The Rome boys staged a second-half comeback against Region 5-AAAAA foe Paulding County on Friday night, but the Wolves came up just short when a potential game-winning shot from half-court missed the mark at the buzzer. 

The Wolves fell to the Patriots, 48-46, on Senior Night.

The Wolves were trailing by 10 at the half when Rome coach Keeth Jones put it on his players to make it up in the second half. And they responded.

“We played a whole lot harder on offense in the second half,” said Jones.

“It was just a matter of playing a whole lot harder offense than we did. We executed better, we made them foul us, we got to the line, and we just played a whole lot harder.”

Rome scored just two points in the first quarter, but heated up as the night progressed, scoring thirty-five in the second half. Matt Scott led Rome with 15 points.

“Going into the next game we can’t come out and not match the other teams intensity at the beginning of the game,” said Jones.

“We just have to come out a little harder and ready to play more at the beginning of the game,” said Jones.

Rome will visit East Paulding on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Paulding County will also face region play with North Paulding on Tuesday at 7:30.