Savannah HS Slam Dunks LB3 Foundation Awards: Blue Jackets Triumph as High School Team of the Year

By Prep Sports Report Staff | May 10, 2024

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The LB3 Foundation passed out its' third annual sports awards at Savannah High School on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Last year, the award went to St. Andrew's School. Savannah High School's basketball team dunked the LB3 awards this year.

The Savannah High Blue Jackets received this year's LB3 Foundation High School Team of the Year award, which reached the Georgia High School State Boy's Basketball A D1 semifinals. Standout junior Maki Joyner received the Player of the Year Award. Joyner was the GHSA Class A Region 3-A Division I Player of the Year, averaging 16.5 points, seven rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. George Brown received the Coach of the Year award. Coach Brown, a longtime assistant at Savannah High, led the Bluejackets to their first final-four appearance since 2013. 


Savannah High (22-9), under first-year head coach Brown, who took over for the legendary Savannah High School coach Tim Jordan, guided the Blue Jackets to the GHSA State boys' basketball Class A Division I Final Four in a matchup with Paideia High School, but lost 56-37. The Bluejackets kept the game close until Paideia pulled away in the fourth quarter at Georgia College & State University on March 3, 2024. Joyner did not play due to an injury in the quarterfinals this season. 


The LB3 Foundation is a nonprofit organization for community programming and advocacy. Lawrence "Bunny" Bryan III Savannah High Class of 1977, started the LB3 Foundation after he lost his son to gun violence in Savannah in August 2015. The goal of the LB3 Foundation is to help steer at-risk youth into positive activities.


PHOTO CREDIT: LB3 Foundation Facebook page

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