The Region 4AAAAAA champion drained seven 3s and saw four players score in double figures en route to a 70-45 victory over Coffee in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Dennis Young-Coleman finished with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists for North Cobb (24-4), while Lee Moore added 15 points, six boards and seven assists. Jon Beausejour totaled 11 points — including three 3-pointers — to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Daniel Beausejour came off the bench to record 10 points and four rebounds.
Four of North Cobb’s first six made field goals were from 3-point range as it jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first 6 minutes. Moore, Jon Beausejour and Devin Everage contributed to the early onslaught, and Jordan Neff’s 3 put North Cobb in front 20-3 with 48 seconds remaining in the period.
Holding a 22-3 first-quarter advantage, North Cobb continued its scoring barrage in the second frame, outscoring Coffee 17-10, en route to a 39-13 halftime lead the Warriors would not relinquish.
Young-Coleman had seven of his nine first-half points in the first quarter, while Moore added eight of his first-half 11 in the second quarter.
Jon Beausejour had two 3s in the first half and went into halftime with eight points, while Neff, who came off the bench in the first half as he recovers from an injury, chipped in two first-half 3-pointers and finished with six points. Everage, who also had six rebounds, collected five of his six points in the first half.
“Any time you can (make a lot of 3s and get off to a fast start), that’s a great bonus in the playoffs,” North Cobb coach Terry Gorsuch said. “We shared the ball and got open shots and hit them.”
Coffee (17-11) managed to hold North Cobb to seven third-quarter points, but the Warriors’ defense managed to keep the game from getting too close.
The Trojans, the No. 4 seed from Region 1AAAAAA, outscored the Warriors 8-1 over the first 5 minutes of the third period to pull to within 40-21, and Tyree Paulk’s 3-pointer with 2:05 on the clock left Coffee trailing 43-26.
North Cobb put its margin back up to 20 at the end of the third quarter behind a free throw from Everage and a layup from Daniel Beausejour, and it outscored Coffee 24-19 in the fourth period for the easy victory.
Daniel Beausejour collected eight of his 10 points in fourth quarter.
“The strength of this team is the team,” Gorsuch said. “We’ve been able to withstand some injuries and still play at a high level. We’re very versatile. A lot of guys can shoot, and guys can pass and defend, and that makes us a good team at times.
“We think of this as a one-game tournament, and if you want to play in the next tournament, you have to win the first tournament. Hopefully, we can win the next tournament.”
Dikembe Deberry finished with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists for Coffee. Paulk had three 3-pointers and scored 11.
North Cobb will host Morrow on Saturday in a second-round game.