Woodland 63, Adairsville 57
The Wildcats picked up a non-region win Saturday at home against the Tigers thanks to a strong second half.
Woodland battled back from a poor first half and a double-digit third-quarter deficit. The Wildcats went up by three with a minute and a half left in the game and held on thanks to free throw shooting down the stretch.
“We didn’t play real well in the first half,” Woodland head coach John Howard said. “Adairsville played extremely hard. They played real well in the first half.”
According to Howard, the difference in the game was when his team switched defenses in the second half.
“We played half-court man-to-man in the first half and [Adairsville] did really well,” Howard said. “They have excellent guards who can penetrate. In the second half half we full-court pressed and dropped into a zone.”
Carrod Watson had 15 points to lead the way for Woodland. Desmon Green added 12.
Cartersville 77, Cass 43
The Canes took an early first-quarter lead and never relinquished it Saturday night at Cass High as Cartersville swept the season series with rival Cass, who had won seven of its last nine games coming into the day.
“Anytime you play Cass, the guys always are fired up,” Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin said. “It’s good because you don’t have to fire them up as a coach. They’re ready to play.”
Corey Tobin scored eight in the first quarter for Cartersville to help the Canes take their commanding lead. He finished with 19 points to lead all scorers. A.J. Mosby and Ryan Davis also added 14 and 15, respectively.
Kelin Wells was the lone double-digit scorer for Cass with 11.
Excel 55, Mount Zion 50
After an emotional overtime loss the previous day to Trion, the Excel boys basketball team could have come out with a lack of energy on the second day of the back-to-back.
Instead, the young Eagles played a slower pace and defeated region opponent Mount Zion on the road Saturday night.
“It was a really good, grind-it-out type of game. It was a physical game coming off last night’s emotional game,” Excel head coach Chad Parker said. “It’s hard to match that emotion on the next night, but we grinded it out and played a good tough game.
“It was a real slow-paced game, much slower than what we’re used to playing and we had to make some adjustments and we did. It wasn’t easy.” It wasn’t pretty, but we wound up getting it done.”
Jack Bowers finished as the high scorer for Excel with 16 points, including a 12-for-12 showing at the free throw line. Kory Tucker added 14, while Darius Thrower and Caleb West also hit double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.