December 4, 2003

Cream Of Class 1 Crop Hands Tigers Loss In Basketball Season Debut

Opening the year against a smaller school isn’t always all what it’s cracked up to be. The Scotland County Tigers found that out November 24 when the Tigers traveled to Class 1 powerhouse Green City and received a rude beginning to the 2003-04 year with a 72-52 defeat.

The Tigers built a 10-9 lead in the first period but mounting foul trouble and an inability to handle the Green City press turned the advantage into a 35-19 deficit at halftime.

Danny Roach opened the year with a steal and went coast to coast for the first two points of the year for the Tigers.

But he and fellow senior starter, Aaron Dale both went to the bench early with two fouls as the Tigers appeared to be a little rusty with football season ending just over a week before the season opener.

Cody Holt and Nick Oldham remained on the floor and both hit buckets early on to keep their team on top. After Greg Neagle scored on an offensive rebound freshman Bryce Blomme converted a free throw to put the Tigers ahead to end the quarter.

The Green City press then began to take its toll at the start of the second period. Several turnovers quickly translated into a 13-10 lead for Green City. The problem was compounded by the fact the Tigers had already picked up 10 team fouls less than two minutes into the quarter.

A three pointer by Blomme got the Tigers to within one point but that was as close as the visiting team would get. After Jared Shelley hit a jumper Green City went on a 10-2 run forcing another SCR-I timeout.

Clint Cottrell responded with a couple baskets in the paint over the Gophers 6’8” center Kevin Swearingen but Green City had the answer and expanded the lead to 35-19 at the break.

Aaron Dale did his best to keep the Tigers close scoring his teams first eight points of the third period but it was not enough as Green City kept the lead in double digits.

Cottrell and Holt scored the next 10 points for the Tigers as the team started to gain a presence in the paint. But once again the Gophers had the answer, maintaining a 16-point lead heading into the final eight minutes of the contest.

The first few minutes of the fourth period were quiet for the Tigers offense as the deficit swelled to 24 points before Dale knocked down a jumper. The senior forward’s second three pointer of the night made the score 65-44 as the Gophers held on for the 20-point win despite six straight points from Holt down the stretch.

Dale finished the game with 13 points to lead the Tigers. Holt finished with 12 and Cottrell added 10 points before becoming the fifth Tiger to foul out of the game in the fourth period. Green City’s Matt Ayers led all scorers with 23 points and Swearingen had 16.

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