WRHS playoff future looks bright

January 29, 2014 

The Warner Robins boys basketball team continued its winning ways with another undefeated week as it added to a winning streak that has now reached nine games.

The Demons have not lost since a setback in the championship game of the Houston County Bear Brawl tournament two days prior to Christmas and currently sit at 19-2 overall and 4-0 in GHSA Region 2-AAAAA competition. They can clinch a top seed in the region tournament with a win over Houston County on Friday or another region loss by the Jones County Greyhounds.

Warner Robins beat Northside 53-51 on Saturday afternoon to beat the Eagles for the second time this season and create some breathing room for themselves at the top of the region standings.

As impressive as the victory was, it was how the Demons went about it that may say the most about the true playoff potential of this team. In the road victory over the Eagles on Jan. 11, Warner Robins jumped out to a huge first half lead and made Northside try to play catch up in the fourth quarter as guard Marquez Callaway led the way with a game-high 30 points.

The latest edition of this rivalry was played in completely different fashion.

The two teams battled back-and-forth all game long as neither held a lead of more than seven points. Callaway was held to just a single point in the first half, and the Demons had to turn to post players Nathan Curtis and Stephon Raybon for offense. The pair combined for 19 points over the final two quarters and showed that Warner Robins is more than capable of grinding out tight games when they are struggling to shoot the basketball.

“It shows that we can win any type of way,” Warner Robins head coach Jamaal Garman said. “That’s what you’re going to need in the playoffs because every game is not going to be a blowout.”

Warner Robins will follow up their game on the road against Houston County with a non-region home tilt against Perry on Saturday night. Their regular season schedule concludes with a contest at Jones County next week before the region tournament begins.

After a run all the way to the quarterfinals of the state football playoffs, this Demon basketball team has shown plenty of potential for a deep run of its own.

“The sky is the limit,” Garman said. “I know we say that about a lot of stuff, but this team really is one of those teams where the sky is the limit.”

Contact Ryan Jordan at rjordan398@gmail.com.

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