December 24, 2009

Second Half Rally Slips Away Late as Knox Knocks off Tigers 66-62

A big second-half rally came up just a little short on Friday night in Edina as Knox County held off the Tigers for a 66-62 victory.

SCR-I opened strong against the high-scoring Knox County squad. Kyle Shelley knocked down a jumper and Brandon Garnett converted an offensive rebound to get the Tigers rolling. Garnett scored on the fast break on a nice pass from Drew Miller. The sophomore, starting in place of Cody Taft who did not suit up for the Tigers, followed that up with a fast break score of his own to tie the game at 8-8.

After Shelley and Garnett converted in the paint, Kasey Dial knocked down a three pointer to put the visitors ahead 15-10 with 1:48 left in the first period.

The advanatge held up early in the second period as Harley Stone scored four quick points, including a nifty reverse lay-in on a nice pass from Shelley to make it 19-18.

But Knox County rattled off the next 11 straight points to pull ahead by double digits before Shelley stopped the bleeding with a couple scores in the paint to make it 32-23 at the break.

The third period started similarly for SCR-I. Shelley put in a bucket to stop a 4-0 run by the home team. The momentum began to shift as Miller converted a three-point play and followed it up with a steal and a lay in to trim the lead to 36-30. Stone scored in the paint and Dial floated a teardrop over the Knox County defenders to cut the deficit to 36-34.

After a pair of Knox County scores, SCR-I brought the game full circle. Garnett and Shelley combined for the next six points that knotted the score at 40-40 with 3 minutes left to play in the third period.

Kasey Dial gave the Tigers their first lead of the second half when he canned back-to-back three pointers to close the third period with SCR-I on top 47-44.

Scotland County opened the fourth period with a fast break score by Shelley to extend the lead to five points.

After Knox County tied the score at 49-49, Dial knocked down another three pointer to regain the momentum. A steal and lay-in by Garnett again pushed the advantage to five only to see Knox rally to lead 57-56 with 3:56 left in the contest.

Knox County pulled ahead by five points with less than a minute to play before Stone made a block on the defensive end and converted in the paint on the other end to trim the deficit to 61-58 with 45.7 ticks left on the clock. Stone made another stop, this time with a steal that resulted in a fast break score for Garnett that pulled SCR-I within one. But the Eagles knocked down key free throws in the final seconds to hold on for the 66-62 win.

Shelley led a balanced scoring attack for SCR-I (2-4) with 16 points. Garnett and Dial each added 14 points while Stone finished with 10. Miller pitched in eight points in the start. SCR-I played without Taft as well as the injured Derrick Muntz and Sabe Sears.

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