No. 1-ranked Cartersville, Excel keep on rolling
by Staff Reports
Jan 16, 2013 | 1492 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff Reports

Mike Tobin is fine with Cartersville being ranked as the state’s top AAA boys high school basketball team, for now.

The coach for the Purple Hurricanes said his team turned up at the top of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s ranking Sunday and still played hard Tuesday and that’s why it picked up win No. 18 for the season, defeating North Murray, 65-44.

“A lot of time when you’re ranked No. 1, your team thinks all it has to do is show up and it’ll win,” Tobin said Tuesday. “Being top-ranked didn’t hurt us tonight. We came out very aggressively and played good defense.”

The Canes also played well offensively, burying seven 3-pointers to one by North Murray.

Tobin said it was an important win for Cartersville because it drops North Murray, 14-3 overall, to 5-2 in the region while the Canes are 7-0.

“It gives us a two-game lead over North Murray and a one-game lead over Gordon Central,” he said,

Excel 72, Trion 48

The Excel Eagles made sure that any idea Trion had of possibly defeating a 16-1 team, which is beginning to peak eight gmes before postseason play begins, was quickly put to rest.

The Eagles scored two quick baskets to begin the first quarter and never looked back in their 72-48 victory over the Bulldogs at the Eagles Nest Tuesday night.

“We know every time we take the floor that we are a marked team,” coach Jon-Michael Nickerson said. “”The more you win, the more the other team wants to beat you."

To read the rest of this story, please purchase a copy of The Daily Tribune News at your nearby news rack or subscribe to the E-edition.