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Jones gave ‘maximum effort’ on the court

The only way out was death. Through 1983-1987, forward Leon Jones was the heart and soul of Blazers basketball. At six feet and six inches tall, the Watkinsville, Georgia, native was a football player before finding his love in hoops. A love that made him an unstoppable force, as he holds the record for the best career field goal percentage ...

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Salt N’ Pepper: Two Blazers building massive chemistry

Two-thirds of the way through the season, 22 teams have been served a meal of defeat, seasoned with salt and pepper. “Salt and pepper” refers to the backcourt tandem of Beau Justice and Winston Morgan, who began terrorizing opposing defenses during the 2017-2018 season. Justice and Morgan have become a recognizable duo that now works better together than as single ...

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Lady Statesmen escape VSU with gritty win

The story of the Lady Blazers’ 70-66 loss against the Delta State Lady Statesmen tells of turnovers and crunch time. This matchup was as even as their last one, when the Lady Blazers edged the Mississippi College Lady Choctaws 69-60 on Feb. 14. Turnovers made it hard for the Lady Blazers to run away with the Feb. 16 game, giving ...

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Townsend’s defense extends off the court

Crystal Townsend is a late bloomer to the game of basketball. Ranking No. 9 in the Gulf South Conference in rebounds with 7.4 and 11 points per game, Townsend got her start in high school. Townsend graduated from Cape Coral High School in Cape Coral, Florida, where she was a key piece in leading her team to a 24-6 overall ...

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Blazers bounce back versus Montevallo

The Blazers were out looking for revenge on Thursday. After falling to Montevallo on Jan. 24, the Blazers evened the score, winning an intense 75-70 battle. Guard Beau Justice led the Blazers in scoring, posting 19 points and knocking down four three-pointers. Justice caught his stride after going into halftime with only three points on the board on 1-4 shooting. ...

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Lady Blazers humble Montevallo in blowout

Valdosta State’s 20-4 run in the fourth quarter not only sealed the win for the Lady Blazers but led to an embarrassing 83-44 smack down on the Montevallo Falcons. This was the Lady Blazers’ most impressive win of the year by far, and it was fueled by their previous matchup with Montevallo, when VSU also won 47-38. “Playing at their ...

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Helfer, Blazers prepared for rival teams

Rival teams should keep their targets. The Blazers have the track record and are not fazed by teams who hate them most.  At 14-4 and second in the Gulf South Conference standings, VSU doesn’t seem to be changing things up – at least not now.  “We try to prepare for each game the same way and take care of ourselves ...

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Preview: VSU goes on the road to Montevallo

Women’s: The Lady Blazers will attempt to continue their success against Montevallo’s Lady Falcons on Thursday Jan 24. The Lady Falcons were not able to gain a win against the Lady Blazers last season, losing by a combined 36 points. The Lady Blazers sit at 12-6 while the Lady Falcons are 10-7. Thursday’s game will determine who will take the ...

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Franklin, Townsend down Shorter

Two twenty-point scorers weren’t enough to take down the Lady Blazers. Despite Shorter’s Jamilla Harrison and Jasmine Gaines each scoring twenty points, the Lady Blazers still held on for a 72-65 win. Sonya Franklin and Crystal Townsend each led the Lady Blazers with 15 points. The game opened with the Lady Blazers facing mild struggles, shooting 38 percent from the ...

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Intensity could get the Blazers back on track

The Blazers have lost their fire. After starting the season 9-0, the Blazers have registered a 4-4 record over their last eight games. It isn’t a huge nose dive, but it certainly isn’t normal from one of the Gulf South Conference’s best teams. The term that could sum it all up – intensity. It’s definitely left the Complex, and players ...

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