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SUWANEE — North Gwinnett showed plenty of fight after falling behind by double digits in the first quarter of its game against Lambert in the Jared Cook Classic.

But by the time the Bulldogs battled back, it was pretty much too late as they fell to the Longhorns 75-65 Monday at North Gwinnett.

Lambert built as much as a 16-point lead twice in the first half and led by as many as 15 in the third quarter behind the hot shooting of Luke Champion (17 points) and Braxton Beaty (15 points).

But North (0-2) slowly crawled back into the game behind Kobe Jackson and Brandon Rigsbee, and pulled as close as 59-54 following a 3-pointer from the right corner by Luke Keller with 5:25 remaining.

However, Brandon Stoudamire connected on a layup on Lambert’s next trip down the floor, and North would not get any closer than six points on another Jackson 3-pointer with 47 seconds left.

Jackson finished with 25 points to lead all scorers, while the Bulldogs also got 13 points from Rigsbee, 10 points from R.J. Godrey and nine from Keller.

Colin Granger added 13 points to join Champion and Beaty in double figures for the Longhorns.

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Graduated from GSU in 1990. Have worked in sports journalism for the past 28 years, covering a variety of sports at the Gwinnett Daily News, AJC, Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser and Marietta Daily Journal before returning to Gwinnett at the Post in 2007.