March 1, 2012
Midgets Duo Stands Tall in 82-50 Win Over Tigers
The battle for the Tri-Rivers Conference crown proved to be a two man show on Tuesday night in Unionville. Putnam County's Deion Hunt and Trey Ream combined for 71 points as the Midgets easily outdistanced Scotland County 82-50 to secure first place in the league with one conference game remaining for both squads.
Hunt scored all 13 points for the Midgets in the first period. The Tigers used a more balanced scoring attack to keep the game tied. Harley Stone hit a three pointer and had five points while Andrew Mathes had a pair of field goals. Drew Miller and Lucas Howard also had buckets to help knot the score at 13-13.
Hunt continued his onslaught in the second period, adding 11 points while teammate Ream got into the act in big fashion. The Midgets' guard game off the bench to connect on five three pointers in the second period. The duo scored 27 of Putnam's 28 second quarter points to help the home team pull ahead 41-23 at the intermission.
Mathes had a big quarter for SCR-I, scoring seven points in the third period, but Putnam County continued to distance itself, outscoring the Tigers 19-13. Ream continued his hot shooting, putting in nine points, while the Tigers finally slowed Hunt, limiting him to just two field goals.
SCR-I took an even bigger hit than the scoreboard when point guard Drew Miller suffered an ankle injury and left the game. He'll likely miss the rest of the season.
Stone and Howard had four points each in the final period, but the quarter was all about Hunt finishing off a record-setting performance. The senior added 15 points down the stretch to finish the contest with a career best 43 points. That broke the school's single-game scoring record established 39 years ago.
Ream finished with 28 points, including seven three pointers to help the Midgets improve to 12-12 on the year and 6-3 in the TRC.
Scotland County (10-12, 5-4) was led in scoring by Mathes with 16 points and Stone with 15 points.