February 23, 2006

Rams Rally Late To Beat Tigers in Rock Game

The Scotland County boys gave one of the teamís more dominating first half performances of the year Monday night at Queen City. Unfortunately Schuyler County responded in like fashion in the last half to rally from a 32-21 deficit at the intermission to knock off the Tigers 52-48 and secure the Jason Rockhold memorial traveling trophy, ďThe Rock.Ē

The Tigers opened strongly as Lathan Watson hit a three pointer from the corner. After Chris Humes scored in the paint, Matt Wickert reeled off six straight points for the Tigers who built a 12-11 lead at the end of one period of play.

The two teams traded the lead back and forth early in the second period as Cody Musgrove got into the act with a pair of buckets in the paint. Wickert delivered his third assist of the period when he found Humes open underneath for an easy score that put the Tigers on top 18-16.

Musgrove added two more buckets and Bryce Blomme finished off an 8-3 run that forced a Schuyler County time-out with SCR-I on top 26-19 with 2:23 left in the second quarter.

That didnít slow Scotland County down as they took a 32-21 lead into the locker room.

The Rams quickly cut the deficit to 32-25 before Wickert hit Musgrove with a lob pass for an easy two points. Still, Schuyler County was able to claw its way back into the game and pulled within 39-37 with just eight minutes left to play.

After Musgrove opened the fourth period with a score, Schuyler County went on a 6-0 run to take its first lead since early in the second period. The Rams continued rolling and led 50-43 with only 1:41 left in the game.

But after Humes scored in the paint, Watson hit a huge three pointer to bring his team right back, down just 50-48. But the Rams were able to work the ball around and prevent the Tigers from fouling before finding an open man underneath to seal the 52-48 win.

The Tigers (6-14, 2-4) were led in scoring by Musgrove with 15 points. Wickert and Humes each finished with 10 points.

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