The Allatoona Buccaneers made the cross-county journey to the South Cobb Eagle’s Nest for a couple of regional basketball games on January 28, 2020. The Eagles were looking to gather two more regional wins over the Bucs, having already beat them at Allatoona earlier in the month.
The evening got started with the girl’s game at 6PM. A close first quarter featured several three-point shots from both teams. South Cobb closed the quarter up by three, 12-15. However, the rest of the game did not go the Bucs’ way and the Eagles extended their lead in each of the remaining quarters. The game ended after a frustrating fourth quarter for the Bucs where nothing seemed to drop, including multiple free-throw attempts. The Eagles took the win with a final score of 42-68.
The boys game began with high anticipation, as the Eagles occupied the top-spot in the region and the Bucs were holding third. The earlier game between the two teams was an 11-point victory for the Eagles, and the Bucs were wanting to keep a 2-game win-streak alive.
Knowing what was on the line, South Cobb Head Coach Gregory Moultrie challenged his team to finish strong. “With a win we would lock up the number one seed in the region,” he said, “so I challenged the guys to play with the same intensity as they did on Friday against Pebblebrook.”
Once the game got underway, it was clear that his Eagle team accepted that challenge. The Bucs could get nothing going offensively, and the Eagles were taking away second-chance shots with rebounds and a menacing defensive presence. The first quarter ended with South Cobb in control of the game, 5-22. And although the Bucs offensive production was better in the second half, so was South Cobb’s. It proved to be too much for the Bucs to overcome and the Eagles took the victory, 56-85.
“We got bullied tonight,” said Allatoona Head Coach Chad Phillips. “They played well, they shot the ball well, they wanted it more than we did. I think we can compete with them, but we just didn’t do it tonight.” Coach Moultrie was proud of his team’s performance: “When we do what we’re supposed to be doing and playing our game,” he said, “we’re one of the best teams in Georgia.”
Both teams have a final regional game on Friday, January 31st to finish out their regular schedule. Allatoona travels to play region runner-up Sequoyah, and South Cobb hosts River Ridge. Good luck to both teams.