Peachtree Ridge boys basketball dropped a 59-54 decision to North Cobb to conclude the Southeast Basketball Academy Atlanta Hoop Festival on Saturday night.
North Cobb was led by senior guard D.J. Render with 18 points and North Cobb guard Kenny Ume finished with 15 points, including four 3-pointers.
Peachtree Ridge head coach Keith Arrington said Saturday’s loss stemmed from his Lions being out-shot by their opponent during a game where open looks were hard to come by.
“They did a good job running their offense,” Arrington said. “They made some tough shots. It’s one of those things that you have to shrug your shoulders at and say, ‘Those guys did a good job on that play.’”
North Cobb held a 27-26 lead at halftime. The difference in the game was hardly more than one possession in the second half. Peachtree Ridge grabbed a lead with under four minutes left in the third quarter, but North Cobb pulled back out in front to take a 38-37 lead with under three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Warriors staved off the Lions with precise offense, which allowed North Cobb to hold the lead throughout the final quarter. When Peachtree Ridge showed fight in the form a fast break bucket to get within three points, North Cobb’s Render responded with a contested baseline layup to stretch the lead back to five.
“As long as we’re taking good shots and sharing the ball, I’m fine,” Arrington said. “We didn’t shoot terrible, just not as good as they did.”
Gwinnett Teams went 2-2 at the 2015 SEBA tournament. Other competing Gwinnett County teams included Berkmar, Dacula and Duluth.