Jared Dunn soars above two Knox County defenders for the bucket in the Tigers’ season opener versus Knox County.

The 2018-19 season got off to a promising start for Scotland County, but the boys basketball team ran out of gas late allowing Knox County to pull away for a 47-42 victory in the first round of the Tri Rivers Conference Classic in Queen City.

It was the Will Fromm show early on, as the senior scored the Tigers’ first seven points of the night. Matthew Woods scored on an offensive rebound and Jared Dunn scored on a drive to the hoop before Fromm converted on the fast break to give SCR-I a 13-10 lead to close the first period.

Woods scored in the paint to start the second period and Fromm added another fast break bucket to extend the SCR-I lead to 17-10. The Tigers struggled a bit at the free throw line, allowing Knox to narrow the gap. Fromm added his second three-point play of the first half late in the second period, but Knox County battled back to knot the score at 26-26 heading into the locker room.

Woods opened the second half with a score on a drive to the rim that gave SCR-I a 28-26 lead. The Tigers however went scoreless until the 1:29 mark of the third period, when a basket by Woods trimmed the Knox County lead to 34-30. A fast break score by Fromm pulled SCR-I within two heading into the fourth quarter.

Fromm tied the game with a basket off the dribble to open the fourth period. Knox County started to pull away in the final six minutes, as SCR-I again went scoreless for nearly four minutes. The Eagles grew the lead to as much as nine before Fromm scored on a drive to the rim. Dunn sank a pair of free throws and Woods scored on an offensive rebound but it was not enough as Knox County held on for the 47-42 win.

Fromm led Scotland County on the night with 22 points and Woods finished with 11.