The Canes moved onto the second round of the Rome News-Tribune basketball tournament with its 89-62 victory over the Trion Bulldogs.
“I expect a rock-solid game from both teams,” Tobin said. “For myself, I have a lot of great memories while coaching there (at Woodland).”
Under Tobin’s leadership at Cartersville, the Canes are off to a 6-0 start on the young season.
Woodland, meanwhile, after winning its first two games of the season, has struggled.
The Wildcats recently broke a five-game losing streak with a 57-37 win over Temple Saturday night.
Cartersville’s sixth win of the season, however, was not as easy as wins one through five.
In Monday’s game, Trion raced out to an 11-2 lead and the 62 points were the most scored against the Canes defense than any other team this season.
The previous high allowed by Cartersville was 40, scored by Adairsville in a 78-40 victory Friday at the Storm Center.
“We came out sluggish tonight, and Trion took full adavantage of that,” Tobin said.
The euphoria that Trion enjoyed early on quickly disappeared as Cartersville regrouped and went on a 16-2 run.
Trion never recovered from Cartersville’s offensive surge. The Canes led, 45-28, at halftime.
Each team scored 23 points in the third quarter, but Cartersville pulled away from Trion with a solid fourth-quarter performance.
Sparking the Canes’ come-from-behind victory was A.J. Moseby with his 23 points. Ryan Davis added 20.
Excel 71, Yeshiva 33
The Excel Eagles, after suffering their first loss of the season to Mount Paran Christian, made sure they would not lose two in a row Monday night against the Yeshiva Lions. Excel won, 71-33.
“We played tentative basketball against Mount Paran,” coach Jon-Michael Nickerson said. “Tonight, we returned to playing our style of basketball.”
The Eagles waited to the third quarter before returning to its style of play, as they outscored the Lions, 29-4.
“You are playing well when you limit a team to just 13, second half points,” coach Nickerson said.
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