March 1, 2007

Trueblood Saves Perfect Conference Season With Last-Second Heroics

The dream of a perfect conference season nearly went up in smoke Friday night in the Scotland County high school gym. Travis Trueblood did his best impersonation of a fireman, putting out the blaze and saving the Tigers unblemished record and first Tri-Rivers Conference title since 1999.

In the blink of an eye, the junior guard scored the biggest four points of his young career to send SCR-I to the 41-39 victory.

Down by two points with time running out, Trueblood was fouled and sent to the free throw line with a chance to tie the score. With just under three seconds left on the clock, Trueblood calmly sank the first attempt. Brookfield tried to ice the shooter by calling a timeout, but the junior came back after the stoppage and tied the game at 39-39 with his second clutch free throw.

Trueblood wasnít satisfied with that effort. The Tigers hero then snatched the Brookfield inbounds pass near mid court and was able to dribble the length of the court and put up a shot that sank through the net as the buzzer sounded.

The emotions boiled over as the Scotland County crowd stormed the court after the clutch performance, hoisting the unlikely hero onto a shoulder-top parade to the locker room.

Up to that point it had been anyoneís contest as Brookfieldís methodical style took its toll on SCR-I.

Cody Musgrove scored six points in the first period to help the home team build a 9-6 lead.

Bryce Blomme took over the scoring load in the second period as he led the Tigers to a 19-11 advantage at the intermission.

But Scotland County slowed down in the third period, netting just a pair of field goals from Musgrove and a basket by Kyle Shelley as the Bulldogs pulled within 25-21 to close the third quarter.

Brookfield completed its rally late in the fourth period, pulling ahead down the stretch.

Bryce Blomme hit a clutch three pointer that tied the game late but the Tigers still found themselves trailing 39-37 as time was running out on the perfect season.

SCR-I had missed six straight free throws in the gameís final minutes before Trueblood sank his only two opportunities of the game.

Musgrove scored a game-high 22 points but fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Bryce Blomme finished with 11 points.

SCR-I finished the regular season with a 14-9 mark, including a perfect 7-0 record in conference action.



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