A 24-10 third quarter run was the turning point for the Greenforest Eagles as they cruised to a 81-57 win over Southwest Atlanta Christian in the Class A-Private state title game March 10.
This is the second consecutive title for the Eagles and third in five seasons. Head coach Larry Thompson said winning this title is the reason this team comes together and works hard.
That’s what we come together for, what we compete for and this is what it’s all about,” Thompson said. “Getting a good group of kids that come together for the same common goal, and to see them do it two years in a row—I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The Eagles went into halftime with a nine-point lead over the scrappy SACA Warriors, but Greenforest pulled away in the third quarter with sound defense. The Eagles forced nine turnovers and out-rebounded the Warriors 16-8.
Greenforest scored nine points off turnovers and eight second-chance points in the third quarter. Thompson said the back and forth between the teams in the first half is what’s expected in a championship game.
“You expect for it to be back-and-forth,” Thompson said. “Both teams competed hard all year long to get to this point and I didn’t think anyone would lay down in the beginning of the game. I knew it would be one of those things where everybody would come out and compete.”
Senior guard Justin Forrest led the team with 36 points. Thompson praised Forrest for his perseverance this season after suffering an injury early in the season.
“To bounce back the way he did and have the performance that he had today [is] a testament to that kid’s character and how tough he is,” Thompson said. “I can’t wait to see him on the next level and flourish like he did tonight.”
Senior guard Jandan Duggan was second in team scoring with 14 points and he led the team in assists (three). The senior class scored a combined 74 points in the game. Thompson said the senior class was the backbone of this team.
“They’re the reason why we have [back-to-back] championships,” Thompson said. “Without them there wouldn’t be any of us. Great class, great group and I can’t wait to see those guys on the next level.”
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