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Royals Fall in Region 3-AA Title Game

Royals Fall in Region 3-AA Title Game

Despite a big night by Marcus Mack (18 points on six of six shooting from three-point range) Bleckley gave up an 11-1 run in the second, and had scoring droughts of at least three minutes in the third and fourth quarters as they lost to Laney 59-49 in Saturday's Regon 3-AA title game.  Mario Beck scored 14. 

Quan Fleming had nine off the bench.  The runner-up finish is Bleckley's highest in region since 2007. 

BCHS will host Northeast in the first round of state February 25.  Tip time is 6 p.m.

Local Voices Join In Concern Over Gas Prices

Local Voices Join In Concern Over Gas Prices

The increase in gasoline prices looks to throw the proverbial 'wrench' in what looked like a positive upswing for economic recovery. It is an issue that is effecting all – from the small rural communities in middle Georgia like Cochran, Hawkinsville and Jeffersonville to the bigger communities like Americus, LaGrange and Macon, as well as the metro areas like Atlanta.

According to the American Automobile Association(AAA), gas prices have increased by an average of 14 cents a gallon in the past month and about 30 cents a gallon since November. The gas prices seem to go up each week.

BCHS Falls to Hawkinsville in Baseball Opener

BCHS Falls to Hawkinsville in Baseball Opener

The Royals trailed 1-0 going into the sixth inning of their game in Hawkinsville Monday.  Chatain Coleman's one-out single tied the score. 

A two-out double by Kyle Brown put Bleckley on top.  Though escaping a two on, one out jam in the sixth, Hawkinsville's Tyler Keen held BC to just a single in the seventh. 

The Red Devils scored twice in the bottom of the inning (one run was unearned) as BCHS lost 3-2.  Dylan Churchwell was 2 for 3 with a double. 

Coleman was 1 for 2.

Bleckley pitching gave up one earned run but allowed a Hawkinsville base runner in every inning.  Keen struck out 11. 

The Royals home opener is Tuesday at 5:30 pm versus Howard. 

Royals Edge East Laurens in 3-AA Semifinals

Royals Edge East Laurens in 3-AA Semifinals

BCHs had a seven-point halftime lead of their region semfinal game versus East Laurens Friday night.  That lead vanished as the Falcons went ahead via a 13-0 run.  Quan Fleming had the Royals only four points as the teams were tied at 30 to begin the fourth.  EL built a five-point lead.  Mario Beck's three-point play with 2:02 left made it 41-40 Bleckley.  Dytrez Nelson's three-point play with 1:27 remaining made it 46-42.  A Falcons jumper with under a minute made it 46-45. 

Four straight Bleckley misses at the foul line gave EL life with five seconds remaining.  A last-second three was short as BCHS hung on for the win.  Beck scored five of his 11 points in the final two minutes.  Marcus Mack had 10 points and five assists.  It will be the first region title game for the Royals since 2007 when they take on Laney Saturday at 8:30 pm.

Lady Royals Season Ends in Second Round of Region

Lady Royals Season Ends in Second Round of Region

Bleckley trailed 17-15 at halftime of their second round 3-AA tourney game versus the Dodge Squaws Wednesday. 

Though down by as many as 15 in the third, BCHS had gotten within 37-27 to begin the fourth. 

However, they could only trim two points off the deficit despite Dodge going the first 2:28 without a basket. 

Eleven straight by the Squaws put the game out of reach as the Lady Royals season ended 57-41. 

Myesha Moore had 14 points.  Cam Tillman scored 12.

Royals Clinch State Berth with Win Versus Swainsboro

Royals Clinch State Berth with Win Versus Swainsboro

It was a rematch of last year's 3-AA semifinals Wednesday in Eastman when Bleckley took on Swainsboro.  Though the Royals won during the regular season by 20, they were up just one at halftime on a Dytrez Nelson layup as time expired.  BC pushed their lead to five in the third but the Tigers answered with an 11-3 run.  Foul trouble became an issue in the fourth as both Mario Beck and Ken Hughes picked up their fourth.  Swainsboro erased a four-point Royal lead with 3:04 left.  Rydealous Taylor and Quan Fleming would score five each as BCHS ended the game on a 12-3 run to win 60-51.

Taylor had 18.  Marcus Mack scored 17.  The Royals clinch a state playoff berth for the second straight year.  BC plays East Laurens in the region semifinals Friday at 8:30 pm. 

Prep Hoop Scores For February 15

Prep Hoop Scores For February 15

Here are your GISA & GHSA basketball tournament scores reported to 13WMAZ for Wednesday, February 15.

GISA AAA State @ Stratford


Westfield 54  Mt. de Sales 43  

Stratford 48  Tiftarea 26

Deerfield 41  Tattnall 29

GISA AAA State @ John Milledge


John Milledge 34  Holy Spirit 25

GISA AA State @ Middle Ga. College


Piedmont 27  Flint River 24

Briarwood 37 Harvester Christian 35

Christian Heritage 52  Brentwood 26

Gatewood 83  Heritage 13

GHSA 2AAA Region @ Howard


Veterans 73  Mary Persons 68

Westside 63  Peach Co. 56

Central 72  Rutland 70

Howard 59  Baldwin 43