It was bombs away from three-point range at the outset as McAdams won the Region 5-1A tournament with a 70-44 victory over Nanih Waiya Friday night.
The Bulldogs made five 3-pointers in the first quarter in jumping to a 21-9 lead. It wasn’t by design, according to coach Kenyon Ross.
“We took the shots that were open.
It was McAdams’ 10th straight win.
The Bulldogs will host Sacred Heart, fourth place team from 8-1A, in the opening round of the state tournament. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, but will probably be postponed due to the winter weather forecast.
It was very different from the teams’ two regular season meetings. McAdams won both, but they were competitive games, each decided by seven points.
For Nanih Waiya, it was also very different from Monday’s 67-66 upset of top seed West Lowndes.
Warrior coach Austin Swart shook his head when asked the difference.
“It’s been like this all year. A good game followed by a bad game.”
Ross was not completely satisfied. “We have to work on handling the ball. I have to get some people ready to handle the basketball.”
McAdams is without guard Kendarrius McBeath, due to a knee injury. Ross said he is probably finished for the year.
McAdams led 33-20 at the half, 46-31, three quarters, then added 24 points in the final period.
Jaylan Perteet led the Bulldogs with 23 points. Cameron Fleming had 15 and Tyrick Davis 13. For Nanih Waiya, Ethan Dailey scored 11 points and Rico Moore 10.
Nanih Waiya will host Resurrection to open the state tournament.