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November 17, 2014

Jaguars undefeated in GPC-Tipoff Classic

Georgia Perimeter College win 2-0 in the GPC-Tipoff Classic, Nov. 14-15, for the first home games of the season.

Friday night was a low scoring game, with the Jaguars scoring only 45 points against Lawson State’s 41 points. Although field goal percentages were low for both teams, the Jaguars out rebounded their opponent on offense and defense and were able to score 15 points from offensive rebounds alone.

Quintavious Virgil led the team with 10 points and six rebounds.

The tournament included Region 17’s Atlanta Metropolitan State College as well as, Gulf Coast State College and Lawson State Community College. Saturday’s game was a 66-55 victory against Gulf Coast.

The Jaguars will return home Friday, Nov. 21 to face West Georgia Technical College at 7 p.m. in the GPC Thanksgiving Classic.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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June 12, 2014

Jaguar forward Henry signs with Virginia Tech

Shane Henry’s a Hokie.

Shane Henry

The Georgia Perimeter College star forward has accepted and signed a full scholarship offer to play for Virginia Tech this fall.

Virginia Tech’s new head coach Buzz Williams, who joined the Hokies this spring after a six-year stint at Marquette University, signed Henry to add much-needed depth to the team’s front court. Two veteran big men transferred off the team at the end of the season, and Henry’s great leaping ability will help fill the void.

Williams may deploy Henry as a power forward, but the 6-8 rising junior has the skills to fill in at small forward as well.

This spring Henry was courted by numerous NCAA Division 1 colleges, including Texas Tech and University of Arkansas.

In an online story for the Roanoke Times, Henry indicated a reason for choosing Virginia Tech, saying, “Buzz is just a straightforward guy and I really like that about him. I really want to help restore Virginia Tech basketball.” The Hokies have been struggling in the basketball-rich Atlantic Coast Conference in recent years.

Named Defensive Player of the Year in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and honored on the All-GCAA first team, Henry led the conference this season with 12.2 rebounds and 4.7 blocked shots per game. He paced the Jaguars’ offense with 13.2 points per game, shooting 51.3 percent from the floor.

After a distinguished senior year at Newton County High School, Henry was a solid freshman starter for GPC in 2012-13. He earned a spot on the five-man All-GCAA freshman team and was honorable mention on the all-conference team. His 58.6 field goal percentage led the GCAA.

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March 6, 2014

Henry’s years of hard work pay off; named GCAA Defensive Player of Year

Shane Henry’s path to success as a Georgia Perimeter College basketball star was strewn with challenges to overcome during his youth. And now the long days, weeks, months and years of hard work have paid off.

Shane Henry

Henry was named Defensive Player of the Year this week by the coaches of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. He also was selected to the All-GCAA first team.

A sophomore forward-post who hails from Newton County High School, Henry was a shot-blocking machine this season for the Jaguars, far and away leading the conference in blocks per game with 4.7. The second high average was 2.6 by Gordon State’s Denarious Lockhart.

He led the GCAA in rebounds with 363 (12.2 per game) and defensive rebounds, 225.

Offensively, Henry averaged 13.2 points per game, the high scorer for the Jaguars and 19th in the GCAA. His 51.3 percent shooting ranked 11th in the league and second on the team behind Jakoye Pinson’s 51.4 percent.

For Player of the Year, the GCAA coaches named South Georgia Tech’s Anthony Ethridge, and his mentor, Steven Wright, was selected Coach of the Year. Amonte Potter of Chattahoochee Tech earned the Freshman Player of the Year award.

Henry’s road to all-conference honors wasn’t easy.

As a boy, after a stint in youth baseball and a failed attempt at football, Henry concentrated on hoops. He had role models—his mother, Kimberly Gether, had played basketball in high school; a sister, Cassandra Wynter, played rec basketball; stepfather Henry Wynter showed him some basketball skills.

But Henry’s passion for the game didn’t carry him to immediate success. He was relatively short—5 feet 7 inches going into high school.

Shane Henry, fighting for the rebound against Chattahoochee Tech, led the GCAA in rebounds, defensive rebounds and blocked shots. Photo/Leita Cowart

“I prayed to be 6-8,” he says.

He sat the bench on the eighth- and ninth-grade teams. In his sophomore year, he tried out for the junior varsity team at Newton County High School in Covington. He didn’t make the team. “I went home and cried,” Henry recalls.

“I thought about quitting basketball. Then I just looked around and thought, ‘I want to play ball. I don’t want to just sit around. I’ve come too far to quit now.’”

So, he volunteered to serve as JV manager and late in the season was added to the roster when a player quit.

The following summer he worked with ferocity on his basketball skills. Six days a week, his mother dropped him off at a recreation center, and he was the first one inside when it opened at 8 a.m.

For about three hours, Henry could work alone on the court, until other players showed up for pickup games. He played until 8 p.m., when his mother returned from work and picked him up.

However, he couldn’t attend a mandatory summer basketball camp because his family couldn’t afford the fee. According to the coach’s general rule, that meant he couldn’t make the varsity team.

But other players urged the coach to give him a chance. Soon Henry was the starting center and the only player on the team who could dunk the ball.

He was 6-foot-5-inches tall that season. In his senior year, he was 6-8 and blocking two or three shots every game.

At Georgia Perimeter his freshman season, Henry led the GCAA in field goal percentage, making 58.6 percent of his shots. That and his rebounding and shot-blocking earned him honorable mention on the All-GCAA team. He was one of five players named to the All-Freshman team.

This season Henry’s path to all-conference honors was hampered by his freshman-laden team’s inconsistent performance. For the first time in head coach Alfred Barney’s 18 years at the helm, Georgia Perimeter didn’t make the tournament, finishing the season in ninth place with an 8-12 record in the GCAA and 16-14 overall.

Not often does a basketball player on a ninth-place team get named to an all-conference first team. Henry’s determination to be a contender and all-out effort throughout every game couldn’t be ignored by the GCAA coaches.

Barney said Henry did “a great job bringing leadership to the team. He’s a leader on and off the court. He gets the players where their supposed to be.”

Henry says his goal is to play professional basketball—anywhere on the planet. What career would he choose if he doesn’t play pro?

“I don’t even answer that question,” he replies with a confident smile.

2013-14 Division 1 Men's Basketball All-GCAA Team

Coach of the Year: Steven Wright, South Georgia Technical College. Player of the Year: Anthony Ethridge, South Georgia Technical College. Freshman Player of the Year: Amonte Potter, Chattahoochee Technical College. Defensive Player of the Year: Shane Henry, Georgia Perimeter College.

First Team: Shane Henry, Georgia Perimeter College; Anthony Ethridge, South Georgia Technical College; Cam Baker, Central Georgia Technical College; Saiquan Terry, Atlanta Metro State College; Amonte Potter, Chattahoochee Technical College.

Second Team: Devonte Thornton, Gordon State College; Alyja Hennings, Chattahoochee Technical College; Jovante Spivey, South Georgia State College; Tommy Williams, East Georgia State College; Brentine Taylor, Central Georgia Tech.

Honorable Mention: Kentavious Clowers, Georgia Highlands College; Darius Miles, Atlanta Metro State College; Denarious Lockhart, Gordon State College; Roshaun Milline, Middle Georgia State College; Reed Dungan, Gordon State College.

All-Freshman Team: Amonte Potter, Chattahoochee Technical College; Jovante Spivey, South Georgia State College; Reed Dungan, Gordon State College; Donovan Harris, Georgia Highlands College; Alijah Bennett, Chattahoochee Technical College.

Shane Henry’s 2013-14 season statistics.

Follow all GCAA sports at http://thegcaa.com/sports/mbkb/index.

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February 27, 2014

Jaguars’ season ends with 70-67 loss

For the first time since head coach Alfred Barney took the helm of the men’s basketball program at Georgia Perimeter College, the Jaguars won’t be entering the postseason.

Jaguars Jarius Smith (10) and Sean Buffen fight for a rebound. Photos/Lieta Cowart

An abrupt end came to their 2013-14 campaign Thursday when Chattahoochee Technical College outlasted GPC 70-67 in a barn-burner that was decided by a matter of inches.

