May 17, 2021

Cannon leads Braves to third region win

(Bremen, GA) — The Heard County Braves scored another win over the Blue Devils Tuesday night in Bremen to improve the young squad’s Region 5-AA record to 3-4.

The solid 52-39 win gives the team a 4-2 record in their last six games as they enter the home stretch of the season.

The Braves never trailed after the early moments in the game and took a 31-19 lead to the locker room at the half. A total of six 3-point baskets were key to the first half lead with Ayden Cannon draining three of them.

Junior Ayden Cannon leads the Braves in scoring this season

Cannon was once again the top scorer for the Braves with 15 points while Khalil Cofield had eight and Chance Curbow scored six. The junior leads the Braves in scoring this season.

A lot of Braves saw action in the second half with nine players notching at least two points on the score sheet.

A new look Braves squad that only fielded eight players prior to the holiday break looks much different here in mid-January.

The addition of transfer D.J. Herring and several junior varsity call-ups had the roster showing a dozen active players dressed for Tuesday’s game.

Other players that scored in the game included the newcomer Herring (5), Ty Smith (5), Ashton Bonner (5), Ike O’Neal (4), Evan Walls (2), and RoRo Edmondson (2).

Head coach Derek Smith is pleased to see the team improving so much since in recent weeks.

“We’re picking up some momentum. This is our first double-digit win of the season so guys are starting to gel at the right time and we’ve just got to carry this over into Friday versus Callaway,” said Smith after Tuesday’s win.

Smith says the additional players has been a benefit in that more competition means more options during games.

“One of the great things about competition is you have to compete everyday — but one of the negatives is that guys that were used to starting and playing a lot earlier on in the season may have to adjust,” Smith says.

“Now it means more every possession, so if you have a couple of possessions and you’re not where you’re supposed to be you don’t just stay in because we do have more guys now.”

The first year coach says the key in facing a Callaway team that the squad lost to earlier in the season is to not have fear.

“We just need to not be scared and not focus on what they look like and how athletic they are — they are basketball players just like we are.”

The Braves (5-14, 3-4) will host rival Callaway Friday with the tip coming just after the girls game at approximately 7:30 PM at HCHS.

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