Last updated: February 10. 2014 12:29AM - 326 Views
By Kevin Eckleberry

Callaway's Joe Brown gets ready to shoot a free throw during the second half of Saturday's game against Jackson.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
Callaway's Joe Brown gets ready to shoot a free throw during the second half of Saturday's game against Jackson.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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The Callaway Cavaliers took care of business.

Needing a win over Jackson on Saturday to sew up a second-place regular-season finish in Region 4-AAA, Callaway made it happen with an 82-67 win.

The Cavaliers (17-6 overall) finished 11-3 in the region, and they’ll be the number two seed for the region tournament this week.

The Cavaliers have a bye until Friday’s semifinals, and they’re guaranteed a spot in the state tournament.

The Cavaliers’ hopes for finishing first in the region were dashed with a 71-66 loss to Douglass on Feb. 3, but they went out and won their final four regular-season games to make sure they’d finish second.

“We knew if we won out, we could get number two,” Callaway coach Terry Hayes said. “We did it.”

The Lady Cavaliers, meanwhile, wrapped up the region’s number three spot with a 49-38 victory over Jackson.

Callaway (15-8 overall) went 10-4 in the region, and it finished third behind Central-Carroll and Chapel Hill.

Callaway will play either Rockmart or Haralson County at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to the semifinals while earning a state berth.

In Saturday’s boys’ game, the Cavaliers trailed by three points at the half, but they dominated the second half to claim the victory.

Trailing 40-37, Callaway went on an 8-1 run to start the third quarter to go up 43-40.

The Cavaliers led by as many as 11 points in the period before taking a 57-49 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

A lead that grew to 12 early in the fourth period was down to six with 3:50 remaining, but the Cavaliers finished the game on a 13-4 run to win going away.

“We played a lot better offensively than we did in the past. And our defense came through again, forcing turnovers,” Hayes said. “And we hit some big shots.”

Dre Martin led Callaway with 22 points, and Terry Godwin added nine points.

Ernest Patillo and Braylon Sanders scored nine points apiece.

In Saturday’s girls’ game, the Lady Cavaliers came into the final quarter with a 40-32 lead, but Jackson went on a 6-0 run to make it a 40-38 game with six minutes remaining.

Ida Kortvelysi answered with a short jumper moments later to break the slide for Callaway, and Monica Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 4:36 remaining to push the lead to 45-38.

Callaway ended up scoring the game’s final nine points to break things open.

The Lady Cavaliers now turn their attention to the region tournament, and they’ll try to duplicate last year’s success when they made it to the region-championship game.

Coach Deyano Martin feels the team’s play has been inconsistent this season, but he’s hoping everything comes together this week.

“Maybe when the region starts, when the region tournament comes, they’ll be playing as hard as they can play,” Martin said. “You just never know what you’re going to get out of them. If everybody plays hard, we can be pretty good.”

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