’Cats and Tigers win, Canes pull away in 4th
by Jason Greenberg
Dec 01, 2013 | 1898 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Saturday’s game was Cartersville’s first game of the season and it took the Purple Hurricanes three quarters to find their rhythm.

However, Cartersville pulled away in the fourth quarter at the Storm Center Saturday evening and defeated Rome by a score of 67-51.

“I think that was their third game and our first, so we were just kind of rusty,” Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin said. “We missed at least 15 layups. Usually we don’t miss those. We played a little tentatively. I was really pleased with the crowd; I don’t know if that affected the guys but we didn’t seem like we were playing loose. I think that was because it was the first game, but we got the cobwebs out in the first half.”

Cartersville only had three points in the first five minutes of the game, but a pair of Corey Tobin 3-pointers and Ryan Davis drives to the basket gave the Canes an 18-14 lead after the first quarter.

Tobin hit two more 3s in the second quarter, but Rome answered with two of its own and the Canes led 33-27 at halftime.

Rome had five offensive rebounds in the first half and Mike Tobin was disappointed in his team’s defensive effort and rebounding.

“I though they destroyed us on the offensive boards in that first half. I would like to think we are one of the better teams at boxing out in the area, in the state,” he said. “Defensively, we were real disappointed. We spent a lot of time [in practice] on keeping guys in front and stopping dribble penetration, and I thought we didn’t do a good job. That’s something we really have to improve on.”

Cartersville did not shoot the ball well in the third quarter and went 4-for-17 from the field, but outrebounded Rome to maintain the six-point lead heading into the final period.

It was the fourth quarter when they Canes pulled away. Davis had eight of his 21 points in the period. Corey Tobin got to the free throw line six times in the quarter and had 10 of his 26 points in the fourth.

Tobin went 9-for-10 from the free throw line in the second half.

“During the offseason, I just worked really hard to not necessarily catch and shoot, but come off a screen with a dribble, and I felt like I did that pretty well tonight,” he said. “Last year, everybody always heard about how I was just a shooter. This year, I’m just trying to make a statement that I’m a multipurpose player and I can drive and not just shoot, so I’m trying to get to the free throw line as much as possible.”

The Canes scored eight points in less than 1:30 into the fourth quarter to extend their lead to double digits.

They continued to extend their lead, eventually going up 17 with just over one minute remaining in the game.

“I just thought we moved the ball a lot better and we took what they gave us,” Mike Tobin said when asked what his team did to extend the lead in the fourth quarter. “They were trying to overplay like crazy, so we got some backdoor layups. I thought we played smarter. We made some extra passes. The first half I thought we didn’t pass the ball as well as we could have. We worked together and, obviously in basketball, the more you work together, the better you are going to run.”

Senior A.J. Mosby was the third Cane in double digits with 12 points.

Davis was the leading rebounder for Cartersville with 10, while Corey Tobin and Jalen McKeller added eight each.

Cartersville outrebounded the Wolves 22-11 in the second half.

“To me, Rome is a much-improved team. They started playing well at the end of last year,” Mike Tobin said. “We have a lot of respect for them.”

Cartersville begins its region schedule on Friday when the Canes travel to Ringgold.

Adairsville picks up second victory

Adairsville head basketball coach Kent Howard does not expect his team to be in midseason form just yet.

As a result, even though the Tigers did not play a completely clean game, Howard is pleased with his squad’s 54-44 victory over Armuchee Saturday at home.

“It’s not always pretty, but all wins are good wins and this was a good win,” he said.

The Tigers trailed by one point after the first quarter, but steadily increased their lead over the remaining three to take the victory.

Sammie Frazier had 21 points for the Tigers, while Tyler Washington had nine and Marcus Childers added eight.

Adairsville is now 2-1 on the season.

“We played hard, didn’t always play smart, but we’re still learning to play together and we pulled out a good win,” Howard said. “Armuchee is well-coached and they’re a good team, so I’m proud of our guys.”

The Tigers will begin their region portion of the schedule Friday at home against Gordon Central.

“I’m looking forward to this week against Gordon Central,” Howard said. “It should be a fun game and I know our guys are looking forward to it.”

Excel moves to 1-4

The Eagles are young and inexperienced and, as a result, do not expect to pick up too many wins during the early-season schedule.

However, Excel did win its first game Friday by a score of 85-77 against Bremen and head coach David Boyd has seen his sophomore class emerge into a promising group of players.

“We’re just so young. In the win over Bremen we had 63 points from four sophomores,” Boyd said. “We’re hoping to get better as the year goes on. I’d feel a lot worse if we were a senior-oriented team and struggling.”

Excel lost to North Murray Saturday by a score of 68-50.

“We played really well up until about three minutes to go in the first half. We had about a six- or seven- point lead. Then Corey Tucker, our most experienced player, picked up his third foul and we really struggled after that. We ended up down 31-30 at the half and then they really outplayed us in the second half,” Boyd said. “We just turned the ball over. We really struggled with that all year. We just don’t really have a great ballhandling team right now and part of it is being just young and inexperienced.”

One of those sophomores, Darius Thrower, has been the top scorer for the Eagles this season. Thrower had 21 against North Murray and 30 points in a game earlier this week.

Woodland wins Tourney

The Wildcats moved to 3-1 and are champions of the Southeast Whitfield Thanksgiving tournament after defeating Heritage by a score of 70-61 Saturday.

Romello Hicks and Carrod Watson each chipped in 21 points, while Damon Simpson was awarded tournament MVP.

“I’m extremely happy,” Woodland head coach John Howard said after the win. “I’m a little bit disappointed in how we came out in the first half, but very happy overall. It is a good build-up for region play.

Cass falls to Newton

The Colonels lost to Newton Saturday at Cass High by a score of 58-36 and are now 0-4 on the season.

Newton is now 4-0.

“They’re a real good team,” Cass head coach Greg Scott said. “The second half was much better than the first half.”

Jordan Morning and Justin Reed each scored eight for the Colonels. Reed also added eight rebounds and three assists.