December 6, 2007

SCR-I Whacks Wildcats in Tourney Third Place Tilt

The rescheduled finals at the Novinger Tournament proved to be worth the wait for Scotland County. After their third place game was canceled December 1st due to the weather, the Tigers had to wait until December 5th to take on the host squad for the trophy.

SCR-I jumped on top of the Wildcats early as Cody Musgrove and Brandon Garnett combined for 25 first half points to help the Tigers lead 36-24 at the intermission.

The lead hovered around 10 points for much of the third period before the SCR-I press took its toll. The Tigers took advantage of six Novinger turnovers during a key spurt in the third quarter to put the game away. Scotland County also banged the boards hard, at one point scoring six straight points on offensive rebounds by Musgrove and Garnett.

Garnett’s second score on the offensive glass put his team on top 46-30. Andrew Duley and Travis Trueblood both finished strong drives to the hoop to make it 50-34.

But SCR-I was dealt a blow when Musgrove went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

The Tigers played the fourth period without their leading scorer yet managed to maintain the comfortable cushion. Trueblood, Duley and Kyle Shelley each had four points in the game’s final eight minutes to help preserve the 66-49 victory.

Musgrove led all scorers with 18 points and he also grabbed 10 rebounds in just three periods of play.

Garnett finished with a career high 15 points. Shelley booked a double-double, scoring 10 points while helping the Tigers dominate the glass by grabbing 10 rebounds. Trueblood also finished in double figures with 10 points while Jacob Howard pitched in with seven.

The victory helped Scotland County improve to 3-1 on the year.

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