Everybody knows his role.
There are a lot of reasons the Callaway Cavaliers are one of four teams left standing in Class AAA.
One of the biggest reasons the Cavaliers are playing in the final four today, though, is that each player on the team has bought into what his designated role is.
Some men are starters and rarely leave the floor, others come off the bench and maybe only play a few minutes, and some players don’t even get onto the court some nights.
Junior Terry Godwin said for everyone on the roster, the only stat that matters is whether the team wins or loses.
“Everybody has it in their heart they want to win,” Godwin said. “They put it on the floor. We all just give it everything we’ve got.”
Freshman Braylon Sanders said “everybody knows what they’re supposed to do on the court. When they get in, they just do it.”
Against Swainsboro in Thursday’s semifinal game, the starters were Godwin, Sanders, Dre Martin, Joe Brown and Pedy Leverette.
Ed Daniel, Jeremiah Simpson, Ernest Patillo, Quadarius Patillo, Quantrez Cooper and Chris Jones came off the bench and provided key minutes.
Janik Janikowski and Daniel Heard didn’t play against Swainsboro, but they have played key minutes during the season, and on Thursday they were supporting their teammates.
“Everybody just does what they’re supposed to do,” Martin said. “Everybody knows what to do.”
Martin said it helps that all the players get along so well.
“We all enjoy playing with each other,” Martin said. “We’re like brothers. We just have fun.”
The Cavaliers are a deep team, and that has helped them dominate teams late in games.
Through each of the first three rounds of the state tournament, Callaway has been the better team in the second half.
In the first two rounds, Peach County and Thomson appeared to wear down late, while Callaway’s players looked like they could go another four quarters.
“Their know their role, and we have some depth,” Callaway coach Terry Hayes said of his players. “Everybody plays together. They love each other.”
Hayes said it has been evident since the first day of practice that this group of players was concerned only with what it would take to put a winning team on the floor.
“It’s not always like that,” Hayes said. “It’s nice to have kids like this. They’re coachable. They have their fun sometimes, but they work hard.”