December 1, 2011

Dominant Defense Directs SCR-I to Season-Opening Win

Derrick Muntz was a force in the paint Tuesday night in Kahoka as he helped lead the Tigers to a victory in the season opener.

If Tuesday night's season opener was any indication, Scotland County's size looks like it may play big for the Tigers 2011-12 basketball success. SCR-I leaned on its post players to dominate the interior game on both ends of the court, while totally disrupting Clark County's offense with the long arms of a swarming Tigers defense to post a 41-37 victory in Kahoka.

The Tigers never appeared to get on track offensively, but the defense made it impossible for the Indians to take advantage of the slow shooting start for Scotland County.

SCR-I held the Indians to just one field goal in the opening eight minutes, to lead 7-2 at the close of the first quarter.

The Tigers got field goals from Derrick Muntz and Harley Stone as well as a three pointer from Cordie Kigar off the bench.

Muntz went to work in the second period, scoring the Tigers first three field goals to push the advantage to 13-4. A three pointer by Kigar sent SCR-I to the locker room on top 17-11.

Scotland County looked poised to put the contest away early in the third period. Stone converted a three point play before Andrew Mathes and Muntz converted buckets in the paint. A three point play by Mathes extended the lead to 27-13 and forced a Clark County time out.

Muntz continued to dominate the interior, scoring to give SCR-I its biggest lead of the night at 29-13.

Clark County responded with an 8-0 run forcing a SCR-I time out with 2:08 left in the quarter. Brock Bondurant connected on a jumper to push the lead back to double digits heading into the final period of play.

Again SCR-I was on the cusp of putting the game away as baskets by Stone and Mathes gave SCR-I the momentum. Clark County would not go away, answering with a 10-2 run to pull within five with less than a minute to play. SCR-I made things interesting, making just two of five free throws down the stretch but the Indians ran out of time in the 41-37 win for the Tigers.

Muntz led all scorers with 14 points for Scotland County. Stone finished with 10 points and Mathes added eight.

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