May 16, 2021

Braves outlast Trojans for big Region 5-AA win

The Braves huddle up during the closing moments of Friday’s win over Lamar County at HCHS

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Braves notched another important Region 5-AA win Friday night in Franklin as they knocked off the visiting Lamar County Trojans by a final score of 58-56.

The Braves got off to a good start in the first quarter before falling behind 36-29 and trailed for most of the second half before charging back to take the lead in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

A 2-point bucket from Ty Smith tied the game at 51-51 with 2:52 to play and another big basket from Isaiah O’Neal gave the Braves a 53-51 lead.

A 3-point basket from the Trojans closed the gap to 55-54 with 1:24 to play and another bucket gave them a 56-55 lead but they would not score again in the contest.

It was the star of the game for the Braves, junior Ayden Cannon that found a basket with under 20 seconds to play to send the home crowd into a frenzy and give the Braves a 57-56 lead.

Cannon added another free throw to seal it late. He scored 26 points to lead all scorers on the night including nine points in the fourth quarter.

O’Neal scored nine in the game and Smith tallied eight. Newcomer transfer D.J. Herring started the game and scored seven. Chance Curbow scored six and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

“It was a fun game and closer than I would like it to be but a win is a win and I’ll take it,” said Coach Derek Smith after the game.

The win moves the Braves’ Region 5-AA record to 2-3 with a tough game on the slate for Saturday at Temple. Temple is 4-1 in the region and currently holds second place behind Spencer after a 29-25 win home win over Jordan last night.

“Temple is really well-coached and a lot different than some of the other teams in the region in that they will run some sets and take their time,” says Smith.

“They aren’t just going to run up and down the floor so it will be a good test to see how disciplined we are going to be and if we can play a full game while understanding the game and not just trying to be good athletes, because Temple will beat up on teams like that.”

The Braves and Temple are scheduled to tip it off at 1:30 PM today at Temple.

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