. SEAN: THAT’S A BIG TIME PLAY, JOHN. TRANSITION BASKETBALL, BIG TIME PLAY FOR LECOUNTE.>>TARIQ JENKINS AND A SMART TIMEOUT CALLED BY WILL RICHARDSON. HE WAS OUT NUMBERED ON THE BASELINE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT 23. SEAN: RICHARDSON ATTACKING PLAYS, UNDER CONTROL, NICE TEAR DROP, NICE FINISH OVER THE OTHER GUYS DOWN THERE AT JONESBORO. THIS KID RIGHT HERE, LECOUNTE, IF THERE’S AN M.V.P., YOU GOT TO GIVE TO IT LECOUNTE. HE’S JUST DOING SOMETHING FOR HIS TEAM. JOHN: LECOUNTE HAS 18. WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE LIBERTY HUDDLE? ALL RIGHT, SO THEY’RE HUDDLING. WHAT DO YOU TELL THEM? SEAN: WE’VE GOT TO GET STEALS, WE’VE GOT TO BE RELENTLESS HERE THIS LAST MINUTE AND A HALF. PLAY OUR GAME, GUYS, JUST PLAY OUR GAME TO FINISH THIS THING OUT. JOHN: M.J. WALKER HAS NINE OF HIS 20. RICHARDSON HAS SIX OF HIS 17. MITCHELL, UNDER 90 SECONDS, PICKED UP BY QUALLS. DOUBLE TEAM WILL HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER. LECOUNTE, DRIVE, MISSED IT. NO SECOND CHANCE, BACK TO JONESBORO. M.V. WALKER OUT OF CONTROL, GIVES TO QUALLS. JENKINS WILL DRIVE THIS AND OUT OF THE HANDS OF JAMARI SMITH. TURN OVER AT 1:05. SEAN: THAT TO ME WAS THE PLAY OF THE GAME. EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU CAN PLAY M.J. WALKER. ROAM PLAYERS HAVE TO TAKE A PLAY. JOHN: LONG TOUCHDOWN PASS TO MITCHELL, BEING CHASED BY QUALLS. RICHARDSON BROUGHT THE THREE. BRINGING IT OUT OF TRAFFIC. WHERE’S THE FALL COMING FROM JONES BORROW. THAT’S THE WIG QUESTION. FIFTY SECONDS. THERE IT IS, TARIQ JENKINS. THAT’S FIVE, HE’S OUT. JOHN: RICHARD SON, HE’S NICE. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, THIS IS KEY. THIS IS KEY. JONESBORO AT THE FREE-THROW LINE ON THE THIRD QUARTER. SHOWED A SENSE OF TOUGHNESS. THAT’S A BIG TIME FREE-THROW THERE FROM RICHARDSON. JOHN: THE MARGIN’S FIVE. RICHARDSON WITH 19. WATCH A QUICK SPOT UP AND THROW HERE. AGAINST THE BACK, GETS THE TWO, TIMEOUT. JOHN: THAT WAS A NICE PLAY. IT’S 105, JOHN. HE’S A HECK OF A PLAYER, INSIDE OUT, BEHIND THE BACK, AS GOOD AS A PLAYER HE IS, JOHN, YOU CAN’T EXPECT ONE PLAYER TO WIN THE GAME. YOU NEED ROLE PLAYERS. JOHN: MITCHUM STAYED WITH THE LEFT HAND. M.J. WALKER, RIGHT HAND FOR THE BUCKET. THE QUICK TWO. THEY ONLY BURNED ABOUT SIX SECONDS OFF THE CLOCK. BLUE DASHES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN UNDER THE WORD JONESBORO. SEAN: I FIVE SECOND TIMEOUT, JOHN, REALLY HURT. WITH 38.9 TO GO, IT’S GOT TO BE A QUICK FOUL, DENIED FIRST, GET A QUICK FOUL AND LET’S TRY TO MAKE THIS MULTIPLE POSSESSION GAME WITH QUICK TRANSITION. JOHN: WE TALKED ABOUT WALKER PUTTING THE GAME ON HIS SHOULDERS. LECOUNTE LOOKING TO INBOUND. SEAN: GOOD CALL. THAT WAS GREAT DEFENSE BY JONESBORO, JUST FANTASTIC DEFENSE. JOHN: RUN THROUGH THAT FOR ME. SEAN: CALLS IT THERE IN TRANSITION AGAINST THE DEFENSE. JOHN: THAT WAS THE FIRST TURNOVER LIBERTY COUNTY HAD IN THE FOURTH QUARTER AND 13TH OVERALL. INBOUNDS BACK TO LECOUNTE. GUARDED BY WALKER. THE FOUL BY LOVETT. IT’S HIS SECOND. WITH 25 AND A HALF. LIBERTY COUNTY ON THE WHOLE, THEIR FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP IN ANY SPORT. DICEY PASS, BUT THE QUICK TWO, DOWN TO 18 SECONDS. REMEMBER, JONESBORO THEY HAVE TO FOUL, THEY HAVE NO TIMEOUTS. FOUL A TIMEOUT. FOUL, AT 14.1. JOHN: LIBERTY COUNTY FROM THE FOURTH QUARTER TO