There were no fourth-quarter fireworks necessary this time around.
During a December game at LaGrange High, the Callaway Cavaliers fought back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth period to pull off the dramatic come-from-behind win.
On Tuesday, Callaway and LaGrange met again.
While the result was the same, a Callaway win, the way it played out was a lot different.
The Cavaliers built a 15-point lead early in the third quarter, and they held a double-digit lead the rest of the way en route to a 74-61 victory.
“They put it on us,” LaGrange head coach Mike Pauley said. “They pressured us, and we turned it over. Kudos to them.”
The Cavaliers were up by seven at the half, and Dre Martin hit a 3-pointer moments into the second half to jump-start a 10-2 run.
Once the Cavaliers took control of the game, they didn’t look back.
“They came out, and the jump shots weren’t falling,” Callaway head coach Terry Hayes said. “They kept fighting, and our defense turned it up. It got us in the ballgame.”
Dre Martin, who led the Cavaliers with 24 points, said the team “definitely” played better than it did in the earlier meeting with LaGrange.
“We didn’t play defense that last time,” Martin said. “We played better defense this time. But we can do better, though.”
Neither team was having much offensive success early, and Callaway led 11-10 after the first quarter.
Dy Dunlap hit a 3-pointer early in the second period to give the Grangers a 13-11 lead, and Kyle Williams scored moments later to push the lead to 15-11.
The Cavaliers answered with an 11-3 run, with Pedy Leverette capping the run with a three-point play to give his team a 22-16 lead.
The Grangers scored the next four points to get back within two, but the Cavaliers closed the half on a 7-4 run to take a 29-22 lead.
Braylon Sanders hit a 3-pointer right before the halftime buzzer to push the lead to seven.
The Cavaliers blew the game open in the third quarter, beginning with Martin’s 3-pointer 10 seconds into the second half.
“They hit that 3-pointer, and it was a momentum changer from the start,” Pauley said.
Sanders knocked down a 3-pointer with 6:50 left to give Callaway a 37-24 lead, and Joe Brown’s bucket moments later put LaGrange in a 15-point hole.
LaGrange did get back within 10 points on a Danterrious Bray 3-pointer and a basket by Logan Moody, but Callaway scored the next 11 points, with Ernest Patillo completing the run with a three-point play.
By the end of the quarter, Callaway’s lead was 52-35.
The Cavaliers led by as many as 21 points in the fourth period, and the Grangers finished the game strong to make the final score more respectable.
Martin scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half, and Sanders added 17 points.
Leverette and Patillo contributed 11 points apiece.
Bray and LaPerion Perry led LaGrange with 11 points apiece.
Both teams will be at home Friday, with Callaway taking on B.E.S.T. Academy, and LaGrange hosting the rival Troup Tigers.