February 28, 2008

Bulldogs Blast Tigers 65-28 in Regular Season Finale

It definitely wasnít a storybook ending for Scotland County as SCR-I bid farewell to its upperclassmen on Senior Night at the regular season finale February 21st in Memphis.

After a promising start, Scotland County could only watch as the #6 ranked team in Missouri Class 1 showed why it had just one loss this season.

LaPlata (24-1) outscored the Tigers 40-7 over the final two and a half quarters to complete its nearly unblemished regular season.

SCR-I opened the contest with seniors Cody Musgrove, Travis Trueblood, Matt Dice, Eric Glass and Joe Spurgeon on the court.

But after falling behind 4-0 in the opening minute, coach Ryan Bergeson went to his regular starters.

Brandon Garnett came in and got the Tigers first points before a three pointer by Trueblood made it 6-5.

Musgrove went to the bench after two early fouls and LaPlata took advanateg of his absence to build a 12-5 lead.

But Andrew Duley hit a pair of free throws and scored on a drive to the basket to make it 14-9 at the end of the first period.

Duley opened the second period with another field goal before a bucket by Dice followed by a basket by Kyle Shelley trimmed the deficit to 18-15 and forced a LaPlata time out with 4:11 to play.

The two teams traded field goals as Trueblood and Garnett hit shots to keep their team close.

But SCR-I lost the momentum seconds after Musgrove checked back into the contest. The teamís leading scorer at over 18 points a game, was whistled for an offensive foul that sent him right back to the bench.

The questionable call drew the ire of the normally mild mannered Bergeson who complained to the officials that his star player was being fouled all over the court yet he was the one that was whistled for three fouls. Ultimately his defense of his player drew a technical foul.

The strategy appeared to pay off, as Scotland County pulled with 25-21. But the wind eventually left SCR-Iís sails courtesy of a 9-1 LaPlata run to end the first half.

LaPlata outscored Scotland County 21-4 in the third period, including a 14-0 run to end the quarter.

Musgroveís lone field goal of the night proved to be the only two points of the fourth period for Scotland County as LaPlata closed out the victory with a 10-2 run that had the clock running non-stop in the final minutes.

Garnett finished with seven points to lead Scotland County (8-16). Shelley and Duley each finished with six points.

Dusty Baker led LaPlata with 24 points and Mike Eitel added 18 points.

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