The Gilmer High School Bobcats boys’ basketball team had a game filled week that couldn’t have gone much better. It contained a win over rival Pickens, a win on “Senior Night” over Cedartown, and a win in one of the most bizarre games ever seen against Dalton.
The first game of the week came on Wednesday night against the Pickens Dragons, a team Gilmer had already defeated twice on the year. The Bobcats were up to the usual antics, with Wheeler Lancey getting a steal and assisting Joe Bob Charles on the first basket of the game.
Shortly after, Chandler Burrell backed his defender down in the paint and hit a turnaround jumper. Charles tied the game up with an and-one three point play, but Pickens made the last shot of the quarter to take a 10-8 lead after the first quarter.
The Bobcats never could pull ahead of the Dragons in the second quarter, but came close multiple times. Taner Reece opened the scoring in the second half and Lancey hit a key three-pointer to keep it close. Bailey Allen took advantage of the bonus, hitting two free throws after he was fouled and getting the “Cats” even closer.
After back to back scores by the Dragons, Lancey stole the ball and scored, then assisted Burrell on another shot. Corey Waters came alive and scored three points for GHS followed by another Lancey steal and basket, but a three-pointer by Pickens at the end of the quarter had Gilmer trailing 29-26 at the half.
The third quarter is when the Bobcats got things going. Charles and Waters hit a couple of quick shots to get within two. Great ball movement by the “Cats” left Charles with an opening and he hit a three-pointer to give GHS its first lead since the first quarter.
It was a lead the “Cats” would never relinquish after going on a 10-0 run fueled by great defense and smart shot selections. Kyle Hedden, Burrell, Waters, Lancey, Allen, and Charles all contributed to the big quarter, scoring 22 points and taking a 48-43 lead into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was what Gilmer fans are used to seeing from the Bobcats. Another 20 point quarter by the Bobcats helped Gilmer get the win. Hayden Hoequest made a nice basket after a drive and kick from Charles.
Hedden had two more nice baskets in what was one of his best games of the year. Charles took the game over though, scoring 14 points and insuring a Bobcat victory, 68-57.
Charles led the team with 29 points, Lancey had 11, and Burrell and Waters finished with 8 each.
The second game of the week came on “Senior Night” as the Bobcats played host to the Cedartown Bulldogs. Joe Bob Charles, Wheeler Lancey, Taner Reece, Corey Waters, Chandler Burrell, and Kyle Hedden were all recognized and FYN wishes them the best in their futures.
Much like the win against Pickens, Cedartown was able to keep it close for about a half until Gilmer pulled away and won 56-43.
The final game of the regular season came on Saturday and it was an odd one to say the least. The Dalton Catamounts came to town, but that’s about all the team did. After trying to stand and do nothing in the first half, the Bobcats pressured the ball and forced the Catamounts to play.
After a sluggish first quarter, the Cats trailed 11-8 with Lancey and Charles scoring all of the points.
The second quarter was better for GHS, scoring 19 points. The threes were falling for Gilmer as the “Cats” hit five of them in the quarter. Waters, Lancey, Charles, and Burrell helped to put the Cats on top 27-22 at the half.
With the Bobcats heating up, it looked like another high scoring affair was in order as the last game between these two was packed with offense. The second half was anything but that though.
Dalton started the third quarter with the ball, and nobody else touched it. The Catamount guard stood just past half court and held the ball for the duration of the quarter. With just a few seconds left in the quarter, the visiting “Cats” started to play and scored two points before the buzzer sounded. After three quarters, the Bobcats led 27-24.
The fourth quarter was more of the same from the Catamounts. After the Bobcats started with the ball, Charles hit a three-pointer to extend the lead to 30-24. One would have thought this would get the game going, but Dalton elected to stand around again. The Catamounts eventually would try to make a move late in the quarter, but the Bobcats denied it and walked out with a crazy 32-25 win.
Charles led this one with 16 points, followed by Lancey with 8 and Waters with 6. Keep in mind that was basically in one half. Following the game, FYN was able to get some information on why the Dalton coach used this game plan.
Essentially it was all about resting his players, as they had played three games already that week and were tired. With the Region Tournament coming up in just a few days, and after Dalton had been upset in an earlier game, the coach decided to rest his players.
Gilmer is scheduled to play Lafayette in the first round of the Region 7A-AAAA tournament; however, the tournament has been postponed due to weather concerns.