Cal­houn’s de­fense sets tone in big win over Tigers

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Alex Far­rer

One of Cal­houn boys bas­ket­ball’s trade­marks over the past few sea­sons as they have racked up five straight re­gion ti­tles is full-ef­fort, stingy manto-man de­fense. Af­ter an up-and-down sea­son so far in 2017-18, they looked like the Jack­ets of old in that re­gard on Tues­day night.

Cal­houn put to­gether a stel­lar four-quar­ter de­fen­sive ef­fort and got some big con­tri­bu­tions of­fen­sively from mul­ti­ple guys to earn a 60-47 home vic­tory on Tues­day against 6-AAA South subre­gion foe Adairsville. For the Jack­ets (5-12, 1-3) it was their first subre­gion win and some­thing Cal­houn coach Vince Layson said he hopes his team can build on in the fi­nal weeks of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“We fi­nally got a few days of prac­tice in a row af­ter play­ing so many games the last sev­eral weeks, and we’ve been fo­cused on get­ting back to play­ing good manto-man de­fense,” said Layson. “We had to do some dif­fer­ent thing early in the year de­fen­sively based on per­son­nel and other fac­tors, but we have got­ten back to what we think we do best. And we ex­celled at that tonight. I’m hop­ing that this win is go­ing to give us some con­fi­dence. We’ve played good bas­ket­ball in spurts this year, but to come out and com­pete in all four quar­ters tonight like we did, I was re­ally im­pressed. We got a lead and then we closed it out. This should spark us a lit­tle and hopefully give us what we need to fin­ish strong.”

Cal­houn built a 17-11 lead af­ter the first quar­ter and main­tained that six-point lead go­ing to the half ahead 29-23. They con­tin­ued the same pat­tern in the sec­ond half as they build a dou­ble-digit lead in the third and fourth quar­ters mul­ti­ple times and an­swered ev­ery bucket the Tigers (11-10, 5-1 subre­gion) got. The Jack­ets didn’t al­low Adairsville to make con­sec­u­tive, unan­swered buck­ets the en­tire sec­ond half.

Cal­houn led 42-33 at the end of the third quar­ter, and Adairsville never got any closer than eight in the fourth.

Davis Allen led the scor­ing for Cal­houn with a game-high 18 points, in­clud­ing go­ing 4-of-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quar­ter and snatch­ing down some huge re­bounds at big points through­out the game.

“(Davis) is one of those guys that you don’t have to worry about. He’s go­ing to show up and give his best ef­fort ev­ery sin­gle night,” said Layson. “He is a com­peti­tor, and that along with his tal­ent is a very good com­bi­na­tion. He did a great job on the boards for us tonight and made big free throws down the stretch.”

Tononcito Martha added 14 points for the Jack­ets, all com­ing in the sec­ond half, and Xax­ton Good­son was the third scorer in dou­ble fig­ures with 12 as he stepped in to fill the void left by reg­u­lar starter Chase Goble, who didn’t play on Tues­day.

“Tononcito is our en­ergy guy,” said Layson. “He’s not the most pol­ished bas­ket­ball player we have, but he gets to 50-50 balls and gets big re­bounds to give us ex­tra pos­ses­sions. Our guards were able to han­dle Adairsville’s pres­sure, and Tononcito was the ben­e­fi­ciary of that, get­ting some easy lay-ups ahead of the de­fense.

“Xax­ton stepped up big tonight with Chase be­ing out. We didn’t know he would be the starter un­til just be­fore the game. He’s come in ev­ery day at prac­tice and earned his play­ing time, and he made the most of his op­por­tu­nity tonight. He knocked down some shots and got some big re­bounds.”

Bralin Bar­ton added seven for the Jack­ets, and Porter Law scored six.

Cal­houn did a solid job of lim­it­ing Adairsville’s lead­ing scor­ers, Cen­tral wrestling teams were each in ac­tion this past week­end at sep­a­rate tour­na­ments, and both ex­pe­ri­enced in­di­vid­ual suc­cess from mul­ti­ple wrestlers.

