(T-G Photo by Brett Turner)
They got just what they needed in a fast-paced, high octane barn burner that went down down to the wire on Friday night against Fayetteville City where Cascade emerged with a 67-62 win to move to the top of the District 9-A standings.
"It was a great basketball game. They have a really good team and they've improved tremendously," said Cascade coach Mike Edmondson.
After falling behind 16-11 after one quarter of play, the Champs were able to regroup and hit some shots in the second frame to knot the score at 23 apiece heading into the break.
As the game continued, the scorers for both teams continued to gain momentum before an all out push in the fourth quarter.
Blake Floyd cranked up the heat in the lane and led the Champion inside game with six points in the fourth while Alex Hatchett cranked up the ranged attack with seven points, including a 3-pointer.
"Blake did a great job posting up. He was one of the mismatches we had," Edmondson said.
As part of the big push in the fourth, Fayetteville went on a 9-0 run with about six minutes to go and knotted the game at 49 apiece before Cascade extended the lead back to eight.
With no choice but to foul, Fayetteville sent Will Holt to the line where he hit 5-of-6 tries to seal the game for the Champs.
(T-G Photo by Brett Turner)
Aaron Parks and James Keith did everything they could to try and finish the rally for the visitors, adding a combined 23 points in the fourth quarter alone--12 of which came from the perimeter.
In all, Parks and Keith paced the Tigers with 20 and 25 points, respectively.
While the bulk of the Champs' free throws came from Holt in the fourth quarter, the team managed 7-of-10 tries from the charity stripe. Fayetteville also proved effective at the line, making an impressive 11-of-12 attempts.
Hatchett paced the Champs with 17 points, with Holt adding 12 and Floyd dealing 10. Cascade also got key points from forward James Lattimore, Jake Pimental and Jesse Barnes.
Bryce Clinton and Marky Gilmore added depth to the Cascade scoring by knocking down a pair of 3's as well.
With the Christmas break looming, Cascade gets a break in the action until the Watertown Christmas Tournament in two weeks.
"It's really a great group to work with. We're excited going into the break where we are," Edmondson said.
Cascade will host Moore County on Jan. 8 and look to continue the successes in the district campaign through the second part of the regular season schedule.
Fayetteville 16 7 12 27 -- 62
Cascade 11 12 18 26 -- 67
Fayetteville: James Keith 25, Aaron Parks 20, Michael Parks 9, Isaiah Thompson 6, Nicholas Hopkins 2.
Cascade: Alex Hatchett 17, Will Holt 12, Blake Floyd 10, James Lattimore 8, Jake Pimental 6, Jesse Barnes 6, Bryce Clinton 5, Marky Gilmore 3.
3-Point goals: Fayetteville (7): A. Parks 4, Keith 2, M. Parks; Cascade (6): Hatchett 3, Holt, Gilmore, Clinton.