With 13 seconds left and the Jags trailing 68-65, Shane Henry launched a long jumper from about a foot inside the 3-point line. The shot went in but now GPC had to foul to get the ball back.

Chatt Tech’s Alijah Bennett sank two free throws, and a Jaguar long desperation attempt at the buzzer was partially blocked.

Georgia Perimeter finishes the season with a 16-14 overall record and 8-12 in the GCAA, tied for eighth place with Gordon State College.

Because Gordon won Thursday—and Gordon beat GPC twice—GPC loses the tie-breaker and the Highlanders will enter the eight-team conference tournament Tuesday as the eighth seed.

Jakoye Pinson led the Jaguars with 23 points, and Henry finished with an impressive double-double, 19 points and 17 rebounds.

Shane Henry drives for a basket late in the second half.

Though GPC edged the visitors in the rebound battle 58-57, the Jaguars’ cold shooting statistics tell the story of the game. They shot 36 percent from the floor and a frigid 13.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Barney blamed the constant frantic pace the game took on.

“I attend a lot of high school games,” he said. “All those games are like this—up and down, up and down. I saw three of my players doing the same thing. So now you’re playing here in college and you’ve got to learn to gear down at times.”

Then there were the free throws. Tuesday night the Jaguars beat Atlanta Metro by making 10 of 11 foul shots in the game’s second overtime. Thursday they couldn’t buy a free throw, sinking only two of 11 from the line at halftime. At game’s end, they had made 11 of 24 charity tosses, 45.8 percent.

“I’m not worried about the loss,” Barney said. “It’s the way we lost. We make the free throws and we get away from them.”

The first half was a back-and-forth affair. Eight straight points by Pinson within 90 seconds helped keep the Jaguars in the game, and they trailed at the break 30-28.

In the final period, GPC took a brief lead and then lost it and trailed by as much as nine points. Hanging in, they narrowed the gap to 62-60 on a foul shot by Sean Buffen with 4:15 on the scoreboard.

Head coach Alfred Barney instructs the Jaguars as associate head coach David Dennis checks the scoreboard.

But goals by Sherrod Wade and Alyja Hennings boosted the Eagles back to a 66-61 lead with 2:07 left.

At 1:40 Henry took charge with a basket and a slam dunk soon after, making it a one-point ballgame.

With 29 seconds left, the Eagles answered—Markez Dix hauled in a long pass and dunked it to put the Eagles up 68-65, setting the stage for Henry’s pressure-packed field goal from just inside the 3-point line with 13 seconds to go.

After Bennett dropped in two free throws with 10 seconds left, the Jaguars tried to get an open look for a tying 3-pointer but couldn’t penetrate Chatt Tech’s tight defense.

Chattahoochee Tech (25-5, 15-5 GCAA) finishes in second place in the conference behind South Georgia Tech. Bennett came off the bench to lead the Golden Eagles with 17 points and. Wade and Hennings each contributed 12 points.

“We haven’t played like this for the last two games,” Barney said. “But we’ll reload. About six players will be back next year. We’ll be back.”

Tuesday’s GCAA quarterfinals: No. 8 Gordon at No. 1 South Georgia Tech; No. 5 South Georgia State at No. 4 Atlanta Metro; No. 6 East Georgia at No. 3 Central Georgia Tech; No. 7 Georgia Highlands at No. 2 Central Georgia Tech.

Top-seed South Georgia Tech will host the tournament semifinals and championship game Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, in Americus. The semifinals and championship game will be video webcast by JockJive Sports, starting at 5:25 p.m. To watch the games, find the link at jockjive.com.

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February 25, 2014

Jaguars repeat overtime drama; win in 2 OTs at Atlanta Metro

For head coach Alfred Barney, associate head coach David Dennis and others who follow Georgia Perimeter College basketball, it had to be déjà vu.

Ronnie Mays

Jakoye Pinson

For the third time in four years, the Jaguars traveled to crosstown rival Atlanta Metropolitan State College’s gymnasium and battled the Trailblazers into overtime.

And for the third time Georgia Perimeter won, coming up with a string of free throw conversions and outlasting Atlanta Metro 90-84 in two overtimes Tuesday.

In the other two overtime classics, GPC won a 100-92 four-overtime victory on Valentine’s Day 2011 and a 65-62 single overtime win in January 2012.

That’s a total of seven overtime periods in eight games between the two schools.

With the win the Jaguars remain in the race with Gordon State College and East Georgia State College for a spot in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, which starts with quarterfinals next Tuesday.

Ronnie Mays and Jakoye Pinson each scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures for the Jaguars. Shane Henry and Quintavious Virgil added 14 apiece and Jarius Smith had 13.

Georgia Perimeter, (16-13, 8-11 GCAA) produced a second-half comeback but a free throw by Metro’s Jonathan Knight with three seconds remaining in regulation time knotted it at 70-70 and threw the game into overtime.

Mays sank two pressure packed free throws in the first overtime to give GPC a 77-74 lead with seven seconds left on the clock. But the Trailblazer’s Justin Bridges tossed in a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into the second overtime.

The Jaguars beat Metro with a slew of foul shots in the second overtime, hitting 11 of 12 attempts from the charity stripe. Pinson opened with four good free throws; Mays sneaked in a layup and then Virgil, Sean Buffen and Henry sunk two foul shots apiece and Smith made one.

Atlanta Metro (17-11, 12-8 GCAA), battling Central Georgia Tech for third place, also had five players in double figures. Knight led all scorers with 19, followed by Bridges and Darrius Miles with 17 each, Saiquan Terry 11 and Modrag Minic 10.

To rise out of ninth place—only the top eight teams qualify for the GCAA tournament—the Jaguars need a win at home as they host Chattahoochee Tech Thursday. The game will be audio broadcast online with a link at the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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February 22, 2014

Jaguars drop overtime heartbreaker 99-93

With a need for victories to qualify for the eight-team GCAA tournament, the ninth-place Jaguars tasted victory over the top team in the conference, then saw the coveted prey escape Saturday at Decatur Campus.

South Georgia Technical College capped a second-half comeback with two free throws by Anthony Ethridge that tied the game 78-78 with three seconds left, and the Jets went on to win in overtime 99-93.

The Jaguars, stuck in ninth place in the GCAA standings, slips to 7-11 in conference action and 15-13 overall. The Jaguars need a win at Atlanta Metro Tuesday or and probably at home against Chattahoochee Tech Thursday to stay in the race. Their competition for the seventh or eighth place in the final standings are Gordon State and East Georgia. Beginning March 4 with quarterfinals, the GCAA tournament will include only the top eight teams.

After Jarius Smith canned a high-pressure jumper and Jakoye Pinson dropped in two free throws to give GPC a 78-76 lead with 3.9 seconds showing on the scoreboard, a weird finish to regulation time occurred.

The Jets’ inbound baseball pass went high and deep to Anthony Etheridge, and he and GPC’s Raekwon Walker went up for it. Walker tipped it away, but a referee claimed his arm grazed Etheridge’s head and called a foul.

Etheridge sank the two foul shots, and the Jets made 12 of 14 charity tosses in the overtime to seal the victory.

Sean Buffen also starred at the foul line, sinking 14 of 17 free throws and finishing with 23 points to lead the Jaguars.

Smith netted 21, followed by Shane Henry with 16 and Pinson with 15.

“We played hard. We had a couple turnovers that hurt us, but we played hard,” said head coach Alfred Barney. “We’ve got to go out and do the same thing Tuesday.”

Treeshad Williams and Etheridge paced Tech with 27 points apiece, and they led all rebounders with 14 and 13 boards, respectively.

Tuesday’s broadcast at Atlanta Metro—a makeup game—will begin at 6:55 p.m., as will Thursday’s home date with Chattahoochee Tech, another makeup game and Sophomore Night for the Jaguars. To listen to the audio webcast of those games, click on the link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.

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February 19, 2014

Jaguars keep hope alive at Middle Georgia

With a 71-67 victory Wednesday at Middle Georgia State College in Cochran, Georgia Perimeter College stays alive in the chase to qualify for the eight-team GCAA tournament.

