Dragons Come Up Just Short Against Ridgeland After A Hard Fought Game

PHS Basketball, Sports

This past Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Panthers of Ridgeland in a 6-AAAA battle. Both teams came into the game, needing a win as both were near the middle of the pack in the region standings.

 

In the first, it was Ridgeland getting off to a quick start, but Pickens got things going and kept up with the Panthers. After one, Ridgeland lead a closely contested frame, 14-10. The 2nd quarter, saw both teams go back and forth in fast paced action. The Panthers, outscored the Dragons 17-13, to take a 31-23 lead into the break.

 

The 3rd quarter, saw the Dragons ramp things up trying to get back into the game. Pickens, would outscore Ridgeland 20-17 in the 3rd, to cut the Panther lead to 48-43, going to the 4th. The 4th quarter, again saw the Dragons outscore Ridgeland 14-13. Despite that, the Panthers were able to hang on and win 61-57 after several late free throws.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 17 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, & 2 steals

Joseph Gossett: 12 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Keinyuan Hooks: 8 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 2 assists, & 8 rebounds

Zach Goss: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Owen Moss: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

 

Pickens, will now turn their attention to the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. The Dragons, will welcome the Bruins to the Dragons Den tomorrow night as part of a make up game after the original game was postponed due to snow. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Fight Hard In Tough Road Game At Heritage

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Last night, the PHS varsity Dragons basketball team took to the road to face the Generals of Heritage in a 6-AAAA region game. Pickens, was coming off of a thrilling last second overtime win over their rivals, the Gilmer Bobcats, & hadn’t been able to play since then due to the weather over the weekend.

 

In the 1st, it was much like the girls game beforehand. Both teams trying to find their footing. Heritage, was able to build a 19-11 lead over the Dragons going into the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, the Generals would take advantage of some miscues by Pickens and outscored the Dragons 25-13 in the frame to take a 44-24 lead into the break.

 

Pickens, got things working in the 3rd quarter as they looked to get back into the game. The Dragons, at one time cut the lead down to single digits after being down 20 to start the frame. They outscored Heritage 23-18 in the 3rd, but found themselves still trailing going to the 4th, 62-47. In the 4th, the Generals closed it out with a 16-14 quarter run to take this one, 78-61.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Hunter Hermann: 11 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 11 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 11 points, 2 assists, & 5 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 9 points, 3 assists, & 3 rebounds

Zach Goss: 6 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, & 4 steals

Seth Bishop: 6 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Fowler: 5 points, 1 assist, & 6 rebounds

Owen Moss: 2 points

 

Pickens, will be back home friday night as they host the Ridgeland Panthers in a region match up. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Shock Bobcats With Last Second Win In Overtime

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Last Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team took the short ride up to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a 6-AAAA region match up. Pickens, is up one in the three regular season meetings after their 10 point win during the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament. This game, much like a lot of Pickens/Gilmer games, did not disappoint.

 

In the 1st quarter, it was the home team that got off to a quick start. Going to the 2nd, the Bobcats led the Dragons, 17-10. In the 2nd, Pickens turned the tide and got things going. The Dragons, would have their own 17-10 quarter run to give us a tie ball game at 27 a piece going to the half.

 

In the 3rd, both teams went back and forth trading buckets. A 19-14 run for the Bobcats, gave them a 46-41 lead over Pickens going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the two teams combined for 47 total points. The Dragons, were able to make some clutch baskets, and outscore Gilmer 26-21, to send us into overtime tied at 67. Much like regulation, the overtime period was exciting & heart stopping all at once. With just over 10 seconds left, the Bobcats, went 1/2 at the free throw line, the Dragons got the rebound, drove down the court, & Senior Joseph Gossett found an opening in the lane and drove in for a layup with 1.5 seconds left, giving Pickens the 80-79 win over Gilmer.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Hunter Hermann: 23 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 18 points, 1 assist, 14 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 14 points, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 4 assists, 7 rebounds, & 3 steals

Joseph Gossett: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, & 6 steals

Hunter Fowler: 3 points

 

Pickens, is now 3-3 overall & 1-1 in region play. They will be back in action next Friday as they welcome the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to the Dragons Den. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.

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Dragons Fall In Region Opener To LaFayette, Face Gilmer In Ellijay Friday Night

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On Tuesday evening, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers for their first home game of the season & the first region game of the season. Pickens, was coming off being named co-champions of the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament, while LaFayette came in as a favorite in the region heading into the season after barely losing to Northwest Whitfield in the region title game last season. It would be a good test for a Dragons team that came in 2-2.

 

In the 1st quarter, LaFayette got off to the better start, pulling ahead early. However, the back end of the 1st saw things pick up for Pickens as they cut the Rambler lead to 22-14 going to the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, both teams struggled to have some consistent offense. LaFayette outscored the Dragons 9-6 in the frame to give them a lead of 31-20 going into the break.

 

The 2nd half, would not be kind to the home standing Dragons unfortunately. The Ramblers had everything go their way while it seemed nothing would fall for Pickens. In the 3rd, LaFayette would use a 17-3 quarter advantage to take a 48-23 lead into the 4th. The Ramblers, would be able to close this game out and get the win, 65-30.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 9 points, & 3 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, & 4 steals

Zach Goss: 4 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 4 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Avonta Johnson: 4 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Chase Simmons: 3 points, & 1 assist

 

The Dragons will now turn to Friday Night as they will make the short trip up 515 and head to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a region match up. These two teams met in Fannin not too long ago and Pickens came away with a 10 point win. Both finished with 2-1 records & a share of the tournament trophy. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 pm.

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Dragons Win Share Of Tip-Off Tournament Title, Begin Region Play Tuesday

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The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team was again in Blue Ridge last night for the third and final day of the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament. Pickens, would be taking on the host team, the Fannin Rebels. Both teams were coming off tough losses on Tuesday, & looked to end the tournament on a good note.

