Calhoun Times

Gordon Central seek big finish in 7-2A schedule

- From staff reports

The Gordon Central basketball team will try to finish the Region 7-2A schedule on a high note this week.

The Warriors ended a four-game league losing streak last Friday night with a much-needed 6051 win over Fannin County and now make their last attempt to better their seeding in the upcoming Region postseason tournament.

Unfortunat­ely, after the big win Friday, they couldn’t keep that momentum going Saturday night on Senior Night in their own building, dropping an 81-80 shootout to Unity Christian.

That has them into this week and finishing up Region play with three games against the two teams that started the week technicall­y tied for first place in the 7-2A.

The Tribe visited head coach Wes Greer’s old stomping ground Tuesday night when they went to North Murray (details of that game were not available at press time) and then remain on the road Friday night with a visit to Model before they wrap up the home schedule for the year 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon with a second game against North Murray.

Model has the best record in the Region at 8-2 to begin the week, but the Blue Devils and North Murray are tied in the loss column after the Mountainee­rs beat Model, 66-55, Friday night for their fifth straight league victory. That improved the ‘Neers record to 6-2 and kept them even with Model in the loss column. (The first-place team in the Region regular season gets a first-round bye in the tournament and automatica­lly goes to the second round against the lowest seeded team still alive after the first round of play).

Rockmart is a game behind both teams at 7-3 in the Region while Murray County is 6-3 and Rockmart goes to North Murray

Friday night and can pull even with the Mountainee­rs with a victory. The Yellow Jackets also will play Model one more time.

Gordon Central is behind all four teams with a 3-6 record in the league after knocking off Fannin County and they are just ahead of Haralson County, which started the week 3-7.

Fannin County is winless in the league, standing 0-10 and the Rebels are 2-20 on the year.

In the win over Fannin Friday night, the Warriors held the Rebels to just 15 points in the first half and pretty much owned a doubledigi­t advantage throughout the game.

Gordon Central senior guard Blake Broome outscored Fannin County by himself in the first period, nabbing nine points himself on a pair of two’s, a three, and a pair of foul shots while Fannin scored seven total and trailed 15-7 at the end of the first.

The Warriors kept that defensive intensity flowing in the second period, holding FC to eight points to take a 28-15 lead at the intermisio­n. Six different GC players scored a basket and another made a foul shot to provide the visitors’ points.

The Rebels cut into that lead by outscoring the Tribe, 13-10, in the third, leaving the team from Gordon County in front, 41-30 to begin the fourth quarter.

Broome had four more points in the third and sophomore Amir Harrison and senior Tyler Hedges had three apiece for 10 of the Warriors’ 13.

Fannin had its best quarter offensivel­y of the game with 21 in the last eight minutes, but the Warriors had 19 themselves to get the victory. Seven of their points came from the foul line and Harrison paced the team with eight of his 13 points on the night coming down the stretch.

Gordon Central begins this week with an overall record of 10-9.

 ?? Barbara hall ?? Gordon Central junior guard Jamori George twists for a layup shot against Unity Christian Saturday night in the Warriors’ gym.
Barbara hall Gordon Central junior guard Jamori George twists for a layup shot against Unity Christian Saturday night in the Warriors’ gym.

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