The Callaway Cavaliers are champions again.
The Cavaliers pulled off a thrilling 76-75 victory over the Douglass Astros on Wednesday at Haralson County to sew up a second straight Region 4-AAA championship, and for the second consecutive year they beat Douglass to make it happen.
The Cavaliers (18-6) will host Peach County on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the opening round of the Class AAA state tournament.
“I am very thrilled,” Callaway head coach Terry Hayes said. “They gelled, and they played hard throughout the year. I’m very proud of them. It’s hard to go back-to-back against a team like Douglass.”
The Cavaliers were down by a point with five seconds remaining when Ed Daniel came up with a steal, and he passed the ball to Terry Godwin, who was fouled.
Godwin made both free throws to give the Cavaliers the lead.
“I told him, big-time players make big-time plays. And he made (the free throws),” Hayes said.
The Astros had a couple of seconds to get a shot away, but the Cavaliers came up with a steal to clinch the victory.
“I told them just keep it close, and make a shot,” Hayes said. “And they missed some key free throws down the stretch, also.”
Dre Martin paced the Cavaliers with 22 points, and Joe Brown added 17 points, with Pedy Leverette chipping in with 11 points.
Ernest Patillo, Braylon Sanders and Godwin added eight points apiece.
The game was tight the whole way.
The game was tied 16-16 after the first period, and Douglass was on top 35-32 at the half.
The Cavaliers rallied to take a 53-52 lead through three quarters, and both teams scored 23 points in the fourth period.
OF NOTE: For more on Callaway’s championship performance, see Friday’s sports section.