4-AAAAAA boys: North Cobb 48, Hillgrove 42

Second-ranked North Cobb held No. 5 Hillgrove without a field goal over the game’s final 11 minutes and rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 48-42 victory in the Region 4-AAAAAA boys basketball championship Saturday at Marietta.

Hillgrove led 27-13 at halftime and was up by 12 after Keith Ray’s steal and dunk with 3:04 to play in the third quarter. But the Hawks did not make another field goal the rest of the game, and North Cobb chipped away at the lead.

The Warriors (23-4) got a layup from Lee Moore and a 3-pointer by Dennis Young-Coleman to cut the deficit to 35-28 going into the fourth quarter, and it became a free-throw shooting contest from there.

Jon Beausejour gave North Cobb its first lead of the game at 39-37 on a 3-pointer with 2:38 to play, and the Warriors never trailed again. North Cobb was 13-for-20 on free throws in the fourth quarter, including 9-for-12 in the final 1:42. Hillgrove (23-4) made 7 of 11 free throws in the final quarter.

Young-Coleman and Moore led North Cobb with 12 points each, all of which came in the second half. Ray and John Franklin, who had Hillgrove’s two second-half field goals, led the Hawks with 10 points each.

North Cobb was playing without two starters as forward Jordan Neff and guard Saxon Steele sat out with injuries. Steele is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Neff injured his ankle in the final game of the regular season and missed the region tournament, but the Warriors are hoping to have him available next week in the state tournament.

Hillgrove (42): Screen 4, Brown 5, Castlin 9, Jo. James 4, Franklin 10, Ray 10, Southwell 2, Sexton.

North Cobb (48): Young-Coleman 12, Moore 12, J. Beausejour 8, Everage 3, Jacobs 2, Jordan 4, D. Beausejour 5, Woodard 2, Williams.

4 comments Add your comment

Hubert Green

February 17th, 2013
7:50 am

Congratulations to both of these outstanding teams that also happen to be very well coached. It is a great time of the year for teams and their coaches. Enjoy these times; relish the moments; appreciate what you have accomplished. Only one team in each division can make a five game run. I will say that the feeling you get in the locker room after winning the last game is something hard to describe. I hope all coaches have a chance to experience that at some point in their careers. But also remember that glory is ephemeral. It is the memories that are not. Good luck to all,

Max Sizemore

February 17th, 2013
8:06 am

Hubert, you are quite a guy. And you know your basketball. Keep commenting.

VChandler

February 17th, 2013
8:08 am

Way to go Warriors. I am proud of the way we scrap as a TEAM. Get healthy Jordan. See you in Macon. @Hubert Green, my man you have a way with words. lol

Shaunster

February 17th, 2013
2:15 pm

I am guessing that Hubert is/was a very successful coach by his writing here and in other posts.