South Georgia Tech Jets, Lady Jets recognized
Sophomore forward Andre Kennedy of Albany was the only member of the South Georgia Technical College Jets 2016 – 2017 basketball team to be included in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Division I Men’s basketball All-Region team recently.
He joined Lady Jets Shaineequah Fluellyn, Esther Adenike, Desiree Corbin, Camille Coleman, and Kanna Suzuki from the South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets in being recognized for their outstanding play of the court this season.
Kennedy, who has started 27 of the Jets’ 30 games this season, was selected as a second team All-Region player. He is currently averaging 14.3 points per game for the Jets and is hitting 52% of his shots. He is a 30% three-point shooter and is averaging over 77% from the foul line. He is the leading scorer for the Jets this season.
The 6’ 7” Westover graduate is also the team’s leading rebounder. He has averaged 8.4 rebounds per game. That includes 3.2 offensive rebounds and 5.2 defensive rebounds each game. Kennedy has helped lead the Jets to a 5 – 11 regular season conference record and a 12 – 19 overall record.
Kennedy was the leading scorer with 26 points when the Jets upset the second ranked Gordon College Highlanders in the first round of the NJCAA Region XVII tournament to help his team advance to the NJCAA Region XVII Final Four. The Jets will play Albany Tech on 5:30 Friday, March 10th to attempt to advance to the Finals where they would meet the winner of the Georgia Highlands of the South Georgia State game.
Shaineequah Fluellyn who led the Lady Jets to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVII title with 32 points in the championship game against Georgia Highlands, was recognized recently with the Most Valuable Player honors for the NJCAA Region XVII Division I All-Tournament team.
Freshman Esther Adenike, a forward from Lago, Nigeria, was also selected to the NJCAA Region XVII Women’s Division I All-tournament team for her performance in the NJCAA Region XVII tournament.
Shaineequah Fluellyn was listed as a second team All-Region player in the GCAA Division I women’s regular season poll, but her performance on the court in the NJCAA Region XVII tournament allowed her to earn the MVP tournament award.
Fluellyn helped lead the Lady Jets to a 13 – 1 conference record and a 28 – 4 overall record. She scored 32 points in the championship game of the tournament as well 18 points against Chattahoochee Tech in the semi-finals and 14 points against Albany.
Esther Adenike also turned in good performances in the tournament with 10 rebounds and one point against Albany Tech, six points and eight rebounds in the Chattahoochee Tech match-up, and 12 points and nine rebounds against Georgia Highlands in the championship game.
Those two will now join the other Lady Jets in search of the NJCAA District J title on Saturday, March 11th at 2 p.m. when the host Denmark Tech, the NJCAA Region 10 champion, in the Hangar on the SGTC campus. The winner of that game will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas March 20th – 25th.
Earlier this season SGTC head coach James Frey was listed as the GCAA Division I women’s Co-Coach of the Year for leading his team to their third GCAA title in four seasons. Sophomore’s Desiree Corbin and Camille Coleman were both selected to the GCAA first team All-Region squads and freshman Kanna Suzuki was selected as the league’s top Freshman this year.