KATHLEEN, Ga.— Cambridge boys basketball is off to its best start in program history, capturing their first-ever tournament win.
The Bears won the Shane’s Rib Shack Holiday Tournament in Kathleen, Ga., Dec. 23, capturing the title from a field of talented teams.
“The team played very well and showed a lot of resiliency,” head coach Chip Flemmer said. “This is another great accomplishment for this group of guys.”
After dispatching Crisp County, 76-71, in the first round, the Bears outlasted Clark Central (8-2) in a triple-overtime thriller.
“Clark Central is extremely talented, athletic and get after it on the defensive end,” Flemmer said. “The game felt a lot like a state playoff game. This is a great showing for our guys in that we found a way to win.”
That win set up the Bears in the tournament final against Rutland. Cambridge opened a 24-point halftime lead and cruised to the tournament title.
The Bears were led by their strong offensive core who played exceptionally well, Flemmer said. Kamar Robertson, Bryce Boutelle, David Banks and Kyler Ingram combined for 141 points through the first two games.
Senior guard Noah Lucas scored 15 in the final against Rutland, in addition to bringing energy and playing well defensively, Flemmer said.
With the win, Cambridge improved to 12-1, the best start for their six-year program. However, Flemmer wants to keep his team focused.
“We are trying not to look ahead beyond our next game and keep the 1-0 mentality that we’ve been preaching all season,” he said. “It’s always enough to worry about your next opponent and focus on keeping the momentum moving forward without looking too far ahead.”
Cambridge returns to Region 7-AAAAAA competition this week. The Bears face Johns Creek (3-9, 1-5) this Thursday before taking on Centennial (5-5, 5-1) for the top spot in the region standings.