The Jaguars, sitting in ninth place in the conference standings, improves to 7-10 in league play and 15-12 overall. But the task to make the March tournament is formidable as now the Jaguars close out the regular season facing the top three teams in the GCAA standings—South Georgia Tech, Chattahoochee Tech and Atlanta Metro.

No statistics are available for Georgia Perimeter in the Middle Georgia game. GPC (15-12, 7-10 GCAA) led 38-31 at halftime. Rashaun Milline scored 22 points to lead Middle Georgia (7-20, 4-13 GCAA). Jamaal Anderson and Brandon Ingleton added 10 apiece.

Saturday the Jaguars host league-leading South Georgia Tech. To listen to the audio webcast of that game, starting at 3:55 p.m., click on the link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.

Tuesday’s broadcast at Atlanta Metro—a makeup game—will begin at 6:55 p.m., as will Thursday’s home date with Chattahoochee Tech, another makeup game and Sophomore Night for the Jaguars.

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February 17, 2014

South Georgia muddles Jags’ postseason outlook

This was a long bus ride home. After Georgia Perimeter College fell 70-62 Monday at South Georgia State College in Waycross, the Jaguars’ path to qualify for the eight-team Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament became very rocky.

Georgia Perimeter (14-12, 6-10 GCAA) clings to ninth place in the conference standings and in the final week of regular season action the Jaguars play the top three teams—South Georgia Tech, Chattahoochee Tech and Atlanta Metro.

It essentially means the Jaguars must win Wednesday at Middle Georgia State College to keep hope alive, or get extraordinary assistance from other teams down the stretch.

No statistics are available for Georgia Perimeter in the South Georgia game. South Georgia (16-10, 9-7 GCAA) held a 29-21 halftime advantage and was led by Javonte’ Spivey with 17 points, Tyler Miller 14 and Ty Bull 12.

Saturday the Jaguars host league-leading South Georgia Tech. To listen to the audio webcast of that game, starting at 3:55 p.m., click on the link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.

Also to be broadcast online will be the Jaguars’ visit Tuesday to Atlanta Metro for a rescheduled game and another makeup on Thursday with Chattahoochee Tech.

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February 15, 2014

East Georgia outlasts Jaguars 92-82

In a game of scoring sprees, Georgia Perimeter College came up on the short end Saturday, succumbing to East Georgia State College 92-82 at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

Freshmen guards Ronnie Mays and Quintavious Virgil produced strong second-half performances, finishing with 17 and 14 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to hold back the visiting Bobcats.

With the setback, Georgia Perimeter drops into ninth place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with a 6-9 conference record, 14-11 overall. The Jaguars are a half game behind Gordon State College which surpassed them while idle Saturday. The top eight teams in the final standings will play in the conference tournament, which begins March 4.

There are eight teams above GPC in the standings because East Georgia (13-13, 9-8 GCAA) is locked in a three-way tie for fifth place with Central Georgia Tech and Georgia Highlands. Georgia Perimeter probably has to win at least three of its final five games to catch any of the four teams immediately above it in the standings and climb into eighth place.

In January GPC defeated East 68-59. But Saturday the Jaguars, who have lost five of their last six games, couldn’t capitalize in the second half on a 22-4 first half run that followed an 11-0 spurt by East Georgia. After gaining a brief lead, the Jaguars trailed 46-42 at the intermission.

With 14:45 left to play in the second half, Dominque Miller hit a field goal and assisted Mays on another with a baseball pass, tying the game at 56-56. Miller tied it again at 58 and Mays again at 60.

Then East’s Deshon Nails picked up a loose ball and scored to put the Bobcats back up, and they never again turned over the lead.

Trailing 81-70, with 1:23 to go, the Jaguars produced a 12-7 run behind a 10-point spree by Virgil, but it was too little, too late.

Casey Wells contributed 13 points for Georgia Perimeter.

Led by Tommy Williams’ 20 points, East Georgia had four players in double figures. Jaquez Motley scored 17, Labron Glover 15 and Erik Thomas 10.

Monday the Jaguars take the long bus ride to Waycross to play South Georgia State College in another GCAA matchup.

Wednesday they travel to Middle Georgia State College and then return home next Saturday to host league-leading South Georgia Tech. To listen to the audio webcast of that game, starting at 3:55 p.m., click on the link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.

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February 11, 2014

Wednesday’s games called off

Meteorologists say another winter storm is looming, and all Jaguar games are off Wednesday—baseball, tennis and basketball.

Georgia Perimeter College athletic director Alfred Barney announced that Wednesday’s basketball games at Atlanta Metropolitan State College have been postponed. No makeup date has been scheduled, he said.

Baseball coach Brett Campbell said Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Piedmont College junior varsity has been cancelled. The baseball Jaguars play a doubleheader next Tuesday at Cleveland State Community College in Tennessee. Their next home game is with Cleveland State on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.

Head tennis coach Mohamed Nait Omar said that Wednesday’s men’s and women’s home tennis matches with Middle Georgia State College have been rescheduled for this Friday at 11 a.m. The Jaguars will host Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The next outing for the basketball Jaguars is a home date Saturday with East Georgia State College. The Lady Jaguars will tip off at 2 p.m. and the men will play at 4 p.m.

Those games will be audio webcast with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

The basketball Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034. The tennis Jaguars’ home matches are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338. The baseball team plays home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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February 10, 2014

Jaguars win in overtime 74-72, stay in race for tourney berth

Tyswon Cantrell sank two of four free throws in the final 21 seconds of an overtime period to give Georgia Perimeter College a much-needed 74-72 victory over Gordon State College Monday at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

Georgia Perimeter, improving to 6-8 in Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, climbs into an eighth-place tie with Gordon in the standings. The top eight teams in the final standings will play in the conference tournament, which begins March 4. GPC is 14-10 overall.

Nine days ago the Highlanders defeated GPC 80-76 in Barnesville.

Monday, Gordon (16-8, 6-8 GCAA) led by as much as 13 in the first half but the hosts finished the period with a full-court press and a 13-5 run to close the gap to 36-31.

The Jaguars went up by eight points in the second half but couldn’t hold it, and Gordon tied the score 63-63 to thrust the game into overtime.

Jarius Smith opened the overtime period with two free throws and a basket, giving the Jaguars a 67-63 edge. Jakoye Pinson followed with a field goal, and Shane Henry hit three consecutive tosses from the charity stripe.

But Reed Dungan sank a 3-pointer and two fouls to draw the Highlanders within two, 72-70.

The closing 21 seconds were frantic. Cantrell sank the second of two free throws. Gordon’s Chris Parisy made a backdoor layup to close it to 73-72. Cantrell hit another free throw and missed the second for a 74-72 lead.

Gordon went for the victory—but Denarius Lockhart missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Five Jaguars hit double figures, led by Quintavious Virgil led with 17 points, 13 in the first half. Sean Buffen scored 13, Smith and Henry 11 each and Pinson 10.

Dungan paced Gordon with 19 points; Michael Pack had 15, Devonte Thornton 13 and Mitchell McKnight 11.

Wednesday the Jaguars travel across town to face Atlanta Metropolitan State. To listen to the online broadcast at 7:25 p.m., visit the athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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February 5, 2014

Henry’s heroics can’t save Jaguars; Central Georgia Tech prevails in OT

In what resembled an epic clash of super heroes, Shane Henry’s double-double and gallant dash at the buzzer couldn’t overcome the power of Cam Baker and the Titans.

Henry bagged 20 points and 15 rebounds, but Baker pumped in 30 points as Central Georgia Technical College nipped Georgia Perimeter College 79-78 in overtime Wednesday at Decatur Campus.

Dropping their fourth-straight game, the Jaguars, 13-10 and 5-8 in Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, led much of the way—and looked good doing it—but let a 10-point advantage slip away late in the second half.

The mêlée featured alternating thrills by Baker, the second leading scorer in the (19.4 points per game) and Henry, league leader in rebounds (13.0) and blocked shots (4.7).

A 3-point goal by Central’s Rydealous Taylor tied the score with 18 seconds remaining and sent the game into overtime. Then Baker, freshly wounded and playing with a limp, scored seven of Central’s 10 overtime points, including a 3-point basket that put the Titans up 75-72 with 1:10 left in the extra period.

