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BOYS BASKETBALL: Cedartown takes down Pickens, 44-43

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The Cedartown Bulldogs have a new streak.

After suffering through a tough 12-game losing streak, the Cedartown High School boys basketball team has now put together back-to-back wins.

On Tuesday night at home on Senior Night, the Bulldogs took down Pickens 44-43 in a Region 7-AAAA, sub-region 'A' game.

"These kids gave everything they had," head coach Benjie Frazier said. "Titus Stocks played big tonight, all these kids played big."

Cedartown (3-17 overall, 1-4 sub-region) led 7-6 after the first quarter. Pickens opened the second quarter on a 4-0 spurt to go in front 10-7, but Bulldog freshman Miles Minge quickly tied the contest at 10 when he converted a trey.

The two sub-region foes would continue to trade baskets from that point on, as Cedartown took a 23-20 lead into halftime.

The Dragons would outscore the Bulldogs 14-8 in the third period to take a 34-31 lead into the fourth quarter.

Trailing 37-31, Cedartown received six points from Tyrell Pace that knotted the game at 37. After a Titus Stocks block, Minge would convert another three-pointer, this time giving the Bulldogs a 40-37 advantage.

With Cedartown clinging to a 42-38 lead with under a minute left, Pickens would foul freshman Quan Neal, sending him to the free throw line. Neal sank both free throws to give the Bulldogs a 44-38 lead.

Despite the Dragons scoring the last five points of the game, Cedartown was still able to hold on for the win.

"I am so happy for these kids," Frazier said.

T.J. Ector made three three-pointers in the game and finished with 11 points for the Bulldogs. Pace also contributed 11 and Minge and Stocks added six points each.

Cedartown plays at home on Wednesday, hosting sub-region foe Cass at 7:30 p.m.

Editor's note: Before the boys game, seniors Kim Carr, Mason Cox and T.J. Ector were honored during senior night activities.