The Callaway Cavaliers have made it two-for-two over their county rivals this week.
After Tuesday’s dramatic, come-from-behind victory over LaGrange, Callaway matched up with Troup Friday night.
This time, the Cavaliers didn’t need to stage a late-game rally to pull off the win.
Leading by five through three periods, the Cavaliers took charge right at the start of the fourth quarter, and they didn’t look back on the way to an 80-63 victory before a standing-room only crowd at Troup High.
Against LaGrange, Callaway was down by 11 with less than four minutes remaining, but it dominated the rest of the game to win by five.
Callaway delivered another masterful fourth-quarter performance against Troup, much to the delight of head coach Terry Hayes.
“We know how to finish a game,” Hayes said. “We were behind most of the night. We fought back. Again, our defense brought us back. Our 3-point shot was not falling in the first half. I told them, keep working, keep pounding the ball inside. We got some quick baskets in the second half. That wore them down. That set the tone.”
Ernest Patillo paced the Cavaliers with 21 points, and Braylen Sanders added 18 points while Terry Godwin chipped in with 14 points.
Trey Sullivan led Troup with 17 points, Daryl Dunlap scored 14 points, and Jamal Wilkerson added 10 points.
Troup led 15-14 after the first quarter, and Callaway was on top 21-18 at the half.
It remained tight in the third period.
The Tigers got as close as one point with 4:15 left in the quarter, but the Cavaliers were able to push their lead to five on a Godwin basket with seven seconds remaining.
Patillo got things going for the Cavaliers in the fourth period when he scored on an offensive rebound, and Sanders scored to push the lead to nine.
When Patillo scored agian with 6:40 left in the game, Callaway’s lead was up to 11.
Sullivan stemmed the tide a bit for Troup when he converted a three-point play with 5:21 left to get his team within eight, but Patillo responded with a three-point play of his own, and Callaway was up 65-54 with 4:49 left.
Sullivan scored to cut Troup’s deficit to nine, but after Joe Brown scored with 4:03 left, Callaway’s lead was in double digits the rest of the way.
Godwin put an exclamation mark on the victory with a soaring dunk on an offensive rebound to bring the Callaway fans to their feet.
“I told them no matter what happens, keep fighting and good things will happen for you,” Hayes said.