In a classification loaded with good teams, the Cartersville boys are the only ones to remain undefeated during the regular season.
Coach Mike Tobin’s team is 21-0 overall and 11-0 in Region 5 going into tonight’s game against Gordon Central, the Canes last home game during the regular season.
Tobin moved over from Woodland, where he was 26-3 last year, to take the Cartersville post this season. He brought along his son, Corey, and his defensive coordinator, Ed Riddle. Both have proved to be quite valuable.
Corey Tobin is a 6-5 junior shooting guard who averages 15.2 points and nearly five rebounds and five assists. Tobin is an excellent shooter; he’s hitting 39 percent of his 3-pointers and 82 percent from the line.
Riddle is the former head coach at Cass High who joined Tobin’s staff last year. Riddle, who won a state championship as an assistant at Marietta under the legendary Charlie Hood, is in charge of a defense that has allowed only three opponents to score more than 50 points.
“We spend a lot of time working on our defense,” Tobin said. “He does a great job holding the kids accountable.”
Cartersville has plenty of other weapons, too. Ryan Davis, a 6-4 junior, averages 17.4 pointsm7.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists. A.J. Mosby, a 6-foot junior guard, is averaging 14.7 points and is hitting 39 percent on 3-pointers. Dalven Penn, a 6-5 senior center, is an inside force who averages three offensive rebounds.
Smith leads No 6 North Hall boys
The North Hall boys continue to roll along toward big showdowns against Dawson County and Buford. The No. 6 Trojans are 19-2 and have won five straight going into tonight’s game against Fannin County.
North Hall’s high-powered offense is led by Ebo Smith, a 6-2 senior point guard who averages 19 points, six rebounds and four assists per game. Smith averaged 19 points and four rebounds on last year’s region championship team. He has signed with North Georgia.
Adam Kelly, a 6-3 forward, averages 14 points and seven rebounds, and Griffin Olson, a 6-1 guard, also averages 14 points.
The success is not unexpected for coach Benjie Wood’s team. The Trojans went 24-6 last year before losing to Carrollton in the second round of the state playoffs. North Hall is 9-1 in Region 7-AAA. North swept rival East Hall in a pair of close contests, winning in overtime in December and by five points on Jan. 22, and beat Dawson County by 14 on Jan. 11. Its only loss was a 52-45 decision to Buford.
North Hall plays at No. 10 Dawson County on Tuesday and at No. 2 Buford on Feb. 8 to compete the regular season.
One week left in regular season
There is only a week remaining in the regular season. The playoffs start the week of Feb. 11 and conclude by Feb. 16. The first round of the state playoffs begin on Feb. 19-20.
Here are the playoff sites for North Georgia:
• Region 5: at Sonoraville
• Region 6: at Decatur
• Region 7: First round at No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. Semifinals and finals at North Hall.
• Region 8: First round at No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. Semifinals and finals at East Jackson.