THIS POINT, 12-13 FROM THE LINE. MITCHELL HAS 14. SEAN: BIG FREE-THROWS DOWN THE STRETCH THERE FOR LIBERTY COUNTY. JOHN: M.J. WALKER TRIES TO FORCE SOMETHING UP, DOESN’T HAPPEN, GETS THEIR OWN REBOUND. DOESN’T FALL OUT OF BOUNDS AT 1.9! SEAN: LISTEN TO THIS CROWD, JOHN. JUST LISTEN TO THIS CROWD. JOHN: LIBERTY COUNTY, FIRST EVER STATE TITLE FOR THE SCHOOL AND THE COUNTY, AND A 24-YEAR-OLD SHALL LEAD THEM. JULIAN STOKES CANNOT BELIEVE IT. THEIR ONLY LOSS ON THE SEASON WAS A ONE POINT DOUBLE OVERTIME LOSS TO STATESBORO. WHEN THEY GOT THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS BACK AND WE’VE SEEN WHAT NUMBER 23 CAN DO, WHAT DO YOU THINK, PARTNER?>>CONGRATULATIONS, THEY WILLED THEMSELVES TO A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. I’M PROUD OF COACH STOKES AND HIS ABILITY TO GET THESE KIDS READY TO PLAY THIS GAME TONIGHT.>>WHEN WE COME BACK, A MOMENT OF HISTORY FOR LIBERTY COUNTY, THE 4A BOYS AROUND THE CORNER FROM MAKE CON ON GBP.>>IT’S TIME TO PRESENT THE QUAD A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY TO LIBERTY COUNTY PANTHERS AND WE TURN IT OVER TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.>>THANK YOU, MARK, COACH, HEAD COACH. HEAD COACH. COACH, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP. HERE’S MR. FLAG FROM GEORGIA FARM BUREAU TO PRESENT THE TROPHY AND THE BASKETBALL.>>CONGRATULATIONS ON BEHALF OF GEORGIA FARM BUREAU.>>THANK YOU.>>CONGRATULATIONS.>>COVE, IT’S BEEN A GREAT JOURNEY FOR YOUR TEAM. ONE LOSS ONLY, YOU’VE GOT ALL THE HARDWARE IN YOUR HANDS, TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS MOMENT MEANS TO YOU AND YOUR SCHOOL.>>IT’S VERY, VERY SPECIAL. THIS SEASON IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE, MAN, IT’S A GREAT GROUP OF KIDS. I KNEW WE COULD DO IT ALL YEAR LONG. WE JUST HAD TO PROVE IT WHEN WE STEPPED OUT ON THE FLOOR. WE PLAYED A GREAT TEAM TONIGHT. WE’RE TAKING THIS ONE BACK TO LIBERTY COUNTY, BABY.>>DAVION MITCHELL. TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU OUT THERE. IT WAS BACK AND FORTH, BACK AND FORTH, ALL THE WAY TO THE FINAL BUZZER.>>YEAH IT WAS. IT WAS HARD. WE HAD TO KEEP WORKING. THEY CAME OUT STRONG IN THE SECOND HALF. THEY PLAYED HARD. IT’S A GREAT TEAM, TOO.>>RICHARD, LECOUNTE.>>THAT’S A GREAT BASEBALL PLAYER, ONE OF THE BEST I EVER PLAYED AGAINST, A TOUGH COMPETITOR ALWAYS GOING AT IT. IT WAS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP MY TEAM WIN, MAN. THAT’S WALL I CAN DO. IF I CAN CONTRIBUTE EVERY NIGHT TO DOING THAT, TO STOP A PLAYER, I CAN DO IT.>>WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TONIGHT?>>IT’S A GREAT FEELING, MAN. THIS IS A GREAT THING FOR LIBERTY COUNTY, MAN. WE THANK YOU AND A SAFE RIDE BACK HOME.>>COACH, YOU GOT ALL THAT HARDWARE THERE, JUST ONE FINAL TIME, TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS JOURNEY HAS BEEN FOR YOU AND YOUR BALL CLUB TO WIN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, AND YOU’VE GOT A LOT OF GUYS COMING BACK FOR NEXT YEAR.>>YES, SIR. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT TO SAY.>>I’LL TELL WHAT YOU TO SAY, YOU’RE NUMBER ONE.>>YES, SIR, YES YES, SIR, WE’LL BE BACK NEXT YEAR WITH THAT WE’LL BE BACK.>>LIBERTY COUNTY THE CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONS. BACK TO JACKIE BRITT.

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