ATLANTA -- For the first time in what feels like forever, Southwest Atlanta Christian is laying low under the radar. And the class A powerhouse likes being in that position.
The Warriors might not be in that position for very much longer though. SACA held on for a 78-73 win over Banneker at the Dwight Howard II gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Led by sophomore Jalen Kendricks (pictured) and seniors Joel Lamb and Dorian Smith, the Warriors came away with a hard fought win. Kendricks, a multi-skilled 6-5 wing, was outstanding in the win as he scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out seven assists.
Banneker made it close in the fourth quarter, scoring 35 points in the final eight minutes of the game. They scored 38 points in the first three quarters. Led by unsigned seniors Ed Dudley (18 points) and Kenton Harper (18 points, 12 rebounds), Banneker couldn't close the door in the end.
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What we learned:
- Kendricks will battle with Trae Golden of McEachern for the top spot in the 2010 state player rankings over the next two and a half years. Kendricks is the real deal. He's a Jalen Rose type of player.
- SACA has a chance to win another class A state title. This might be the most balanced team ever under Courtney Brooks' direction.
- Banneker has talent. They just have to find some consistency and balance in its approach.