Cartersville, Excel: 20 Victories and Counting
by Andrew Adler
Jan 29, 2013 | 1152 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The No. 1-ranked, Class AAA Cartersville Purple Hurricanes have not played a competitive game of basketball in a week.

They were supposed to have played county and region rival Adairsville Friday night, but inclement weather kept that from happening.

“It has been awhile since we’ve played, but we’ve had excellent practices throughout the week, and most of all, our players are rested heading into a week where we play three games in four days,” Cartersville coach Mike Tobin said. “Maybe, having Friday night off was a blessing in disguise.”

The three games Tobin was referring to were the Canes hosting Coahulla Creek tonight at the Storm Center, traveling to Adairsville Wednesday for their make-up game and then Friday’s showdown with Gordon Central.

Cartersville prevailed 65-48 in its first encounter with the Warriors. Gordon Central is currently one-game behind the Canes in the region with a 9-1 record.

“It’s going to be a tough week for sure,” Tobin said. “But, as long as we get balance scoring and solid defense, we should do fine against teams who want to knock off the No. 1 team in the state.”

While the Canes have relied on balanced scoring headlined by Ryan Davis, Corey Tobin and A.J. Moseby to have already won 20 games with five left to play, the Excel Eagles have led by the offensive explosiveness of Rudy Winters and Elijah Robinson.

The duo combined for 57 of Excel’s 64 points in the Eagles’ two-point victory over the St. Pius X Golden Lions Saturday in overtime at the Eagles Nest.

Robinson though was limping noticeably throughout the game and afterward.

“I need a trainer,” he said.

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