HUDSON, NC (By Colt Jensen of CCC&TI – November 14, 2107)…In their second weekend tournament of the season, Caldwell Tech (3-2) lost its first game to tournament host Louisburg College (4-0), and then defeated Granville-Vance Community College in their second game.
After scoring 104 points in their last pre tournament game, the Caldwell Cobras switched their focus to defense.
“I really feel like we wanted to bring a lot of energy on defense this weekend” guard Brandon White said. “Defense really gets me going when I’m in the game, and when defense is good scoring is going to just fall in place.”
That defense first strategy paid off early for Caldwell Tech as they jumped out to 12-3 lead over Louisburg in their first game. After that it was all downhill for the Cobras. Louisburg went on an 11-0 run to retake the lead, and never trailed for the rest of the game eventually winning 100-89.
Despite the double digit loss, Caldwell Tech managed to keep things in perspective.
“Louisburg is very good team they lost in the DII National Championship game last year.” head coach Matt Anderson said. “Louisburg also returned three starters this year and played well, so we learned a lot from playing against them.
Using the lessons from the Louisburg loss, the Caldwell Cobras were able to bounce back nicely, and earn a 84-70 win over Granville-Vance CC in their second game. Jaylon Wray led the Cobras in scoring with 23 points.
The Cobras were able to able to get back on track by refocusing on the basics.
“It starts with, listening to coach’s game plan” forward Desmond Walls said. “Then it’s about believing in my teammates, and just having fun with my brothers.”
It’s that type of mentality that is leading to wins early in the season. However, as conference play approaches the Caldwell Cobras want to take their game to a new level.
“Our guys are playing extremely hard which is always our first goal.” Head coach Matt Anderson said. “All these guys were the best player on their high school teams and have never been expected to play at the intensity level we ask of them. Now we have to make a jump on the mental side of the game to be able to compete with the top teams. We knew it would be a process this year, we are only dressing two returners, it will take a while for us to hit on all cylinders.”
The Cobras have an opportunity to show their hometown fans that they are ready to perform at that highest level this weekend as they host the “The Chic-Fil-A Caldwell Classic”. Caldwell will play Combine Academy this Friday at 8pm and they will take on Moravian Prep on Saturday at 4pm on the CCC&TI campus.
First Annual Caldwell Chick-Fil-A Classic
This Friday and Saturday we will host our First Annual Caldwell Chick-Fil-A Classic. This basketball tournament will consist of four teams, with two games on Friday, and two games on Saturday. Admission is free and we will be selling Chick-Fil-A at the concession stand. The schedule is:
Friday, November 17th
6:00PM Catawba Valley Community College versus Moravian Prep
8:00PM Caldwell Community College versus Combine Academy
Saturday, November 18th
2:00PM Catawba Valley Community College versus Combine Academy
4:00PM Caldwell Community College versus Moravian Prep