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With classes and final exams for the fall semester just about wrapped up at universities across the nation, local hoopsters turned their attention to the hardwood over the weekend as a dozen or so area athletes continue to excel within the college basketball ranks.

Coastal Carolina junior guard Elijah Wilson (Laney) recorded a game-high 25 points on eight field goals in a 98-73 win over N.C. Wesleyan on Dec. 9. Wilson also shined on Monday in the Chanticleers’ 71-63 victory against Wofford College. He went 2 of 3 from long range and finished with eight points.

T.J. Williams continues to make strides for North Georgia. Photo courtesy- North Georgia Athletics.
T.J. Williams continues to make strides for North Georgia. Photo courtesy- North Georgia Athletics.

Through 11 games, Wilson is Coastal Carolina’s leading scorer, averaging 15.2 points per game. He’s shooting 44 percent from the field, with a team-high 26 three-pointers. Wilson has reached a season-high 25 points twice this year in games against Auburn and Piedmont International.

Kadeem Allen (New Hanover) was a question mark after spraining his right ankle against Fresno State on Wednesday, an injury that left him unable to put any weight on his right leg.

But the redshirt junior returned to the floor against Missouri on Sunday as No. 13 Arizona grabbed an 88-52 victory. He missed all four of his shots, but teamed with Parker Jackson-Cartwright to orchestrate Arizona’s offense to near perfection.

In his first season for the Wildcats, Allen has started in all 10 games, averaging 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He’s averaging 20.6 minutes per game, with a team-high 37 assists, while shooting 42 percent from the field.

The University of North Georgia athletic department recently honored T.J. Williams (Ashley) as the UNG Campus Cash Nighthawk of the Week for Dec. 7.

Williams netted a team-best 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, while making all five of his free throw attempts.  The junior forward added four rebounds and a pair of assists for the Nighthawks.

Through eight games, Williams is one of three players averaging 12 points and shooting a team-best 56 percent from the floor.  He has scored in double figures in three consecutive games.

Freshman Tyre Gathright (Ashley) has made three starts for North Georgia, averaging 14.4 minutes and 5.5 points per game.

Nigel Holley (New Hanover) has played in all eight games for East Tennessee State. Ridell Camidge (New Hanover) is also averaging a little more than two buckets per game for former NBA legend Mark Price at UNC-Charlotte.

In the NCAA Division III ranks, Nick Chase (Coastal Christian) and Gray Cheers (West Brunswick) continue to get minutes for Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia. The Tigers are 4-2 this season.

In women’s basketball, Tiana Edwards (Laney) is off to a strong sophomore season for the Rams. The second year sharp shooter averages 28.2 minutes and 9.8 points per game. Jada Bacchus (Ashley) has made seven starts in nine games for Mt. Olive College, averaging six points per game.