The Excel Christian Academy boys basketball team took advantage of a break from region play to face Georgia School for the Deaf Thursday at the Eagle's Nest.
Excel used a balanced offensive attack to pull away for an 86-43 win to move the Eagles' record to 3-5 on the young season.
Excel led the whole way, but really pulled away in the third quarter. Rayshawn Womack scored 11 of his 14 points in the period, while Jake Murray and Trippe Anderson each scored eight of their 12 individual points in the game. The third-quarter scoring surge resulted in a 71-34 lead after going into halftime up 34-21.
Five different Eagles scored in doubles figures, led by Josiah Mosley's 18. Kalil Holley also chipped in 12 points with three 3-pointers.
Robby Poston had the hot hand to start, as he scored seven of his nine points for the game in the first quarter, helping Excel out to a 16-9 lead after one.
Mosley then scored eight in the second quarter to pace the Eagles out to a 34-21 advantage at the break.
Then, after Excel's third-quarter flurry, Hotley scored seven points in the fourth as the Eagles outscored the Tigers 15-9 in the final period.
Excel will have another non-region game today, this one much tougher against Class 7A Lassiter in Marietta.
Rome 64, Cass girls 54
The Cass High girls basketball team came into Wednesday's Region 7-AAAAA tilt at Rome undefeated. And while any region game is an important one with playoff implications, there was a little more to this one with Rome in the Class 5A top 10 and the Lady Colonels close but on the outside looking in.
Unfortunately for Cass, the team was unable to earn its statement win in a 64-54 loss.
The loss drops the Lady Colonels to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in region play.
Cass trailed Rome 15-9 after one quarter of play but narrowed the lead to 24-22 at halftime.
It was in the third quarter when the Wolves gained some separation, though, extending their lead to 47-38 over Cass.
Londaisha Smith had 12 points to lead Cass, while Payton Stoddard checked in right behind her with 11, Claire Davis scored 10 and Sharia Wade had nine.
Cass will look to rebound today with another big region game against a top-10 ranked team in Class 5A at Carrollton.
Rome 66, Cass boys 61
With the Cass High boys basketball team finding itself in the bottom half of the Region 7-AAAAA standings early in the season, winning the close games seems all the more important to make up ground.
The Colonels nearly made up that ground Wednesday at third-place Rome, but couldn't come back to beat the Wolves, despite trailing by just two points with 40 seconds left to go in the game.
Ethan Carter had 19 points to lead the way for the Colonels, while Jacquez Fountain added 15.
Cass now drops to 3-6 on the year and 1-3 in region play with its next game coming today at Carrollton.