Tigers ground Falcons

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Marshall County Tigers, coming off a loss to Lebanon last Thursday bounced back Monday night at home, stomping the Lincoln County Falcons 62-51 in a game that was not even close.

The Tigers pounced on the Falcons from the outset, scoring the game's first eight points and holding Lincoln County scoreless for the first three minutes.

Kedren Johnson scored the first four points inside and Brandon Burns and Hunter Osborne went outside for the other four.

The Falcons stayed in the game, coming back to trail by just five at 11-6 before the Tigers went off again, starting with a Burns missile from downtown to make it 14-6.

Burns would leave the game on the next play, spraining his ankle.

Broderick Tears hit one of two from the line before Blaise Spencer hit the first of his five three-pointers of the game from the right corner to spread the lead to 18-6.

The Falcons tried to stay in the game and trailed 22-12 after the first quarter.

Spencer drained another bomb to start the second period to widen the gap to 25-12 and Dominic Matthews hit two free throws for a 27-12 Tiger lead.

The Falcons' Evan Spurlock scored to make it 27-14, but Tears made them cry again, draining along three-bomb to open up a 30-14 lead.

Spencer stuck the nail in the Falcon coffin with another three to make it 33-14 and Tears scored on a nice lay-up to bury the birds at 35-14.

MCHS head coach Jason Tigert began to substitute heavily at that point and the Tigers led 41-26 at the half.

The starters came back out for Marshall County in the third quarter and quickly kept the pace going, outscoring the Falcons 19-12 to extend their third quarter lead to 60-38.

Tigert had seen enough and went into full substitution mode for the entire fourth period as the Tigers cruised home with the big win to move to 2-1 on the season.

Spencer led all scorers with 19 points, Johnson netted 16, Burns, who did not play the second half had 8 points, Tears and Cameron McCullough had 6 each, Matthews had 5, and Osborne 2.

The hot-handed Spencer said after the game, "We shot a lot of extra shots in practice this week and I worked on my dribble drive move and it just came all together tonight."

The Tigers traveled to Dickson County on Tuesday where Tigert played his prep basketball and the Tigers wanted to bring the coach a victory back on his home turf.

"We are going to try to get coach a win," said Spencer after the game. He smiled and added, "Coach already told us this summer that if we don't win this game, we are running for the rest of the year."

"It was a good game for us," Spencer went on to say. "We got a good chance tonight to look at some of our younger players and they all did good."