Falcons keep chase for first
by Carlton D. White
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Pebblebrook’s Kevin Murph, front, contends with Harrison’s Tony Patrick for control of a loose ball in Tuesday’s game.
<BR>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huf
Pebblebrook’s Kevin Murph, front, contends with Harrison’s Tony Patrick for control of a loose ball in Tuesday’s game.
Staff photo by Kelly J. Huf
KENNESAW — Pebblebrook’s Derek Ogbeide doesn’t need to score. That’s Ty Hudson’s job.

Ogbeide, however, does need to be on the floor.

With the 6-foot-8 big man patrolling the center lane, and Hudson scoring a game-high 26 points, the Falcons rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to record a 77-72 Region 4AAAAAA victory Tuesday at Harrison.

Harrison (8-15, 4-10) took a 67-57 lead with 4:18 on the clock, following Justice Morgan’s jumper. Ogbeide, who sat on the bench for much of the game, re-entered the contest, and the comeback began. His presence forced Pebblebrook (17-4, 11-2) into a 3-2 zone defense, which ultimately did three things — it slowed down Harrison’s offense, allowed the Falcons to get into passing lanes to create steals and gave Ogbeide opportunities to change and alter Hoyas’ shots.

Hudson, who scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and was 8-for-8 from the line in the final frame, sparked the rally with back-to-back free throws. Trhae Mitchell, who scored 11 second-half points and finished with 14, converted a three-point play to pull the Falcons to within five.

Ogbeide, who had six points, five rebounds and five blocks, scored on a putback, and Hudson’s steal led to an easy layup that left Pebblebrook trailing 67-66.

Ogbeide rebounded a missed shot and Hudson capped a 12-0 run with a 3-pointer, giving Pebblebrook its first lead of the game since holding a 25-24 margin with 5:10 left in the second period.

Nick Hughes, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, kept Harrison’s offense intact, scoring the Hoyas’ final five points. But the Falcons scored on another Ogbeide putback, and Hudson, who was 10-for-10 from the line overall, made six straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win.

“I apologized to (Ogbeide) in the locker room after the game,” Pebblebrook coach George Washington said. “We hadn’t played a game in seven days, and he got winded, so I took him and then forgot about him. We played a 3-2 zone with him on the floor, he was able to contest (Harrison’s small forwards) with his long arms and he got some blocks and changed some shots in the lane.

“It was a huge blunder on my part as a coach because not having him in the game almost cost us.”

Pebblebrook controlled the game early, leading 17-10, but Harrison pulled within 17-14 at the end of the first quarter, and Brandon Powell’s 3-pointer gave the Hoyas a 27-25 lead it would not relinquish until Hudson’s 3 with 1:42 remaining in the fourth.

With Ogbeide on the bench, the Falcons attempted to rattle the Hoyas using their pressure and trapping-style defense, but the Hoyas, who made seven 3-pointers, had an answer for every Pebblebrook comeback and got through the Falcons pressure.

“They played our game better than we did,” Washington said. “Harrison’s a very good team. They shoot the ball really well, and they were able to find openings in our pressure.

“This was a huge win. We’re playing to be No. 1 in the region and make the playoffs for the first time since 2010. I would like to be the coach that helps lead them there.”

The Falcons kept pace with region leader Hillgrove and sit a half-game back, entering today’s road game to face the Hawks. Third-place McEachern is a game behind Pebblebrook.

Kevin Murph contributed 15 points, 10 rebounds and two steals for Pebblebrook.

Powell made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points for Harrison. Morgan had 16 points and eight assists, while Jack Forrest contributed 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

“With a 10-point lead and 4 minutes left, you try to make the other team chase you, and we didn’t do a very good job at the end,” Harrison coach Clay Crump said. “These are tough kids and they played well enough to win, but we’ll rebound from this and continue to get better. We’ll be fine.”


Harrison 65, Pebblebrook 19:
Harrison held Pebblebrook to four second-half points and outscored the Lady Falcons 16-0 in the fourth quarter, en route to the Region 4AAAAAA road win.

Sydne Wiggins and Kaylyn Brooks each scored 14 points to lead Harrison (14-8, 8-6). Raichel Tringali had 12, and Melissa Bartow and Zoe Guilmette each had eight.

Wiggins also had seven assists and six steals, while Brooks had seven assists and five steals.

Precious Walker had eight points for Pebblebrook (2-18, 1-11) and scored all four of the Lady Falcons’ second-half points.
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