Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sandy Creek opens up region lead

CARTERSVILLE -- It was senior night at Cass High School but it was an underclassmen show on Tuesday night in a tough Region 6-AAA battle as Sandy Creek picked up an important 73-66 win over the host team.

Sandy Creek improved to 11-0 in Region 6-AAA thanks to a balanced effort and a strong surge in the second quarter that ultimately swung the moment to the Patriots and the Tyrone team never looked back.

Junior Malcolm Jackson (pictured) scored a team high 22 points while senior Blake Brewer added 14 points in the wing.

Jackson, a 6-1 junior, did a little bit of everything in the match-up and was the catalyst down the stretch with his athletic bursts to the basket where he either scored at the rim or converted the foul shots.

"Our kids are so mentally tough," Sandy Creek head coach Rashad Muhyee said. "I love this group of guys so much. They just don't lay down. They love to attack the basket and that was so important for us to win."

Jackson also grabbed seven rebounds, collected four steals and handed out four assists. Brewer collected eight rebounds, blocked four shots and handed out three assists.

Cass was led by it's underclassmen in the defeat. Sophomore Adrian Rogers scored 22 points while fellow sophomore Blake Sims, a 6-1 point guard, added 18 points. Junior Cory Warn added 14 points and was a defensive presence in the second half, taking away Jackson's effective jumper.

Sandy Creek (15-7) sits alone on top of Region 6-AAA while Cass dropped to 6-4 in region play and 13-8 overall on the year. The Patriots have a light stretch to close out the year as the final three games come against teams that are within the bottom four of the region standings. Cass has a difficult stretch with four straight road games.