AAA boys: Buford 61, Cedar Grove 43

When the first-round pairings for the state tournament were announced, the No. 1-ranked Buford boys knew their opponent wasn’t going to be the typical pushover that a top-seeded team sees in the opener.

Buford, the Region 7-AAA champion, had to open the tournament against Cedar Grove, a team that was ranked as high as seventh in the state a month ago.

“We wrote it on the board. This was not a typical No. 4 seed,” said Buford coach Allen Whitehart. “They had a letdown in the region tournament and lost a couple of games. Our kids were aware of the situation.”

The properly prepared Wolves broke free midway in the first quarter, using a 12-2 run to set the pace as they rolled to a 61-43 win over Cedar Grove. Buford improved to 23-6.

The difference was the defense. Buford was able to physically impose itself on Cedar Grove, with Kyle Doyle grabbing rebounds and knocking away passes and shots. Point guard Isaiah Williams didn’t have much trouble against the Cedar Grove pressure and pushed the ball inside, where Doyle and A.J. Davis cashed in.

“Our defense has been bipolar all year,” Whitehart said. “One night it’s good and the next night it’s not. Recently we’ve been good on defense and I hope we can continue to get better.”

Cedar Grove, boosted by a boisterous group that made the long drive from south DeKalb, had much to be happy with early. A 3-pointer by Quintavious Brownlee gave the Saints a 7-6 lead midway in the first quarter.

But that’s where the fun ended. Doyle scored back-to-back buckets to spark the 12-2 streak and give the Wolves an 18-9 lead. Another 10-3 run pushed the lead to 14 points and the Saints never got closer than 13 the rest of the night.

“I thought we played well in the first half,” Whitehart said. “In the third quarter we put it in neutral. But we’ll take a win anytime you can get it in the state tournament.”

Buford was led by Doyle with 17, Williams with 13 and Davis with 11. Cedar Grove’s top scorer was Chris Fredrick with nine.

Cedar Grove coach James Martin showed displeasure with the officials throughout the game. He picked up a technical foul early in the third quarter after complaining too loudly. Martin afterwards didn’t want to comment on the game other than to say, “We’ve got a great bunch of guys and they didn’t deserve what happened tonight.”

Buford will host the Elbert County-Franklin County winner in the second round, probably on Saturday night at the Wolves Den.

20 comments Add your comment

BullDawg Rick

February 20th, 2013
10:04 pm

Wolves Den Baby!!


February 20th, 2013
10:18 pm

How many players, boys or girls, even attended elementary or middle school in the Buford School System? =Recruiting!


February 20th, 2013
10:46 pm

You may be right, but just call it open enrollment which the last time I checked is all legal in georgia high school Athletics parner. so just get over it ” Captian Cry Baby” lol and always Love and Peace to all, catch you’ll later.


February 20th, 2013
10:56 pm

Maybe one day parents will want to bring there Kids to your great and fine institution and wonderful community for your Education and Sports so keep up the good work and maybe they will come.


February 21st, 2013
12:47 am

Before the game got started Buford AD suggested that our kids sit back a couple of rows on our side to accomodate their students. We definately showed our displeasure with that remark, then he got an ear full, you know “The Grove”.
Looks like Buford got the best officials that money can buy, they were ungodly awful. Buford is privilaged


February 21st, 2013
12:54 am

oldschoolrockhead …. you mean parents that got Antonio Davis money, by the way ask isiah why he left St. Francis who paid his debt. Does he have a transcript? Don’t be another Milton

the truth

February 21st, 2013
7:58 am

It was a great game both teams played well , if Cedar Grove had star QB Johnathon McCrary things may have been different, he graduated early and is at Vanderbilt, Good luck to Buford!


February 21st, 2013
9:34 am

I saw this game and it was a physical game for the refs. Buford coach never complained and Cedar Grove coach was out of control with his behavior towards refs. The 1st half was the difference and for coach Martin to act as if the refs cost his team the game is unprofessional and exactly why there was a technical foul. Buford was the better team on this night and had nothing to do with refs, fans, etc.

the truth

February 21st, 2013
11:19 am

Witness2it i agree with you about the game!!

hind tit

February 21st, 2013
11:20 am

It’s amazing how the refs eyesight changes from one end of the court to the other. What’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander in basketball

Mark Ferguson

February 21st, 2013
11:22 am

Wait till Buford meets up with any Savannah team.