Cal­houn fin­ished fifth in the team stand­ings at the Cody Hen­der­son and Hunter Hice. They held Hen­der­son to 14 points and only four in the sec­ond half, and Hice scored 12 for the Tigers. Ma­son Boswell added 10, and Ethan Belcher scored seven.

The Jack­ets were back at home on Fri­day to host Mur­ray County. (For de­tails on that game, see Wed­nes­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They will be on the road on Satur­day at 5:30 p.m. against Har­al­son County.

In other re­cent prep bas­ket­ball ac­tion:

Sono­rav­ille boys 65, Har­al­son County 24

The Phoenix built a big lead in the first half and con­tin­ued to add on for a dom­i­nant subre­gion road vic­tory on Tues­day.

Sono­rav­ille (18-3, 4-1 subre­gion) held the Rebels to sin­gle-digit points in all four quar­ters. They built a 36-10 lead at the half and then com­pletely put the game away with a 23-7 ad­van­tage in the third quar­ter to force a six-minute fourth.

Chris Rush led the Phoenix in scor­ing with a game-high 15. Trent Daniel added 12, and Lu­cas Brooks con­trib­uted 11. Seth Harkins chipped in eight, and Wil Wal­raven scored seven.

Sono­rav­ille was home on Fri­day to host Bre­men. (For de­tails on that game, see Wed­nes­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They host Adairsville on Tues­day at 7:30 p.m. in a huge subre­gion matchup as they try to avenge their only subre­gion loss so far this sea­son af­ter los­ing on the road to the Tigers on Jan. 12. Burnt Moun­tain Clas­sic at Pick­ens High and had sev­eral wrestlers place in the top six in their weight classes with one in­di­vid­ual cham­pion. J.C. Fuller led the Jack­ets by earn­ing first at 285.

Reece Poe (138) took third,

Har­al­son County girls 69, Sono­rav­ille 51

The Lady Phoenix fell be­hind in the sec­ond quar­ter and could never fully re­cover as they lost a subre­gion game for the first time this sea­son on the road on Tues­day.

Sono­rav­ille (13-6, 4-1 subre­gion) trailed 18-16 af­ter the first quar­ter, but Har­al­son County dou­bled them up in the sec­ond with a 16-8 ad­van­tage in the pe­riod to lead 34-24 at the half. The Re­belettes main­tained and slowly built and other top six fin­ishes were Jonathan San­tana (fourth, 106), Owen Men­dez (fourth, 132), Blake Bai­ley (fifth, 113), Ja­cob Dun­lap (sixth, 152) and Sex­ton Golden (sixth, 170).

Gor­don Cen­tral made the trip to the Mur­ray In­vi­ta­tional their lead from there in the sec­ond half.

Alexa Geary and Grace Dar­nell shared the scor­ing lead for Sono­rav­ille with 11 points apiece. Maliyah Parks added 10, and Abby Cham­bers scored eight.

Sono­rav­ille re­turned home to host Bre­men on Fri­day. ( For de­tails on that game, see Wed­nes­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They will host GPS (Chat­tanooga) on Satur­day at 2 p.m. and be back at home on Tues­day to host Adairsville at 6 p.m. at Mur­ray County High, and they were led by Chris­tian Davis who fin­ished sec­ond at 152.

Ethan Mitchell placed third at 220, and Bran­son Towe (182) and Brax­ton Cald­well (145) each fin­ished fourth.


Cal­houn’s (from left) Sex­ton Golden, Jonathan San­tana, Reece Poe, CJ Fuller, Owen Men­dez, Blake Bai­ley and Ja­cob Dun­lap pose for a pic last Satur­day. Gor­don Cen­tral’s (from left) Ethan Mitchell, Chris­tian Davis, Bran­son Towe and Brax­ton Cald­well pose for a pic last Satur­day.

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TIM GODBEE / For the Cal­houn Times

Cal­houn’s Xax­ton Good­son rises for a shot be­tween Adairsville’s Ethan Belcher (3) and Gaven Crunk­el­ton.

TIM GODBEE / For the Cal­houn Times

Cal­houn’s Davis Allen (right) goes up for a shot over Adairsville’s Cody Hen­der­son in the first half.

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