Jamal Norman and the Savannah High Blue Jackets have reached the Georgia High School Association Triple-A championship game despite losing center Chris Cokely to a concussion.
Norman stepped up his game to help fill that void and is the WTOC Player of the Week. Norman had 18 points and 8 rebounds as Savannah High beat Washington County on Wednesday night at home.
Then Saturday at a packed Armstrong Atlantic Alumni Arena, Norman had 16 points and 10 rebounds as Savannah High beat Buford. Norman and the whole team knew they had to step it up to overcome the loss of their teammate for those games. "Well, when our player is gone, I felt the only way we could make him happy is to win this game for him," said Norman. "Our coach always tells us that we are a team and look out for each other so I wanted to give him one more game to play for this season."
Coach Tim Jordan added, "He plays more minutes than anyone else on the team. He plays 25 or 30 minutes a game most of the time. He's like the glue that keeps us together, even when Chris is there. He went out and tell kids to do better work for us. We tell them that with Chris out, plus in playoff time you have to raise your level of play anyhow. He decided to do it and he stepped up big for us Saturday night."
Saturday night, the Blue Jackets will face cross-town rival Johnson in the GHSA-AAA championship game in Macon tipping off at 4:45.