January 15, 2004

Tigers Knock Knox Out Of Tournament

After a tough tourney opener the Scotland County Tigers got back on track Thursday night, January 8, knocking Knox County out of the bracket with a 59-51 win in the consolation semi-finals of the 32nd Annual Highland Invitational.

The lead went back and fourth in the first period before the Tigers took the advantage for good with a 7-0 run to close the quarter. That doesnít mean that the Eagles didnít put up a fight. Despite never relinquishing the lead after the first six minutes, the Tigers saw the score tied on several occasions only to answer the challenge on each of the Knox County runs.

Six different players got into the score book in the first period as a balanced attack led SCR-I to a 23-17 lead in a game that appeared headed toward a shootout.

But after the lead went to eight points to start the second period Garet Nunan brought his Eagles back by hitting four consecutive three pointers to pull Knox County to within one point at 30-29.

SCR-Iís Danny Roach answered the challenge, hitting a pair of three pointers of his own to give the Tigers a 36-31 cushion at half time.

The offense disappeared to start the third quarter. Aaron Dale finally ended the drought midway through the quarter with a jumper. Nick Oldham added four points down the stretch but Knox County was able to pull to within one point at 42-41 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Oldham and Jared Shelley continued to spark the team with solid play off the bench. Shelley hit a jumper to start the fourth quarter and Oldham followed that up with a couple free throws. But Nunanís fifth three pointer of the game tied the score at 44-44.

Ultimately time ran out on the Eagles hopes. Clint Cottrell scored on a rebound and Cody Holt nailed a three pointer to make the score 53-47 and force a Knox County timeout at the 3:06 mark. The lead grew to nine points after Holt scored in the paint.

But with 1:44 left to play the Tigers left the door open with a couple turnovers compounded by a pair of silly fouls. The Eagles were unable to take advantage of the mistakes and Oldham iced the game with two free throws.

The Tigers benefited from a balanced scoring attack on the night, Oldham and Roach each led the way with 12 points while Dale had 10 points and seven rebounds. Holt contributed nine points while Cottrell added seven points and seven rebounds in the winning effort.

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