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Tipoff Club Meeting

Duluth Tipoff Club Meeting

When:  Tuesday, August 16 – 6:30-7:30 pm

Where:  Duluth High School Theater

Agenda:  Coaches Update - Pre-season Schedules

               2016-17 Season Planning Meeting


New Girls Coach



Girls Basketball Coach

April Tate


New Boys Coach



Boys Basketball Coach

Cabral Huff


Read about it on the Gwinnett Daily Post's website:  http://www.gwinnettprepsports.com/sports/huff-comes-home-to-take-over-duluth-boys-basketball-program/article_19a4918c-2a63-5e31-880a-047cb0f6a5d2.html


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Region Standings - 01/04/2016



                         Region    Overall
Norcross              4-0      12-2   
Duluth                 4-0      10-5     
Collins Hill            3-1      13-1   
Mountain View      2-2      11-4    
Peachtree Ridge    2-2      7-6    
Mill Creek             1-3      7-6                                         
Meadowcreek        0-4      5-9                                
North                   0-4      2-10   
                     Region    Overall
Duluth                 4-0       7-8    
Collins Hill            3-0       11-0 
Norcross              3-1       9-4    
Mountain View     2-1        6-8  
Mill Creek            2-2       5-8                           
Peachtree Ridge   1-3       5-7   
North                  0-4       6-8 
Meadowcreek       0-4      4-10    

Mitchell scores 29 as Duluth girls top North

DULUTH — With no seniors on the roster and two freshmen as starters, you’d think the future would hardly be now for the Duluth girls.

The Wildcats, though, are ahead of schedule and atop the Region 7-AAAAAA standings at least for the moment.

Deja Mitchell scored a career-high 29 points and fellow junior Endia Banks had a stellar all-around game as Duluth improved to 4-0 in the region and 7-2 overall with a 67-45 victory Thursday night over visiting North Gwinnett.


North led by seven points in the third quarter, but Duluth closed on a 37-8 run over the final 11 minutes.

“I’m really happy with the way we finished,” coach Charlie Parker said. “We’re young, but we play hard and learn from our mistakes. We keep getting better each game.”

It helps, of course, to have a duo to build around like Mitchell and Banks.

Both had double-doubles, with Mitchell adding 10 rebounds to her point total and Banks contributed 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.

“They are really good players and I’m proud of the way they played defensively as well as what they did offensively,” Parker said.

North, 0-3 in the region and 2-6 overall, matched Duluth for all except the final quarter.

Kathleen Wilson had a trio of 3-pointers and led North with 15 points. Jessica Belcher had 10 points and Sydnee Jackson scored nine.


Destinee Auzenne hit Duluth’s only two 3-pointers and finished with 12 points.

Duluth led 15-5 early in the second quarter, but Belcher tied it at 23 with the Bulldogs’ fifth 3-pointer of the period just before the halftime buzzer.

Jackson scored the first five points of the second half and North built a 37-30 lead a little past the midway point of the third quarter. After that, though, it was all Duluth as the Wildcats dominated the boards and shut down North’s outside shooting.

Duluth has one more game before semester exams, facing Stephenson on Saturday in the Berkmar showcase. North plays in a showcase event at East Hall on Saturday.


Duluth boys overcome North’s 3-point shooting

DULUTH — The North Gwinnett boys, giving a long-range shooting clinic, hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter and added three more in the second.

After that, though, it was Duluth who put on an offensive show.

The Wildcats took the lead with an 11-0 run to start the third quarter and scored 47 points in the second half en route to an 86-73 victory Thursday night over visiting North.


It was the fourth victory without a loss in Region 7-AAAAAA for Duluth and gave the Wildcats a 7-3 overall record going into a trip to Tennessee on Saturday for a showcase event in Nashville.

“The team we’re playing is 6-0, so it should be a real good test,” Duluth coach Eddie Hood said.

Duluth was tested by North, which finished with 14 3-pointers. But the Wildcats passed the test.

Senior Javis Diaz led Duluth with 23 points and sophomore Adam Flagler scored 20 — 15 coming in the decisive third quarter. Flagler made four of Duluth’s seven 3-pointers.

