January 8, 2009

Early Lead Evaporates as Eagles Soar Past SCR-I 62-40

Visions of an upset to open 2009 lasted just over eight minutes for the Tigers as the visiting Knox County squad rallied from the early deficit to blast Scotland County 62-40 on January 2nd in Memphis.

The host squad came out strong. Jacob Howard scored two early buckets and the SCR-I defense packed it in to the paint to slow down the Eagles standout Dennis Dent.

Howard and Brandon Garnett both made a pair of free throws as the Tigers led 8-2 with 3:50 to go in the first period. Garnett scored in the paint on a nice pass from Howard to make it 10-5.

But the Eagles rallied to start the second period, knotting the score at 10-10 with 6:41 on the clock and forcing an SCR-I timeout. The Tigers interior defense took a big hit when Kyle Shelley was whistled for his third foul.

Knox County took advantage of his absence, reeling off a 7-0 run to force another SCR-I timeout with 4:51 remaining in the first half and the Tigers now down 17-10.

Howard scored on a dive to the basket at the 2:12 mark for the only points of the second period for SCR-I as Knox County went on to lead 25-12.

Knox County Coach Jesse Crawford apparently wasn’t satisfied with a 31-13 lead, as he picked up a technical foul for complaining about the officiating.

SCR-I made both free throws but the Eagles continued to roll to the 38-18 lead midway through the third period.

The margin remained at 20 points for the bulk of the final 12 minutes with Knox County booking the 62-40 win to improve to 3-3 on the season.

SCR-I fell to 2-6 on the year. Howard finished with 10 points to lead SCR-I. Shelley had nine points and Andrew Duley pitched in with seven points.

Dent led Knox County with 23 points.

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