Canes’ defense key to beating Elbert County
by Andrew B. Adler
Feb 19, 2013 | 1417 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All Cartersville coach Mike Tobin had to do to put tonight’s first round state playoff game into perspective was point to two criteria already printed on a white piece of paper during Tuesday afternoon’s practice at the Storm Center.

The page’s top left-hand side contained Cartersville’s starting line up. Listed underneath that was Tobin’s name, the Canes overall and region record, points allowed and points per game. That same information pertaining to Elbert County occupied the page’s right side.

“This is where the game will be decided,” said Tobin after pointing out that Cartersville limits opponents to 43 points per game while Elbert County scores on average 77 points per game. “This is the key to our either advancing in the state playoffs or thanking our fans for a great season.”

The Cartersville-Elbert County boys tip-off minutes following the conclusion of the Cartersville-Oconee County girls state playoff game, which begins at 6 p.m.

The Canes earned the right to host an opening round, Class AAA state playoff basketball game at the Storm Center by defeating Ringgold Friday, 64-56, in the semifinals of the 5-AAA region tournament. The Canes would eventually win the 5-AAA region tournament 24 hours later, defeating North Murray, 58-49.

“That victory [against Ringgold] saved us a one-way, three-hour bus ride to Elbert County,” Tobin said.

“That’s a long time to be sitting on a bus, and then have to play a state playoff game.”

For the Canes, it will be a short walk from the classroom to the locker room once Wednesday’s final school bell blares throughout the high school’s hallways.

The Blue Devils will be riding in from Elberton, sporting a 20-8 overall record after losing back-to-back games to Franklin County and Hart County in the 8-AAA region tournament.

Although the Canes have a 26-1 overall record, “to us everybody [in the state playoffs] is 0-0, and that includes us,” said Ryan Davis, while standing at the free throw line with teammate Corey Tobin.

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