December 3, 2009

Tigers Blow Out Milan 58-28 in Opener of Novinger Tourney

A game that was a little to close for comfort in the first half quickly got out of hand after the intermission courtesy of a 33-7 run that allowed Scotland County to cruise to a 58-28 win in the team’s season opener at the Novinger Tournament.

SCR-I, the #2 seed in the tourney, dispatched #7 seed Milan with the big second half.

The Tigers took an early lead behind baskets from Kyle Shelley and Cody Taft. But the offense sputtered midway through the opening quarter allowing Milan to pull ahead 9-7.

That proved to be the Wildcats lone lead of the contest. Brandon Garnett tied the game when he converted on the fast break and Shelley followed that up with a hoop in the paint to put the Tigers on top for good.

Scotland County led 15-9 after the first period, but went 1-8 at the free throw line or the advantage could have been much larger.

Milan pulled within four points in the second period as SCR-I went scoreless for the first three and a half minutes before Garnett converted a pair of free throws. Taft added a couple buckets before the break to keep the Tigers on top 25-21.

The SCR-I press took its toll on Milan in the second half. The Tigers opened the third period with a 7-0 run to force a Milan timeout with 4:53 on the clock. Garnett converted a three-point play and Shelley had a couple baskets on the fast break to make the score 32-21.

Shelley’s sixth straight point made it 34-21 before Milan got on the board with a three pointer from Zach Brittain. Those were the lone points of the third period for the Wildcats.

SCR-I closed the quarter on a 12-0 run to lead 46-24 with eight minutes left to play. Harley Stone had five points during the stretch.

Derrick Muntz scored 10 of Scotland County’s final 12 points as the Tigers rolled to the 58-28 win to advance to the semifinals to take on #3 seed Green City, a 53-42 winner over Bevier.

Shelley finished with 16 points to pace a balanced scoring attack. Muntz added 14 points and Garnett chipped in with 11 points.

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