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James Lattimore made his presence in the paint effective against the Eagleville Eagles on Friday night. The sophomore accounted for 14 points, six of which came in the third quarter.
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EAGLEVILLE -- Saying the Eagleville Eagles came out guns blazing in Friday's District 9-A showdown against the Cascade Champions (5-3, 2-1 9-A) might be a bit of an understatement. Eagleville's Ben Kelley lit the net on fire with six, first-quarter 3-pointers, making the Champs play catch up throughout the remainder of the half.

But as effective as he was from the perimeter in the first half, Cascade was able to utilize it's suffocating defense and shut him down in the final two quarters of play. That defensive effort helped the Champs rally for the 50-41 win.

"They came out tonight and hit six 3's in the first quarter. In the second half we played great defense," said Cascade coach Mike Edmondson.

Swarming defense

It was that stifling defensive effort that held the Eagles to just 10 points in the third and fourth quarters, while allowing Cascade to catapult out in front with 24 more points.

Blake Floyd led the Champs' efforts in the second half, providing the defensive pressure that helped limit the Eagles' scoring opportunities.

As part of a 16-point third quarter, Cascade worked its inside-outside offense, giving the Eagles everything they could handle and then some.

James Lattimore powered the inside attack with six points in the third quarter, several of which came off put-back buckets.

"James Lattimore played extremely well for us tonight," Edmondson said.


Senior Jake Pimental and junior Will Holt worked in conjunction to lead the Champs' perimeter attack, with each knocking down five points in the third.

In all, Holt paced the winners with 15 total points while Lattimore added 14.

While the two tallied 29 total points that powered the offense, Edmondson credited the entire team's defensive efforts for shutting down the potent Eagle offense that dominated the early parts of the game.

'A great job'

"Everybody did a great job. We kept them off the boards. It was a great effort defensively," he said.

The win marks the second road victory in a row for the Champs after picking up a win against Cannon County last week.

Cascade improves to 5-3 overall and bounces back after a 66-58 loss to Huntland last Tuesday.

"It was a big win for us on the road," he said.

The Champs return to their home court on Tuesday when the Forrest Rockets (6-4, 1-1 9-A) pay a trip to the Stable.

Cascade 17 9 16 8 -- 50

Eagleville 20 11 5 5 -- 41

Cascade: Will Holt 15, James Lattimore 14, Jake Pimental 7, Alex Hatchett 6, Jesse Barnes 5, Blake Floyd 3.

Eagleville: Ben Kelley 20, Josh McCrary 6, Drew Jernigan 6, John Posada 5, Chris Hale 2, Darin Ruby 2.

3-Point goals: Eagleville (9): Kelley 6, McCrary 2, Posada 1; Cascade (3): Holt 2, Pimental 1.

Halftime score: Eagleville 31, Cascade 28.

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