2018-02-09 / Sports

All on the _________

Region crown up for grabs for winner of Cavs-Indians
By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

It couldn’t be simpler: The winner of tonight’s game between the Gaffney Indians and the visiting defending state champion Dorman Cavaliers will win the region championship.

If that wasn’t enough, the game takes on even greater importance because under this year’s playoff format the Region III-5A champion is assured three home playoff games.

The teams enter the game with 6-1 region marks after the Indians’ loss at Spartanburg on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers’ lone blemish came last month when the Indians claimed a 1-point win at Dorman.

In the first matchup, the Indians trailed late before Bradley Childers scored on a 3-point play. Stan Ellis then made two clutch free throws with under 10 seconds to play.

Dorman had one last chance but missed a shot at the buzzer.

Gaffney coach Mark Huff said the Indians must control Dorman point guard Myles Tate, a 6-0 jet with the ball.

The Cavaliers also have a strong inside game, anchored by 6-9 senior Gabe Bryant. Six-foot-5 Jordan McFadden is another key inside player for the Cavaliers.

“We have to keep the big kid off the board and execute better on offense,” Huff said.

The latter means not rushing the offense and taking a good shot. Huff said the Indians weren’t patient when they fell behind the Vikings on Tuesday.

“Against Spartanburg, we tried to do too much when we got behind,” he said. “We need to run our offense and make the shot.”

The game is expected to draw a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Tip is 7:30 p.m. or about 20 minutes after the end of the girls varsity game.

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