Adjustments at halftime are always key in any sport during a highly competitive game.
Thursday night at the Georgia Vinyl Thread Shootout at the Rock hosted by Rockmart High School, the Cass boys obviously made some of the right moves.
The Colonels trailed 21-17 after one quarter and held a narrow 35-30 lead at halftime, but outscored Cedartown 20-9 in the third quarter to take a 55-39 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Cass then held off the Bulldogs down the stretch for a 69-62 first round win to advance to Friday night’s tournament semifinals against the winner of Thursday night’s late game between Bremen and Cherokee.
Zahquan Frazier led Cedartown with a game-high 20 points. M.J. Holiday added 13 for the Bulldogs. Cass was led by Justice Hayes (photo) with 15 points. Jacquez Fountain and Jordan Ford both added 12. Zay Jackson scored eight points. Zaylan Chaney had seven. Ethan Carter tossed in six points while Braxton Benham and C.J. Pipkin contributed three points each.
Cedartown (5-4) will play a tournament consolation game Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Thomson.
The Colonels improved to 6-7 on the year and will look to even their season mark Friday night at 8:30 against either Bremen or Cherokee in the tournament semifinals at 8:30 p.m. at Rockmart High School.
DARLINGTON 57, CARTERSVILLE BOYS 39
The Cartersville boys lost a consolation game at the Rome Holiday Tournament Thursday night at Berry College, falling to Darlington 57-39.
J.D. Hall scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the first half to lead Darlington. Andrew Land added eight for the Tigers.
Darlington (5-4) led at each quarter stop. The Tigers were up 12-11 at the end of the first quarter, 28-24 at halftime, and 40-31 after three periods before easing away for an 18-point win.
Perignon Dyer paced the Canes with 20 points. He was followed by Amarai Orr with nine points. Manny Hayes, Robert Novak, and Marqual Coaxum scored three each. Austin Cauffman added one point.
Cartersville (2-6) will look to bounce back against Calhoun at The Storm Center Friday night at 7:30 p.m.