Chat­tooga ral­lies past Sand Rock for ti­tle

Chero­kee Boys Bas­ket­ball In­vi­ta­tional

Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS - By Shan­non Fa­gan

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.

Shan­non Fa­gan / Chero­kee County Her­ald

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.

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