Warner Robins wakes up, takes down Veterans

jheeter@macon.comJanuary 18, 2014 

KATHLEEN -- For one half of basketball, Veterans looked like it might beat the best team in Bibb County and the best team in Houston County in consecutive nights.

Then Warner Robins woke up.

Stephone Raybon scored 14 of the Demons’ 27 third-quarter points as Warner Robins turned a 10-point first-half deficit into double-digit lead and an eventual 77-71 win Saturday night in a non-region contest.

Marquez Callaway added 18 points, and Nathan Curtis scored 15 for the Demons. Bryan Hollis led Veterans with 17 points, while Mike Leger added 15.

“Rutland is a good team, and I think that showed us how far Veterans has come,” Raybon said of the Warhawks’ win over Rutland on Friday. “But we had to play the game we usually play.”

Veterans (12-6) scored 13 unanswered points and eventually led by 10 following a 3-pointer by Leger late in the second quarter.

The Demons (17-2) exploded on a run that just kept getting more impressive. A 10-2 run got the Demons within a basket, and they took the lead on a putback by Raybon that extended the run to 17-4.

By the time Veterans could string together consecutive baskets, Warner Robins had put together a 29-8 run in a seven-minute span that ate up much of the third quarter.

After another Raybon basket gave the Demons a 46-41 lead with 2:19 left in the third quarter, Veterans never got within a basket the rest of the game.

The Demons made enough free throws during a fourth quarter that lasted almost 45 minutes to keep the Warhawks -- who missed eight foul shots of their own -- at bay the rest of the way.

The Warner Robins girls knocked off Veterans 40-37 to open the night.

Dacien Ambler led the Demonettes (7-12) with 12 points.

The Warhawks (13-6) struggled offensively in the fourth quarter, making just one field goal. Warner Robins only made three -- a basket by Ambler and two by Kate Hill -- but it was enough to preserve the lead.

Warner Robins has won four of its six games in 2014, with the two losses coming to GHSA Region 2-AAAAA leader Northside and a ranked Dodge County team.

The Warhawks continue to play without Mercer signee Jalyn Slaughter, who hasn’t played since before Christmas after suffering a knee injury.

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