However, the visiting Phoenix did not have as much success Tuesday when they came to the Storm Center as the Cartersville boys basketball team held Sonoraville to just 38 points and scored 87 in a 49-point rout.
“What they did such a good job of when I saw them on Friday, is [Shane Dickey] would penetrate and kick out to shooters,” Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin said of Sonoraville. “I thought we did a real good job of getting a hand in their face and not giving them any good looks.”
Cartersville forced 15 first-quarter turnovers as senior Ryan Davis had four steals in the period. The Canes were able to get some easy points in transition off their defense to put up 29 points in the quarter.
Hunter Benham had eight points in the first, including two baskets off offensive rebounds.
“I thought we did a good job of distributing the ball. We made those extra passes,” Tobin said. “We’re so tough to defend because they started out in a zone and we got that lead on them. Then they tried to go to a man and we posted up Ryan and we can post up Corey [Tobin].”
On a few possessions, Tobin used Davis, a 6-foot-4 guard, and Corey Tobin, a 6-foot-5 guard, to post up the smaller Sonoraville guards. The strategy worked well and resulted in several baskets for the Canes.
“We just added that this year,” Mike Tobin said. “A lot of times, like with Corey, they’ll put a shorter guard on him and we’ll post him up. And Ryan’s as good of a post-up as we have. Anyone who’s his size, he’ll post them up strong, so we’re tough to defend.”
Sonoraville took advantage of some miscommunication by the Cartersville defense in the second quarter and hit three 3s on the Canes.
“Two guys thought they had the same guy. We put a huge premium on communicating in practice and those are things that should never happen,” Tobin said. “That’s the stuff that can hurt you in the long run when you’re playing good teams.”
After Tobin called a timeout to address the miscommunication, the Canes buckled down and did not allow another point in the remaining five minutes of the half.
Davis had two more steals in the second quarter and Sonoraville had nine more turnovers as the Canes took a 54-17 lead into halftime.
“That was the key to beating those guys, getting a hand in their face and putting pressure on them,” Tobin said of Sonoraville. “That’s two games in a row we did a real good job defensively.
“The biggest thing is we can go a long way playing the defense we have the last two games.”
The Canes are now 3-0, 1-0 in Region 5-AAA.
Cartersville’s starters played limited minutes in the second half, but Davis still finished the game with five steals, eight assists and seven rebounds. He only had five points and two field goals as the senior point guard accepted the role as a distributor and only took five shots.
One of his baskets, however, came on a crowd pleasing dunk during Cartersville’s intial scoring run.
Fellow seniors Corey Tobin and A.J. Mosby finished with 17 and 19 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Benham had 16, six rebounds and two blocks.
The Canes are averaging 81 points per game while allowing 42 per game.
They will go on the road for the first time this season to take on Adairsville Friday in another region macthup.
Tigers earn second region win
The Adairsville boys basketball team is now 2-0 in Region 5-AAA as the Tigers defeated North Murray Tuesday night by a score of 52-48 at North Murray and improve to 5-1 on the season.
“We played really well,” Adairsville assistant coach Lee Whitaker said. “We were real scrappy. It was a slugfest. It’s a good win.”
The Tigers ran off to a fast start and led 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Mountaineers were able to get back into the game in the second, however. On the strenth of its defense, North Murray held Adairsville to just six second-quarter points and the lead was cut to a 20-18 advantage at halftime.
The Tigers got going again in the third quarter as they scored 15 points in the period to increase their lead to seven.
From that point on, Adairsville held on thanks to 17 points and 13 rebounds from Sammie Frazier. Tyler Washington had 17 points of his own to go along with six assists. Spenser Moore added 13 rebounds.
“We got off to a good start. North Murray had a rally and came back, but we were able to make a few shots and hold on,” Whitaker said. “It was a real good game.”
Adairsville puts its unbeaten region record on the line Friday when the Tigers host the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes at 8:30 p.m.