 

Much like the ‘Nettes in the game beforehand, the Dragons got off to a fast start against the Rebels. Pickens held a 26-14 advantage after the 1st. In the 2nd, both teams traded buckets in high paced action. The Dragons outscored Fannin by a slight edge of 12-11 to take a 38-25 lead into the break.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens kept holding off any Rebel comeback chance, while adding to their lead. The highlight of the half, & maybe the game, was a thunderous slam by the Dragons’ Seth Bishop. The Dragons used a 12-9 run in the 3rd to stretch their lead over Fannin to 50-34 going to the 4th. A 20-12 4th quarter run would seal the victory for the Dragons. Your final score, 70-46. With the win, Pickens shares a piece of the championship with Gilmer. Both finished at 2-1.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Joseph Gossett: 16 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, & 4 steals (All-Tournament selection)

Seth Bishop: 15 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, & 1 steal (All-Tournament selection)

Hunter Hermann: 12 points, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 10 points, 12 assists, 3 rebounds, & 5 steals

Zach Goss: 6 points, 3 assists, & 4 rebounds (All-Tournament selection)

Chase Simmons: 5 points, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

 

With the win, Pickens now moves to 2-2 on the season. The Dragons, will finally be home on Tuesday as they host the LaFayette Ramblers in a game that will open region play. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

 

 

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Dragons Battle, Fall Short To War Eagles In Season Opener

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team headed down to Gainesville to take on the War Eagles of Chestatee in the season opener for the 2017-18 season. This one had a little of everything you want in sports. Excitement, drama, great plays.

 

In the 1st quarter, Chestatee got out to a quick lead, & built it up prior to the end of the frame. Heading to the 2nd, the War Eagles held a 21-8 lead after one. In the 2nd, Pickens got things going, and made a massive run. The Dragons, outscored Chestatee in the 2nd quarter, 25-16, to trim the War Eagle lead to 37-33, going into halftime.

 

In the 3rd, the Dragons kept the momentum built from the 2nd quarter, and used it to take the lead from Chestatee after a 26-19 quarter run. Going to the 4th, Pickens led the War Eagles, 59-56. In the 4th, the two teams took turns with the lead. Several players would foul out for both teams, & a couple of technicals were handed out as well. Chestatee would use a 26-21 run, & several late free throws to get the win, 85-77.

 

Leading the Dragons in points were:

Joseph Gossett: 26 (18 in the 2nd half)

Seth Bishop: 19

Keinyuan Hooks: 14

 

Pickens, will now look forward to the annual Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament that is starting on Saturday, & will be held in Ellijay this year. The tournament features Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin, & Hiwassee Dam. The Dragons, will start the tournament off with their rival, the Gilmer Bobcats on Saturday at 4:30 pm.

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Dragons Season Comes To An End At Region Tournament

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to Dalton to take part in the 2017 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came in as the #7 seed and to get to state, they would have to upset the #2 seeded LaFayette Ramblers. Their opponent for the evening. The Dragons are no history to shocking region tournament wins. Last year, they won 3 games, including 2 in one day, to make it to state.

 

In the 1st, nothing was falling for the Dragons as LaFayette got out to a 13-0 lead. However, by the end of the frame, Pickens would go on a 9-3 run to cut into the Rambler lead going to the 2nd, 16-9. In the 2nd, LaFayette looked to build on their lead. Using a 17-9 quarter run, the Ramblers held a 33-18 lead going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, quarter wise, the scoring was back and forth for both teams. Pickens would see it’s biggest offensive output of the game at that point. LaFayette outscored the Dragons 15-12 in that frame as they held a 48-30 lead going to the 4th. The Ramblers were able to come away with the win, 64-41, ending the season for Pickens.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Avery Luke: 16 points, & 7 rebounds

Seth Bishop: 7 points, & 5 rebounds

Blake Gorth: 5 points, 3 assists, 9 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 5 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Jacob Brumby: 3 points, & 3 rebounds

Chase Simmons: 2 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal, & 1 block

Hunter Hermann: 2 points, 1 rebound, & 1 block

Keinyuan Hooks: 1 point, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Hunter Jordan: 1 rebound, & 3 blocks

 

In looking at next season for the Dragons, they have a lot of players coming back with only two seniors graduating. They will be senior heavy next year and with kids that have gained a lot of experience this season.

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Dragons Get Big Region Win On Senior Night

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for the final game of the regular season and for Senior Night. Pickens, came in looking to get on the winning side of things prior to the 6-AAAA region tournament.

 

In the 1st, much like the girls game beforehand, it was closely contested. Heading to 2nd, the Raiders held a 16-13 lead over Pickens. In the 2nd, the Dragons made a run to grab the lead, using a 15-7 quarter advantage, Pickens led Southeast Whitfield 28-23 going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, both teams got the offense rolling on their respective ends. Both teams scored 18 points each as the Dragons maintained their lead going to the 4th and final quarter, 46-41. In the 4th, Pickens opened things up. With the help of some really solid defense, the Dragons closed the game out with a 23-9 run to get the win for seniors Hunter Jordan, & Avery Luke, 69-50.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 19 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 block

Avery Luke: 11 points, 4 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, & 2 blocks

Hunter Hermann: 11 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 3 steals

Blake Gorth: 9 points, 3 assists, 9 rebounds, & 3 blocks

Jacob Brumby: 7 points, & 4 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 4 steals

Hunter Jordan: 4 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 2 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, & 2 steals

Zach Goss: 2 points

 

The Dragons, will now take the rest of the week to prepare for the 6-AAAA region tournament that starts next Monday and will be held at Southeast Whitfield.

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