CONYERS -- Several local basketball teams got their 2012-13 seasons under way last weekend. The Salem boys, looking to set a school record by reaching the state playoffs in three consecutive seasons, nipped Meadowcreek 79-77 on a lay up by Ahmad Mitchell with two seconds left.
The Seminoles trailed 75-68 with just over two minutes to play, but Jamaal Garror hit three of four free throws and Dedrick Turner got two of his team-high 26 points on a thunderous dunk to get Salem started on its big come back.
"It was an ugly win, but a good win," said first-year Salem coach Noah Harrell. "We really stuck together and pulled it out together as a team."
For Salem, Garror added 19 points and Damion Gordon, 11.
Newton picked up a win in its opener, knocking off Stone Mountain 56-45 on the first day of the Northeast Georgia Invitational at Madison County High School. The Rams were led by their two returning scorers, Jalen Glover and Rashad Cabane, who combined for 12 points each, all in the second half. Before that, Rody Mitchell had nine first-half points.
"Jalen and Rashad took over in the second half (and Mitchell) really carried us in the first half," said Newton coach Rick Rasmussen.
D.J. Hill and Kishon Rogers added nine points each for Newton, which wraps up the tournament with a game against Hart County, tonight at 5:30 p.m. The Newton girls, a 61-51 loser to Madison County last weekend, will also play Hart County at 4:00 p.m.
The Rockdale boys bounced back from a season-opening loss in overtime to Stephenson with an 82-60 win over Richmond Academy, Saturday. C.J. Wilson led the Bulldogs with 19 points and handed out three assists, while Darius Mitchell added 17 points and five rebounds.
In two games, Wilson, an uncommitted senior who last season was the region player of the year, is averaging 19.5 points.
The Rockdale girls dropped their opener to Stephenson 74-59.