The Chattahoochee boys’ basketball team defeated Centennial in the first round of the 6-AAAAAA tournament on Saturday, 64-54.
Chattahoochee junior Marcus Sheffield stole the show with 37 points—good for 57 percent of the Cougars’ total offense. 17 of those points came via free throws.
While the score remained close through most of the contest, Chattahoochee pulled away late, out-scoring Centennial 21-14 in the final stanza. The difference lied in Chattahoochee’s ability to get to the free throw line: Centennial committed eight shooting fouls in the fourth, which led to an extra 12 points for the Cougars.
Centennial, on the other hand, converted on just 11 free throws all game.
Guards Xavier Jackson and Tre Hansbrough led Centennial in scoring with 17 points apiece; Jackson’s seven rebounds were also a team-high.
Adam Saeed’s seven fourth quarter points helped the Knights remain competitive, but in the end it wasn’t enough to overcome an athletic Chattahoochee squad.