The Cass Colonels used a balanced scoring attack and knocked off the host Chattooga Indians 54-43 to win the Chattooga Christmas Classic championship Friday night in Summerville.
Three Colonels reached double figures in scoring led by Mark Chester with 12 points. Nine of his points came on a trio of first quarter three-pointers. Tournament MVP Ashton Burley followed with 11 points and Justice Hayes — who was also named to the All-Tournament Team — added 10 points for Cass.
Markeldrick Powell scored nine, Ethan Carter eight, and Carter Hedden added four points for the Colonels.
Cass took a 16-13 lead after one quarter, led 30-20 at halftime, and maintained a 39-31 lead through three quarters on their way to an 11-point victory.
Chattooga (10-2, 7th-ranked in Class AA) had only one other loss this season. It was a one-point, overtime loss to LaFayette in the Cherokee, AL tournament before Christmas.
Cass had tournament wins over Calhoun and Chattahoochee to reach the finals against the host Indians. The Colonels (8-3) host county-rival Woodland Tuesday. The girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.