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Locals playing well in collegiate ranks
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Former Liberty County High School basketball players Jordan McRae and Rion Brown continue to do well for their respective college teams.
McRae has played a total of 152 minutes in the last five games for Tennessee, scoring 55 points with nine assists, two blocks and six steals.
The Volunteers were 8-3 as of Dec. 22
At Miami, Brown has played 172 minutes in the past seven games. He has notched 36 points, 10 assists, three steals, one block and four rebounds.
The Hurricanes were 7-1 as of Dec. 22.
Over at East Georgia College, the Bobcats, who feature four players from the Courier’s coverage area, are 10-0 going into their Christmas break.
The men’s team also is 4-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association after beating Georgia Highlands, 92-57, on Dec. 12 in their final conference game before the break. According to the school’s athletic website, the Bobcats led at the half, 40-28, and pulled away in the second half, led primarily by former First Presbyterian Christian Academy basketball player Jordan Johnson. Johnson led the Bobcats in scoring with 18 points and also had two rebounds, four assists, and a block. He continues to lead the GCAA in scoring. His former Highlander teammate, DJ Felder, put up one of his best efforts of the year, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds and an assist, the website reported.
Former BI Tigers Jon Blair and Jalen Watson each contributed nine minutes of play against Georgia Highlands, with Blair chipping in seven points and Watson adding six.

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