January 27, 2005

Hornets Halt SCR-I Rally In Overtime

Lathan Watson hit a huge three pointer to send the game into overtime but the Tigers ran out of gas in the extended play allowing Atlanta to prevail 95-91 in the third place game of the North Shelby Tournament.

“This game was the definition of a barn-burner,” said coach Ryan Brown. “It was back and forth with lots of scoring.”

Scotland County, which trailed by as many as 17 points early in the first half, rallied to pull within six at 41-35 heading into halftime.

Atlanta maintained a 69-62 advantage with eight minutes remaining despite 12 points by Jared Shelly in the third quarter.

The margin grew to 80-70 before SCR-I closed the contest on a 14-4 run to send the game into overtime.

But Atlanta outscored Scotland County 11-7 in the extra period to win 95-91.

“We expended a ton of energy coming back like that and I think we just ran out of gas,” said Brown.

The Tigers played without a point guard and minus their top three scorers after Bryce Blomme, Matt Wickert and Jared Shelley all fouled out.

Watson scored a season-high 19 points, including five three pointers. Bryce Blomme also scored 19 points for the Tigers (2-13). He was named to the All-Tournament team. Shelley pitched in with 17 points and Greg Neagle had 16 points.

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