WARNER ROBINS -- The scouting report on Kamar Baldwin could have stopped at his scoring average of about 27 points per game.
That was all Warner Robins needed.
“We took it personal,” Warner Robins head coach Jamaal Garman said. “We took it personal, this game, because of the guy coming in, the Baldwin guy, coming in averaging 27 points a game.
“We took that personal.”
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Baldwin, a smooth 6-foot-2 junior, got different Demons in front of him all night, and Warner Robins’ overall defense keyed its 79-60 win Saturday night over Apalachee in the GHSA Class AAAAA playoffs.
“We just made it a conscious effort to play whole-team defense,” Garman said. “And take over the game.”
Baldwin battled his way for 19 points, three behind senior guard Alantae Billings, with the duo teaming for 70 percent of the Wildcats’ points.
Warner Robins (23-4) offered much more balance, with Nate Curtis topping the Demons with 21 points. Guard Marquez Callaway added 18 and forward Stephone Raybon 12.
The Demons will play Miller Grove, with the site to be determined by a coin flip Sunday.
Defending Baldwin was key, but the Demons put forth an overall high-energy effort with quality ball movement on offense.
“When we do that, we’re a very, very good team,” Garman said. “When we share the ball and play good team defense, we’re a very good team.”
And that was the case more often than not against the 20-9 Wildcats, who battled through a 33-point fourth-quarter deficit.
The visitors were hanging around midway through the second quarter, but Callway got the Demons rolling with a 3-pointer to start an 13-2 run -- with four players contributing -- covering the final four minutes for a 36-19 halftime lead.
The Wildcats had six turnovers in that stretch that led to nine Warner Robins points.
Donovan Brown’s post bucket and free throw began a flurry of nine points in a minute, ending with Curtis’ slam to make it a 21-point lead with 3:04 left in the third. The margin grew to 32 with the Demons’ 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter. The Wildcats also struggled in the frontcourt, where the Demons had an advantage.
“We saw they weren’t very big on the inside,” Garman said. “So we put Curtis in there, we put Donovan in there, we put Stephone in there, and we took advantage of our size.”
Garman would like the margin to have been a little bigger, citing the Demons’ apparent relaxation as the biggest thing he could harp on in practice.
Everything else was at least pretty good.
“That’s what we’re trying to make our goal,” he said. “Be good at everything. We may be great at some things, we may be lacking in some things.
“But I want to be good at pretty much everything.”