Sheetz Classic: Bulldogs tripped up by Cowboys in semifinals
The Southwest Guilford boys had to go to Plan B, and it worked pretty well.
After trying to play uptempo against Thomasville, the Cowboys instead used a zone defense and opportune offense to fend off the Bulldogs for a 79-64 win Friday in the semifinals of the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Classic at Southwest.
Rick Mack scored 18 points to lead Southwest (7-3), who trailed by nine in the first quarter but rallied to lead 33-29 at halftime. D.J. Chamblee added 15 points and 11 rebounds while Kameron Langley followed with 15 points and seven rebounds.
“Usually, we like to run, but it looked like they were going to out-athlete us at every position,” Cowboys coach Guy Shavers said. “So, I kind of switched up strategy to make them play from the outside, make them shoot. ...
“Overall, I’ll take it any way we can get it, but it was a little ugly at times for what we like to do. Plus, we couldn’t get an outside shot to fall down. But the way we play we can get back in games.”
Brian McElveen scored 20 points while Cedric Green followed with 14 to lead Thomasville (2-6), which trailed by 13 midway through the third but pulled within one with 5:09 left in the game.
But that’s as close as the Bulldogs — who had just eight players and two fouled out — got, as the Cowboys answered with five straight points and got it back to a double-digit lead with under two minutes left.
“The critical point in the ballgame was when we hit the free throw to cut it to one,” Thomasville coach Gil Maxwell said. “We never could get something to fall our way, and it seemed like they got the breaks — and good teams do that.
“I thought these were two good basketball teams, going after one another.
They made their breaks, and we just couldn’t get anything to drop. I thought both teams played hard. I can live with the effort — I don’t like the outcome, but I can live with the effort.”