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Falcons Basketball

2013 North Georgia Basketball Season

Trinity Chapel ends North Georgia Winning Streak
By John Thigpen

North Georgia hoped to extend their winning streak to six games as they traveled to Powder Springs to play the Trinity Chapel Lions in the first round of the North Georgia Christian Athletics Invitational Tournament last Thursday. This was the first meeting between these two teams this season.

Trinity came out of the gates on fire from beyond the three-point line, sinking seven threes in the first half. This, coupled with North Georgia’s struggles on the offensive end, allowed the Lions to build a sizable lead. North Georgia’s offensive struggles continued early in the second half as they were held scoreless in the third quarter. Toward the end of the quarter, however, North Georgia switched into a press defense which forced several turnovers. These turnovers led to several fast break points. Despite showing the resilience that they have become known for, NG was unable to mount a comeback. The game ended with a 61-45 North Georgia loss.

The North Georgia Falcons fall to 8-6 with the loss. This Friday they will return home to Buffington Elementary and celebrate the homecoming with what should be a fun and entertaining game against the Falcon Alumni team. This Saturday they will end what has been a roller coaster season with a consolation game against the loser of game two (HSD Panthers vs. Pickens Pistols) of the NGCAIT.

North Georgia Upsets Grace Baptist
By John Thigpen

While no one would call the North Georgia Falcons’ regular season ending victory over the Grace Baptist School Eagles pretty, there can be absolutely no doubt that it was well earned. A day after fighting off Atlanta Adventist Academy in a tough win, North Georgia was once again pushed to the limit in order to come away with a victory. The games were similar in several ways. North Georgia built a lead in the first half, lost it in the third quarter, and battled for the win in the fourth quarter. This 46-39 victory was particularly sweet, as Grace had beat North Georgia in a 56-49 heart-breaker earlier in the season.

The story of the game was defense. North Georgia held Grace scoreless in the first quarter. Grace hoped to answer by utilizing the full court press that was so successful in their last meeting. NG was able to break the press, however, which set up scoring opportunities and drew fouls. NG went to the foul line 20 times during the game. The game went into halftime with the Falcons holding on to a solid 24-15 lead.

Several times this season, the third quarter has been a quarter of survival for the Falcons, and this quarter was no different. North Georgia made one field-goal in the third quarter. The press that NG had successfully broken in the first half began to give the Falcons fits in the second half. Grace also out rebounded NG giving the Eagles several second chance opportunities. The game entered the fourth quarter with NG facing a 30-29 deficit.

In the fourth quarter, North Georgia once again proved that they have become a resilient team who refuses to give up in the face of adversity. They returned to playing suffocating defense and breaking Grace’s press. Grace was forced to start fouling late, but SG Dylan Heskett closed the game from the free-throw line. North Georgia was able to extend their winning streak to five games with this 46-39 win.

North Georgia shot 16-48 from the field and 10-20 from the free-throw line. Other stats include 33 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Dylan Heskett led the team in scoring with 18 points. F Dacota Clark also led the team with 10 rebounds.

With this victory, North Georgia ends the regular season with an 8-5 record. They will enter the postseason this Thursday in the first round of the North Georgia Christian Athletics Invitational Tournament with a game against the Trinity Chapel Lions at 6 o’clock in Powder Springs.

North Georgia Rolls over NCA Lions
By John Thigpen

North Georgia entered Buffington School gym last Thursday heavily favored to come away with a much needed win. They had beaten their opponent, the Northside Christian Academy Saints, earlier this year by 29 points. The scores were higher, but the result was much the same. The Falcons walked away with an 82-50 win. Good coaching, quality shooting, and good rebounding were the keys to victory in this one.

The first quarter was a constant exchange of blows as NG would gash NCA’s zone, and NCA would return the favor with a three-pointer. In the second quarter, second-year head coach Buddy Thigpen made defensive adjustments, which severely limited the scoring opportunities for NCA. This, combined with what was by far the best offensive output of the year for the Falcons, allowed NG to begin to pull away. North Georgia held a 39-28 lead at the half.

