Closer look at Friday's Peach Belt Conference tournament games

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 6, 2014 

Montevallo vs. Francis Marion

When: 1 p.m.

Records: Montevallo 22-4, 15-4; Francis Marion 12-14, 8-11.

Seeding: Montevallo is No. 1 from West; Francis Marion is No. 4 from East.

Earlier meeting: Montevallo won 86-64 on Jan. 18.

Probable lineups: Montevallo--F Larry Slaughter, Jr., 6-8, 7.4 ppg; 6.7 rpg; F Silas Mills, Sr., 6-8, 5.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg; G Shykeem Jackson, Jr., 6-1, 11.5 ppg; 2.3 apg; G Ryan May, Jr., 6-0, 9.7 ppg, 3.1 apg; G Toran Brown, Jr, 6-2, 17.6 ppg, 7.0 apg. Francis Marion--F Trevonte Dixon, Jr., 6-4, 6.7, ppg, 4.1 rpg; F Dustin Jones, Jr., 6-5, 13.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg; F Robert Carpenter, Sr., 6-5, 8.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg; G Evrik Gary, Sr., 6-3, 20.2 ppg, 3.2 apg; G Tyler Deihl, Sr., 6-1, 4.5 ppg, 2.4 apg

You need to know: Montevallo has won its last three; Francis Marion has won four straight. Before that, the Patriots had lost 6-of-7. In the four-game win streak, they are averaging 96.8 points a game. … Montevallo won the West Division for the third straight year, and the Falcons have advanced to the tournament final in each of the past two seasons, winning in 2012. … Francis Marion is back in the tourney for the first time since 2011.

North Georgia vs. Georgia Regents-Augusta

When: 3 p.m.

Records: North Georgia 16-12, 10-9; GRU-Augusta 22-6, 15-4.

Seeding: North Georgia is No. 3 from West; GRU-Augusta is No. 2 from East.

Earlier meeting: GRU-Augusta won 97-71 on Jan. 18.

Probable lineups: North Georgia--F Ishmael Hollis, Sr., 6-8, 19.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg; F Brian Cole, Sr., 6-9, 5.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg; G Lamar Richardson, Sr., 6-1, 13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg; G Travis Core, Jr., 6-2, 9.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg; F Michael Varrichione, So., 6-6, 7.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg. GRU-Augusta--F Harold Doby, Sr., 6-6, 9.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg; F Devon Wight-Nelson, Jr., 6-5, 9.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg; F KJ Sherrill, Sr., 6-8, 14.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg; G Ryan Weems, Sr., 6-0, 15.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg; G Keshun Sherrill, Fr., 5-9, 11.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg.

You need to know: GRU-Augusta has won the tournament twice in the past five years. … North Georgia lost 4-of-6 to end the regular season.

Georgia Southwestern vs. Lander

When: 5 p.m.

Records: Georgia Southwestern 19-9, 11-8; Lander 22-6, 15-4.

Seeding: Georgia Southwestern is No. 2 from West; Lander is No. 3 from East.

Earlier meeting: Lander won 62-58 on Jan. 30.

Probable lineups: Georgia Southwestern--F Daryl Davis, Sr., 6-10, 13.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg; F Johathan Brooks, Sr., 6-7, 12.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg; G Adrian Knight, Sr., 6-1, 2.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg; G Jamon Hawkins, Sr., 6-2, 11.2 ppg, 3.0 apg; G Alan Arnett, Sr., 6-5, 16.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg. Lander--C Dermaine Smith, Jr. 6-7, 10.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg; C Mario Pendarvis, Sr., 6-5, 6.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg; G Michael Panaggio, Sr. 5-11, 13.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg; G Jareal Smith, Sr. 6-3, 14.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg; G JR Washington, Fr., 6-2, 10.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg

You need to know: Georgia Southwestern beat North Georgia to end the regular season. But prior to that, the Hurricanes had lost three straight and 6-of-8. … Lander went just 4-5 after its win over Georgia Southwestern.

Columbus State vs. USC Aiken

When: 7 p.m.

Records: Columbus State 14-12, 8-11; USC Aiken 26-3, 18-1.

Seeding: Columbus State is No. 4 from West; USC Aiken is No. 1 from East.

Earlier meeting: USC Aiken won 82-70 on Jan. 4.

Probable lineups: Columbus State--F DeAngelo Kirkland, Jr., 6-8, 9.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg; C Shane Heyward, Jr, 6-6, 9.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg; G Kenney Funderburk, Jr., 6-4, 15.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg; G Ty Harris, Jr., 6-2, 3.9 ppg, 2.2 apg; G BJ Battle, Jr., 6-4, 11.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg USC Aiken--G DeVontae Wright, Sr., 6-0, 15.2 ppg, 5.2 apg; G Ronald Zimmerman, Sr., 6-0, 17.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg; F Paul Larsen, Sr., 6-6, 12.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg; G Jesse Sellern, Sr., 6-3, 9.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg; F Alvin Brown, Sr., 6-10, 6.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg.

You need to know: Aiken is ranked No. 8 in the latest national poll. … The Pacers won their third straight regular-season title. They also won the tournament championship last season. … Columbus State made the tournament despite finishing fifth in the West as Young Harris was not eligible for postseason play. … Eight times this season CSU had double-digit leads this season and went on to lose.

-- Kevin Price

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