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Cartersville drops second straight to Decatur

June 12, 2009 - World Basketball Association (WBA) - Cartersville Warriors News Release

A slow offensive start doomed the Cartersville Warriors to their second straight World Basketball Association loss Friday night, as Cartersville lost 90-72 to the Decatur Court Kings in Decatur.

Cartersville (3-2) made just one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the game and trailed 25-4 after one quarter. The Warriors started making some baskets in the second period, but still trailed 44-22 at halftime.

"I've been around basketball all my life and I'd never seen anything like that first quarter," said Cartersville head coach Cory Baldwin. "We weren't very fluid at all and even though our defense wasn't as good as it could've been, it's tough to play defense when you're not scoring any points on the offensive end. The first half definitely wasn't what I had in mind when we came down here, that's for sure."

Decatur (3-2) still held a 20-point lead going into the fourth period before the Warriors finally made a run at the Court Kings. Cartersville got within nine points with about 2:30 to go in the game, but Decatur stood firm and the defending WBA champion Court Kings were able to pull away for their second win over the Warriors this week.

Andrew Jones paced Cartersville with 24 points, 16 of which came in the fourth period.

If there's any consolation coming out of Friday's loss, it's that the Warriors won't have to wait long to try and make up for their performance against the Court Kings. Cartersville is back in action Saturday night, hosting the Tupelo Rock-N-Rollers at 7 p.m. at the J.H. Morgan Gymnasium.

Cartersville closes out its weekend with a Sunday afternoon home game against the defending Metro-A League champions of the Southeast Exposure Basketball League, the Atlanta SpeedBoys. Tipoff for that non-conference game is slated for 3:30 p.m.

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