February 3, 2005

No Cinderella Story For Tigers At Courtwarming

For Cinderella the spell wore off at midnight. For Scotland County the magic ended sometime in the third period when Putnam County rallied and ruined any hopes of an enchanted victory to celebrate at the Homecoming Ball that followed the Friday night hoops doubleheader in Memphis.

The two teams traded the lead back and forth in the opening eight minutes. Bryce Blomme hit a three pointer to tie the game early and then Grant Blomme hit a triple of his own to put SCR-I ahead 10-8. Putnam County rallied to pull ahead 14-13 to end the first period.

The Tigers fell behind 18-13 before Jared Shelley scored five straight points. His three pointer tied the contest at 18-18. Lathan Watson then drilled a three pointer to put the Tigers on top 21-18 and force a Putnam County time out at the 5:35 mark.

Later in the second period the Tigers’ lead grew to five points when Chris Holt hit a three pointer to make the score 29-24. SCR-I held on to a 31-30 advantage at halftime.

The upset bid was derailed in the third period when the Midgets opened the second half on a 6-0 run to force a quick SCR-I time out.

The two teams traded baskets back and forth for the next five minutes as SCR-I could not cut into the six-point deficit. Putnam County put the wraps on the third period with a 7-0 run in the final two minutes to build a 53-40 bulge.

Putnam County kept the momentum to start the fourth period with a 8-0 run before Greg Neagle hit a three pointer to get the Tigers on the board. It was not enough to hold off the Midgets who went on to the 75-51 win.

Brandon Thomas led all scorers with 19 points to pace Putnam County (12-5, 2-0) Ben Brummit finished with 16 points and Tyson Alexander added 15.

Bryce Blomme topped the scorebook for the Tigers (2-15, 0-2) with 12 points. Jared Shelley finished with 10 points, Greg Neagle had nine and Chris Holt added seven.

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