January 13, 2005

Late Eaglesí Rally Ruins Tigers Shot At Victory

A 10:30 a.m. start time was no problem for the Scotland County Tigers. It was the near noon finish that caused SCR-I trouble in the consolation round of the Highland Tournament as Knox County rallied to steal a 73-70 victory from the Tigers, January 8.

Two days of weather cancellations forced tourney officials to play two rounds of games Saturday. The early start didnít seem to bother the Tigers who came out firing. Matt Wickert banged a three pointer to start the scoring as six different Tigers contributed in a 22-point first quarter performance that saw the game tied at the buzzer.

Chris Holt gave the Tigers their first lead as he scored on an offensive rebound to open the second quarter. He and Chris Humes gave the team a big lift off the bench as he crashed the offensive glass. After a Greg Neagle jumper, Holt scored on another rebound to build the lead to 28-23.

It was all Humes from there. The junior forward scored 11 points in the period as the Tigers expanded the lead to 42-34 at the intermission.

Knox County battled back to within two points at 46-44 with 4:19 to play in the third quarter. Bryce Blomme then drilled back-to-back three pointers and scored nine straight points for the Tigers who saw the lead grow back to 55-48.

The Eagles closed out the quarter with a 6-0 run to make the score 55-54.

Jared Shelley made two straight buckets to give his team some breathing room. A score from Cody Musgrove put the Tigers ahead 64-59 with 5:01 to play.

Knox County went on a 7-0 run and took its first lead since the opening quarter when Gerrit Nunan hit two free throws with 2:31 to play to put Knox County ahead 66-64.

Wickert kept his team close, twice hitting a pair of free throws after the Eagles lead had grown to three points.

But the Tigers failed to foul Knox County on the next possession and the Eagles got an easy layin to make the score 72-69. All seemed lost after the Tigers turned the ball over with just over 11 seconds to play. But Wickert stole the inbounds pass and got the ball to Shelley who hoisted a deep three pointer as he was ran over by the Knox County defender. The whistle blew putting the senior on the line with a chance to tie the game.

Shelley hit the first and sank the second before the whistle blew and the point was disallowed as the official indicated that Shelley had crossed the free-throw line on the shot. That forced the team to intentionally miss the final shot, but the Tigers could not get the rebound and Knox County added a free throw to seal the 73-70 win.

Wickert and Bryce Blomme each had 13 points to lead SCR-I which dropped to 1-9 on the season. Shelley finished with 11 points as did Humes. Knox County (4-7) was paced by A.J. Rimer who scored 20 points.

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