FORT VALLEY -- Warner Robins picked the worst time possible to struggle in all aspects of the game and saw its season come to an end Saturday with a 62-39 loss to Allatoona in the GHSA Class AAAAA semifinals.
“We were ready; we just couldn’t capitalize on things and didn’t execute,” Warner Robins head coach Jamaal Garman said. “The defense wasn’t there. Even if we’re not knocking down shots, we’ve got to be able to play defense, and we didn’t play any defense at all.”
The Demons led never led in the contest. Allatoona controlled the game from the opening tip and built a 14-8 lead after the first quarterm thanks to eight points from Bradley Brevet.
The two teams battled back and forth in the second quarter as Marquez Callaway kept the Demons in the game with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. Allatoona led by seven at the half, and it took over the game after the break.
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Warner Robins was unable to mount the third-quarter run that had become somewhat of a trademark of this team. The Demons’ longest unanswered scoring spurt in the contest was just four points.
Guard Kevin Perry came of the bench for Allatoona and knocked down all three of his 3-point attempts in the quarter as the Buccaneers outscored Warner Robins 18-4 in the third to break the game open. Allatoona made eight of its first 10 3-point attempts to essentially put the game away before the fourth quarter even began.
Garman said he had not anticipated the Pirates shooting the ball as well as they did.
“We watched the game film, and they didn’t really knock down the 3 ball, but (Saturday) they were like 8-for-11,” Garman said. “That was big, and we didn’t play defense either. We didn’t answer the call.”
Allatoona ran keep-away offense for the final 12 minutes, running clock and drawing the Demons’ defense out before finding cutting teammates for easy layups. It was a clinical display of ball control that completely controlled the tempo and frustrated Warner Robins.
Rodney Brown led a balanced Allatoona attack with 16-points. Callaway paced the Demons with 13.
The Buccaneers will play Brunswick at 8:45 p.m. on Friday in the championship game. Brunswick advanced by outlasting Cedar Shoals 44-43 in the first semifinal.