That’s when Ty Hudson took over.
Hudson scored eight straight points and tallied 11 of his game-high 23 in the third quarter, and the Falcons went on to beat Paulding County 76-58 in Game 1 of the first game of the Southeast Basketball Academy Atlanta High School Hoop Festival at Pope.
Hudson, who also had seven assists and four steals, sank three of his four 3-pointers in the third period, the last of which gave Pebblebrook (7-1) a 51-38 advantage with 3:58 remaining. In all, the Falcons had five 3s in the period, en route to a 61-48 lead at the start of the fourth.
“Ty is the heart and soul of our team,” Pebblebrook coach George Washington said. “He gets us going offensively and defensively. He’s a great coach on the floor and doesn’t let the team get rattled.”
Pebblebrook went from holding a 35-34 margin to grabbing a 56-38 lead following Derrick Cook’s three-point play.
Cook, who scored all 12 of his points in the second half and added five steals, sank a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to put the Falcons up 61-48.
Hudson’s last 3-pointer gave Pebblebrook a 19-point lead with 4:45 remaining in the game, and Cook’s putback with 2:55 left gave the Falcons their biggest lead of the contest at 74-51.
“It’s been a process of maturity for us,” Washington said. “Last year, we would have lost a game like this. We had a 10-point lead shrink down to one point, but we found a way to take back control.
“Ty doesn’t let this team worry about the scoreboard. They just play, and I’m really proud of the way they played (Saturday).”
Trhae Mitchell added 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for Pebblebrook. Kevin Murph contributed eight points and eight boards.
Michael Hemphill had nine second-quarter points and led Paulding County with 15, along with five rebounds and three assists. Raasean Davis had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Hemphill and Hudson were named the most outstanding players for their respective teams.