By DARRIN SMITH
The Chattooga basketball team attended camp at Georgia State this week and looked impressive against some tough competition. After a disappointing first round exit from the state playoffs last season, the Tribe hit the floor with a chip on their shoulder. In their first matchup, they faced off against AAA Cedar Grove and gave the team that went 23-7 last season, won their region title, and made it to the second round of the state playoffs all they wanted and more. Scoring errors, along with confusion at the table, left the crowd and teams in limbo not knowing who won the contest. The official score, as well as the score kept by the Chattooga coaching staff, showed the Indians winning 53-52, while Kyle Sandy of Sandy’s Spiel scored the game 50-54 Cedar Grove. Either way it was one tough contest between two great teams.
The Indians’ sparkplug, Jundraius “Nuk” Adams, shinned bright on a court loaded with stars. He scored 19 points, leading all players, in the game and frustrated Cedar Groves standout defensive player, Devon Barnes, by slicing through the defense at will and draining three pointers (four total) from all over the court. Adams finished the game with 19 point, four assists, and four steals. Adams’ performance was outstanding but he was not alone on the court for the Tribe. Devin Price played strong and finished with six points, five rebounds, three steals, and one massive block. Glenn Walker also played well for the Indians at both ends of the court. He finished with eight points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
In their second game, the Indians played Chestatee, an AAAA team. Although the score was quite a bit lower, the Indians played great team ball spreading the ball evenly and pulled off the win 45-43. In their third and final game, the Tribe hit their stride and cruised to a 60-45 victory over Lake City.
“Georgia State University’s Team Camp has typically been the most challenging experiences our team faces in the summer,” coach Jared Groce told The News this week. “We attend their second session on the last weekend of June because we love to end our summer each year by testing ourselves against top-notch competition. It’s been a rarity this summer for us to have our full squad at our games, but we were only missing one key player at the GSU camp. We played three games and looked as good as we have all summer as we won all three games against really stiff competition. It was a great way to wrap things up for the summer. We expect to have another great season of basketball this year at Chattooga.”
Chattooga looks poised to give Region 7AA all they can handle and more again this season and should be ready to make another trip to the playoffs. This season they appear to be on a mission and only time will tell if they can make it to another deep playoff run. Coach Jared Groce and company will be doing all they can to get ready.