However, in the end, Cartersville was too much for Adairsville as the Purple Hurricanes pulled away in the second half to win by a score of 72-36 and improve to 10-0 in region play.
“I thought in the first half, Adairsville was much more physical than us,” Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin said of the game. “We got pushed around, but in the second half, we fought fire with fire. We did a lot better job physically in the second half.”
Adairsville’s physicality was apparent in the first two quarters when the Tigers collected nine offensive rebounds, good enough for 10 second-chance points.
Spenser Moore was the main culprit for Adairsville as four of his six rebounds were at his team’s offensive end of the floor. The work on the boards allowed Adairsville to go on an 8-0 run and take a one-point lead on Cartersville five minutes into the game.
However, with all of the team’s offensive weapons, Cartersville is capable of scoring quickly. That is exactly what happened the last three minutes of the quarter when the Canes went on a 10-0 run to finish the first period leading by a score of 19-10. Seven of those points came in a 35-second span and was capped by a Corey Tobin 3. Tobin had 10 points in the first quarter and 16 points, five assists and five rebounds for the game.
Adairsville once again outrebounded Cartersville and stepped its defense up in the second quarter. As a result, Adairsville remained in striking distance at halftime, with Cartersville leading by a score of 32-20.
It was the third quarter when the Canes pulled away, due in large part to their performance on the defensive end.
Adairsville was forced into eight turnovers in the third quarter and some of those turnovers led to points on the other end for Cartersville.
One sequence in the game saw Cartersville point guard Ryan Davis steal the ball and go the other way for a crowd-pleasing dunk. Within seconds he produced another steal and was fouled taking the ball to the basket. The sequence took the Cartersville lead up over 20 with 2:23 remaining in the third quarter.
Davis also helped Cartersville extend the lead early in the period when he had another productive streak of plays, assisting on three consecutive baskets, two to A.J. Mosby for layups and one to Tobin for a 3. Davis finished with 11 points, seven assists and three steals.
Meanwhile, Mosby produced a game-high 17 points on offense to go along with his suffocating defense on Adairsville point guard Tyler Washington.
As a whole, Cartersville played excellent defense in the second half, allowing just 16 points in the final two quarters.
Hunter Benham helped the cause for Cartersville with 10 points 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Canes.
Cartersville held Adairsville to 4-for-21 shooting and forced 14 turnovers in the second half. The Tigers shot 24 percent from the floor in the game to go along with 24 turnovers. On the other hand, they were up for the task physically and outrebounded the Canes 39-30.
Sammie Frazier recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Adairsville. Moore also finished with 10 rebounds.
The Tigers are now 10-8 overall, 6-4 in Region 5-AAA and still in good position for the region tournament in three weeks.
They play again today at 4:40 p.m. at home against Woodland in a non-region contest.
Cartersville has now won nine games in a row and are 18-2 on the season. Mike Tobin was honored before the game with the game ball from his 400th win, which he earned on Jan. 7 against Gordon Central.
His team’s next game will come Tuesday on the road at Coahulla Creek.