Cartersville takes Holiday Festival title
by Jason Greenberg
Dec 21, 2013 | 1526 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin and his son, Corey, have now won four consecutive Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festivals.

Corey was tournament MVP this time as the Canes defeated Model 79-73 at Berry College to give Cartersville two straight Holiday Festival championships.

“I mean, the atmosphere for the championship is amazing,” Corey said. “It just feels good, especially when you have fans riding you the whole game. It’s exciting.”

Cartersville silenced the Model crowd early in the game as both Tobin and Ryan Davis got hot from behind the 3-point arc. The pair combined to hit four 3s in the first quarter to take a 26-19 lead into the second.

“That start was huge for us. That’s the first game in three games that we actually got off to a good start,” Mike Tobin said. “Ironically, our second quarter, they took it to us. In the first two games of this tournament we had great second quarters.”

The second period actually started out very well for Cartersville. In fact, the Canes went on a 7-0 run in the first two minutes of the second quarter.

However, they had eight turnovers in the final six minutes of the first half, propelling Model to make a 21-6 run in that span and take a 40-39 lead over Cartersville at the half.

“We had some bad turnovers and got lazy with the ball,” Tobin said. “Some of our guys had their heads down, just bad body language. It looked like they were nervous and every now and then we have a tendency to do a little one-one-one instead of working as a team.

“When we work as a team, we’re clicking. That’s for anybody.”

Corey Tobin managed to stay hot throughout the first half and made his first five shots, including three 3s. He then proceeded to make three more 3s in the third quarter. His last one with 1:10 remaining in the period gave Cartersville a six-point lead. That would be the lead going into the final period as Cartersville outscored Model 20-13 in the third quarter.

“The first game [if the tournament] I had seen points. I had to adjust,” Tobin said. “In warmups I was just feeling good and I kept it going for for quarters. It’s good when my teammates get me the pass when I’m open and I can do the same for them.”

Model took the lead back with five minutes left in the game, however, as Model’s Davy Fisher hit his fifth 3 in a 10-minute span to make the score 63-62.

A.J. Mosby then provided a spark for Cartersville as he grabbed three offensive rebounds in back-to-back possessions to give the Canes the lead at 66-65 with 4:12 remaining in the game.

After a basket by Model, Mosby and Hunter Benham scored two transition baskets on the next two possessions and Cartersville stretched its lead to three with three minutes remaining.

Tobin then found himself open for 3 and drilled the shot with two minutes left to give his team a 73-67 lead.

It was then that the Cartersville defense locked down and forced Model into 1-of-7 shooting, a turnover and zero offensive rebounds in the final two and a half minutes.

After a few Mosby and Tobin free throws, the result was a win for the Canes in a highly competitive, playoff-like atmosphere.

“We’re not going to play in front of a bigger crowd this season,” Mike Tobin said. “This is a great atmosphere; a good win.”

The Canes are now 7-1 and will play on the road against Ringgold today at 5:30 p.m.

Corey Tobin scored 27 points in the game on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, including seven 3s.

“I’m used to him shooting like this. I’m spoiled as a coach,” Mike Tobin said of his son. “I think he’s shooting like 50 percent from the 3-point line.

“I’ve been coaching for 25 years and, I think, percentage-wise, he’s one of the best, if not the best shooter I’ve ever seen.”

Mosby and Davis also were named to the all-tournament team and had 14 and 17 points, respectively. Davis also chipped in seven rebounds.

Woodland’s Carrod Watson also made the all-tournament team.