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It was all due to preparation.

The Capital City Cavaliers hit five 3-pointers in the third quarter to push their lead to double digits on their way to an 82-67 victory against the Eugene Eagles at Capital City High School.

"We make 25 3s and 25 free throws before every practice and after every practice," Capital City coach Darren Young said. "We've spent a lot of time working on our shooting and to shoot like that in a game with confidence comes with repetition."

The Cavaliers turned a six-point lead into a 15-point bulge in a little more than two minutes with their success from beyond the arc.

"They were the better team tonight and they showed it in that stretch," Eugene coach Ethan Shackelford said.

Mitch Renfrow had two of the 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 15 points.

"He was shooting the same shot he's shot hundreds of times in practice," Young said.

It was the first game of the season for both teams and it showed early. The Cavaliers and Eagles combined for 15 turnovers in the first quarter, which ended with Eugene holding a 17-16 lead.

The Cavaliers then outscored the Eagles 18-9 in the second quarter to take a 34-26 advantage into halftime.

"Capital City hit the shots they needed to hit to win," Shackelford said.

Capital City, which had 13 turnovers in the first half, talked about being better with the basketball at intermission.

"We had some jitters, we didn't play in a Jamboree and we had to adjust," Young said. "We talked to them about settling down and being efficient with our passes and knowing what we're trying to accomplish with those passes."

The Cavaliers had just one turnover in their 29-point third quarter.

Capital City led by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter.

All five Cavalier starters scored in double figures, led by Renfrow with 15 points. Corde Brown added 14, while Ashden Cason chipped in with 13. Blake Meredith totaled 12, all in the second half, while Robert Gray III had 11.

"We don't necessarily have a go-to guy, we want the players to be unselfish," Young said. "Trust in their teammates is important, we have good chemistry.

"We got energy and a lot of little things from everybody."

Caleb Walker finished with a game-high 21 points for Eugene. Garret Robinett added 14, while Justin Lepper totaled 11 and Tyler Renn had 10.

"We didn't get a lot of open shots, they made us earn a lot of what we got," Shackelford said.

Shackelford is in his first year at Eugene after serving as an assistant last season at Capital City.

"I'm happy with the way we played, we've been working hard," he said. "I work with a lot of great people and great kids.

"I'm the biggest learner right now."

Eugene will host Versailles on Tuesday before hosting its own tournament starting Dec. 1.

Capital City is happy to start its second varsity season with a victory.

"Our guys need it from a confidence standpoint," Young said. "It's great to get a reward for all of the work we put in, going all the way back to June 1. We had circled this date as the game we would show everybody the work we had put in."

The Cavaliers are off until Dec. 1 when they start play in the Tipton Tournament.

"We're going to spend a few days putting in the work we need to give ourselves the best chance to win that tournament," Young said.

Capital City won Saturday's JV game 61-42, Colby Gates finished with 25 points for the Cavaliers, while Dylan Koeppen had 16 points for the Eagles.

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