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‘Canes win first 20 games, seek automatic state tourney berth
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
January 29, 2013 03:40 PM | 936 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville’s Corey Tobin defends the ball from teammate Zack Hacker during practice last week.
Cartersville’s Corey Tobin defends the ball from teammate Zack Hacker during practice last week.
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With 20 games behind it, Cartersville had the only undefeated boys’ basketball team in the state last week.

“After 20 games it’s a great feeling to have won all of your games,” said head coach Mike Tobin.

Having no losses so far into the season is a great accomplishment for any team, even a school like Cartersville that has always had a strong tradition of athletic excellence.

This is a especially great as this is Tobin’s first year as the boys’ head coach.

While the Purple Hurricanes have seen such success this season, they have not let the record go to their heads and cause them to lose sight of what’s most important, the coach said. Tobin said the focus of the team has never been on a large, seasonal scale, but game by game.

“Our team has been working to improve daily. Our goal is to play up to our potential every game. We feel like we have been improving daily,” said Tobin.

A big part of the success for Cartersville is the consistency of both their offensive and defensive efforts. The ‘Canes currently lead Region 5-AAA in points scored, with 1,439 points, and points allowed at 41 per game. With these numbers, the team is well on their way to finishing the season with a major goal accomplished.

“Our goal is to finish No. 1 in average points scored and average points allowed in our region,” Tobin said.

As the team continues to improve and win game after game, the spirit of the school has risen higher and higher. That school spirit, Tobin said, has been giving the team an even bigger boost as they have received strong school support.

The 65-44 victory over North Murray on Jan. 15 brought out an enthusiastic crowd to the ‘Canes’ home court.

“We had a vocal crowd of students at our last home game against North Murray. It helps energize our team when we have these enthusiastic fans at our games,” Tobin said.

Looking past the regular season, while Cartersville has defeated every team in the region, Tobin said that does not guarantee his team will go undefeated in the region tournament as well; though they will try. However, the top two teams automatically qualify for the state tournament.

“The region tournament is a brand new season. Anything can happen during tournament time. We will attempt to play as hard and as well as possible to win every game,” Tobin said.
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