North Georgia’s offense continued to be the story of the game. NG scored at least 17 points in each of the four quarters. They also had four players score at least 10 points. In the second half, North Georgia’s lead exploded. NCA simply had no answer as they were held to only seven points in the fourth quarter. As mentioned above, the Falcons scored a season-high 82 points in the game.

PG Dylan Heskett lead the team with a season high 25 points. F Dacota Clark led the team with 16 rebounds. He also scored 14 points giving him his fifth double-double of the season. The team came down with a whopping 51 rebounds. They also shot 16-24 from the free-throw line.

The Falcons improve to 4-5 and hope to reach the .500 mark with a win against the Cottage School Panthers this Friday. The game will be played at the Cottage School in Roswell. This will be the first time these two teams have met this season.

2012-2013 Basketball Schedule

Cornerstone Prep (Lost) (0-1)
HSD Panthers (Lost) (0-2)
Northside Christian Academy (Won) (1-2)
North Atlanta Flight (Won) (2-2)
Johnson Ferry Saints (Lost) (2-3)
Grace Baptist (Lost) (2-4)
Cornerstone Prep (Won) (3-4)
Northside Christian (Won) (4-4)
Covenant Christian (Lost) (4-5)
Cornerstone Prep (Won) (5-5)
GAAA (Won) (6-5)
North Atlanta Flight (Won) (7-5)
Grace Baptist (Won) (8-5)
NGCA Tournament: Trinity Chapel 61 North Georgia 45 (8-6)
NGCA Consoloation Game: North Georgia defeated Pickens Pistols (9-6)


The Falcons won their 2nd ACCE Championship defeating the North Atlanta Flight 58-52 in a game that started out like the Falcons were going to get blown out. Behind all of the first half, the Falcons were able to close the gap just before halftime. In the 3rd quarter they finally took the lead and held it the rest of the way, however, it was never more than a 3 point lead until the final 2 minutes. Free throw shooting in the final minutes by Mike Randle, Zane McDaniel and Josh Nichols helped the Falcons secure the victory. It was a total team victory as Gordon Thigpen, Meshack Laden, Dakota Clark and McDaniel were able to control the boards while Randle, Nichols and Andy Blackwell did most of the scoring. The All-Tournament Team included Mike Randle, Josh Nichols and Gordon Thigpen. The Falcons head coach Buddy Thigpen did a great job of substituting as foul trouble and turnovers kept the game close most of the second half.

2011-12 North Georgia Basketball Season

Dec 6: North Georgia 46 Mill Springs 44 W (1-0)
Dec 8: North Georgia 42 Atlanta Adventist 37 W (2-0)
Dec 9th: North Georgia 72 Trinity Chapel 39 W (3-0)
Dec 19th: North Georgia 68 North Atlanta Flight 45 W (4-0)
Dec 20th: North Georgia 49 Johnson Ferry Saints 36 W (5-0)
Jan 3rd: North Georgia 56 Cherokee Christian 51 W (6-0)

Jan 5th: North Georgia 72 Cornerstone Prep 20 W (7-0)
Jan 10th: Greater Atlanta Adventist 78 North Georgia 44 L (7-1)
Jan 12th: North Georgia 73 Trinity Chapel 48 W (8-1)
Jan 17th: Johnson Ferry Saints 52 North Georgia 51 OT L (8-2)
Jan 23rd: North Georga 52 Cherokee Christian 36 W (9-2)
Jan 31st North Georgia 41 Mill Springs 27 W (10-2)
Feb 2nd: North Georgia 58 Cornerstone Prep 50 W (11-2)
Feb 7th: North Georgia 52 North Atlanta Flight 51 W (12-2)
Feb 9th: Atlanta Adventist 53 North Georgia 50 L (12-3)
Feb 18th: ACCE Championship Game
North Georgia 58 North Atlanta 52 W (13-3)

