Rivals ready for rematch

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

January 14, 2014

What to do for an encore?

In the first meeting this season between the Callaway Cavaliers and LaGrange Grangers, the two county rivals played a wild ballgame that featured a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback.

The Cavaliers were down by double digits in the fourth quarter, but they outscored the Grangers 17-3 over the game’s final four minutes to secure the 73-68 victory.

The Cavaliers and Grangers will meet again today, and this time the game will be played at Callaway High.

First up will be the girls’ game at 6 p.m., with the Lady Cavaliers hoping to make it two-for-two over the Lady Grangers.

Callaway won the first meeting 48-42.

In the boys’ game, Callaway (9-2) will put its five-game winning streak on the line, while the Grangers (7-8) are looking to end a three-game losing streak.

The last time the two teams played, the Grangers appeared to be headed toward the home win.

They led by 12 points at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers weren’t done.

Braylon Sanders and Dre Martin hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Cavaliers within three, and Ernest Patillo made two free throws to cap a 12-0 run and give his team a 66-65 lead.

LaGrange tied it at 66-66, but Callaway finished the game on a 7-2 run to win by five.

“We hit some big shots, some big threes, got a couple of big steals, got a couple of stops, and that was it,” Callaway coach Terry Hayes said.

In the girls’ game, Callaway was clinging to a two-point lead with less than four minutes remaining, but it outscored LaGrange 8-4 the rest of the way to get the win.

“We came into this environment, and it’s always hostile when you play a cross-town rival, and won the game,” Callaway head coach Deyano Martin said. “LaGrange played really, really hard. They played well. We were able to pull it out. We played with a lot of heart.”