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Tigers win in consolation round

January 9, 2012

The Moyers Tigers have been busy this past week with basketball play.  Let's start with Bennington.  The Lady Tigers came out strong in the first half.  They played good zone defense and kept the score close in the first half.  In the second half, the Bears found their groove and the lady Tigers fell 45-25. Shelby Geary lead the scoring with 18, Calli Winters with 4, Shelby Clark with 1, and Carrie Collins with 2. 

Next up the Tigers would take the court.  This would turn into a very aggressive and quick paced game.  Bennington put the first points on the board.  Zach Brittingham would score first for the Tigers.  Good pressure defense from Jake Dudley and Brandon Slocum forced some steals and mistakes and the Tigers took advantage with some easy lay-ups.  Caleb Armstrong got hot in the second hitting 2 threes in the second.  The Tigers had the lead 29-17 at half. Jake Mattingly ripped the net for a three to start the 3rd qtr and continued to be hot on the night, hitting 2 more to lead the Tigers over the Bears 60-39. Mattingly led the scoring with 25, Brandon Slocum with 11, Caleb Armstrong with 11, Zach Brittingham with 4, and Colton Shrum with a pair. 

From Bennington we travel to the annual Tuska tournament.  First up for the Tigers at Tuska would be Antlers.  Antlers would score the first 3 and take the early lead 19-7 after one.  The Tigers seemed to settle down and begin to play ball in the second to regain some ground 23-19 Antlers lead at half. 

The Tigers have 2 new players who become eligible after the first of the year, and we seen the difference some height can make under the basket as Sebastian Cowen would score 6 points under the basket.  It was tough under the boards and tough defense for the Tigers.  The Tigers fell short with a score of 48-37.  Brandon Slocum lead the scoring 12, Jake Dudley with 8, Caleb Armstrong with 6, Sebastian Cowen with 6, Terrell Morgan with 3, Jake Mattingly with a pair. 

The Lady Tigers would play on Friday against Calera.  After losing Shelby Geary the team had to reconstruct and made a great showing in a much more controlled game.  The Ladies played a great defense game and fought hard on the board for rebounds.  Calli Winters would lead the scoring with 8, while Shelby Clark contributed 6.  The final score was 31-14 Calera, but it was a lot closer game than the scoreboard reflected.

After falling to the Bearcats our Boys would come back and have to beat Hartshorne to advance to the consolation finals, and that is exactly what happened.  The Tigers came out on fire and quickly let the Miners know we meant business in advancing.  Caleb Armstrong got hot and ripped 3 three point shots in the 2nd qtr.  Brandon Slocum would lead the scoring with 24, Caleb Armstrong had 20, Jake Dudley with 4, Jake Mattingly with 4, Terrell Morgan had 3, Sebastian Cowen with 2, and Colton Shrum had a pair.  All the Tigers would see court time and the Tigers won 60-38. 

In the consolation finals the Tigers faced Boswell.  Brandon Slocum would get the tip for the Tigers and Jake Mattingly put the first pair on the board.  Boswell was quick to answer and took the lead 12-9 at the end of 1.  Boswell was leading the Tigers 26-18 at the half.  The Tigers could not get their groove to synch and fell further behind.  Boswell had the lead 40-30 at 5:05 left in the 4th qtr.  Something click and next thing we knew the score was 46-45. Armstrong came up 3 big free throws and a steal which tied the score at 46-46 to force overtime. 

The Tiger momentum carried over into OT and with 9.7 seconds left we had the lead 50-48.  Boswell would get the chance to tie things up on the free-throw line, but fell short and Brandon Slocum came up with a huge rebound which would lead him to the free throw line to seal the deal to give the Tiger the come from behind victory 52-48. Brandon Slocum lead the scoring with 20, Jake Dudley followed with 15, Jake Mattingly with 8, Caleb Armstrong with 5, and Sebastian Cowen with 4.

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