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Champs pound Raiders, get big bounceback win

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

(Photo)
Blake Floyd slams home a thundering dunk after picking off a Moore County player near halfcourt.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Moore County struck the first blow, but it was the Cascade Champions who had the final word in Tuesday night's District 9-A showdown.

The Champs dominated every facet of the game and enjoyed a 63-43 bounce back win, following a loss against Middle Tennessee Christian on Friday night.

"That was a good win. They played hard and were very aggressive. We wanted to take the game to them early and we did a good job of that. That was our goal to get out early and put a little pressure on them," said Cascade coach Mike Edmondson.

Moore County got on the scoreboard first, but quickly fell behind once Cascade heated up the ranged attack.

The Champs quickly catapulted out in front thanks to five treys in the first quarter. Alex Hatchett and Will Holt each banked a pair of triples while Jake Pimental added one.

In all, the Champs enjoyed an 18-6 advantage after the opening frame.

Cascade spread the attack in the second quarter, but still added 18 more to hold a 36-18 lead at the intermission.

As the game progressed, the Champs continued to pound the scoreboard, but it was Moore County's offense that progressively picked up steam.

Despite only scoring six points in the first quarter, the Raider offense began to hit its stride in during the second and third quarters.

Led by Chris Nix' ranged attack, the Raiders continued to try and claw their way back into the game. Despite finding some successes from beyond the arc, Moore County never did trim the lead more than 14 points.

In fact, Cascade's defense kicked it into overdrive in the closing minutes of the third quarter and allowed the offense to go on a 7-0 run to close the frame.

That run included a steal and a dunk by Blake Floyd that essentially demoralized the visitors.

"Blake is always good defensively every night," Edmondson said.

The Raiders did outscore the Champs 11-9 in the fourth, but it was too little too late.

The high-flying Cascade offense saw Alex Hatchett and Jesse Barnes lead the way with 13 points, while Floyd added 11 more.

Cascade saw six more players having shots drop during the win as well.

Nix paced the Raiders with 12 points--all of which came from 3-point range.

The win rights the ship following a district loss to MTCS last Friday, and sets up a chance for the Champs to make it two straight 9-A wins, if they can complete the season sweep against Community on Friday night.

The Vikings will visit the Stable with the opening tip off set to follow the girls game at 6 p.m.

Moore Co. 6 12 14 11 -- 43

Cascade 18 18 18 9 -- 63

Moore Co.: Chris Nix 12, Dillon Davis 9, Dalton Barrier 7, JP Robinson 5, Ben Harvey 4, Blydge Farrar 2, Jordan Barrier 2, Cole Boyce 2.

Cascade: Alex Hatchett 13, Jesse Barnes 13, Blake Floyd 11, James Lattimore 8, Will Holt 7, Jake Pimental 6, Sam Gardner 2, Marky Gilmore 2, Bryce Clinton 1.

3-point goals: Cascade (7): Holt 2, Hatchett 2, Pimental 2, Floyd; Moore Co. (6): Nix 4, D. Barrier, Robinson.

Halftime score: Cascade 36, Moore Co. 18.


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