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January 10, 2014

Holding on

’Makers edge Indians; ’Maids hammer Squaws

CAIRO — Fouls threatened to cost the Cairo Syrupmakers on Friday. But instead the foul line saved them.

While Albany took advantage of a physical Cairo defense to rack up trips to the charity stripe in the third quarter of the Region 1-AAAA battle, the Indians’ inability to routinely knock down those free throws helped Cairo hold on for a 45-41 win.

Trailing 23-17 at the break, there was hardly an offensive possession by Albany in the third quarter that didn’t result in a foul as Cairo was whistled for eight fouls in the period, sending the Indians to the line for 11 attempts. However, Albany converted just three of those shots as it finished the game 12 of 29 from the foul line.

That poor shooting kept the Syrupmakers in the game despite the onslaught of fouls. Cairo, which never trailed in the first half and led by 10 at one point, fell behind for the first time with 1:19 left in the third when Malik Dungee hitter a runner to put the Indians up 30-29. Javier Coley added a putback with 35 seconds left in the quarter and Albany had its largest lead at 32-29.

That advantage would be short-lived. William Atkins knocked down a pair of free throws for Cairo, which hit 11 of 18 for the game, to cut the lead to 32-31 heading into the fourth, and the Syrupmakers quickly regained the upper hand there.

At the 6:29 mark, Stacy Masten drilled a 3-pointer to put Cairo ahead and the Syrupmakers never trailed again as Michael Calloway hit a free throw with 3:48 left to give Cairo the lead for good, 37-36. Other than another 3 from Masten, who led all scorers with 17, the Syrupmakers added five points from the free throw line after that to hold off Albany, which was led by Tyler Cheese’s 14 points and Dungee’s 11. The Indians fall to 8-4 and 4-3 in the region.

Demetrica Draggs added seven points and 11 points for Cairo, which improved to 8-7 and 3-4 in the region.

The Syrupmakers held Albany to just one bucket in the first 7:44 of the game as it opened an 8-2 lead. Up 10-7 after the first, Cairo stretched its lead to 19-9 when Andrew McClendon scored off a Cole Bennett pass midway through the second.

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