February 6, 2003

Last Second Score Steals Victory From Tigers

Jake Fogel looks to hit Vince Rockhold with the pass on the old pick and roll play during varsity hoops action January 31 in Memphis.

The saying goes that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, yet while close hasn't done anything for the Scotland County Tigers record, it did make for an exciting week of basketball.

SCR-I fell to 0-3 in Tri-Rivers play last week courtesy of a trio of thrilling contests that saw the Tigers end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

The most exciting of the games came in front of the packed home Memphis crowd Friday, January 31 for Courtwarming.

Scotland County had its work cut out for it as Putnam County, one of the favorites for the league title, came to town with only two losses on its resume.

The Tigers were unphased by the opponent building a 24-12 advantage early in the second period. Danny Roach started the ball rolling for SCR-I as he hit his first four shots for nine first period points that had the Tigers leading 16-10 at the end of the first eight minutes.

The offense continued to hit the key shots opening the second quarter. Clint Cottrell and Chase Moore each had two buckets opening the period to lead to the big lead.

But the advantage disappeared as quickly as it appeared as Putnam County closed on a 12-2 run to pull within two points at the half.

The Midgets looked to have extinguished any hopes of an upset for Scotland County as the Tigers continued to struggle on offense in the third quarter. Moore and Jake Fogle hit three pointers late to help slow the Midgets run but Putnam County still led 38-34 at the end of three quarters.

The Tigers remained in striking distance as Moore hit three free throws after being fouled on a three point attempt. A pair of buckets by Cottrell and two free throws by Aaron Dale still had SCR-I trailing by two scores.

Moore delivered a clutch three pointer and after Colby Myers converted just one of two free throws, the Tigers senior guard dribbled the length of the court and nailed a floating jumper from the free throw line with just seconds left to tie the game.

But the few ticks left on the clock proved too many as Putnam County's Ian Gilworth dribbled the length of the court and put in a driving score, while being fouled, with just two seconds left on the clock. Gilworth made the free throw to seal the win as the Tigers last second shot sailed wide.

Myers led Putnam County with 18 points. Moore finished with a game-high 19 points. Roach finished with 13 points while Cottrell added eight.

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