By Su Ann Bird
TUSCALOOSA, AL – The South Georgia Technical College Jets took an 84-71 victory over Bevill Community College at the Shelton State Veterans Day Classic in Tuscaloosa, AL on Wednesday night to drop to 3-0 for the 2021 season – 2022.
They will face Shelton State Community College Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at Shelton State. The Bucs were the 2021 NJCAA Region XXII Division I men’s basketball champions and are currently 3 – 0 on the season and ranked 7e in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I men’s basketball rankings.
New Jets head coach Chris Ballauer and assistant coach Jaren Harris were both excited about the road victory over the Bears, but they realize they’ll have to play much better against Shelton State to win the Victoire.
The Jets took a 46-26 lead over Bevill Community College at the end of the first half, but the Bears made a comeback in the second half to reduce their lead to 13 points at the final buzzer.
Second-year guard Marvin McGhee, III, of Atlanta, GA, led the Jets in offense with a total of 25 points. He had 11 in the first half. He was followed by second-year point guard Will Johnston of Sydney, Australia, who scored 15 points. The second-year guard, Judge Hayes of Cartersville, GA; and Matija Milivojevic, a sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia, closed the double-digit score with 11 points apiece.
The Shelton State Bucs beat former SGTC Jets basketball coach Travis Garrett and the East Georgia College team 80-65 on Wednesday night in the Shelton State Veterans Day Classic game.
“We know Shelton State has a great program and they got off to a good start with the 7e place in the national ranking. East Georgia did a good job against them last night. Shelton State also beat Gordon State College 66 – 44 and Motlow State Community College 86 – 77 earlier in the season. We will have to play hard to beat them at home, ”said coach Ballauer.