December 27, 2012

Rams Ride Big Free Throw Advantage to 61-56 Win in Memphis

Will McRobert splits the Schuyler County defenders as he looks to make a pass in to the paint during the Tigers final game of 2012.

Santa ringing his bell next to the red kettle would have been right at home Tuesday night on the basketball court in Memphis as the charity stripe saw plenty of action when Scotland County hosted Schuyler County in a tri-Rivers Conference tilt.

The Rams attempted an amazing 48 free throws, making exactly half of their attempts en route to a 61-56 victory that saw four SCR-I starters foul out. Scotland County was whistled for 29 fouls compared to 18 fouls on the visitors.

Schuyler County took the early lead, 15-12 at the end of the first quarter despite three-pointers by Cordie Kigar and Kyler Burkhiser.

Lucas Howard was shutout in the first period, but made up for it with eight points in the second quarter. But the lone other field goals came from Bailey Johnston and Brice Cowell as the Rams added to their lead, 31-24 at the break.

Schuyler County continued to pull away in the third, outscoring SCR-I 14-11 to lead by 10.

Bailey Johnston is hammered as he puts up the shot in the paint during Tuesday night's game versus Schuyler County.

Jacob Blessing had a pair of field goals to jump start SCR-I's fourth quarter rally. Howard was the main workhorse, scoring 13 of his game-high 22 points in the final eight minutes.

But the Rams made just enough free throws down the stretch, shooting 10 of 25 in the fourth period, to prevail 61-56.

The Tigers fell to 4-6 on the season and 2-3 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. Howard was the lone Tiger in double digits with 22 points. Blessing and Kigar each finished with eight points.

Schuyler County was led in scoring by Daniel Haley with 20 points and Dalton Shively with 19 points.

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