March 6, 2003

Tigers Leave Offense On The Bus In 45-29 Loss To Brookfield

A long bus trip is not a key pre-game component prior to a basketball game. The Scotland County Tigers endured the three-hour ride to Brookfield February 28 and SCR-I never seemed to get their legs back under them as the regular season came to a close with a 45-29 loss for the Tigers.

"Offensively we struggled all night long," Coach Jaryt Hunziker said. "Brookfield held us to two points in the fourth period and that's not going to be good enough to win you any games."

Former league MVP Damon Collins led Brookfield with 15 points. He played an even bigger role on defense, holding the entire Tigers team to just 10 points in the paint. The 6'6" center also did the job on the boards.

"Collins just kept us out of the middle all night long," Hunziker said. "He kept us off the offensive glass and when your not hitting shots and aren't getting any second chances then you don't have many options on offense."

The Tigers stayed close for most of the game by playing a 2-3 zone that sagged in the middle to compensate for the presence of Collins.

Brookfield finally started taking the open shots from the perimeter. Gerrit Hane hit some key shots from the outside forcing the defense to come out and open up the middle for Collins.

That helped Brookfield pull away in the fourth period, outscoring SCR-I 13-2 in the final eight minutes to win 45-29.

Chase Moore topped the SCR-I score book with 13 points. No other Tiger had more than four points.

Scotland County closed out the regular season with a 7-17 mark. The Tigers were 2-5 in Tri-Rivers Conference play.

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