The first postseason game at home in basketball for the Cleveland Central High School Wolves turned out to be one that made the fans happy here Tuesday night at the Margaret Wade Gymnasium.
The Wolves jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game and never looked back as they cruised past the Lafayette High School Commodores 66-39 in the first round of the 5A State Boys Basketball Playoffs. The Wolves, now 22-8, will travel to Jackson to play Callaway Saturday at 7 p.m.
Cleveland Central High School head boys basketball coach Bernard Berryhill said the win was special.
“I definitely thought about the occasion with this being the first home playoff game for the Cleveland Central High School Wolves,” Berryhill said. “I just asked them to embrace the moment and stay present; don’t worry about tomorrow and just stay in the present.”
The Wolves played unselfish basketball with the scoring spread out as nine different players scored points with five of those players scoring seven or more. Kamarion Williams led the Wolves with 15 points and five rebounds, followed by Peyton Taylor with 13 points including three 3-pointers and five rebounds, Tyler Williams with 11 points and three rebounds, Leroy Cotton III with nine points and Marcus Franklin with seven points and six rebounds. Quintiyus Causey also aided CCHS with four points and four rebounds.
“We decided to put some pressure on the ball each led to some pretty easy scoring opportunities where you don’t have to work against the half court set,” Berryhill said. “We distributed the ball fairly well and hopefully that carries over to the next game.”
CCHS will take on a Callaway team that is 23-5 and won the Region 4-5A Title during the regular season.
Berryhill said Saturday’s game will be a tough challenge for his team.
“It’s going to be challenging to say the least, but that’s what the playoffs are about,” Berryhill said. “You expect the best competition or the better competition to still be playing around. They’re the team that is our next opponent and that’s how I approach it. We have a few minutes to enjoy this victory and then we turn the page and Callaway is on the next