2011-12 North Georgia HS Roster

#1…..Mike Randle
#2…..Meshack Laden
#5……Sam Cornett
#11….Gordon Thigpen
#15….Dacota Clark
#21….Justin Rankin
#22….Derrick Bell
#23….Zane McDaniel
#31….Josh Nichols
#34….Andy Blackwell

NORTH GEORGIA JV WINS 2012 ACCE CHAMPIONSHIP< The JV Falcons picked up their first ACCE Championship beating the North Atlanta Flight JV (54-39). The Falcons raced out to a quck first quarter lead and never looked back. The Falcons played great defense, keeping the Flight off balance all game. Led by All-Tournament Team players Tevon Valdez, Dylan Haskett and Cody Ricketts, the Falcons JV passed the ball around getting easy shots close to the basket. Falcons JV Game Schedule:

North Georgia JV vs Flight 32-25 W (1-0)
North Georgia JV vs HSD 30 – 34 L (1-1)
North Georgia JV vs Cherokee Christian 42-26 W (2-1)
North Georgia JV vs Cherokee Christian 52-36 W (3-1)
North Georgia JV vs GAAA 31 – 60 L (4-2)
North Georgia JV vs Flight 46-47 L (4-3)
ACCE JV Championship:
North Georgia JV 54 North Atlanta 39

2011-12 Falcons Jr Varsity Roster

#12… Cody Ricketts
#20… Tevon Valdez
#25… Dylan Heskett
#30… Brandon Paris
#44… Colton Williams
#22… Derrick Bell
#35… David Devroy
Dylan Cason
Josh Pendley
Levi Hollifield
Patrick Thigpen

2011-12 Falcons Middle School Game Schedule

North Georgia MS 38 HSD Middle School 24 W (1-0)
North Georgia MS 40 GAAA 22 W (2-0)
North Georgia MS 29 GAAA 25 (3-0)

2011-12 Falcons Middle School Roster

#1….Dylan Cason


2010-11 North Georgia Basketball Season

The 2010 Falcons basketball team competes in the ACCE. The Head Coach is Buddy Thigpen and he is helped by Assistant Coaches Kenyetta Humphrey and Robert Thigpen.

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North Georgia Falcons Basketball Results:

December 2 vs Atlanta Adventist………………….W..49-31………….Record…1-0
December 9 @6:30 vs Cherokee Christian……..W..65-52…………Record…2-0
December 10 @7:00 @Friendship Christian…….L..96-60………….Record…2-1
December 17 @6:00 vs Wilson Academy……….L..73-66………….Record…2-2
December 20 @6:00 @Ridge Creek……………..W..66-35………….Record…3-2
January 4 @7:00 vs Mill Springs…………………..W..60-43………….Record…4-2
January 6 @6:30 @ Atlanta Adventist…………..W..63-53………….Record…5-2
January 18 @7:00 vs Ridge Creek…………………W..64-40………….Record…6-2
January 21 @6:00 @American Heritage…………W..58-46………….Record…7-2
January 25 @7:00 vs Trinity Chapel……………….W..65-47………….Record…8-2
February 3 @6:30 @Cherokee Christian…………W..53-47………….Record…9-2
February 4 @ Wilson Academy……………………..L..52-69…………..Record…9-3
February 7 home vs American Heritage……L..73-75(OT)………..Record…9-4
February 10 @ Trinity Chapel…………………….W..79-70…………..Record..10-4

ACCE Playoffs
February 15 Semifinal game
American Heritage 76 North Georgia 54

North Georgia Roster

#1……Dylan Cason
#2……Alden Poole
#5……Sam Cornett
#10….Dylan Heskett
#11….Gordon Thigpen
#12….Josh Nichols
#21….David Denney
#23….Zane McDaniel
#30….Alex Howard
#31….Michael McConnell
#34….Andy Blackwell
#44….Colton Williams
#55….Montavious Bridges


ACCE Semifinals

Falcons lose to American Heritage

By John Gordon Thigpen

The American Heritage Eagles have been a thorn in the sides of the North Georgia Falcons all season. When they first met back in January, North Georgia won by 12, but they had to earn it. Earlier this month, the Falcons lost by two in overtime. Last Wednesday, these two teams met again, this time in the first round of the ACCE playoffs. Although the Falcons’ offense was able to score often in the first half, they were out-rebounded in the post. This, combined with several turnovers and defensive struggles, gave Heritage the advantage. The Eagles had a 37-32 lead at the break.

