(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
The Cascade Champions (7-3) went to the Watertown Christmas Tournament on Thursday evening and took care of business against Gordonsville (3-6-1) in a 52-37 win which earned them a trip to the second round of the winners bracket.
It was all Cascade in the first half.
Per usual, the suffocating defensive pressure allowed the Champs to mostly limit the Tigers to single shot possessions.
Offensively, the Champs slowed down the tempo of the game and forced Gordonsville to play Cascade ball -- a feat which coach Mike Edmondson says was instrumental in winning the game.
"I thought that was key. We got the pace we wanted. They (Gordonsville) like to get up and go," he said.
With both offense and defense working in Cascade's favor, the Champs limited the Tigers to a mere four points in the first quarter, while Will Holt put the Champs out in front with his deadly ranged attack.
Of Cascade's first 14 points, 12 came from Holt's first quarter efforts -- all of which were from range.
"He got a couple off inbounds plays. We worked on that a lot yesterday. We knew how their defense was going to be on those plays, so we were well-prepared for that," Edmondson said.
But the Tigers eventually got their offense rolling in the second and scored 13 points.
Cascade, meanwhile, continued to hit the outside shots, with Sam Gardner and Alex Hatchett each adding a 3-pointer in the second quarter.
In addition to the perimeter assault, Jesse Barnes worked the paint and picked up a handful of fouls while attacking the lane.
He sank 4-of-6 attempts in the second quarter alone.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Cascade continued to pound away at the scoreboard in the second half much in the same way things went in the first.
The Champs worked the perimeter, but also found successes in the lane from Blake Floyd and Barnes.
Gordonsville was able to muster up a few runs at Cascade, but was never able to cut the lead more than nine points.
Cascade finished off the Tigers with an 11-point fourth quarter to advance within the winner's bracket.
The Champs got a big boost from James Lattimore inside, in addition to Floyd's and Barnes' work in the paint.
"We have so many guys that can start at so many times. They just want to do what it takes to win," Edmondson said.
Cascade put three players in double figures, with Holt's 12 points leading the way. Floyd and Barnes each added 10 points to the winning efforts.
The Champs will get another chance to advance within the winner's bracket this evening with a match up against Cheatham County at 4 p.m.
Cheatham County, Edmondson says, will be a tough test for the Champions on both ends of the court. The Cubs (11-2) dispatched Gabriel Christian 75-62 during their round one game yesterday afternoon.
"Cheatham County is good. We're looking forward to it. It will be a challenge," Edmondson said.
Cascade 14 14 13 11 -- 52
Gordonsville 4 13 12 8 -- 37
Cascade: Will Holt 12, Jesse Barnes 10, Blake Floyd 10, Alex Hatchett 8, Jake Pimental 7, Sam Gardner 3, James Lattimore 2.
Gordonsville: Colt Nokes 12, Austin Vaden 8, Kaleb Bush 7, Tyler Bradford 5, Tyler Atwood 3, Hunter Woodard 2.
3-Point goals: Cascade (8): Holt 4, Hatchett 2, Pimental; Gordonsville (2): Vaden 2.
Halfitme score: Cascade 28, Gordonsville 17.