When the first-half horn resonated throughout the Cage Center at Berry College, it was Corey Tobin 17 and Woodland 15. Five, three-point baskets and two free throws accounted for Tobin’s 17 first-half points that proved to be the Wildcats undoing in their 67-35 loss to the Canes.
Paced by Tobin’s deadly outside shooting, Cartersville headed to the locker room at halftime leading, 37-15. It was 18-8 after the first quarter.
“When you fall behind that quickly you start doing things on the court that only makes matters worse,” Woodland coach John Howard said. “We transitioned from a team that is accustomed to playing ball-control offense to one that tried to match Cartersville’s speed.”
Woodland also tried to pound the ball inside to no avail.
Cartersville’s defense, which gave up a season-high 62 points to Trion Monday night, clamped down on a Woodland offense that had scored 57 points in its regular season win over Temple Saturday.
“We played much better tonight than we did against Trion,” coach Mike Tobin said. “I didn’t want to see a repeat of last night’s game.”
During his post-game speech to his players, he let it be known that “if we play like we did against Woodland, then we should be alright against whomever we play Thursday.”
The Canes headed to the team bus not knowing if they would play either Darlington or Cedartown.
Woodland headed to their team bus already knowing it would not repeat as champions of this year’s holiday tournament.
At last year’s holiday tournament, the Wildcats won it all with Tobin as their head coach and coach Howard as the assistant coach.
“I admit it was weird not being on the same side of the scoring table where coach Howard and Woodland’s players sat,” said coach Tobin, who spent 10 years coaching Woodland’s boys’ basketball prior to taking the same position at Cartersville this year.
“But it is a different year and I am glad to be coaching a talented group of players at Cartersville.”
The Canes coach is also glad that his son, Corey, who played for Woodland for two seasons, opted to play at Cartersville this year as well.
Corey Tobin totaled 19 points against his former teammates, while teammate Ryan Davis scored a game-high 29 points.
With the win Tuesday, Cartersville improved to 7-0 on the season.
“Cartersville is a talented bunch this season,” Howard said. “Coach Tobin is doing a great job with them. In regards to coaching against him tonight, all I can say is that we had a great, 10-year run at Woodland together.”
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