AUSTELL — South Cobb used a big third quarter to come from behind and beat Sequoyah 97-86 on Friday in the semifinal round of the Region 6AAAAAA tournament.
Trailing 52-38 at halftime, the Eagles (18-6) outscored the Chiefs 30-10 in the third period to take control of the game and advance to the finals. South Cobb will play the winner of Friday night’s other semifinal against Sprayberry or Creekview.
“It’s hard to play a team three times (in a season),” South Cobb coach Gregory Moultrie said. “We won the previous two times, so the guys took it for granted and they didn’t expect the intensity that Sequoyah came out with. But we woke up in the second half and we played much better.”
Zocko Littleton scored 29 points for South Cobb, while Quentin Cardell added 19 points, Raejon Jones contributed 16 and Jaiden Diamond had 13.
Myles Magee scored 22 points, while Donovan Shipp chipped in with 19, Ayden Watson with 14 and Jackson Greco 13 for Sequoyah (20-7), which will play in the third-place game.
Friday’s game was close through most of the first quarter, with the lead changing hands several times before Sequoyah put together a 14-3 run and close out the period with a 32-21 lead.
The Chiefs maintained their advantage throughout the second quarter and the first part of the third period, leading 60-47 with 4:55 remaining.
It was then when South Cobb went on a 9-0 run — finished off by a 3-pointer by Jones — to close the gap to 60-56 with 2:50 left in the third quarter. After Shipp scored on a layup to end the streak and increase Sequoyah’s lead to 62-56, the Eagles went on a 12-0 tear — with Cardell scoring six of those points — to finish the period with a 68-62 lead.
South Cobb took advantage of six Sequoyah turnovers during the run.
Sequoyah trailed 70-64 with 7:00 remaining in the game, but that was as close as the Chiefs would get to South Cobb the rest of the way. The Eagles eventually led by 16 points — 87-71 with 2:32 left — before the Chiefs narrowed the gap at the end.
“In the third quarter, (South Cobb) absolutely killed us,” Sequoyah coach Allen Carden said. “We just didn’t execute. The kids came out ready to play in the first half, but we knew that South Cobb was going to come back in the second half, and we didn’t execute.”