In the warm sunshine of a early March day it can be hard to remember those cold winter nights. But as I think back to Jordan's 71-55 victory over Manchester I can remember the words Jordan coach Gerald Turner said to me courtside at Spencer.
"Oh, we'll see this team again. We'll see them in the region and, if the brackets work out, we'll see them in the playoffs," Turner said when his Red Jackets beat Manchester Jan. 27 on an unfamiliar court thanks to some plumbing issues at Jordan.
Jordan and Manchester had met once before that night, an overtime 72-69 home Manchester victory on Dec. 6. The teams met again Feb. 17, with Manchester taking the rubber match, 63-61.
A fourth and final game would be for the AA state championship. Jordan plays Laney on Thursday in one semi-final game at Macon and Manchester plays Vidalia in the other. Again, Turner could prove to be prophetic.
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"I think these are the two best teams in AA in Georgia," Turner said that night. "We'll just keep battling them."