Callaway picks up first win
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
The Callaway Cavaliers had a chance to put win number one on the board Friday night, but they were unable to make the plays late on the way to a 76-74 loss to Greenville.
Saturday night in their home opener against Bowdon, the Cavaliers left nothing to chance.
The Cavaliers built a 12-point lead at the half, and they had a double-digit lead for most of the second half en route to a 73-61 victory.
It was likely the first of a bunch of wins for the Cavaliers, who are coming off an exceptional 2012-2013 season.
Callaway went 16-8 last season and won the Region 4-AAA championship, and most of the players responsible for that success are back.
“It was a great win,” Callaway head coach Terry Hayes said. “I’m trying to rotate people in, see who can play.”
Some of Callaway’s top players have just recently made the move from basketball to football, and Hayes said these early-season games will everyone a chance to form some “team chemistry.”
“That’s the biggest thing is building team chemistry,” Hayes said. “When the going gets tough, we’ll have to have some chemistry.”
One of the football players, Dre Martin, led the Cavaliers with 15 points.
Ernest Patillo added 12 points, and Chris Jones and Terry Godwin contributed nine points apiece.
The Cavaliers stormed to a 21-11 lead after the first quarter, and they were ahead 41-29 at the half.
Martin made back-to-back baskets at the start of the third period to give the Cavaliers a 45-29 lead.
Bowdon then came to life a bit, and by the close of the quarter, Callaway’s lead was down to single digits at 53-44.
The Cavaliers opened the fourth period on a 6-0 run, though, with Martin again scoring four straight points.
The Red Devils got back within nine with a little more than three minutes remaining, but they came no closer.
“It’s good to win,” Hayes said. “We’ve got one win down. We’ve got that zero out of the way.”
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