February 17, 2005

Knox County Claims Key Conference Win Over Tigers

Friday night was a rollercoaster ride for Scotland County with plenty of peaks and valleys. Unfortunately for SCR-I, the Tigers never could sustain a run to top the peak as Knox County ultimately rolled on to an 80-61 victory.

The Tigers opened the game with a quick spurt. A three pointer by Lathan Watson put the Tigers ahead 7-2.

Knox County answered with a 12-0 run to lead 14-7 before Watson hit a couple of free throws with 3:35 left in the first period.

Knox County went on to a 26-15 lead to end the first period as the Tigers struggled to convert at the free-throw line, missing on a number of shots from the charity stripe that could have cut into the deficit.

The Eagles looked poised to blow the game open, leading by as many as 17 points early in the second period.

But the Tigers remained within striking distance as Bryce Blomme went to work at the free-throw line. He hit four free ones to close out the first half before Watson hit another three pointer to make the score 43-29.

Greg Neagle opened the third period with a three pointer and the Tigers looked poised to get back into the game. The senior scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half. But the offense went cold and Knox County went on to outscore the Tigers 18-16 to push the lead to 61-45.

SCR-I simply did not have the answers in the fourth period as Knox County put the finishing touches on the 80-61 victory.

Gerit Nunan led all scorers with 26 points as Knox County improved to 6-15 and 1-4 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

Bryce Blomme finished the night with 24 points, hitting 13 of 14 free-throw attempts. Neagle had 16 points and Watson finished with eight. The Tigers fell to 3-17 overall and 1-4 in league play.



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