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December 9, 2010

Tigers Rally From Slow Start to Stop Novinger

If it could go wrong, it did for Scotland County on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Novinger tournament, but somehow the Tigers were able to eek out a come-from-behind 39-33 win over the host squad to advance to the championship game.

One game into the year, SCR-I lost Derrick Muntz with a broken bone in his foot, and on Thursday SCR-I was without starting point guard Drew Miller who missed the game with an illness.

The Tigers looked out of whack without the team's normal floor general. Dakota Wells came off the bench to hit a pair of three pointers to save SCR-I from a disastrous start.

There was no help in the second period, as Novinger went on a 12-2 run to pull ahead 18-10 at the intermission and leave Scotland County searching for answers.

SCR-I battled back in the third period. Kasey Dial connected on a pair of three pointers as the Tigers outscored Novinger 14-5 to regain the lead 24-23. But, the Tigers left several points on the floor courtesy of difficulties at the foul line. SCR-I shot just six of 15 from the stripe.

Fortunately for the Tigers, Dial and Andrew Mathes were four for four on free throws down the stretch after the team was two of 11 in the first three quarters. Brock Bondurant provided a spark in the final period with four points and Wells canned another three pointer to help hold off Novinger for the 39-33 win.

Scotland County (2-1) was led in scoring by Dial with 12 points. Wells finished with nine points and Lee Tague added seven points in his first start of the year.

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