The Callaway Cavaliers are back on the winning track.
After dropping three straight games, including Monday’s 71-66 loss to Douglass that likely cost them a chance to finish first in the region, the Cavaliers bounced back to beat the Central-Carroll Lions 86-83 on Tuesday.
The Cavaliers (14-6 overall) improved to 8-3 in Region 4-AAA, and they’re in a second-place tie with Chapel Hill.
“I was proud. They came back and played good ball,” Callaway coach Terry Hayes said. “The kids weren’t down. They played pretty good.”
The Cavaliers came out hot, and they were up 29-17 after the first period, and they led 47-37 at the half.
Callaway outscored Central-Carrollt 23-20 in the third period to take a 70-57 lead into the final quarter.
“From the start, we played well,” Hayes said. “There was really no doubt.”
Hayes emptied the bench in the fourth period, and Central was able to rally and make things interesting late, but Callaway held on.
“We played a lot of people,” Hayes said. “We were up big, and we substituted people in and out to see what they looked like.”
Dre Martin led Callaway with 19 points, and Braylon Sanders added 18 points.
Joe Brown chipped in with 10 points, and Ernest Patillo and Quadarius Patillo had nine points apiece.
In Tuesday’s girls’ game, Callaway hung tough for awhile with a powerful Central-Carroll squad before losing 64-46.
The Lady Cavaliers (12-8 overall) fell to 7-4 in the region, while the Lady Lions (22-2) moved to 11-1 in the region and remained in a first-place tie with Chapel Hill.
Callaway was down 14-10 after the first quarter, and it trailed 29-21 at the half.
The Lady Cavaliers stayed within shouting distance in the third period, and they headed to the final quarter trailing 42-32.
“The fourth quarter, it kind of got away a little bit,” Callaway coach Deyano Martin said. “They outscored us by eight.”
Callaway went to the free-throw line 42 times, although it only made 18 of the attempts.
Martin was pleased with the aggressiveness of his players, though.
“We wanted them to attack, and we did a good job of attacking, putting pressure on them,” Martin said.
Callaway’s teams will be on the road against Haralson County today.