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Knights back in title game

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA (WALB) -  The Deerfield-Windsor Knights survive a late comeback bid to beat George Walton 63-61 in the GISA semifinals.

The Knights advance to the AAA state championship game for a fourth time in the last five years.

Deerfield-Windsor led by seven at half and opened a 14 point lead late in the third quarter.

George Walton cut the lead to one early in the 4th quarter.

The Knights then built a 59-51 lead with .55 seconds to play but the Bulldogs managed to get within a point.

Michael Matthews would hit three of four free throws with the game on the line to secure the victory.

"I was a nervous wreck no question about that. Nothing went wrong exactly except we missed a free throw or two and they made some big shots but Mike Matthews stepped up when he had to and made the big free throws coming down the stretch" said head coach Gordy Gruhl.

"It was kind of scary but I always have faith in my team so I knew we'd come through in the end" said junior Anthony Melvin. 

 "I love pressure I wanted to knock them down and I wanted to seal the win for us but we're not done yet we've got a big on on Saturday State Championship game and we're gonna get it done this year I promise you that" said Matthews.

Deerfield-Windsor won the game from the three point line.

Michael Matthews and Banks Kinslow combined for eight three-point baskets.

Matthews finished with 20 points and Kinslow scored 19.

Deerfield-Windsor is now 27-1 and George Walton finishes the season 20-3.

Deerfield-Windsor will Tattnall Square in the AAA championship game at 8:20 p.m. Saturday in Milledgeville.

The Knights beat the Trojans twice during the regular season.

Both games were not close but the last meeting was in early January.

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