AUSTELL, GA-Coach Gregory Moultrie and his South Cobb Eagles continued their roll through the 6A playoffs with a 85-61 thrashing of the Evans Knights to improve to 28-2 on the season. The 24-point win was the team’s third straight playoff win by more than 20 points.
The South Cobb guards benefitted from crisp passes around, across, and through the Evans zone and each dropped two threes. They were joined by Robert Dix with a basket from beyond the arc. Travis Burrus, Raymond Baka, and Emon Washington each added a basket to close out the 23-point first quarter.
The Eagles won the opening tip and immediately set the tone for the evening with a deep three-pointer from the right corner. That three would be the first of a barrage from deep in a quarter that quickly turned into a shooting exhibition by Da’Quan Riggins and Zocko Littleton.
Washington’s basket would be the first of many for the senior forward who would go on to lead the Eagles with 23 for the game on a variety of jumpers, drives to the basket, and trips to the line.
When the Knights had the ball, they found few gaps in a swarming defense led in the backcourt by Shedrick Williams and Burrus, who harassed Evans guards with a relentless, full-court pressure. South Cobb held the Knights to 11 points in the first quarter and nine in the second and led 47-20 at the half.
Facing a 27-point deficit and a hot-shooting Eagles squad, Coach Kevin Kenny abandoned his zone and went man-to-man in hopes of applying pressure and closing the gap in the second half.
It didn’t work. After a lackluster third quarter, Burrus, Dix, and Washington took turns driving to the basket at will against the overmatched Evans defenders.
Afterward, Coach Moultrie was pleased with his team’s effort. “Overall, I’m pleased with the outcome of the game. We jumped out on them pretty well. The kids executed the plan.”