Godby comes from behind to defeat Cardinal Newman for the 4A state title

It wasn’t easy, but Godby found a way to end a perfect season in the perfect way– as state champions.

Cardinal Newman took a 17-5 first quarter lead and looked to have Godby on their heels early. Newman’s team defense was suffering Godby forcing them in to less than 24 percent shooting from the floor– including 1 of 13 from the perimeter.

Wake Forest commit, John Collins had 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the first half and looked primed to record a triple-double. Newman would need his production as other than sophomore K.J. Fitzgerald had scored close to double digits.

Fitzgerald had a solid first half, but only managed to score four points and commited six of the team’s 13 turnovers in the second half.

Newman had zero turnovers and looked to have the game in hand heading in to the locker room, depsite a smal run by Godby to end the half.

Godby’s ability to create second chance points, in large part to 21 rebounds from senior Londell King, allowed for 15 points to be added in their favor. The Tallahassee-based group also capitalized off Newman’s turnovers adding 15 more points.

Godby was able to speed up the pace of the game in the second half and kept finding ways to create points. While their overall shooting numbers aren’t desirable– 28 percent from the field and 16 percent from the perimeter– Cardinal Newman’s had similar shooting numbers.

The most telling stat didn’t come in the paint or from beyond the arc. Cardinal Newman missed 12 free throws and were minus 14 on the offensive boards.

The two teams focused on individual plays as they both tended to play too much one-on-one offense which resulted a total of four total assists on 16 field goals for Newman; while Godby wasn’t much better with five assists on 19 field goals.

Even though Cardinal Newman’s shooting numbers were down, they managed to keep a small lead late in the game, but just couldn’t quite create enough space on the scoreboard leaving a pin needle sized opening for Godby.

Desite shooting 3 of 13 from the perimeter, Quan Jackson made the biggest shot of the game knocking down a three pointer from the left wing coming off a curl to tie the game at 45 apiece and send the game in to overtime. Suddenly the pin turned into a complete comeback and we had a brand new ballgame.

Cardinal Newman gained possession to start the OT period and the game was slowed down. There were only three offensive possessions between the two teams in the first three minutes of overtime. Keep in mind there were only four minutes in the extra period.

Jordan Gaskins would end the scoring drought between the two teams with a three to make it 48-45 late.

Cardinal Newman would manage to score only one point in the additional four minutes and Godby would close this one out.

Junior Quan Jackson would finish with a game-high 23 points. Senior guard Jordan Gaskins added 14.

John Collins had a good game by the stats finishing with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 9 blocks, but only managed six points and two rebounds after the half.

Godby finished an undefeated season with a 53-46 win.

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