North Georgia’s woes continued in the second half. The turnovers kept coming, the offense slowed, and the defense couldn’t stop the Eagles’ offensive attack. The Falcons were dealt yet another blow both PF David Denney and PG Mike McConnell fouled out in the fourth quarter. All these factors were just too much for the Falcons to overcome. North Georgia’s season ended with a 76-54 loss. Christian Heritage will advance to the state championship on Saturday at Reinhardt College.

The Falcons’ offense was lead by McConnell, who scored 27 points. Denney led the team in rebounds with nine. Team stats include 28 rebounds, 23 turnovers, and 13 steals. After the game, McConnell was presented with the 2010 ACCE Tournament All-State Selection.

Looking back, their were some truly incredible moments this season. Denney’s 26 rebound game surely is at the top of the list. Denney led the team in rebounds this season, and had an amazing eight double-doubles. C Alex Howard’s triple-double also is a season highlight. Howard ended the season with four double-doubles. McConnell’s 33 point game should also be mentioned in the list of memorable moments this season. McConnell was the Falcon’s leading scorer.

The Falcon’s ended the season with a record of 10-6. The writer sends a special thanks to head coach Kenyatta Humphrey and assistant coaches Buddy Thigpen and Robert Thigpen for this memorable season.

North Georgia Falcons Beat Trinity Chapel Lions
By John Gordon Thigpen

The North Georgia Falcons ended regular season play against the Trinity Chapel Lions last Thursday. North Georgia was looking to enter the playoffs with momentum, and the Lions were playing for a spot in the playoffs. When the Falcons played Trinity last month, North Georgia defeated the Lions by 19 points. In the first half of the rematch, it looked like the Falcons would again dominate. North Georgia’s offense seemed unstoppable, and Trinity could not answer. At one point, North Georgia’s lead was 24. With a few minutes left in the half, however, Trinity started a scoring run that chipped away at the Falcons’ lead. Halftime found the score to be a 38-27 North Georgia.

North Georgia fell apart in the second half. Trinity was able to disrupt a Falcon offense that had been flying in the first half. Falcon turnovers also wreaked havoc in the second half. Trinity clawed their way in to a one possession game with a quarter to go. Despite all the momentum behind Trinity, North Georgia was kept in the game by timely three pointers and several trips to the line. The Falcons shot 33 free-throws in this game. With under three minutes to go and a knock-down-drag-out fight between these two teams, the Falcons were dealt a blow when C Alex Howard fouled out of the game. Despite this, North Georgia was saved by costly turnovers by the Lions. North Georgia made the most out of these opportunities. With under a minute left, Trinity was forced to start fouling. North Georgia made their free-throws, and ended the regular season with a 79-70 win. PG Mike McConnell led the team in scoring with 27 points. PF David Denney led the team in rebounds with 15. He also scored 18 points, giving him his eighth double-double of the season. SG Josh Nichols scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds, giving him his first double-double of the season. Team stats include 43 rebounds, 25 turnovers, and 9 steals.

North Georgia(10-5) will enter the playoffs along with Wilson Academy(first seed), American Heritage(second seed), and Ridge Creek(fourth seed). North Georgia will be the third seed and will face American Heritage on Wednesday at 6:00 at First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs.

Falcons (dark uniforms) vs Cherokee Christian

North Georgia Loses in Overtime to American Heritage Academy
By John Gordon Thigpen

Coming off of a tough loss to Wilson Academy last Friday, the North Georgia Falcons were hoping to bounce back at home against the American Heritage Eagles last Monday. When North Georgia played Heritage earlier this season, Heritage played the Falcons tough but lost by twelve. While that was a good game, the game that took place between North Georgia and Heritage last Monday can only be described as spectacular. American Heritage dominated the first half. The North Georgia offense came out as sluggish as it has all year. Not only that, but Heritage out-rebounded the Falcons down low. Heritage three-point shooters also burned the Falcons from beyond the arc. All these things translated into a 47-28 deficit for the Falcons going into the half.

