The Cass boys basketball team and Paulding County entered Friday’s game in Dallas tied in the Region 7-AAAAA standings, along with Villa Rica, for the fourth and final playoff spot out of the region.
The Colonels also were coming into the game on a three-game losing streak, making Friday’s 67-62 win all the more important.
After an evenly played first quarter, Cass went on a 17-9 run in the second quarter to take a 31-23 lead at halftime. Cass extended that lead to 53-39 entering the fourth, and held off a strong, late Paulding County rally despite the Patriots having their best offensive period of the game in the fourth.
Cass had a strong shooting first half, knocking down six 3-pointers. All of Cass’ fourth-quarter points were scored at the free throw line, with Cass connecting on 14 of 21. Zaylan Chaney made six of those fourth-quarter free throws and finished with 14 points for the game, while Braxton Benham made four fourth-quarter free throws and finished with 16 points for the game.
With the win, Cass is now 11-8 overall and 6-4 in Region 7-AAAAA with another road game Saturday at East Paulding.
Excel boys 58, Gordon Lee 53
The Excel Christian Academy boys basketball team earned a much-needed win Friday at home, snapping a 10-game losing streak with a 58-53 win over Gordon Lee.
Excel hit at least one 3-pointer in each quarter, outscoring Gordon Lee in each of the first three periods. The Eagles entered the fourth quarter with a 41-31 lead, and despite a Gordon Lee run, held on for the win.
Rayshawn Womack scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half. Rashard Doyal, meanwhile, hit three 3-pointers in the game and scored 14 points. Kalil Holley added 11 to round out Excel’s double-figure scorers.
Rome 66, Woodland boys 46
In the battle of the bottom two teams in the Region 7-AAAAA standings, the Rome Wolves got the better of the Woodland boys basketball team Friday night.
Rome got off to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter before an evenly matched second quarter. Any hopes of a comeback, though, were erased when Rome outscored Woodland 27-8 in the third quarter.
DiAnthony Heathcock was the lone double-figure scorer for Woodland with 11 points.
The Wildcats will next play Paulding County at home on Tuesday.