Win over Goodpasture gives MCHS 10 straight
The Tigers sustained their red-hot momentum Thursday night in Smyrna at the Bulldog Classic, winning their 11th game in a row and blistering Goodpasture from the outside with 10 three-point baskets en route to an easy 78-62 victory.
With the victory, the Tigers squared off in a semi-final match-up on Friday with a tough Moore County squad, led by senior guard Tyler Jean. The Raiders defeated host Smyrna on Thursday in another first round game to advance.
This was also the second game in a row that the Tigers were without the services of freshman sensation Kedron Johnson who suffered an ankle sprain and will be out until after the New Year.
The Tigers have now made an incredible 133 three-point field goals this season, averaging 10.2 per game through 12 games. The bonus shot led them to victory once again versus Goodpasture as they turned a close game early into a blow-out. Blaise Spencer and Hunter Osborne combined for 27 points from long range.
"We are a guard-oriented team, the whole team can do it (make the three-pointers)," Osborne said after the game. "We just played like we usually do. I don't know what it is, but we are doing real well. The key is doing the same thing every game and that is come to play, every night."
The Tigers were down 7-3 when Spencer fired back-to-back long bombs shot to make it 9-7. After two consecutive blocks by sixth man extraordinaire Jamie Perryman, Osborne used the energy to drain a bonus bomb from the top of the key that put the Tigers out in front 12-9.
Goodpasture's John Hambrick tied the game at nine and then Marshall County went on an 11-0 run to end the quarter. The Cougars never sniffed the lead again as they trailed 20-9.
The Cougars did manage to cut the lead to four points at 22-18, but the Tigers quickly made another statement on the game as they went on a 14-4 tear to end the half leading 36-22.
Cameron McCullough wasted no time getting into the knack of the long ball as he drained a three-pointer from the corner on the Tigers' first touch of the second for a 39-22 lead. After a Spencer long shot made it 41-24, Goodpasture finally decided it might be a good idea to cover the bonus stripe bombers.
The Tigers deftly passed the ball into the paint, where Deshaun Greer made them pay. After two easy buckets down low, the lead was all the way up to 18 at 48-30. Ryan Nicholson also used the threat of three to his advantage when he drove the lane for two consecutive baskets and the game over at 52-30.
The Tigers piled on 11 more points in the quarter for a commanding 63-39 lead after three periods. MCHS Head Coach went to everyone on the bench for the entire fourth period as the Tigers cruised to a 16-point win and moved to 12-1 on the season.
The sixty-three points were amassed with Spencer's 15, Osborne's 14, nine by Greer and McCullough, eight from Nicholson, five from Dominique Matthews, four apiece from Cody Henson, Cory Duvall and Darius Jones, and two points from Perryman and Jordan Anderson.