North Cobb earned Gorsuch his first region championship and the career milestone with a 70-52 win over South Cobb in Saturday’s finals of the Region 4AAAAA boys tournament at Hillgrove.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Gorsuch said. “The kids have worked so hard, playing as a team, playing hard. We worked all year for this and I couldn’t be prouder of the kids for accomplishing this.
North Cobb (24-4) will be the top seed from its region in the Class AAAAA state playoffs. The Warriors will host Bradwell Institute, the No. 4 seed from 3AAAAA, in a first-round game on Saturday.
Meanwhile, South Cobb (13-14) will be a No. 2 seed and host third-seeded Jenkins in the first round.
In addition to securing the first region title in his 13-year tenure at North Cobb, Gorsuch got the extra bonus of his 200th career win — which he wasn’t even aware of until it was announced after the game.
“I didn’t know it was No. 200, but we picked a good game to win No. 200,” Gorsuch said. “I’m thinking of all the players who have played here. A lot of them texted me (Saturday), wishing me good luck, including a lot of the guys from the ’07 team that fell short. It means more for the players and the coaches on our staff.”
The loss ended South Cobb’s surprising run to the region championship, which the fifth-seeded Eagles reached following their 52-50 upset of top-seeded Harrison on Thursday.
“I’m glad our guys are excited about going to the championship of the tournament,” South Cobb coach Gregory Moultrie said. “We had high expectations at the beginning of the year, starting out 7-1. We had a rough skid, but we got it together. We had a great run when we needed to, in the second half of the season. Eight teams came in (to the tournament) and only two came out with trophies. We wanted to win the region tournament, but region runner-up — we’ll take that.”
Lee Moore scored 22 points, while Dennis Young-Coleman added 10 to lead the way for North Cobb.
South Cobb was led by Devocio Butler’s 14 points, while Dreon Knowlin added 13 and Corey Ross had 12.
North Cobb led 21-17 at the end of the first quarter and was up 25-19 with 5:48 remaining in the first half when it went on a 9-0 run to increase its lead 34-19 with 3:57 left.
South Cobb stormed back to close the gap the rest of the second quarter, however, as it went on an 11-0 run to cut North Cobb’s halftime lead to 36-30.
The Eagles stayed within striking distance of the Warriors in the third quarter and trailed only by two, 45-43, at the end of the period.
North Cobb led 51-47 with 5:09 remaining in the game when the Warriors proceeded to outscore South Cobb 16-1 over the next four minutes to take a 67-48 lead and put the game away for good.