February 22, 2007

SCR-I Boys Break Indiansí Hearts With Valentineís Day Victory

It took way longer than it should have, but Scotland County finally took a huge step toward its first conference boys basketball title this decade with a huge 63-59 victory over Clark County on Valentineís Day, February 14th.

The contest was rescheduled from January 30th and was restarted where it had left off that night, with 3:56 left in the second period when a bomb threat forced the school to be evacuated.

Grant Blomme gave Scotland County the lead when he scored on a fast break as play resumed to make it 17-16 in favor of the home squad.

Neither team got much going in the four minutes before halftime as Clark County led 24-20 at the break.

The Indians appeared poised to take charge of the game in the third period. SCR-I stumbled out of the gates letting the Indians expand the deficit to 28-20 before Travis Trueblood scored in the paint and Grant Blomme made a pair of free throws to calm the storm.

The Clark County lead continued to swell to eight or 10 points for much of the third period. But Bryce Blomme kept the Tigers close as he scored nine points in the period. He scored on a drive to the bucket to finalize the run that made it 40-39 in favor of the Indians.

A 45-41 deficit at the end of the third period quickly grew to 52-43 with only five minutes left to play.

Scotland County stayed in the game with excellent shooting at the free-throw line. Musgrove made a pair from the charity stripe and Bryce Blomme was a perfect four-of-four from the line. His final two free throws made it 56-53 with 3:24 left on the clock.

Matt Wickert scored in the paint and was fouled. He missed the free throw but Kyle Shelley was there for the putback that put SCR-I on top for the first time since the second period at 57-56.

The Tigers never relinquished that advantage in the final three minutes. Musgrove converted a three-point play followed by a free throw from Wickert that made it 61-56.

Clark County had a couple of empty possessions down the stretch and Musgrove put the game on ice with two more clutch free throws.

ďI donít think he was feeling very well,Ē coach Ryan Bergeson said after the game of Musgrove. ďI was after him most of the game to get more involved, but when it was all said and done he had 23 points. Thatís pretty involved.Ē

Bergeson praised his teamís clutch free-throw shooting in the second half as well as more aggressive perimeter defense.

Musgrove led Scotland County with 23 points. Bryce Blomme finished with 17 points and Grant Blomme added 12 points.

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