February 28, 2002

Tigers Upset Bid Comes Up Short In Regular Season Finale

The Scotland County Tigers got first hand evidence why Brookfield's Damon Collins was named the league's most valuable player last season and why he may be the front runner to repeat the honors. The junior forward scored 32 points February 22 to help his team defeat SCR-I and secure a first place finish in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

But the Tigers did not make it easy for them. SCR-I was coming off two straight league wins and was ready to play the spoiler in Brookfield's title bid.

Collins did his best to put the Tigers away early as he converted back-to-back three point plays on his way to 10 points in the first period. But the Tigers limited the rest of the team to just four points. Aarron Holt put up five points in the first period but the only other score came from Brad Holt, leaving SCR-I trailing 14-7.

Brookfield added to the cushion in the second period as the rest of the team came to life. Collins maintained his part in the offense, putting up eight points. His teammates did him one better as Brookfield scored 17 points in the second period.

SCR-I nearly matched the performance thanks to three pointers from Aarron Holt and Tim Buford as well as a three point play by Brad Holt. Chase Moore added a couple buckets but the Tigers still found themselves behind 31-20 at the break.

The Tigers could not trim the deficit in the third period. Brookfield's inside combination of Collins and Scott Paalhar combined for all 12 points the team scored in the third period. That was one better than SCR-I could manage leading Brookfield to the 43-31 advantage.

With just eight minutes to play SCR-I made one final push at the league champions. The push came in big part in the form of Moore who poured in 11 of his season-high 20 points in the rally. Both Holts added three pointers in the cause, which saw SCR-I pull within striking distance. But in the end it was too much Collins as the Brookfield center countered the run with seven points down the stretch to secure the 60-52 win for Brookfield.

Moore finished with 20 points to top the scoring for Scotland County. Aarron Holt had 13 points in his final home game of his career. Fellow senior Brad Holt had eight points. Other upperclassmen playing their final home game of their careers were Tim Buford (three points), Robbie Miller (four points) and Jason Glass (did not score). Senior Kirk Stott missed the game to a season-ending knee injury he sustained earlier in the season.

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