Chattooga rallies past Sand Rock for title
Cherokee Boys Basketball Invitational
CENTRE – After what had already transpired throughout the past few days, the final game of the Cherokee Boys Basketball Invitational on Dec. 22 actually turned into a tournament championship between Sand Rock and Chattooga, Ga.
And what a championship game it was at the Gadsden State-Cherokee Arena.
Sand Rock went on a 12-0 firstquarter run, but the Indians didn’t back down. They managed to take the lead in the second quarter and held on for a 73-66 victory.
Isaiah Foster led the charge for Chattooga (10-1) by scoring 24 points. Dee McCutchins tossed in 15 points. Trevell Bankston added 10 points. Isaac Foster and Jay Shropshire finished with nine and eight points respectively.
It was Shropshire’s bucket with 6:50 left in the second quarter that tied the game at 17. Jay Broome gave the Indians their first lead just 18 seconds later at 19-17 on a layup.
Chattooga outscored the Wildcats (6-6) 25-14 in the second quarter to take a 34-31 lead into the locker room.
The Indians kept the pressure on Sand Rock in the third quarter, going on a 27-15 run, giving them a 61-46 lead heading into the final quarter.
Sand Rock managed to cut into the Indian lead late, but ran out of time.
Alex McMahan led the Wildcats with 19 points. Joel Brock added 13 points. Caylon Simpson contributed nine points. Tyler King came away with six points. Bradon Carver and Dakoda Mackey both finished with five points.
After rallying to defeat the Sand Rock Wildcats 73-66 on Dec. 22, the Chattooga Indians won the Cherokee Boys Invitational title. The Indians, who are coached by Jared Groce, went 3-0 in the tournament. Their other wins came over Cedar Bluff and Piedmont.