Obinna Ofodile, a 6-foot-7 senior, had 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, while junior Jalen Hodges scored 13.


“We wanted it a little more in the second half,” Hood said. “We picked up the pace and executed much better.”

Senior Colby Leifson and junior Ethan Smith each had 19 points for North, with Smith hitting five treys and Leifson four. Junior Adam James made four 3-pointers and scored 13 points for the Bulldogs.

North, 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the region, led 22-19 after the first quarter and 41-39 at halftime, but Duluth was up 67-54 after the third quarter and kept that lead in the final period.

“North still made some 3-pointers, but we did a better job following the scouting report and getting out on them in the second half,” Hood said.


The Gwinnett Daily Post’s weekly power rankings of the county’s high school basketball teams - 12-11-2015

Boys Top 10

Rank School Region Record

1. Shiloh 8-AAAAAA 5-2 

2. Norcross 7-AAAAAA 5-1 

3. Dacula 8-AAAAAA 5-0      

4. Collins Hill 7-AAAAAA 4-1

5.  Brookwood 8-AAAAAA  5-2  

6. Berkmar 8-AAAAAA 4-3   

7. Grayson 8-AAAAAA 6-1

8. GAC 6-AA 5-3

9. Duluth 7-AAAAAA 5-3    

10. Discovery 8-AAAAA 7-3


Girls Top 10

Rank School Region Record

1. Wesleyan 6-AA 7-0   

2. Archer 8-AAAAAA 5-0 

3. Collins Hill 7-AAAAAA 5-0     

4. Norcross 7-AAAAAA 5-3

5. Parkview 8-AAAAAA 4-2  

6.  Buford 8-AAAA 3-2

7. Duluth 7-AAAAAA 6-2        

8. South Gwinnett 8-AAAAAA 5-2

9. Brookwood  8-AAAAAA 5-2        

10. Grayson 8-AAAAAA 6-1

Duluth bounces back to beat Archer in Hoop Classic

DULUTH — The last thing that the Duluth boys wanted to do was go into Region 7-AAAAAA play on a losing streak.

Seniors Javis Diaz and Obinna Ofodile helped make sure that the Wildcats didn’t.

Diaz scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half and 6-foot-7 Ofodile had 16 rebounds to go with 15 points as Dululth rebounded from two straight losses for a 75-66 victory over Archer at Saturday’s On the Radar Hoop Holiday Classic.

Diaz, who had scored 29 points in Friday’s 61-60 loss at Holy Innocents’, was coming off one of his best games and Ofodile off one of his worst.

“I challenged him to come and play after that last game and he definitely did,” coach Eddie Hood said of Ofodile, who also blocked four shots. “He’s a really good player and this was a good bounce back for him and us.”

Archer defeated Duluth in the state tournament last season and the Wildcats (2-2) didn’t waste any time while getting a little payback against the Tigers (2-2).

Duluth scored the game’s first eight points and was up 13-2 within two minutes. Diaz, who made three 3-pointers, had 10 points in the first quarter and the Wildcats expanded a 25-14 lead to 46-32 at halftime and 59-39 going into the fourth quarter.

Archer never quit and got within 70-62 inside two minutes before Duluth regained control.

Junior Jalen Hodges scored 16 points for Duluth, which will open region play at Mill Creek on Tuesday.

“We really needed this,” Hood said. “That loss (to Holy Innocents’) was really a tough one. It hurt me. But we’re growing. To get this win shows good character and improvement. This is really almost a new team from last year.”

Duluth lost three key players from last season, including two to transfer. The Wildcats needed to find some offense and Diaz has stepped up.

“It’s his turn,” Hood said. “He’s really been shooting well and we need him to score for us.”

Archer, which let a game against Peachtree Ridge slip away at the Jared Cook Tip-Off Classic, will take a two-game losing streak into its Region 8-AAAAAA opener at Shiloh on Tuesday.

The Tigers got 17 points each from freshman guard Brenden Tucker and senior forward Bryon Andrews against Duluth. Senior point guard Darrion Taylor, the team’s leading scorer, had 15 points and 6-foot-5 junior Rhian Mann scored 10.