Savannah Fan

February 21st, 2013
11:37 am

Good thing to point out Mark!!!!! Very much so agreed. Savannah teams are always overlooked, but it’s ok….that’s how we sneak up on them.


February 21st, 2013
12:24 pm

As a parent and fan, it amazes me when a team loses to a far better team by a wide margin (close to 30 at one point in this game) and the only place to put blame in on the refs. Buford is far bigger, talented, deeper than most AAA teams and the #1 ranking has reasons. Cedar Grove can’t match-up with Buford and the low end is 18 points. it’s that simple. Take the loss with class, be honest with the team and work towards improving next year.

I don’t want my son around an environment that places blame on others or thinks yelling is the answer. I want him to work harder and have no excuses when he loses – it’s part of life.

Deprived Athletics

February 21st, 2013
1:31 pm

McCrary wasnt a basketball player get over yourself. Had problems for 3 years while he was in the program and they never made the state playoffs with him. Are you serious. Buford has a great thing going if I stayed up there I would want my child there as well. Dekalb dosnt do anyhing to make there athletic facilities better. Big Pimpn


February 21st, 2013
3:31 pm

Amen Witness2it…all this talk about officials and whinning about losing. BHS is an unusual place but their mission statement is AAA excellence…arts, athletics, and academics!! They excell at all three because they put their money where their mouth is.


February 21st, 2013
5:37 pm

The game was intense, critical official calls were definitely not called, and in my opinion an unfair game. Buford had their advantages (bought players, refs., home court, etc.) and took advantage of it. You can say Buford’s resources are better but Cedar Grove has the better talent, natural talent and hard work, any person who truly knows the game can tell you that! I feel as though if the game was played on a neutral court with neutral officials the outcome would have been different. I see comments like Cedar Grove couldn’t keep up and that they were no competition but, in reality Cedar Grove played consistent that entire game. On the other hand Buford put in so much energy “showing off” that by mid 3rd quarter they tired out. All in all it was a learning experience, and it would behoove Buford to actually learn how to play without their officials to win a championship.


February 21st, 2013
10:47 pm

CGHS …bhs. … ummm … were you at the game? With that comment I would guess you weren’t. Buford shot horribly and still won by 18 when it was almost 30 late 3rd.

Exactly how many critical calls can refs miss that adds up to 30 points against one team? CG defense was dominated inside and in transition … CG was handsy against bigger, better talent and speed. If the refs called that part it would’ve been 40 points by free throws alone and a very long game.

Home court is an advantage in any sport … you EARN IT by WINNING!!! CG didn’t win their region tourney … I guess the big bad refs did that, too. #1 in State, #1 seed vs #4 seed – who is suppose to win?? Oh yeah, #4 with honest refs.

GHSA chooses refs (not the schools) and it’s well known that the effort is to totally try to avoid any conflict of interest so that the conspiracy theorists like yourself won’t have an argument. If Buford and CG played 20 times, Buford would be 20-0 … regardless of where they played. Sorry but CG doesn’t have more talent or heart … that’s from someone that knows talent and coaching.


February 22nd, 2013
7:25 am

uno4sho you’er Incredible sir I hope the best for ou and your players in the and your future endeavors, just don’t blame others for your lack of understanding and ability sir, you can keep that mindset on the southside of Dekalb sir, you may want to step out side the box just a little bit sir and with that Peace and Love to all. And I Still Love Me Some BUFORD, GO


February 22nd, 2013
8:29 am

Who cares…..

First Hand Information

February 23rd, 2013
12:42 pm

@Witness2It… You can’t be to much of a witness because the refs were horrible and they knew they were horrible. They were so horrible that they went up to the head coach of CGHS and apologized after the game. So…. Blog what you know and not what you think you saw. And to take it a step farther…. CGHS might could’ve had a higher seeding if the refs weren’t so bad in the region tourney as well. It is sad that refs tend to favor the Bufords, St. Pius’, and every other major prestigious, private high school and forget that at the end of the day, these are kids who deserve equal treatment regardless of where they attend school. The game is over but you should definitely not be blogging what you don’t know. Because the truth is…. the ref apologized and why apologize if you feel that you called a fair game????????

Neither here nor there…… Start recruiting for next year because CGHS has all of their kids returning except for 3 seniors….. and they will be there for the next 2-3 years. In addition, they live with their parents…. Not in apartment complexes by themselves just for the sake of winning a HIGH SCHOOL state title!!!!

P.S.- Let’s not talk about checking official transcripts…..