South Forsyth’s slow start was too much to overcome.
Chattahoochee built a 21-9 lead less than one minute into the second quarter before South head coach Manson Hill had to call his second timeout of the game. The War Eagles were able to keep it close, but ultimately fell 65-54 on Friday at the Eagles’ Nest
"I think our team really improves every time I see them play," Hill said. "We continue to learn from all of the different situations we’re being in. I thought there were a couple of things we didn’t recognize early, in terms of where their scorers were and stuff.
"I’m proud of our progress. We’d like to put all that together and win one of these games, but [Chattahoochee] is a great basketball team."
The Cougars (5-1 Region 6A-AAAAAA) were 8-of-13 from the field in the first quarter and took an 18-9 lead, due in large part to 6-foot-7 forward Trey Archambeau. Archambeau scored nine of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter and created problems for South (1-5 Region 6B-AAAAAA) on the defensive end.
"He makes my job a lot easier," Chattahoochee head coach Kacey Martin said. "He’s very athletic and very active. He can get the rebounds and make tough shots. It’s definitely nice to have him."
Archambeau (19), Markus Terry (18) and Desma Slayton (17) combined for 54 points and 83 percent of Chattahoochee’s offense. Jack Armstrong paced the War Eagles with 17 points, while Douglas Cotter added 14.
South cut the score to 23-14 with 5:19 in the second quarter, but Chattahoochee went on a 13-7 run to take a 36-21 advantage into halftime. The Cougars kept the advantage in double figures in the third period and led 49-37 to start the fourth.
The War Eagles came within nine points midway through the final quarter but could not get any closer.
"South Forsyth played really hard and challenged us and made it a ballgame," Martin said. "To be down like that and show some guts like they did was a testament to them."
South was scheduled to play at Grayson on Saturday before traveling to face Johns Creek on Tuesday.