No matter how far they fell behind, the Callaway High boys never gave up.
They kept on coming. They kept on scrapping, and the Cavaliers kept on shooting.
“We played with a lot of intensity. We shot the ball better, and we hustled,” said Callaway High boys basketball coach Terry Hayes.
His team is a work in progress with a record of 0-5. Hayes and his Cavaliers lost another game on Tuesday night with an 84-72 defeat to Newnan High on the hardwood in Hogansville.
By no means was it all dismal for the Callaway High boys. More than anything, they hung tough. The Cavaliers gritted their teeth, and they kept on playing.
Callaway High finished off the night by outscoring the Cougars, 26-15 in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers drove the ball into the teeth of the Newnan High defense and came away with some layups from Demetrius Coleman, Antinez Blount and the 5-foot-7 Ja’Vontay Boddie.
The Cavaliers also scored in the final quarter on a Jason Gates layin and with a Coleman 8-foot jump shot. Coleman is a 5-foot-10 freshman.
Callaway High battled all night long against the lengthy Cougars. Callaway tied the game at 11-11 on a D.Q. Wilkerson layup in the first period. Newnan then took the lead with a Harrison Drake three-point bucket.
Junior center Walt Stewart of Callaway High came back with a layup. Gates would sooner or later bury a three-point basket as well in the second quarter. The Cavaliers trailed by only three points at 21-18. Callaway High also got a couple of hoops from Boddie and Gates in the second period.
But Newnan High retaliated with a Keith Williams threepointer and a pair of Williams layups. The Cavaliers still got as close as five points, cutting the Cougar lead to 37-32 after a Demetrius Coleman layup with 55 seconds left in the first half.
“Callaway played real hard, and we had to match their intensity,” said Newnan High boys coach Rod Ladd.
The Cougars did increase their mojo a sliver, and they went on a 5-0 run to end the second quarter. Callaway High never totally recovered the rest of the night as the Cougars took a 42-32 lead to halftime.
In the second half, Callaway High never got the deficit into single digits. The Cavaliers still went jaw-to-jaw with the Cougars in the second half. Callaway High scored some “not so easy” layups with Kedrick Ramsey, Blount, Gates and with the 6foot-5 Walt Stewart.
But the Cavaliers still fell 12 points shy of Newnan High on this basketball night. And it had a lot to do with footwork or the lack of it.
“We did not get back on defense. We didn’t rotate, and we did not contest their open shots,” said Callaway High’s Coleman.
But what the Cavaliers did do was get 21 points from Coleman, 10 points from Ja’Vontay Boddie, nine points from Jason Gates, nine points from Antinez Blount, eight points from D.Q. Wilkerson and seven points from Kedrick Ramsey. They played all out.
Also finding the bottom of the sack were Newnan’s Keith Williams with 23 points, Jatayveous Watson with 20 points and Will Gates with 14 points. Watson is a 6-foot-6 junior forward. He is a slam dunking machine.
The Cougars are now 4-6 on the season.