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BOYS BASKETBALL: Cedartown plays hard on Senior Night, but comes up short

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The top team in Region 7-AAAA, sub-region ‘A’ visited the last place team in the sub-region on Friday and they had to use a strong fourth quarter to pull out the win.

Cedartown (0-22 overall, 0-8 sub-region) battled the sub-region’s top team Gilmer for 32 minutes before eventually succumbing 62-44 to the Bobcats.

The Bulldogs and Bobcats exchanged baskets early on Friday during Cedartown’s Senior Night before Gilmer ended the opening quarter on a 4-0 spurt to take a 12-7 lead into the second quarter.

Gilmer would use that momentum to open the second stanza on a 7-0 run to build a 19-7 advantage. However, Cedartown would outscored Gilmer 18-11 from that point on to get back into the game.

The Bulldogs ended the first half when D’marius Huggins and Exzavier Pace made back-to-back three-pointers to bring Cedartown to within seven of Gilmer at 32-25 at halftime.

Huggins would quickly make another three-pointer to start the third quarter and bring Cedartown to within four, 32-28. A Huggins free throw would bring Cedartown to within three points, 32-29.

The two teams continued to exchange points throughout the third quarter and Gilmer took a 46-36 lead into the final quarter.

Cedartown kept fighting back and after Pace scored with about seven minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs only trailed Gilmer (22-3, 7-1) by six points, 46-40.

However, Gilmer immediately responded with a 7-0 run to stretch their lead back to double digits at 53-40.

The Bulldogs would never be able to recover from that Gilmer run and eventually lost the last game of the regular season.

Pace led the Bulldogs with 16 points while Huggins scored 12. Gilmer was paced by Joe Bob Charles 29 points and Connor Webber's 17.

Senior Night was the last home game for four Bulldogs – Bryceland Brown, Aaron Borders, Andrew Pasley and Huggins.

Cedartown will now turn their sights to the Region 7-AAAA tournament, which they will compete in next week at Dalton.