High School Basketball
Cougars finish what they start in win over Carrollton
by Doug Gorman
The Newnan Cougars led from start to finish Tuesday, rolling to a 59-35 victory over visiting Carrollton in a non-region game at the Max Bass Athletic Center.
“This was a really big win for us,” said Newnan head coach Rod Ladd. “Carrollton has always had a really good program and to get the win great for us.”
Newnan built the momentum early in the contest thanks to the play of Diamond Jones.
The 5-10 senior guard worked his way to the baseline and hit three wide open 3-point shots early in the contest to give the Cougars a 9-2 lead.
“We know he can shoot,” Ladd said. “So I don’t mind him taking those shots. When he hit them, that sort of gave us the momentum.”
Newnan never trailed in the game after Jones helped the Cougars establish the lead.
Baskets by Doniel Dean and Immanuel Griggs in the first quarter helped double the score on the Trojans.
Griggs’ basket late in the first quarter gave the Cougars an 18-8 lead.
Monte Glenn kept the Trojans in the game early with three baskets in the paint, including his final bucket of the period to trim the Cougars’ margin to 9-8, but Newnan took control to run off nine-straight points.
Jones led the Cougars’ scoring attack with 14 points. Dean added 12 en route to the victory.
Glenn was the only player to score in double figures for the Trojans, finishing with 15 in the loss.
Although the Trojans’ big man got his points early, Griggs and Jannson Williams rejected several of his shots and also came up with big rebounds, especially in the second half.
Griggs also had two monster dunks to finish with 8 points. Williams finished his night with seven.
Cooper Criswell finished as the Trojans second leading scoring with six points after knocking down two 3-point shots.
Carrollton was also missing players still on the football field, where the Trojans are preparing for Friday’s Class AAAA semifinal game against Marist.
Jones hit his fourth and final 3-point shot of the game late in the second quarter and the Cougars also turned to their big men down the stretch to pull out to a 31-20 lead.
Griggs dunk gave the Cougars a 27-20 lead with just over a minute to go, and Williams added a shot on the glass.
Jones also showed he could drive the ball to the basket and ended the first-half with a traditional 2-point shot to give the Cougars a 31-20 lead.
Newnan took a 40-28 lead at the end of the third quarter, and then the Trojans to just seven points in the final quarter.
“We played really good defense tonight,” Ladd said. “These guys have been together for a while now, and it really shows.”
COUGARS 59, TROJANS 35
CARROLLTON 8 12 8 7—35
NEWNAN 18 13 9 19—59
CARROLLTON—Bonner 4, Clark 2, Boone 2, Criswell 6, Hill 4, Bird 2, Glenn 15
NEWNAN—White 4, Grant 3, Griggs 8, Jones 14, Houston 6, Dean 12, Williams 7, Portress 2