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Champs cap regular season with win

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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Jake Pimental splits the Collinwood defense and drills a jumper in the second half. Pimental paced the Champs with 19 points on Monday night.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
During the first meeting between the Cascade Champions (11-12, 7-7 9A) and Collinwood Trojans (15-11, 5-5 12A) earlier this season, Collinwood was able to emerge with a 59-47 win.

With the loss in their first meeting in the back of their minds, the Champs were able to string together back-to-back wins with a 62-55 victory on Monday night over the visiting Trojans and close the regular season on a high note.

Gaining momentum

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Jesse Barnes battles for position under the rim and goes up for two.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
"We talked about it before the game and said that we needed to use this game as a momentum booster. We put four quarters together again, but we kept picking it up and were able to keep pace with them," said Cascade coach Ralph Edwards.

By the end of the first frame, the Champs built a 21-11 lead, but Collinwood caught a break in momentum when a Cascade player was charged with an intentional foul early in the second quarter.

"We were up 10 and we let them back in the game. That really broke our momentum when they got the intentional foul," Edwards said.

From there, Collinwood went on an 8-0 run to close the score gap, which left the score knotted at 29 at the end of the first half.

Defensive surge

Cascade came out in the second half and upped the ante on the defensive side of the ball.

"We got it back together and came out after halftime and played some great defense in the second half," Edwards said. "We played a little bit of zone on them because they had a little trouble handling the zone. We're going to have to mix up our defense in the tournament being successful."

Even with the upped defensive intensity, Collinwood continued to knock down shots and keep the Champs at bay.

But Cascade got the upper hand on the momentum swing provided Alex Hatchett, who drilled a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the third quarter.

"Alex Hatchett's three down here was huge. Alex stepped up and came in off the bench and hit that three that really gave us momentum," Edwards said.

Cascade eventually retook the lead early in the fourth quarter. While Cascade took the lead, the Trojans continued to battle back.

The Champs eventually put the game away by connecting on 8-of-9 free throws in the final three minutes.

Work to do

Even though the Champs found success in nearly every part of the game on Monday night, Edwards still saw a few things that his team needs to iron out before facing Huntland in the opening round of the District 9A tournament on Saturday.

"The biggest thing I'm disappointed in is our transition defense. We gave up way too many layups off rebounds and inbounds plays. We've got to fix that. That's the one negative we had all night. But we've got four days to fix it," he said.

Keeping with the recent trend, Cascade got valuable points from the team's veterans Jake Pimental and Anthony Marable, who scored 19 and 17 points, respectively.

"Jake played well. Will is coming off of being sick--he played well tonight. And Anthony is Anthony. He had a big night, too," Edwards said.

The win on Monday concluded the regular season for Cascade. With the win, the Champs set their sights to Huntland, who Cascade will face on Saturday at 5:30 at MTCS.

Collinwood 11 18 11 15--55

Cascade 21 8 10 23--62

Collinwood:

Cascade: Jake Pimental 19, Anthony Marable 17, Jesse Barnes 10, Will Holt 6, Blake Floyd 4, Bryce Clinton 3, Alex Hatchett 3.

3-point goals: Cascade (6): Jake Pimental 2, Will Holt 2, Alex Hatchett 1, Bryce Clinton 1; Collinwood (1): Jacob Daniel 1.

Halftime score: Cascade 29, Collinwood 29.


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