Pebblebrook Tops East Coweta For Third Straight Win, Remains Top Of Region Standings
The Pebblebrook Falcons are two wins away from closing out their regular season as region champs for the second year in a row. On Tuesday, one week after suffering their first loss in region play and six game win streak snapped at the hands of the Westlake Lions, the Falcons were back on their home court hosting the East Coweta Indians. As the game got underway, the first quarter would come to an end with the Falcons holding a four point lead as they were up 13-9.
The Indians played a strong game with solid guard penetration most of the night however, Pebblebrook would manage to win the second quarter by outscoring East Coweta 14-10 and in an even tighter third quarter of play, the Falcons would only outscore the Indians 16-13. However, with Pebblebrook win the first three quarters, they would head into the fourth quarter with an 11 point lead as they were up 43-32. And in the fourth quarter, the Falcons would have their strongest performance of the night as they outscored East Coweta 19-9 in route to a 62-41 win, however, Pebblebrook head coach, George Washington, did not hold back on recognizing where he needs to see his players improve.
“We have to do a better job of stopping guard penetration,” Washington said following Tuesday’s win and something he felt was an issue for the Falcons in their previous two games prior to their win over East Coweta. “We’ve been giving up too much penetration by the guards so we have to do a better job of that. Rotating, helping the helper, so we have to spend a little more time doing those things and that’s going to take you farther into state playoffs,” Washington said. And with two regular season games remaining, both against region opponents in Carrollton and Westlake, Washington spoke highly of the play of D. Factory and how his contributions can play a big role down the stretch.
“Our secret weapon came out tonight. We’ve been holding on to him, building his confidence. It’s about building kids confidence,” Washington said of Factory, who he noted has been shooting “well at practice” to which he gave him “the green light” in Tuesday game. “I told him, ‘you got the green light, shoot it everytime it touches your hands’,” Washington added. The Falcons will face Carrollton next Tuesday, who they have a two game lead over in the standings, then will close out the regular season at Westlake, who trails them in the standings by a game.