The second half was one of the most incredible halves this reporter has ever seen. North Georgia began to do everything in the second half that they didn’t do in the first. By executing on offense and hustling on defense, they quickly narrowed the lead to 11 points in the third. However, foul trouble for North Georgia allowed the the gap to widen slightly by the end of the quarter. In the fourth quarter, North Georgia slowly clawed their way back into the game and, with about 3 minutes left in the game, took the lead. However, both the Falcon posts, C Alex Howard and PF David Denney, fouled out with just minutes left, leaving the defense weakened. The Eagles kept it close and with six seconds left were fouled. They sunk a free throw to tie the game and send it into overtime. With both posts out, the Falcons’ struggled to score. When PG Mike McConnell fouled out midway through the overtime the difficulty only increased. Due to turnovers and an inability to score, the Falcons lost this epic battle 73-75 in overtime. North Georgia had held the #2 position in the ACCE rankings, but dropped to #3 after suffering this loss. McConnell led the Falcon offense with 25 points. Denney led the team rebounds with 15. Denney also had 13 points, giving him his seventh double-double of the season. Howard contributed with his fourth double-double of the season. He had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Notable teams stats include 39 rebounds, 25 turnovers, and 7 steals.


North Georgia Rolls Past Trinity Chapel
By John Gordon Thigpen

The Trinity Chapel Lions were the next obstacle in the North Georgia Falcons’ road to the playoffs. Coming off of a five game winning-streak and a good win against American Heritage, North Georgia came in confident and showed why they are in the hunt for a state championship.

The first half was arguably was one of the best halves North Georgia has played all year. With PF David Denney and C Alex Howard dominating under the basket, North Georgia pulled out to an early twenty-point lead. With two minutes left, however, Trinity began to find holes in the North Georgia defense, and narrowed the lead to eleven. The score was 36-25 at the break.

Foul trouble plagued the Falcons in the third quarter, but Trinity was unable to convert at the free-throw line. This allowed North Georgia to hold on to a sizable lead throughout the second half. At the end of the third quarter, North Georgia took off and didn’t stop until they had a 68-49 win. PG Mike McConnell was the lead scorer in this game for the Falcons with 19 points. Denney and Howard played at the same level we have come to expect in every game. Denney had his sixth double-double of the season, with 17 points and 23 rebounds. This is his fourth double-double in a row. Howard had his third double-double of the season, with 10 points and 14 rebounds. As a team, North Georgia had 56 rebounds, 20 turnovers, and 16 assists.


By John Gordon Thigpen

It was a rematch of the season opener as the North Georgia Falcons went to Marietta to play Atlanta Adventist Academy last Monday. Coming in as the favorite to win this game and coming off of a win against Mill Springs, North Georgia was also looking to extend their winning streak to three. That is exactly what they did. North Georgia came out very strong in the opening part of the game, pushing the ball and quickly putting up a double-digit lead. However, AAA was able to surge and, thanks to Falcon turnovers and hard play by AAA, they were able to their fight way back into the game. Halftime found the score to be 31-25 Falcons.

North Georgia came out fast again in the third quarter, building and maintaining a double-digit lead throughout the second half. Although AAA made a run at the end of the game, the Falcons were able to leave the court with a 63-53 win. PG Mike McConnell has led the team in points in every game thus far, and he did it again in this game, putting 19 points. C Alex Howard and PF Davey Denney made their presence known under the basket, with Howard contributing eight points and 12 rebounds, and Denney contributing 11 points and 9 rebounds. The team went 22-44 in field goals, 4-14 from the three-point line, and 8-16 from the free-throw line. The team also had 40 rebounds, 13 assists, and 11 steals.

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