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Calhoun boys lock up No. 1 seed in 1B-A

Vincent Powell scored a game-high 17 points for Calhoun in Tuesday's region showdown in Dawson with Terrell County.

Vincent Powell scored a game-high 17 points for Calhoun in Tuesday's region showdown in Dawson with Terrell County.

DAWSON – For the first time in a long time, Terrell County won’t be the top dog heading into the region tournament.

That title now belongs to Calhoun County after the Cougars won, 55-51, in the Greenwave’s house Tuesday, overcoming a 13-point deficit in the second half.

Calhoun clinched the No. 1 seed from subregion 1B-A with a tenacious fourth quarter, holding Terrell County to just six points in the final eight minutes to avoid a three-way tie for first with the Greenwave and Randolph-Clay.

“We knew what was on the line (Tuesday night),” Cougars coach Marcus Shaw said. “We won the top seed in the subregion and that’s the first time in a while we’ve been able to accomplish that.”

Vincent Powell scored 17 points to lead Herald No. 5 Calhoun County (17-6, 9-1 Region 1B-A) to a regular-season sweep of the Greenwave, something few have done in the past decade.

“We knew we had to play hard for that No. 1 seed,” said Powell, who added five rebounds and two steals in the win. “It’s big because it gives us a chance to (get through the region tournament) because we’re playing lower seeds.”

After a 12-1 run in the third quarter opened up a 41-28 Greenwave lead, Calhoun County outscored Terrell 19-6 in the final quarter. After scoring 80 points in a 80-67 win at home against the Greenwaves earlier in the season, Calhoun had just 36 points through three quarters while struggling from the field.

But the whole building knew a run was coming and when it did, the Cougars nearly ran back from Dawson to Edison.

“We sped the game up,” Shaw said of the difference in the fourth quarter. “We’ve got pretty good athletes and that’s our style of play.”

Calhoun went on an 8-0 run to finish the game after Terrell’s Dekoven Ware scored two of his game-high 21 points to keep the Greenwave’s lead at 51-47 with 2:51 to play. Raishun Anderson, who scored 14 points, tied the game at 51-51 with a layup at the 2:30 mark and then Powell put the Cougars ahead for good with a steal and pull-up jumper on the ensuing possession.

Giveaways did Terrell County (15-9, 7-3 Region 1B-A) in over the final 1:30.

“Turnovers,” Terrell County head coach John Davis said in frustration. “ We got into a rush on offense and took some shots that we shouldn’t have. I was looking for a little more patience. We made a couple of turnovers (late) that caused them to get a little momentum.”

The Greenwave never could find a second scoring threat in the second half to compliment Ware. Deshone Watson scored 11 in the first half to help push Terrell to a 29-25 lead at the break, but didn’t score in the second half. Rueben Hawkins had five of his seven points in the third but fouled out with five minutes to play.

The Cougars got eight points apiece from Robert Miller sand Marquez Williams.

Terrell County will close out the regular season Saturday at Americus-Sumter and will be the No. 3 seed from Region 1B-A in the tournament next week in Camilla.

Calhoun County finishes up Friday at Lee County before receiving a bye in the region tournament as the top seed and will play its first region playoff game next Wednesday.

CALHOUN COUNTY GIRLS 43, TERRELL COUNTY 30: Terrell County led 15-14 at halftime, but Brandi Buie scored 16 of her game-high 25 points in the second half to lift the Lady Cougars to a win in their final region game.

Calhoun County will be the No. 2 seed from subregion 1B-A next week in Pelham after going 8-2 with its only subregion losses to top seed Randolph-Clay. Keyanna Wells scored 13 in the win for the Lady Cougars (16-7).

Buie and Wells scored every point in the third quarter to open up a 27-22 lead despite 10 second half points for Terrell County’s Nydrah Wright. Wright finished with 14 to lead the Lady Greenwave (6-18, 5-5 Region 1B-A). Jaleesa Brown added eight points for Terrell County, which will have a shot to battle its way into the playoffs at next week’s region tourney.