Posted: Sunday, January 8th 2006 at 8:46am
War Eagles win third straight
GAINESVILLE - After a grueling schedule to start the season, the Chestatee boys basketball team is right where coach Russ Triaga was hoping it would be at this point in the season.
The War Eagles (8-8) won their third straight game Saturday night knocking off Greater Atlanta Christian 69-49 at home.
The War Eagles already this season have played Class AA No. 1 East Hall, Class AAA's No. 3 Gainesville and No. 9 Shaw, two ranked teams from Florida in a holiday tournament and now GAC, which is projected to make the Class AA playoffs.
"We're back to .500 and probably are playing with the most confidence we've had all season," he said. "Defensively and shooting-wise we've improved tremendously since the early part of the year. I think playing the tough schedule that we did is starting to pay off."
Corey Black led the Chestatee attack with 18 points and helped blow the game open to start the second half with three straight 3-pointers to give the War Eagles a 45-24 lead. GAC (9-8) would not get closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Jesus Cantu added 16 points and Charlie Fischer 14 for Chestatee as 10 different players scored.
"The whole team is playing better and I think we're deeper because they're playing better. When we have that many different people score it means they are running the offense," Triaga said.
GAC was led by Reece Wiedeman with 16 points. Taylor Wood added 11 for the Spartans.
GAC made one last run midway through the fourth quarter trimming Chestatee's lead to 50-40 but a foul and then technical foul for arguing allowed Fischer to hit three of four free throws and then the War Eagles drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to run out to a 56-40 lead to put the game out of reach.
The schedule turns in Chestatee's favor this week playing back-to-back home games against Flowery Branch and White County in Region 7-AAA play.
(By Jeff Hart)
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