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December 26, 2013

Tigers Overcome Dreadful Start to Push Past Putnam County 65-62

Jacob Hull pulls up for the shot on the baseline after beating the Putnam County defender.

A miserable start was all but forgotten as Scotland County put together three quarters of solid play to rally past Putnam County on Tuesday night in Memphis for a key 65-62 conference win.

The Midgets jumped out to a 7-0 lead before SCR-I finally got on the scoreboard with 4:26 left to play when Zach Doubet scored in the paint on a nice pass from Jacob Blessing. A bucket by Lucas Howard made it 9-4 before Putnam County closed out the period on a 9-0 run to lead 18-4 after eight minutes of play.

Blessing opened the second period with a driving score. After a three-pointer by Cordie Kigar, Blessing again connected on a drive to the basket to trim the deficit to 18-11 and force a Putnam County timeout with 6:18 left in the first half.

The teams traded points over the next three minutes before Kigar converted a three-point play. Brice Cowell then connected on a three pointer before Howard scored on an offensive rebound to tie the score at 25-25 at the intermission.

The lead changed hands several times in the third period. Bailey Johnston had five points early on as SCR-I went on top. A driving score by Kigar gave SCR-I a five-point lead. That margin disappeared before a bucket by Cowell put the Tigers ahead 40-38. Putnam County answered with a 5-0 run before Zach Doubet scored on an offensive rebound to trim the deficit to one point heading into the fourth period.

Kigar had a big fourth period. The senior guard scored on the opening possession and then added a pair of free throws to tie the score at 46-46.

Baskets by Howard and Cowell put the Tigers on top for good with a 50-46 lead with 6:01 left to play.

Putnam County pulled within two on several occasions, but the Tigers had an answer to each rally. Johnston and Howard scored in the paint before Kigar put the game away with back-to-back three-pointers to push the lead to 62-54 with 1:32 to play.

Putnam County made things interesting, scoring six unanswered points to make it a one-possession game with 31 seconds remaining.

Cowell iced the game for Scotland County, making three of four free throws down the stretch to seal the 65-62 win.

Kigar finished with 22 points to lead all scorers. Howard added 14 points and Cowell pitched in with 12 as SCR-I improved to 4-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

Cody Quint led Putnam County in scoring with 19 points. The Midgets fell to 1-5 and 1-1 in the TRC.

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