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Antlers Holiday Basketball Festival gets heated

January 5, 2012

The Antlers Bearcats take on the Rattan Rams at the Antlers Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament in Antlers. Bearcats win causing controversy in the stands.

On December 29th and 30th Antlers hosted a Holiday Basketball Festival for local teams. Most of the games went smoothly but during the Bearcats and Rams Boy’s game the crowd began to show their true colors with yelling at the referees, cursing at coaches and all in all bad sportsmanship on the part of the fans and parents in the stands.

The Moyers Tigers took on Battiest and it was a cool and calm game overall with the Tigers winning 59 to 46 over Battiest. Both teams showed determination and skill as they fought to see who would take the win. For the Tigers: B. Slocum scored 12 points, J. Dudley scored 14 points, J. Mattingly scored 10 points, Z. Brittingham scored 0 points, T. morgan scored 14 points and C. Armstrong scored 9 points.

The Lady Cats took on the Lady Rams and it was a struggle for points as both teams showed remarkable defense skills. The Lady Cats ended up taking the win with a final score of 38 to 27 over the Lady Rams.

The game that caused the most controversy and outrageous behavior of the festival was the Antlers Bearcats against the Rattan Rams boy’s game. The questionable behavior however didn’t come from the players or coaches but from the people in the stands. Both teams showed that they had come to play and intended to take home the win for this rival game and at the end of the first period it was Rattan 20 to Antlers 16.

Throughout the second period both teams showed an increased desperation to put the ball through the net and the scores continued to climb, but slowly as the defense players were showing their skills. At the end of the second period the Rams were still onto with a score of 31 to 28.

After the half both teams came back out onto the court refreshed and ready to continue play. The Rams continued to stay just a step ahead of the Bearcats as the scores raced towards 50. At the end of the third period the score was Rams 47, Bearcats 43.

In the last period of play the Bearcats kicked it into high gear and closed the point spread. When the final buzzer sounded the score was tied up at 58 to 58, signaling the start of overtime play for the boys. Frantic play ensued as both teams were determined to score the most points but at the end of OT the Bearcats had managed to come out on top and won the game 64 to 62 over the Rams.

The Bearcats lead scorers were: Bryce Martin with 19 points, Jimmy Mician with 15 points, Harlan House with 12 points, Tanner Brown with 12 points, Arizona Taylor with 4 points and Dakota Turner with 1 point.

The Rams lead scorers were: Colin Mack with 16 points, Dustin Davidson with 13 points, Jonathan Samuels with 13 points, Landon Carper with 11 points, Brett Mack with 6 point and Blane Watts with 3 points.

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