Cairo hosts summer basketball versus Calhoun and Bainbridge

Published 3:57 pm Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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Written by Will Huff, Thomasville Times-Enterprise

CAIRO — The Syrupmakers hosted yet another bout of summer basketball on Monday, this time inviting powerhouse Calhoun and arch-rival Bainbridge to Cairo High School. Cairo looked good and played with a lot of energy and pace on the day. Though they dropped the first game against Calhoun, they bounced back with a gutsy win over the Bearcats.

“It was actually a pretty good camp. All three teams came in a played hard. All three teams were physical,” said Cairo head coach JJ Cooper about the importance of summer ball.

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“This summer, replacing our senior group that we had last year, the most important thing for us is figuring out our identity. We’ll be scrappy, we’ll have pressure full-court, we have to use our defense to help us get easy baskets on offense.”

Cairo will be replacing a lot of production as they are only bringing back three players with varsity experience. But, nothing brings out the best in players than a rivalry game, even a summer exhibition.

“That Bainbridge game was actually a pretty good fight for us. Every time we go against Bainbridge it’s always a pretty good show,” Cooper said. “Bainbridge had some size compared to us, so we had to find a way to be gritty. Picking up full-court actually kind of helped us a little bit. We were able to turn our defense into offense. It was a really good game, very competitive and full of energy.”

Cairo was down by four or five for the majority of the game. But, a push in the final minutes of the contest put the Syrupmakers ahead and ultimately gave them the victory.