MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County basketball teams dropped their holiday tournament openers on Monday and will head back to the hard courts again today.

In Gray, the Colquitt County boys ran into a hot-shooting Central Gwinnett team and fell 81-49 in their first game in the State Bank and Trust Co. Holiday Classic at Jones County High.

The Black Knights, ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAA in the GACA Coaches Poll, ran their record to 9-0.

“We played them real tough for the first two quarters,” Colquitt County assistant coach Michael Hoffpauir said. “But they kept shooting and they haven’t missed yet. They were a real good team.”

Colquitt was led by Nate Hill, who had 16 points and eight rebounds. Luis Ballenilla had a season-high 15 points.

The Packers fall to 2-7 and will play the Georgia Military-Jones County loser at 2:30 p.m. today.

Colquitt County won one of the three games it played in the U-Save-It Classic at Albany High last week.

The Packers dropped their tournament opener 50-43 to Riverdale despite Hill’s 19 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. Lawhe Wingfield added 11 points.

Colquitt dropped its second game in the tournament to Miller County by a 54-38 score. Wingfield led the Packers with nine points.

The Packers won their last game of the tournament, defeating Southeast Bulloch 63-26 for their second victory of the season.

Hill had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks in the victory of Southeast Bulloch.

The Colquitt County girls lost their first game in the Jared Cook Holiday Classic at North Gwinnett on Monday, falling to Newton High 55-40.

“Newton County didn’t do anything special,” Lady Packers coach Rondesha Williams said. “They just capitalized on our mistakes.

The loss drops the Lady Packers to 4-2 as they prepare to meet the loser of Monday’s game between Berkmar and North Gwinnett at 12:10 p.m. today

Umeika Henry led the Lady Packers with 19 points and 11 rebounds on Monday.

The Lady Rams raised their record to 6-3.

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