The Callaway Cavaliers will make their debut in the Region 4-AAA tournament today, and their opponent will be a familiar one.
The last time the Cavaliers played a game was on Feb. 8, and their opponent was Jackson.
The game was close for awhile, but Callaway pulled away late for an 82-67 victory.
Today, those two teams will face off again, this time in the semifinals of the region tournament, which is being held at Haralson County.
As the number two seed, Callaway earned a bye into the semifinals, while sixth-seeded Jackson has had to win two games.
After beating Central-Carroll in the first round, Jackson got past Chapel Hill on Monday to make it through to the semis.
Chapel Hill was the number three seed after putting together a sterling 10-4 record in region play that included a victory over Callaway, but it was unable to beat Jackson for a third straight time.
Jackson (9-17) struggled to a 6-9 record in region play, but it has won three of its past four games, with the one loss coming against Callaway.
“They’re talented. They’ve improved every game,” Callaway coach Terry Hayes said of Jackson.
In their first meeting this season, Callaway thumped Jackson 86-72.
In the rematch, the Cavaliers were only up by six midway through the fourth quarter, but they finished the game on a 13-4 run to win going away.
That win capped a 17-6 regular season for the Cavaliers, and they’ve won four in a row, although it has been more than a week since they’ve played.
If the Cavaliers win today, they’ll advance to Wednesday’s region-championship game at 8:30 p.m., and they’ll assure themselves of a home game in the first round of the state tournament.
Also today, the Lady Cavaliers will play their semifinal game at 4 p.m. against Central-Carroll.
Third-seeded Callaway beat Haralson County 47-28 on Monday to advance to the semifinals, and it will match up with second-seeded Central-Carroll for the third time this season.
Central-Carroll (25-2) beat Callaway 64-49 and 64-46 during the regular season.
“We’re happy (to be in the state tournament), because we could be out, but we’re definitely not satisfied,” Callaway coach Deyano Martin said. “We’ve got a big game (today). And then if we fry that fish, it’s an even bigger fish that comes up Wednesday, probably Chapel Hill.”
A year ago, Callaway knocked off Central-Carroll in the tournament semifinals to reach the championship game.
“It’s setting up just like last year,” Martin said. “They owe us. They’ll try to put us out this time. Last year we put them out. We’ll be ready.”