Warriors hold off Patriots’ late run
by Carlton D. White
December 23, 2012 01:14 AM | 4255 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Micah Woodward tries to pass the ball around Berkmar’s Kip Patton in Saturday’s basketball showcase at Pope.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Micah Woodward tries to pass the ball around Berkmar’s Kip Patton in Saturday’s basketball showcase at Pope.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
MARIETTA — Lee Moore scored 20 of his game-high 26 in the second half, helping North Cobb fend off a furious rally and post a 64-53 victory over Berkmar in Saturday’s final game of the Southeast Basketball Academy Atlanta High School Hoop Festival at Pope.

North Cobb (9-1) held a 20-point first-half lead and was in front 50-32 with 1 minute remaining in the third quarter when Berkmar (6-4) came back.

C.J. Foster’s layup with a second left in the period sparked a 10-0 run for the Patriots, who got help from back-to-back 3-pointers from Malcolm Hannah.

Moore, who scored 10 points in each of the third and fourth quarters, made a layup with 5:12 left to push the Warriors to a nine-point advantage. However, another set of back-to-back 3s — this time from Jonathan Sanks — pulled Berkmar to within 53-50 with 4:32 on the clock.

That’s when Moore took over. He collected two key steals and a rebound that led to five straight North Cobb points, and he recorded eight of the Warriors’ final 11 points.

“I was just playing my game, and trying to help my team win,” said Moore, who finished 12-of-17 from the free-throw line and added seven rebounds and five steals. “I wasn’t doing anything that I can’t do. My game comes natural to me. I really don’t think anyone can guard me, so I just feel like I can score really easy.”

Jordan Neff collected nine points and four rebounds for North Cobb, while Jon Beausejour had seven points, five rebounds and two assists. Saxon Steele and Dennis Coleman-Young each had six points for the Warriors, and Young-Coleman also totaled six rebounds and seven assists.

“I think it was good for us to get up on a good team 20 points, like we did in the first half,” said North Cobb coach Terry Gorsuch, who has led his team to eight straight victories. “In the second half, I think we stretched it out like that, but since (Berkmar is) a good team, they were going to come back, and we had to keep the intensity up.

“They made a nice run and got it down to four, but then we got some defensive stops and made some free throws, so I’m pleased overall. (Moore) sets the tone for us on defense, but the other four guys playing (defense) like him — we get those steals and get out on the break — that’s when we’re playing our best, and that’s when Lee is playing his best.”

Moore was named the most outstanding player for North Cobb in Saturday’s showcase, as was Foster for Berkmar.

The battle of 2012 region champions and Class AAAAA quarterfinalists lived up to expectations, despite North Cobb closing the first quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 19-8 lead into the second period.

Neff’s dunk 15 seconds into the second quarter sparked another Warriors run, and they held their biggest lead of the game — 32-12 — with 3:42 remaining in the first half.

Berkmar pulled to within 36-23 at halftime before trailing by 16 entering the fourth period.

Hannah finished with 15 points, including five 3-pointers, and added three rebounds and four steals. He scored nine fourth-quarter points off three 3-pointers to help the Patriots close the gap. Berkmar made eight 3-pointers in the game as a team.

Sanks, who totaled 13 points, connected on two of his three 3s in the fourth period. Foster had 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

North Cobb was 18-of-26 on its free throws, compared to 5-of-9 for Berkmar. The Warriors went 16-of-23 from the line in the second half, while the Patriots did not attempt any second-half foul shots.
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