February 23, 2012

Tigers Move Into First Place Tie For Conference Lead With 54-52 Win Over Knox County

Harley Stone

A big first half lead evaporated late for Scotland County on Friday in Edina, but the Tigers were able to hold on for the 54-52 win and maintain a shot at the Tri-Rivers Conference title with the key league victory.

SCR-I built a 15-11 in the first period as Harley Stone poured nine points. Brice Cowell added four points to account for the margin heading into the second period.

Drew Miller had a pair of field goals as the team also got buckets from Lucas Howard and Andrew Mathes as well as Cowell and Stone. The balanced scoring pushed the Tigers to a 27-18 advantage at the intermission.

But the Eagles came soaring back, outscoring SCR-I 20-13 in the third period to pull within two points. Stone and Miller combined for 11 of the Tigers 13 third period points.

The Tigers battled through several lead changes in the fourth period but were able to make just enough free throws to preserve the 54-52 victory. SCR-I was 8 of 14 at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter. Mathes and Howard scored nine points down the stretch in the win.

Stone finished with 21 points to lead all scorers. Miller added 12 points for the Tigers, who improved to 10-11 on the season and improved their TRC mark to 5-3, which is tied for first place with Putnam County, making Tuesday's contest in Unionville a must win for both squads.

Knox County (13-9, 4-4 TRC) was led in scoring by Donovan Edwards with 13 points and Royce Poore with 12 points.

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