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Royals Advance to Antebellum Classic Title Game

Royals Advance to Antebellum Classic Title Game

Bleckley had a dog fight on their hands Friday evening in the Antebellum Classic semifinals.  Their opponent was the Thomson Bulldogs.  The game was a physical affair that saw several hard fouls and a pair of offsetting technicals. 

One of those physical plays, an intentional and flagrant foul called on a Thomson player as Rydealous Taylor scored, helped turn the game.  Bleckley was down six with under four minutes left.  Taylor convered three of four three throws to make it a one-point game.  Mario Beck put the Royals ahead ten seconds later.

A lead that grew to five was down to one with less than 30 seconds left but BCHS held on to win 63-60.  Beck scored 30.  Taylor scored 17.  BCHS plays for the championship Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Milledgeville.

Prep Hoop Scores For December 27

Here are your high school basketball scores reported to 13WMAZ for Thursday, December 27:

Tattnall Christmas Tournament

Girls:

Tattnall 61  Central Fellowship 15

Bulloch Academy 51  Macon Area Christian 45

Westfield 75  Tiftarea 47

Arlington 73  Covenant 40

Boys:

Macon Area Christian 62  Bulloch 44

Frederica 52  Westfield 35

Arlington 75  Covenant 58

Tattnall 61  Central Fellowship 47

Veterans Holiday Tournament

Boys:

Warner Robins 60  Mary Persons 48

Rutland 92  Benjamin Russell 24

Hawkinsville 61  Veterans 59

Perry 74  Worth Co. 34

Girls:

Mary Persons 63  Stockbridge 35

Perry 47  Worth Co. 33

Rutland 39  Warner Robins 37

GBI Investigating Bleckley Co. Jail Death

The GBI is investigating an apparent suicide of an inmate at the Bleckley County jail.

A spokesman for the Bleckley sheriff's department says jail guards found the body of 21-year-old Kevin Colby Purser in his cell Thursday, just before noon.

Todd Lowery, special agent in charge of the GBI's Eastman office said Purser was last seen alive sometime that morning. Purser apparently hung himself with bedsheets, Lowery said.

The GBI is still interviewing people in the jail, and an autopsy may be performed Friday, he said.

The sheriff's department says Purser had been in the jail since Dec. 13 on a  shoplifting charge from Cochran police.

Royals Advance in Antebellum Holiday Classic

Royals Advance in Antebellum Holiday Classic

A rusty BCHS team took the floor at Baldwin High School Thursday for their first game in the Little Casears Antebellum Holiday Classic.  The Royals last played 12 days ago, winning in Dublin.  Against Cedar Shoals, the Royals trailed by as many as nine  points in the first half.

Six straight points by Rydealous Taylor in the third had what was an eight-point deficit down to two.  In the fourth, Mario Beck scored four quick points with under four minutes remaining to put Bleckley out in front.  The Panthers tied the score at 45 with 1:14 left.  Beck got free under ther goal and layed one off the glass with 4.8 seconds left.

Cedar Shoals just missed a three as BC held on 47-45.  Beck scored 18.  Taylor had 13.  Bleckley plays Thomson High School Friday at 5:30 pm in Milledgeville.

High School Football: Year-End Review Part 2

Here's part 2 of our look back at the 2012 season of high school football!

Store Hours for Gift Returns

Toys R Us
Wednesday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm

Target
Wednesday: 7:00 am-11:00 pm

Walmart
Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Kmart
Wednesday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm

Best Buy
Wednesday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm

Home Depot
Wednesday: Stores open at 6:00 am

Sears
Wednesday: Stores open at 7:00 am

Dick's Sporting Goods
Wednesday: 7:00 am-9:30 pm

Sports Authority
Wednesday: 8:00 am-9:30 pm

Lady Royals Win Big in Second Shootout Game

Lady Royals Win Big in Second Shootout Game

Dewanda Blackshear had five first half three's and 18 points, a career high as the Lady Royals Jackson, Atlanta 60-15 at halftime.  Freshman Alexis Ligon scored a career best 10 in the second half as Bleckley rolled 79-37 in their second Great Southern Shootout game Friday.

Tia Troup and N'yasia Anderson both had 12 each.  Cam Tillman scored 10.  Play concludes Saturday when BCHS plays host Westside at 9 a.m.