January 5, 2006

Third Period Drought Dooms Tigers In Tourney Opener

A poor third period proved to be the difference as Scotland County allowed Clark County to slip away with a 51-46 victory in the opening round of the Highland Tournament on January 2.

SCR-I scored just four points during the third quarter, allowing the Indians to build a 10-point bulge.

The two teams opened the contest with an offensive show, combining for 38 points in the contests first eight minutes.

Lathan Watson led the charge for Scotland County with six points but the Indians still led 22-16.

The Tigers were able to trim the deficit to 32-28 at the intermission as Matt Wickert had seven points in the period.

Cody Protsman hit a couple of three pointers during a key 10-4 run in the third period that saw Clark County pull ahead 43-32.

Wickert and Grant Blomme hit late three pointers for the Tigers who took advantage of some poor Clark County free throw shooting late in the game to pull back within striking distance. The Indians hit just four of 14 free throws on the night and made just one of eight in the games final minutes.

But the Tigers rally fell short as SCR-I (2-78) was dispatched to the consolation side of the bracket to take on Unity of Mendon, which lost by 40 points to Highland. Clark County advances to take on the host team in the semi-finals.

Wickert led SCR-I with 18 points on the night. Watson and Chris Humes each added eight points.

Protsman finished with 24 points to lead all scorers.

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