Corey Tobin, a senior at Cartersville, scored his 1,000th career point in last week’s 89-37 win over Cass.
Tobin scored the basket early in the first quarter. Officials stopped the game and presented him the game ball. Tobin went on to score 21 points.
The 6-foot-5 guard began his career at Woodland and was good enough to be named to the all-county team for two years. He transferred to Cartersville when his father, Mike Tobin, took over the program there. As a junior Tobin averaged 14.2 points and 4.7 assists and was named to the all-state team.
The Purple Hurricanes are expected to be among the contenders again this year in Class AAA.
Tougher schedule takes toll
Playing biggest schools is a great way for Class AAA teams to grow their skills and push their abilities. It can also be detrimental to their record, as some learned recently.
The Buford boys, playing without several of their football players, lost to Region 1-AAAAAA Tift County 65-56 in overtime. Buford’s Rakim Lubin led the Wolves with 23 points and 11 rebounds and D’Marcus Simonds had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Johnson (Savannah) boys were beaten by Region 7-AAAAAA power Peachtree Ridge 64-62 in the Nike Explosion Showcase at Wheeler High School. Johnson, the reigning state champions, trailed by 13 points in the fourth quarter when coach Utaff Gordon called timeout and tried to inspire his players. They responded with an 8-0 run and eventually trimmed the lead to one point with less than a minute to play. But Peachtree Ridge made its free throws and Johnson missed a last-second shot. Johnson got 14 points from Samuel Mitchell and 12 points from Antwan Maxwell.
Henry County, expected to be a prime contender in Region 2, lost for the first time against Class AAAA Eastside, 68-45. Jordan Adams and Ramion Rosser led Henry County, but the Warhawks got behind early and were never able to make it close.
Battles begin in Region 6
Region 6 is one of the more difficult boys basketball leagues in AAA. The league is deep and offers a slugfest on a regular basis. Cedar Grove set the pace for the season last week with a 46-42 win over St. Pius, although the losing Lions got 14 points and 17 rebounds from Mark Harris.
The girls race is expected to be one-sided, with defending state champion St. Pius again the dominant team. The Golden Lions swept their way to three wins last week, with Asia Durr scoring 35 in a 65-34 victory over Riverwood. Pius should get more of a test on Friday from Decatur.
Beach girls still unbeaten
The Beach girls picked improved to 5-0 last week with an impressive win over Class AA power Laney. Beach got 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists from Jada Young in a 64-57 win over Laney. Ilyn Spann and Jacqueline Anderson each added 15 points for Beach.