Cougars crush Thorsby: Moon’s 37 leads CCHS to area finalPublished 10:45am Monday, February 11, 2013
By Ed Bailey
The Class 3A, Area 5 tournament got off to a rousing start for the Central-Coosa High School Cougars basketball team.
Paced by Xavier Moon’s 37 points, top-seeded Central-Coosa cruised to a 78-41 destruction of Thorsby High School.
With the win, the Cougars are assured a berth in the sub-regionals and will have a chance to host the Class 3A, Area 5 tournament.
The game was all Central-Coosa from start to finish as the team jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter.
The lead would only get larger for the Cougars as they outclassed Thorsby to the tune of 17-5 in the second stanza.
At the half, Central-Coosa was comfortably ahead 36-11, thanks to Moon’s scoring exploits and hot shooting from David McKinney and TyJustin Gaddis.
“We shot the ball really well,” Central-Coosa boys basketball coach Joe Belyeu said. “When we finally got going, I liked how the team came out.”
The third quarter was where Moon took over.
After scoring the majority of his points in that period, Thorsby was all but buried.
Moon did not play in the fourth quarter.
Gaddis ended up with 11 points. McKinney had eight points.
Along with Malik Kelly, Gaddis and McKinney led a long-range onslaught that was one of the main differences in the game.
Standing between the Cougars and the Class 3A, Area 5 crown is Trinity Presbyterian Academy, who annihilated B.B. Comer 68-35 to earn a spot in the title game.
In the teams’ last meeting, Trinity defended its home court with a 61-57 win.
Belyeu said the team’s effort must continue through the final.
“I would like to see this carry over to Monday,” Belyeu said. “What makes Trinity so good is that they have a lot of players that can score the basketball when they get the chance.”