Cavs one win from a title

By Kevin Eckleberry

February 18, 2014

The Callaway Cavaliers are one victory away from a second straight region championship.

Callaway (18-6) hammered Jackson-Atlanta 78-48 on Tuesday to earn a spot in today’s Region 4-AAA championship game at Haralson County.

Callaway will play in the championship game at 8:30 p.m., and if it wins it will be the region’s top seed for the state tournament.

The Cavaliers hadn’t played a game in more than a week, but they didn’t show any signs of rust.

“I was very excited. The kids played pretty well,” Callaway coach Terry Hayes said. “We shot free throws well, we hit our shots, and we played a good defensive game.”

Dre Martin led the Cavaliers with 18 points, and Joe Brown added 17 points and “had a great night shooting” according to Hayes.

Freshman Braylon Sanders added 12 points.

The Cavaliers led 18-12 after the first quarter, and they were ahead 36-34 at the half.

The second half belonged to Callaway.

The Cavaliers were up by 15 points through three quarters, and they held the Jaguars to six points in the fourth period to make sure there wouldn’t be a comeback.

“We went to a 2-3 zone, and were daring them to shoot the ball,” Hayes said. “I guess their legs were tired, and balls were falling short. We got some fast breaks, got some easy shots.”

Whether the Cavaliers win or lose today, they’ll be at home for the first round of the state tournament.

The team would obviously prefer to head to state on the heels of a second straight region title, though.

“They’re looking forward to it,” Hayes said. “It’s a chance to go back-to-back.”