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Champs play sloppily until big 4th

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bryce Clinton fires off a 3-point attempt in the final seconds of the first half.
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LYNCHBURG -- With the District 9-A tournament right around the corner, Cascade coach Mike Edmondson wanted to try and mix things up in the regular season district finale against Moore County on Friday night to see if some adjustments could be made to gain an edge in the postseason.

Although the Champs (16-7, 10-4 9-A) had a solid game plan against the Raiders (7-19, 3-10 9-A), the execution didn't go quite as planned and Cascade had to battle back from another deficit to claim the 61-50 win.

"We tried to work on some stuff and see if we could do some stuff in the tournament. We didn't do it every well, but we learned. Tonight we learned some stuff about ourselves and what we can and can't do," Edmondson said.

It's been the Champs' M.O. for the past month--overcome a sluggish start and dominate late.

Friday night was no different.

Moore County hopped on the back of Dalton Barrier, Cole Boyce, and Dillan Davis in the first quarter as the three accounted for 15 of the team's 19 first quarter points.

It took the Champs a little while to find their answer to Moore County's big three, but eventually found success with James Lattimore's play in the paint.

With the ranged attack finding little to no success early, Lattimore was able to get key points in the post in the first quarter, but dominated in the second, which essentially allowed Cascade to stay in contention to make a second half run.

In the closing seconds of the third quarter, Lattimore hit a huge 3-pointer to give Cascade the lead, and a little momentum heading to the fourth.

"James did a good job. He was basically the only offense we had in the first half. The three he hit at the end of the third quarter was huge," Edmondson said.

In addition to Lattimore, Jesse Barnes worked the paint as well and was able to draw a handful of fouls in the second half.

"I thought we did a better job of getting the ball inside and going up," Edmondson said.

Although it was an all-out struggle to find their momentum early, Cascade eventually did get the wheels turning as the game progressed.

After being held to just four points through three quarters, junior Will Holt turned on the afterburners in the fourth quarter and mustered up 11 of the team's 23 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the line.

"That's the way we've been for the last month. It's frustrating in some ways because we want to get off to a better start," Edmondson said.

With those early frustrations put aside, Cascade controlled the tempo and closed out the district campaign with the victory.

In all, Cascade saw Lattimore and Holt lead the way with 15 points apiece while junior Blake Floyd added 12.

Although the District 9-A tournament doesn't start until next weekend, the Champs still have work to do on Monday against Franklin County night as Cascade honors its lone senior Jake Pimental and his efforts throughout his four-year career.

During their first meeting against Franklin County this year, the Champs fell just shy in overtime against the Rebels, 48-46.

"We'll see who has improved the most. We did a good job against them last time. We'll see what we can do," Edmondson said.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 on Monday night.

Cascade 14 14 10 23 -- 61

Moore Co. 19 11 7 13 -- 50

Cascade: Will Holt 15, James Lattimore 15, Blake Floyd 12, Jake Pimental 7, Jesse Barnes 5, Alex Hatchett 4, Sam Gardner 3.

Moore Co.: Cole Boyce 13, Dalton Barrier 10, Dillan Davis 10, JP Robinson 8, Ben Harvey 7, Jdames Daugherty 2.

3-Point goals: Cascade (3): Gardner, Holt, Lattimore; Moore Co. (1): Barrier.

Halftime score: Moore Co. 30, Cascade 28.

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