A monster 3-pointer by Jarius Smith drew GPC with 77-75, and Henry closed it to 79-78 with a layup and clutch free throw.

With 10 seconds on the clock, Henry grabbed the rebound on a second missed free-throw and sprinted coast-to-coast, seeking a 3-point play on a layup. He was bumped all the way with no whistle and couldn’t get the shot to fall. A mad scramble for the rebound resulted in bodies on the hardwood and the horn sounding victory for the Titans.

“I think we played with a lot of energy tonight,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “We turned the ball over in crucial situations, but the energy, effort and teamwork was really good.”

Sinking eight of nine field goal attempts, GPC’s Jakoye Pinson, producing his second second-half heroics in as many outings, posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards.

Sean Buffen hit 11 of 13 foul shots and finished with 15 points. He also dished off nine assists, one shy of the Jaguars’ third double-double of the evening.

Central Georgia (15-7, 11-5 GCAA) gained a game on Chattahoochee Tech in the race for second place in the conference. GPC has eight teams sitting above it in the standings, and the top eight teams in the final standings will play in the GCAA tournament, beginning March 4.

After a 10-1 run powered by six points by Henry and a trey by Ronnie Mays, GPC held a slim 29-28 lead at the halftime intermission.

The Jaguars came out of the locker room with a 17-8 surge, led by Pinson’s nine points, including a dunk on a drive through a crowded lane.

As Baker led a Titans comeback, Buffen kept them at bay with a three-point play and six of seven free throws in a 2:20 stretch.

Henry and Baker then traded four points each in a two-minute span until Baker left the floor with an ankle injury.

On the sideline, trainer Tiffany Barney worked on the ankle, and Baker returned to the court limping. With his patented zigzag drive, he threatened to draw Central within one with 24 seconds on the clock. But Henry blocked the layup like a volleyball spike. That set the stage for Taylor’s 22-foot 3-pointer and the ensuing overtime drama.

After a rare weekend off, the Jaguars play Gordon State College Monday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast online at 7:25 p.m. with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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February 3, 2014

Last-place Albany Tech upsets Jaguars

Georgia Perimeter College staged a furious second-half rally but it was too little, too late as Albany Technical College edged the Jaguars 75-73 Monday at Decatur Campus.

GPC trailed by 31-28 at the half and by as much as 10 points in the second period. The Jaguars clawed back to take a 65-64 lead behind consecutive 3-point goals by Casey Wells, a basket by Jakoye Pinson and two free throws by Shane Henry with 2:45 remaining.

A seesaw affair ensued from there. Six points by Pinson, including a layup with nine seconds on the clock, drew the Jaguars within one, 74-73. But GPC couldn’t get off another shot before time expired.

Now Georgia Perimeter, sliding to 13-8 overall and 5-6 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, needs a run of victories to crawl back into the race for a spot in the two play-in tournament games March 4. The top six teams in the final standings enter the tournament, and GPC and Gordon State, tied at 5-6 in seventh place, have seven teams above them in the standings.

One of those teams, third-place Central Georgia Tech, visits GPC Wednesday for another crucial game for the Jaguars. In December Central Georgia downed the Jags in Macon 85-77.

Henry finished with 15 points to lead GPC Monday, followed by Wells with 11 and Ronnie Mays and Quintavious Virgil with nine apiece.

Albany Tech (9-14, 3-10 GCAA) occupies the 10-team conference cellar. Nine days ago the Jaguars beat the Titans 75-72 in Albany.

Loren Hall poured in 23 for Albany Tech, including three clutch charity shots in the final 15 seconds. Brandon Hudson and Kymon Woods chipped in 14 and 13, respectively.

Wednesday’s showdown with Central Georgia Tech will be audio webcast with a link at the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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February 1, 2014

Gordon defeats Jaguars 80-76

A trio of Highlanders scored 59 points as Gordon College upended Georgia Perimeter College 80-76 Saturday in Barnesville.

Jarius Smith led Georgia Perimeter with 17 points, but Gordon’s Reed Dungan, Michael Pack and Devonte Thornton packed a bigger wallop, scoring 20, 20 and 19, respectively.

The loss drops Georgia Perimeter to 13-7, 5-5 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Gordon (15-6, 5-6 GCAA) moves up within a half game of the Jaguars, who sit in seventh place in the conference. Both teams are battling a logjam of teams to qualify for the two tournament play-in games March 4.

The Jaguars overcame a first-half deficit of 48-32 but couldn’t take their second-half rally to a pay-off.

Quintavious Virgil scored 13 points for the Jaguars, and Jakoye Pinson tallied 12. Shane Henry grabbed seven rebounds, and Ronnie Mays had four assists.

Denarius Hart added 14 points for the Highlanders.

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January 29, 2014

Wednesday’s basketball games postponed

Because of weather conditions, the Jaguar men’s and women’s basketball games tonight (Wednesday) with Chattahoochee Tech have been postponed, Georgia Perimeter College athletic director Alfred Barney announced. No date has been set for the rescheduled games, Barney said.

The women’s next home game is Saturday at 2 p.m. as the Jaguars host Clinton College. The men play at Gordon College in Barnesville on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Next Monday, Feb. 3, both teams will host Albany Tech. Those games will be audio webcast on separate streams, the women at 5:25 p.m. and the men at 7:25. To listen visit the athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 27, 2014

Atlanta Metro rallies to beat Jaguars

At the beginning of the season, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars were expected to be a sharpshooting team with the ability to launch successful bombs from distant locations on the basketball floor.

Casey Wells scored 15 points and made five of seven 3-pointers. Photo/Gerald Moulder

Monday they met the expectations in a dazzling way, but let the game slip away to a scrappy Atlanta Metropolitan State College team. The Trailblazers rallied in the second half to pull out a 68-60 victory and exchange places with GPC in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings.

Georgia Perimeter (13-7, 5-5 GCAA) entered the game in fourth place in the standings, but the loss drops them into fifth place and moves Atlanta Metro (12-8, 7-5 GCAA) up into fourth.

Leading by as much as 10 points, the Jaguars canned seven 3-pointers in the first half, including three straight by Casey Wells. Of the Jags’ first 27 points, 21 were by treys.

Wells paced the Jaguars with 15 points, making five of seven three-point attempts. Quintavias Virgil hit four of eight 3-pointers for 12 points, and Dominique Miller scored 10 points.

GPC made 11 of 25 3-point attempts (44 percent).

Atlanta Metro rallied at the end of the first half with a 15-6 run, closing the gap to one, 36-35. The Blazers took the lead with the first basket after halftime, and by the 7:55 mark they led 58-48.

Soon after Virgil hit two 3-pointers, GPC’s Shane Henry blocked a shot with the ball ending up in the hands of Jakoye Pinson. He raced downcourt and made a snaking layup to close the gap to 63-60 with a minute remaining.

But Brandon Glover sank three of four foul shots, and Johnathan Knight slam-dunked to punctuate the victory.

Darrius Miles led the Blazers with 20 points, followed by Glover with 18 and Knight 12.

The Jaguars return to their home court Wednesday at 7:30, hosting Chattahoochee Technical College. To hear the online audio broadcast, visit the athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 25, 2014

Buffen leads Jaguars over Albany Tech

Sean Buffen scored 20 points as visiting Georgia Perimeter College bested host Albany Technical College 75-72 in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association game Saturday.

The Jaguars (13-6, 5-4 GCAA) trailed 38-36 at halftime but rallied to send Albany Tech to its fourth consecutive loss. Georgia Perimeter sits in fourth place in the GCAA standings. The top six teams earn a berth in the conference tournament in March.

Quintavias Virgil tallied 16 points, and Shane Henry had 13 for the Jaguars. Tyswon Cantrell and Ronnie Mays each served up four assists.

Albany Tech (8-13, 2-9) was paced by Loren Hall and Rawlings Okivie with 14 points apiece. Brandon Hudson contributed 10 points.

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January 22, 2014

Georgia Highlands avenges earlier loss

Georgia Perimeter College couldn’t contain Kentavious Clowers, who scored 32 points to lead Georgia Highlands College to an 88-69 victory over the Jaguars Wednesday in Rome.

