December 16, 2004

Tigers Explode for 91 Points in Win Over Milan

A huge second quarter had Scotland County halfway to the century mark and nearly all the way to the teamís first victory of the year in the consolation game of the Putnam County Tournament.

The Tigers exploded for 34 points in the second period to erase an early deficit and show fans what the new run and gun offense is capable of producing.

Jared Shelley knocked down a pair of three pointers and had 10 points overall during the key run. The team got solid work on the offensive glass as well, as forwards Greg Neagle, Cody Musgrove and Chris Humes combined for 11 points in the paint during the stretch.

The scary part was the fact that the Tigers made just 12 of 32 free throws in the first half or the scoring output could have been even better.

The 11-point halftime lead quickly expanded to 20 points and beyond as the Tigers offense continued to hit from all angles. Matt Wickert fueled the third quarter push with seven points in less than two minutes. A three pointer by Bryce Blomme put the Tigers on top 65-44 with 5:03 left in the quarter.

Blomme continued to light it up as the fourth quarter got underway. He had nine points in less than three minutes as SCR-I appeared poised to go over the century mark on the scoreboard. SCR-I led 83-62 with 5:45 left on the clock.

But Coach Ryan Brown called the dogs off not wanting to run up the score on the opposition. SCR-I backed off the pressure defense a bit and slowed things down on offense. Milan took advantage of the opportunity and pulled to within 83-73 forcing a pair of SCR-I time outs.

Lathan Watson scored in the paint to stop the Wildcats run and give his team some breathing room. Milan cut the deficit to single digits with 1:48 in the game. But Neagle scored on an offensive rebound and Shelley hit two free throws to help seal the 91-79 victory.

Blomme finished with a game-high 21 points for SCR-I. Jared Shelley connected for 17 points, including shooting seven for nine from the free-throw line. The rest of the team went 12 of 32 from the charity stripe. Matt Wickert had 14 points and Cody Musgrove had 10 to give the team four players in double figures. Neagle and Dustin Roach were both one point shy of the mark, finishing with nine points.

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