What was a three-point game after eight minutes of play turned into nearly a 40-point margin as Scotland County swatted the Hornets over the final three quarters to post a 73-35 victory on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Brashear Tournament.
Atlanta did not have an answer for Sturgis Knupp in the early going. The senior forward scored the first eight points for Scotland County. A pair of fast break scores by Aaron Buford forced an Atlanta timeout at the 2:12 mark, but the Hornets were only temporarily able to slow the SCR-I transition game.
The Tigers turned a 17-14 lead at the end of the first period into a 23-17 advantage early in the second period. That’s when the Tigers took off. A fast break score by Will Fromm ignited a 10-0 run that saw Lane Pence and Grant Campbell score in the paint and Elijah Cooley and Buford score on the fast break.
Cooley and Campbell closed out the first half with three-pointers to send SCR-I to the locker room leading 43-21.
Knupp started the second half much like the first, scoring six quick points. He converted on the fast break before grabbing an offensive rebound for a score. After Fromm sank a three-pointer, Knupp pushed the lead to 54-29 with a drive to the hoop. Pence dished out a pair of crowd-pleasing assists, finding Caleb Doubet and Knupp with no-look passes that helped pad the SCR-I lead at 65-32.
Pence continued the assist trend in the final period, hitting Campbell and Cooley with nice passes as SCR-I closed out the running clock with an eight-point fourth period to post the 73-35 win.
Knupp finished with 22 points to lead all scorers. Buford and Campbell each had 11 points while Fromm and Caleb Doubet added nine and Cooley had seven.
Scotland County improved its record to 15-6 with the victory.