The Chargers gained a measure of revenge as Georgia Perimeter defeated Highlands 82-75 on Nov. 20 at GPC.

The Jaguars fall to 4-4 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, 12-6 overall.

Tyswon Cantrell scored 15 points to lead the Jaguars. Ronnie Mays chipped in 12 and Jarius Smith nine.

GPC played without leading rebounder Shane Henry, but the Jags almost matched the Chargers on the boards, 34-33.

Clowers made 11 of his 19 field goal attempts and 10 of 11 free throws. Montrel Goldston added 16 for Georgia Highlands (9-11, 5-7 GCAA).

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January 18, 2014

Jaguars rally to drop South Georgia State

Quintavias Virgil canned three 3-pointers and netted 19 points to lead Georgia Perimeter College in a key 66-60 come-from-behind win over South Georgia State College Saturday at Decatur Campus.

Quintavias Virgil

Quintavias Virgil had 19 points and numerous key plays. Photos/Gerald Moulder

Georgia Perimeter trailed for 15 minutes at the end of the first half and at the start of the second. But the Jaguars won a subsequent seesaw battle—with heroics in the closing minutes by Virgil and Shane Henry—and closed it out.

“Finally,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney, referring to the Jaguars’ late-game troubles this season. “We didn’t play very well, but we made the plays down the stretch that we needed to make.”

The Jaguars and South Georgia came into the game locked in a fourth place tie in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings. The victory boosts the Jaguars into sole possession of fourth place with a 4-3 record, 12-5 overall.

South Georgia (10-7, 3-4 GCAA) slides down to seventh place. The top six teams in the final standings will participate in the GCAA tournament in March.

Early on the Jaguars were spurred by three 3-point goals, two by Virgil and one by Casey Wells.

Midway through the period, South’s aggressive defense began to take a toll, and a 3-pointer by Daniel Peace gave the Hawks a 16-13 lead.

The Jaguars cooled off and trailed at the intermission 30-27, but they clawed back to tie 37-37 on a Virgil basket assisted by Ronnie Mays. They went ahead 40-39 when Raekwon Walker slipped a pass out to Mays, who drained a 3-pointer.

The teams traded ties and leads until Henry completed a 3-point play for a 59-57 Jaguar advantage with 2:14 remaining. That started a 10-0 GPC run. After Raekwon Walker blocked a Hawk shot, Henry made a free throw and missed his second attempt, but Virgil snared the rebound.

Javarius Smith

Jarius Smith, left, scored 10 points, and Shane Henry had his 9th double-double.

Virgil subsequently made it a four-point possession, driving the lane for a layup, drawing a foul and sinking the free throw. A foul shot by Tyswon Cantrell and two more by Henry—his sixth of seven from the stripe in the final four minutes—iced the game.

“We did the job on offense, coming up with plays we needed, and when we needed to, we made the stop,” Barney said.

Henry registered his ninth double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Jarius Smith added 10 points and eight boards, and Cantrell handed off four assists.

South Georgia was led by Jovante’ Spivey with 15 points and Peace with 13.

The Jaguars board the bus for two road games this week, visiting Georgia Highlands Wednesday and Albany Tech Saturday.

Their next home game will be with crosstown rival Atlanta Metro on Jan. 27 at 7:30. The game will be audio webcast with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 15, 2014

No. 23 Jets shoot down Jaguars

Flashing their credentials as conference leader, the South Georgia Tech Jets stopped Georgia Perimeter College 65-56 Saturday in Americus.

The loss drops Georgia Perimeter to 11-5 on the season and 3-3 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. South Georgia Tech, ranked No. 23 in the NJCAA poll, remains atop the GCAA with a 6-2 league record, 15-3 overall.

Trailing at the half 27-19, the Jaguars made a game of it in the second half when the Jets outscored them 38-37. But GPC coach Alfred Barney said he wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.

“We played awful. They out-rebounded us. It was a very selfish effort tonight,” Barney said.

The Jaguar statistics were posted showing them with only four assists, an unbelievable figure given that they’ve averaged 18. Leading the GCAA in rebounds with 50 per game, they were outrebounded 46-23, according to the statisticians.

Quintavias Virgil was the only Jaguar to break into double figures, scoring 15 points. Ronnie Mays contributed nine points, and Sean Buffen had seven.

Femi Ojuolape scored 19 points to lead South Georgia Tech, while Anthony Ethridge and Treshaad Williams added 11 and 10 apiece.

GPC returns home for a Saturday 3 p.m. showdown with South Georgia State, the squad that is tied with them for fourth place in the GCAA standings. The game will be audio webcast with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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January 11, 2014

Buffen’s 24, Henry’s double-double lift Jaguars to 5th win in six outings

Sean Buffen dealt a hot hand for 24 points to lead Georgia Perimeter College past East Georgia State College 68-59 Saturday in Swainsboro.

Sean Buffen

Buffen, a freshman guard-forward, shot 67 percent from the floor (six of nine) and dropped in 12 of 15 free throws (80 percent). He also had three assists and seven rebounds.

Georgia Perimeter, 11-4 and 3-2 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, advanced into a fourth-place tie with South Georgia State College in the GCAA standings. The Jaguars have won five of their last six games.

Shane Henry followed Buffen with 14 points—making six of 12 shots—and produced his eighth double-double with 13 boards. Leading the GCAA in blocked shots, Henry rejected five tries by the Bobcats.

GPC’s Quintavias Virgil knocked down three of four 3-point launches, finishing with 11 points. Ronnie Mays handed out three assists.

From the field the Jaguars shot an excellent 50 percent, making 22 of 44 field goal attempts. They were 45 percent from beyond the arc, canning five of 11 3-pointers, and they made 65 percent of its free throws.

East Georgia (6-9, 2-4 GCAA) trailed 37-29 at halftime, but the Bobcats stayed close in the second half to keep the outcome in question until the closing minutes.

Next up for the Jaguars is a Wednesday showdown with conference-leading South Georgia Technical College (14-3, 5-2 GCAA) in Americus. In this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association poll, the Jets received votes and a ranking among the nation’s top 30 teams.

Saturday at 3 p.m. the Jaguars host the team that is tied with them in the standings, South Georgia State. The Hawks represent the consolidation of Waycross College—the 2011 GCAA champion—and South Georgia College. To hear the online audio broadcast, look for the link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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January 8, 2014

Jaguars beat Middle in GCAA action; Henry chalks up 7th double-double

Middle Georgia State College coach Scott Moe and Georgia Perimeter coach Alfred Barney have seen their teams fight many exciting battles on the GPC basketball court over the past 13 years.

Shane Henry

Shane Henry tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds. Photos/Gerald Moulder

Wednesday, in what may be Moe’s final appearance at the goal hall, the game ended with good news for Barney. The Jaguars showed no effects from a long holiday layoff and defeated Middle 70-57.

Georgia Perimeter moves to 2-2 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and 10-4 overall.

Moe, in his 14th season at the helm at Middle, will leave the GCAA and guide the Knights into four-year college action next season in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

GPC’s Shane Henry registered his seventh double-double of the season with 18 rebounds and 14 points and added four blocked shots. Quintavias Virgil scored 13 points, and Jarius Smith contributed nine.

The taller Jaguars dominated the boards, outrebounding Middle Georgia 64-22. Casey Wells and Raekwon Walker pulled down eight boards apiece. Wells and point guard Tyswon Cantrell each passed out four assists.

Middle Georgia (4-9, 1-3 GCAA) was led by their top scorer, Roshaun Milline, with 20 points, six rebounds and three steals. Phillip Jackson followed with 13 points.

Early on it was a seesaw game until a twisting floater by Virgil and a seven-foot jumper by Sean Buffen put GPC up 17-16. Henry followed with a slam-jam, and a minute later Walker added another dunk.

Quintavias Virgil

Quintavias Virgil scored 13 points for the Jaguars.

The Jaguars never again trailed, building a 40-27 lead at halftime and extending it to a 16-point margin early in the second period.

Showing a methodical half-court offense adeptly directed by Cantrell, GPC had a 45 percent night from the field, making 27 of 60 field goal attempts. Henry launched in two of three 3-pointers—one a bomb from 23 feet out front—and the Jaguars were a respectable 44.4 percent, four of nine, in that category. They sank 12 of 20 from the charity stripe.

