Nice bounceback performance by Cavaliers

Published 12:27 am Wednesday, January 25, 2017

By Kevin Eckleberry

HOGANSVILLE – They bounced back like he hoped they would.

On Friday night, Callaway head coach Terry Hayes wasn’t happy with his team’s performance in a one-sided loss at Heard County.

On Tuesday, Callaway was back on the court against Jordan, and the effort was a much more pleasing one to the veteran coach.

Callaway (6-8 overall) beat Jordan 59-48 on its home floor to improve to 3-4 in Region 5-AA.

Callaway has won three of four overall, and the one loss came to Heard County.

“It’s a great win for us,” Hayes said. “It atones for what we did Friday night. We looked real bad Friday night.”

Callaway began its region schedule with three straight losses, and one of them came on the road against Jordan.

Callaway had a strong second half in that game on Jan. 10, but it was Jordan earning the 78-71 home win.

“This time we put two halves together,” Hayes said.

Tamarcus Smith, a guard who is having an outstanding season, led the Cavaliers with 21 points, and Braylon Sanders added 15 points,.

DQ Wilkerson and Kedrick Ramsey had eight points apiece.

Tuesday’s game was tied 8-8 after the first period, and Callaway heated up in the second period and outscored Jordan 17-9 to take a 25-17 lead at the break.

Sanders made a 3-pointer and scored seven points in the second period, and Wilkerson scored six of his points in the quarter.

Callaway was ahead by 12 early in the third period when Jordan strung five straight points together to get within five.

Callaway hung tough, and its lead was 39-31 heading to the final quarter.

The Cavaliers then scored the first seven points of the fourth period to build a 46-31 lead, but the Red Jackets came back and got within eight with 5:20 to play.

That’s as close as the Red Jackets came the rest of the way, though, as the Cavaliers got the much-needed win.

Callaway will try to make it two in a row when it hosts Lamar County on Friday.

“I think we’re getting better, but we’ve still got a long way to go,” Hayes said.