Tigers make it eight straight with come from behind victory

Thursday, December 20, 2007
Kedron Johnson takes it strong to the hole for two of his team high 15 points versus Hickman County.

The Marshall County Tigers are rolling along and are finding ways to win ballgames even when they are not at their best and that is a true mark of a very good team. On Friday night in Lewisburg the MCHS squad trailed for much of the contest before they turned it on late to edge Hickman County 63-61.

"It took us a long time to get into the flow", said Head Coach Jason Tigert.

"That first half was very slow; Hickman County did a great job of defending our shooters with their 3-2 defense", he added.

The Tigers started very slow and there were many times in the first half where the Bulldogs had their chance to put MCHS away, but the blue and white from Lewisburg just kept hanging around until late in the final seconds of the third quarter when freshman Kedron Johnson stole a pass and went the distance to tie the game at 42-42.

After a Bulldogs shot bounced off the rim with just 6 seconds left, Deshaun Greer rebounded the rock and fed Ryan Nicholson, who found Blaise Spencer open in the corner for a rainmaker from three-point land at the buzzer that gave the Tigers their first lead of the ballgame.

The buzzer beater electrified the crowd and charged up the team as the Tigers went on a 10-0 run to begin the fourth quarter. On their first possession of the final period, Hunter Osborne launched a three-pointer that found nothing but the bottom of the net for a six point, 48-42 lead.

Not to outdone, Spencer drained another long jumper from beyond the bonus stripe for a 51-42 lead. Johnson pick-pocketed a Bulldog the next time down the floor and went coast to coast for a lay-up that sent the house into a frenzy and gave the Tigers a 55-42 lead.

Hickman County cut the lead back to ten on a three by D.J. Key, but Osborne answered with another three-pointer to push it back to ten again at 55-45.

The Tigers built the lead to thirteen with just over two minutes to play, but the Bulldogs cut it to seven and then found a way to slice the lead to just two points with seconds left on some unforced errors by the Tigers.

The Tigers held on as Hickman County could not get the ball back to tie the game and Tigert and the Tigers had overcome the late charge to hold on and take number eight in a row.

"They came through again", said Tigert.

"The Johnson bucket and Blaise's three-pointer at the end of third quarter sparked us. We feed off of that energy, but we have to find a way to create some energy when we are not hitting those three's."

Johnson led the Tigers with 15 points, Hunter Osborne scored 14, Nicholson found the net for 13, Deshaun Greer pitched in with a tough 12 points, Spencer had 6, and Jamie Perryman netted 3.