Middle Georgia, pressured by GPC’s stingy defense, was cold from the floor. The Knights made 20 of 52 field goal attempts.

On tap for the Jaguars are two conference road games, first at East Georgia State College Saturday at 4 p.m. and then a 7:30 matchup with league-leading South Georgia Technical College in Americus on Jan. 15.

The next home game is on Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. with South Georgia State College, the new consolidation of Waycross College and South Georgia College. That game will be audio broadcasted online with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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December 14, 2013

Henry gets 23 points, nine rebounds, but Jags can’t stop high-scoring duo

Shane Henry scored 23 points and opened the game with two alley-oop slam-jams, but Georgia Perimeter College couldn’t stop Brentine Taylor, Cameron Baker and Central Georgia Tech, losing 85-77 Saturday in Macon.

The setback drops Georgia Perimeter to 9-4 overall and 1-2 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Ronnie Mays and Jakoye Pinson fed perfect lobs to Henry for the back-to-back alley-oops, and Mays scored a field goal to put GPC ahead 6-0 within the first two minutes. Then the host Titans (formerly the Cougars) dashed off a 10-0 run—the first of too many such streaks—and battled to a 43-42 edge at halftime. After the Titans reeled off an 8-0 run to open the second half, they never trailed.

“They killed us on the boards,” said GPC head coach Alfred Barney. “How do you beat someone when you can’t get defensive rebounds?”

Central Georgia outrebounded the Jaguars 50-35 and dominated on the Titans’ offensive end 29-17. They scored 27 second-chance points compared with GPC’s 18.

The Jaguars drew within a point, 62-61, midway through the second period and two free throws by Jarious Smith narrowed the gap to 79-77 with 41 seconds remaining. But Central iced the game with a 6-0 run.

Quintavious Virgil contributed 11 points for the Jaguars and Pinson finished with 10. Henry led the team with nine rebounds.

Taylor seemed to be everywhere, as the 6-6 forward grabbed 14 rebounds, scored 27 points and frequently prompted awe from the crowd of 400 in Central’s new state-of-the-art basketball arena. However, the Jags’ Jarius Smith made a highlight play on Taylor, who seemed to have a certain block of a layup, but Smith slam dunked it over him with authority.

The Titans (9-3, 2-2 GCAA) flashed a second dangerous weapon in Baker, who scored 21 points. Baker and Taylor are the third and fourth top scorers in the GCAA.

LaJuan Clarington added 13 points for the Titans—including five foul shots in the final 37 seconds—and Tobiasz Hose had 12 points.

The Jaguars now take a long holiday break until a Jan. 8 home game with conference foe Middle Georgia State College. The contest will be audio webcast, starting at 7:25 p.m., with a link at the GPC athletic homepage under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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December 9, 2013

Jags overcome slow start, roll by Oxford

Jakoye Pinson scored 17 points and Shane Henry snared 17 rebounds as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Oxford College of Emory University 87-49 Monday at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

Shane Henry

Shane Henry, going up for the dunk, had 17 rebounds.

Jakoye Pinson

Jakoye Pinson scored 17 points. Photos/Gerald Moulder

Georgia Perimeter (8-3) trailed 13-11 when Ronnie Mays sank a 3-point shot and put in a layup after Jarius Smith stole the ball and fed him.

Mays added another layup, a steal and an assist and an alley-oop assist to Raekwon Walker, sending the Jaguars toward a comfortable 42-20 halftime lead.

Quintavious Virgil followed Pinson in scoring with 13 points and Casey Wells had 11, all scored in the second half.

Sean Buffen added nine, Mays had eight—all in the first half—and Henry finished with eight and five blocked shots.

The Jaguars’ pressure defense held Oxford (7-5) to 23 percent shooting from the floor.

Patrick Burns led the Eagles with 14 points, while Robert Howell had 11 and Seth Dossett 10.

The Jaguars return to Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association action Saturday at Central Georgia Tech. The game will be audio broadcast online with a link at the athletic homepage under “Game Webcasts.”

After Central Georgia Tech, the Jaguars will take a holiday break until they host Middle Georgia State College Jan. 8 in a GCAA game.

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Central Georgia Tech’s gym is located at 1780 Anthony Road in Macon.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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December 2, 2013

Jaguars stumble at Chattahoochee Tech 89-83

Jakoye Pinson scored 15 points and Shane Henry racked up his sixth double-double, but Georgia Perimeter College fell short 89-83 Monday at Chattahoochee Technical College in Smyrna

After a series of lead changes midway through the highly physical first half, the Jaguars slipped behind 48-37 at the intermission and never recovered.

Georgia Perimeter drops to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, which also is Region 17 of the NJCAA.

Pinson shot six-for-11 from the field and three-for-five from the charity stripe. He grabbed nine rebounds.

Henry had 15 points and a game-high 17 rebounds and also blocked six shots for the second straight outing. He had a double-double by the halftime buzzer—10 points and 10 rebounds.

Ronnie Mays—six-of-six free throws—and Casey Wells contributed 13 points apiece.

GPC cut the Golden Eagles’ lead to 65-61 midway through the second half and drew within three, 83-80, with two minutes remaining after an eye-popping, snaking layup by Pinson and another layup by Henry.

But luck was with the Eagles on their next possession. From 24 feet straight out, Sherrod Wade threw up a desperation shot right before the shot clock buzzer sounded, and it banked in off the glass. With 1:26 remaining, that gave the hosts a six-point lead and essentially put the game out of reach.

Alijah Bennett scored 23 for Chattahoochee Tech (7-1, 2-1), and Alyja Hennings had 16, Amonte Potter 14 and Wade 12.

The Jaguars rest a week and then host Oxford College of Emory next Monday at 7 p.m. The nonconference game will be audio broadcast online with a link at the athletic homepage under Game Webcasts.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 30, 2013

Henry’s 5th double-double carries Jaguars

Shane Henry scored 19 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in Georgia Perimeter College’s 66-50 win over ABI Sports Academy Saturday at the AMC Thanksgiving Classic.

Jakoye Pinson added 11 points for Georgia Perimeter (7-2). Every Jaguar got a rebound and all but one scored.

Henry, who blocked six shots, posted his fifth double-double, including a triple-double in the season opener.

Monday the Jaguars travel to Chattahoochee Technical College for a 7:30 p.m. conference game. It will be audio broadcast online with a link at the athletic homepage under Game Webcasts.

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November 29, 2013

Buffen and Henry pace Jaguars at AMC Thanksgiving Classic

Sean Buffen poured in 20 points and Shane Henry scored 18 and snared 16 rebounds as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Carver Bible College 74-69 Friday at Atlanta Metro College’s AMC Thanksgiving Classic.

After trailing at halftime 34-33 Georgia Perimeter (6-2) outscored Carver 41-35 in the second half to seal the victory.

The Jaguars enjoyed a good night from the field, hitting 50 percent of their shots.

Buffen made seven of 10 field goal attempts and Henry was six-for-10. Casey Wells added 14 points on five-for-eight shooting, including three of six three-pointers. Ronnie Mays had nine points making three of six shots.

The Jaguars return to Atlanta Metro Saturday to play ABI Sports Academy at 2 p.m.

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November 21, 2013

Friday’s basketball game canceled

Jaguar head coach Alfred Barney announced today that the Friday, Nov. 22, men’s basketball game with Faith Academy has been canceled.

The Jaguars will head to Atlanta Metropolitan College on Nov. 29 and 30 for the AMC Thanksgiving Classic.

The Jaguars’ next home game will be on Dec. 9 as they host Oxford College of Emory at 7 p.m. at the Decatur Campus gymnasium.

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November 20, 2013

Jaguars hold on to drop GCAA leader

Sean Buffen scored 18 and three teammates reached double figures as the Jaguars opened their conference season Wednesday at Decatur Campus with an 82-75 victory over first-place Georgia Highlands College.

Ronnie Mays

Ronnie Mays handed out six assists and scored 10 points.

Quintavias Virgil

Quintavias Virgil had 14 points and four steals. Photos/Phil Mosier

Overcoming a 12-point deficit, Georgia Perimeter rallied to a halftime 46-46 tie, built an 11-point lead in the second period and watched the margin fall to three-points in the final minutes before putting the Chargers away.

