Both Corey Tobin and Ryan Davis have already surpassed the 1,000-point mark and now head coach Mike Tobin has reached 400 career wins.
Tobin’s 400th came in a rout Wednesday night at the Storm Center as Davis had a triple-double in less than three quarters to lead his team to a 101-27 victory over Gordon Central.
“I never really thought about it to be honest with you,” Tobin said of reaching the milestone. “Our last three years have been real successful and it happened a lot quicker than I thought it would, but we just try to win every game and it’s not something that’s been a huge goal of mine. It’s just something nice to get. Obviously we have had some great players.”
Tobin has coached the last two seasons at Cartersville High and spent the previous 10 years at Woodland.
“He’s real organized and very passionate. He works with kids so well and they like to play for him. The kids really like him because he knows the game and he likes to work with them,” Cartersville assistant coach Ed Riddle, who has been Tobin’s assistant the last three seasons, said of Tobin. “He’s a strict coach, but he’s fair. He just expects you to do your job and he’s a very good Xs and Os guy. He knows the game real well.”
The landmark victory was a predictable one for Cartersville as Gordon Central entered the game 0-11 on the season.
The Canes made it clear from the jump that they were the superior team and led 41-12 after the first quarter.
“We came out hard. We started pressing in the first quarter and we stopped pressing after that,” Tobin said. “Gordon Central played hard, it’s just that we have a heck of a lot more talent than them right now.”
Tobin’s team’s talent was on display early as Cartersville’s press caused eight turnovers in the first quarter. The turnovers led to easy baskets in transition and Cartersville was able to run and gun and show off their passing skills.
Twelve of the team’s 18 first-quarter baskets were assisted and Davis led the charge with seven in the opening period.
“We had a ton of assists,” Tobin said. “I’m always pleased when we play team ball like that and make the extra pass. There were guys who had decent shots but then had better shots once they made that extra pass.”
Davis had eight points and five rebounds, three offensive, in the first quarter and finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and two blocks in the game. Senior guard A.J. Mosby also had a strong first quarter, putting up 11 points and three assists in the period. Tobin added 13 points, including three 3s, and two assists in the opening stanza.
Cartersville eased off the gas pedal in the second quarter and stopped pressing Gordon Central. The Canes still caused eight turnovers and forced the Warriors into 2-of-7 shooting. As a result, Cartersville led 65-21 at halftime.
“It got to the point where, in the middle of the third quarter, we pulled our starters, and basically our starters probably played two and a half quarters,” Tobin said. “It got to the point where we actually told our players not to fast break and I’ve never done that before.”
Cartersville only needed six points in the fourth quarter to reach the 100-point mark and it scored 101 on a 3 by Christian Demastus with two minutes remaining in the game.
Despite the lopsided victory, Tobin believes his team can still learn and improve from every game.
“These are games that I get concerned about,” he said. “We try to concentrate on winning each possession and our goal tonight and every game is 40 points or less. At times, we start getting a little sloppy and get into bad habits when we get that big lead. One of the best things to do is show them film and things they need to work on. Even in a game like this, there’s things we can improve on.”
In addition to Davis’ 23, Corey Tobin and Mosby added 22 and 21 points, respectively. Mosby also had six assists while Tobin had four.
The win moved the Canes to 12-2 on the season and 5-0 in region play. They travel to Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe for their next game Friday at 8:30 p.m.