“We played well in spurts,” said head coach Alfred Barney. We got down 12 and then up 11 and let them come back because we didn’t protect the ball. But they came in 3-0 in the conference, so we’ll take it. I’m proud of our guys.”

GPC improves to 5-2 on the young season and 1-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Buffen had a hot hand, making four of five field goal attempts and 10 of 12 from the charity stripe.

Quintavias Virgil—who had four thefts—and Jakoye Pinson scored 14 points apiece, while Ronnie Mays contributed 10, along with six assists. Tyson Cantrell had four assists.

Tyler See led Georgia Highlands (3-3, 3-1 GCAA) with 21 points, and Donovan Harris registered 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The Chargers led 26-14 at the midpoint of the first half, but Buffen stopped the bleeding with a smooth layup through heavy traffic that produced a 3-point play. Two slam-jams by Shane Henry—one behind his head—deadlocked the game 46-46 at the intermission.

In the second half, an 11-2 run boosted the Jaguars to a 69-58 lead with 8:57 remaining. Then Georgia Highlands outscored the hosts 15-7, closing it to 76-73 with 2:24 left.

Virgil turned the tide with a dunk, and free throws by him, Mays and Buffen sealed the win.

Georgia Highlands has come a long way under head coach Phil Gaffney in the program’s second year. In their inaugural season, the Chargers resided in the GCAA cellar with a 0-30, 0-20 record.

“They’re going to be right up there this year,” Barney said.

The Jaguars’ game with Faith Academy, scheduled for Friday, has been cancelled, so their next outings will be at Atlanta Metro’s AMC Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 29 and 30. They play Carver Bible College on Friday the 29th at 5:30 p.m. and ABI Sports Academy the next day at 2 p.m.

The next audio webcast will be Monday, Dec. 2, at Chattahoochee Technical College. The broadcast will start at 7:25 p.m. with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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November 16, 2013

Jaguars fall to Southern Union in Classic

The hosts didn’t fare well Saturday in the final game of the GPC Thanksgiving Classic at Decatur Campus as Southern Union State Community College downed Georgia Perimeter College 71-64.

Georgia Perimeter (4-2) played a clean game with only 13 turnovers, but the Jaguars were cold from the floor, making only 22 of 59 shots, 37.3 percent. They hit only two of 19 3-point attempts, 10.5 percent.

Dominque Miller came off the bench to lead GPC in scoring with 16 points. He sank three of four foul shots and was six of 11 from the field

Ronnie Mays contributed 14 points, and Shane Henry and Casey Wells each had nine. Henry led the team in rebounds with 13.

GPC kept it close all the way, but Southern Union, of Wadley, Ala., outscored the Jaguars in both halves, leading 35-31 at the intermission and winning the second half 36-33.

With league-leading Georgia Highlands (2-2, 2-0 GCAA) coming to GPC Wednesday, the Jaguars will open their Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

To listen to the audio online broadcast, beginning at 7:25 p.m., visit the athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” The broadcast will be a continuation of the 5:30 women’s game webcast, so fans can link to the broadcast site at any time after 5:25.

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The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 15, 2013

Pinson and Wells power 102-66 victory

Jakoye Pinson scored 21 points and Casey Wells had 19 as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Beacon Prepatory School 102-66 Friday in the GPC Thanksgiving Classic at Decatur Campus.

Casey Wells

Jakoye Pinson

Dealing a hot hand, Pinson, a sophomore transfer from Limestone College (S.C.), hit nine of 13 field goals, including a 3-pointer, and was two-for-three from the foul line.

Wells, a freshman from Jonesboro, also was red-hot, hitting five of nine 3-pointers and seven of 12 overall field goal attempts.

Georgia Perimeter (4-1) shot 54.3 percent from the field. The Jaguars held a 48-33 halftime lead.

Quintavias Virgil added 10 points, and Shane Henry blocked six shots and dominated the boards with 13 rebounds. Ronnie Mays and Tyswon Cantrell were the big playmakers, handing out six and five assists, respectively.

Five players scored in double figures for Beacon Prep, led by P. Ballinger and T. White with 15 apiece.

In the opening game of the invitational tournament, South Georgia Tech defeated Southern Union State Community College (Ala.) 66-62.

GPC hosts Southern Union Saturday at 3 p.m., while South Georgia Tech and Beacon Prep play at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, GPC opens its Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule, hosting league-leading Georgia Highlands (2-2, 2-0 GCAA). Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be audio broadcast online, beginning at 7:25, with a link under “Game Webcasts” on the GPC athletic home page.

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The GPC Thanksgiving Classic is being played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 12, 2013

Four in double figures as Jaguars roll 86-64

Sean Buffen

Casey Wells

Casey Wells and Sean Buffen scored 15 points each to lead Georgia Perimeter College to an 86-64 win over Atlanta Sports Academy Tuesday in Decatur.

Georgia Perimeter (2-1) led by only 37-31 at the intermission but the Jaguars poured it on in the second half, outscoring the visitors 49-33.

Wells sank nine of 10 foul shots, and just missed a triple-double with eight assists and 10 rebounds. Ronnie Mays and Jakoye Pinson contributed 13 points apiece.

Shane Henry led all rebounders with 15, scored nine points and blocked four shots.

K. Wainwright paced Atlanta Sports Academy with 19 points and Karlos Odum had 10.

Jakoye Pinson

Ronnie Mays

This weekend the Jaguars host the GPC Thanksgiving Classic. South Georgia Tech opens the invitational Friday at 5 p.m. versus Southern Union State, and GPC plays Beacon Prep at 7 p.m. Saturday South Georgia and Beacon meet at 1 p.m. and the Jaguars take on Southern Union at 3 p.m.

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The GPC Thanksgiving Classic will be played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 9, 2013

No. 7 Chipola withstands Jaguar rally

Georgia Perimeter College came close to upsetting a nationally ranked Top 10 team Saturday, but came up short, losing to Chipola College 88-81 in the Georgia-Florida Shootout at Decatur Campus.

Shane Henry

Shane Henry scored 22 points and had 15 rebounds, his third double-double. Photos/Gerald Moulder

Sean Buffen

Sean Buffen, right, scored 18 points, making 10 of 15 foul shots.

Down only 42-41 at halftime, Georgia Perimeter (2-1) trailed by as much as five points the first ten minutes of the final period. Then the Jaguars rallied and tie it at 65-65 on a Shane Henry three-point play.

The surge slipped away when Chipola pressed hard and scored 13 of the next 17 points.

“We played hard and competed. We even outrebounded them (40-33),” head coach Alfred Barney said “But we turned the ball over too much, particularly out front. Their press hurt us.” GPC racked up 26 turnovers, but the Indians had 25.

Chipola (3-0), ranked seventh in the NJCAA preseason poll, was led by Cinmeon Bowers and J. McKay with 29 and 25 points, respectively.

The Indians played without three players—Sam Cassell, Carlos Morris and Torian Graham—who accounted for 53 points in Friday’s 83-57 win over Atlanta Metro.

Leading GPC with 22 points and 15 rebounds, Henry posted his third double-double, the first of which was a triple-double. He sank 10 of 11 free throws, had three blocked shots and displayed several power dunks.

Also hot at the foul line, Sean Buffen made 10 of 15 from the charity stripe and scored 18 points. The Jaguars converted 28 of 36 foul shots, a positive sign for the future.

Buffen also hit eight of 12 field goal attempts. Jakoye Pinson added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Tuesday the Jaguars host the Atlanta Sports Academy at 7:30 p.m. at the Decatur gymnasium.

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The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 8, 2013

Buffen scores 28 in 101-69 win

Sean Buffen poured in 28 points, and Shane Henry had 20 to lead Georgia Perimeter College over Masten Basketball Academy 101-69 Friday in the nightcap of the Florida-Georgia Shootout in Decatur.

Jakoye Pinson

Shane Henry

Sean Buffen

In the opening game of the invitational, Chipola College defeated Atlanta Metro College 83-57. GPC will take on Chipola—ranked seventh in the NJCAA preseason poll—at 3 p.m. Saturday. AMC and Masten will play at 1 p.m.

Buffen hit eight of 12 field goal attempts and sank 12 of 16 free throws.

Jakoye Pinson added 17 points for the Jaguars (2-0) and pulled down 11 rebounds, as did Henry. Buffen had 10 rebounds as GPC beat the visitors 52-29 on the glass.

Georgia Perimeter jumped out to a 24-2 lead in the first six minutes and led 65-30 at halftime. The Jaguars led by as much as 40 points in the final half.

C. Mathis and D. Short each scored 10 points for Masten.

CHIPOLA 83, ATLANTA METRO 57: Torian Graham paced Chipola with 22 points, including three 3-point field goals, Friday in the opening game of the GPC Classic. The Indians’ Sam Cassell followed with 17 and Carlos Morris had 14. For Atlanta Metro, Darrius Miles scored 13 points and Saiquan Terry added nine.

The Georgia-Florida Shootout is played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 5, 2013

Jaguars sharp in season’s opener; Barney notches 400th win at GPC

Shane Henry posted a triple-double and two teammates registered double-doubles as Georgia Perimeter College defeated ABI Sports Academy 80-60 in the Jaguars’ season opener Tuesday at GPC’s Decatur Campus.

Coach Alfred Barney is 400-172 at GPC, with eight region championships in 17 years. Archive photo/Phil Mosier

With the victory, Alfred Barney notched another impressive statistic—his 400th win as head coach at Georgia Perimeter.

Henry scored 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and terrorized the paint with 11 blocked shots.

“I can't recall anybody getting a triple-double for us in my 17 years as head coach here,” Barney said.

Jakoye Pinson led GPC scorers with 19 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Freshman guard-forward Sean Buffen followed with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Quintavias Virgil finished with 12 points.

After ABI took a mid-half 19-8 lead, Virgil, another freshman guard-forward, launched three 3-pointers within three minutes to pull the Jaguars back into the game.

A 3-point goal by Jarius Smith ended a first-half exchange of eight lead changes and gave GPC a 25-23 advantage it never relinquished.

The Jaguars led 34-29 at the half and dominated the second half, which featured four dunks by Henry and a soaring jam by Pinson.

Buffen made seven of nine field goal attempts and sank four of five free throws.

Beginning his 18th season as GPC’s head coach, Barney has gathered 400 wins and 172 losses. His teams have captured eight conference championships and made six national tournament appearances, including a final-four finish in 2002-2003.

This weekend, GPC's Homecoming Weekend, the Jaguars host their annual Georgia-Florida Shootout. Friday at 5 p.m. Atlanta Metropolitan College will face Chipola College (Fla.), and at 7 p.m. GPC will play Andrew Young Prep Academy.

Saturday Andrew Young and Atlanta Metro play at 1 p.m. and GPC takes on Chipola at 3 p.m. Chipola, a perennial powerhouse, is ranked seventh in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll.

The Georgia-Florida Shootout will be played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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November 4, 2013

Jaguars a young, small but talented squad

The 6-4 forwards will have to play bigger for the 2013-14 Jaguars.

Jakoye Pinson

Shane Henry

Georgia Perimeter College enters the season with a shortage of big men and an abundance of freshmen, but head Coach Alfred Barney has assembled a team of talented young shooters who may compensate.

“Success this season depends on whether some people grow up real fast,” Barney said, noting that the roster contains only three sophomores. “Whether the new guys grasp our system quickly and learn play a team game will make or break this team.”

Indeed, the quick study is important. After an opening home tune-up on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with ABI Sports Academy, the Jaguars get down to business this weekend as they host the annual Georgia-Florida Shootout. Saturday they face Chipola College, ranked seventh in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll.

The always-tough GCAA schedule begins alarmingly early in the season, on Nov. 20 as much-improved Georgia Highlands College comes calling.

Casey Wells

Quintavias Virgil

Six-eight shot-blocker Shane Henry (Covington, Newton County H.S.) is the lone returnee from last year’s squad, but he promises to be a major force in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

“We’re looking to Shane to provide that leadership we need. He’ll lead by example,” Barney said.

Helping Henry in the front court will be 6-8 Raekwon Walker (Newark, N.J., The Robinson H.S.). After that, 6-6 sophomore transfer Dominique Miller (Hopkins, S.C., Lower Richland H.S.) is the tallest.

Crucial to success is whether 6-4 men like freshman Sean Buffen (Columbus, Spencer H.S.) and sophomore transfer Jakoye Pinson (Greenville, S.C., Southside H.S.), bring their scoring talent and toughness to the boards. Freshman guard Jarius Smith (6-2, Warner Robbin, Northside H.S.) has the vertical leap to also pitch in at forward.

Sean Buffen

Ronnie Mays

For the backcourt, Barney—entering the new season just one win shy of his 400th college victory—possibly has pulled together the best bevy of sharpshooters that GPC has ever seen.

“These guys can shoot,” he said.

Quintavias Virgil (6-2, Macon, Central H.S.) is deadly from the wings, as is Casey Wells (6-3, Jonesboro, Jonesboro H.S.). Another shooter will be 6-3 point guard Tyswon Cantrell (Oakwood, West Hall H.S.).

An excellent playmaker, 6-0 Ronnie Mays (Macon, Westside H.S.), can drive the ball to the basket. Adding depth to the guard corps will be Nick Brown (6-2, McDonough, Henry County H.S.).

Barney opens his 18th season at the GPC helm with 399 overall college victories and 172 losses. He has led teams to the NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas, six times and in 2003 the Jaguars made the final four. Barney’s teams have won eight conference tournament championships.

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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May 13, 2013

Signees bring scoring talents to GPC

Three high school basketball stars recently signed scholarships to play for Georgia Perimeter College, and they may plug some gaps for the Jaguars in the 2013-14 season.

Quintavious Virgil can score from anywhere, according to Jaguar coaches Alfred Barney, left, and David Dennis.

According to their high school records and remarks by GPC head coach Alfred Barney, the trio represents a good mix of scoring ability, playmaking, rebounding and all-around athleticism.

“We’re going to have shooters,” said Barney, who announced the signings. “That was lacking last season—consistency from the floor and at the foul line.”

In March Barney’s Jaguars missed the semifinals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association) for the first time in his 17 seasons as head coach. The Jaguars finished with a 17-14 record, 11-9 in the conference for a substandard fifth place in the final standings. Putting the ball in the hoop was at issue throughout the season.

At Central High School in Macon, Quintavious Virgil averaged 16 points on the way to earning second team All-Middle Georgia honors. Barney anticipates Virgil mostly will play the shooting guard position.

“Quintavious is a tremendous shooter. He can put the ball in the hole from anywhere,” Barney said. “We haven’t had a shooter like that since—I don’t know when. And he has good size.”

High-scoring Sean Buffen inks the paper to play for the Jaguars.

Virgil averaged 6.5 rebounds per game, and Barney indicated he also may see some action at small forward. He handed out 2.5 assists and lifted 1.8 steals per game for the Chargers, who were coached by Andre Taylor.

Sean Buffen, a 6-2 guard, hails from Spencer High School in Columbus, where he averaged a whopping 30 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing off two assists per game. “He’s a scorer—in high school he had games over 30, over 40. He’s strong—he’s just an athlete,”Barney said.

Indeed, Buffen produced seven 40-point games for coach Walter Jackson’s Green Wave, including 49 and 50-point performances.

Defenders trying to stop Buffen don’t want to foul him. He had 31 free throw attempts in one game and sank 25 of them.

Tyswon Cantrell averaged 15 points and 7.3 rebounds per game at West Hall High School in Oakwood. He hit 49 percent of his field goal attempts and was a 72 percent free-throw shooter.

Tyswon Cantrell comes to GPC with a reputation for handing out assists, 5.2 per game at Oakwood’s West Hall High.

Possibly the most important attribute for Barney is that Cantrell brings an accomplished playmaking ability to the table. He averaged 5.2 assists per game for coach Warren Sellers and the Spartans.

“He has good size and great court vision,” Barney said. “He’s a tremendous defensive player, and he does what we want him to do—he feeds before he eats.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Decatur Campus, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur Ga. 30034.

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