Tigers in tailspin
After winning eight out of their first nine games to start the season, the Marshall County Tigers have gone into a tailspin, losing five of seven, including a 55-41 defeat at the hands of archrival Giles County Saturday night in Lewisburg.
An Aaron Hobbs driving bucket to the hoop on the Tigers' first possession gave MCHS their only lead of the ballgame at 2-0, and from there, it was pretty much a lackadaisical effort turned in by the Tigers as they suffered their second defeat to the Bobcats this season.
With the loss, Marshall County (10-6, 6-3) dropped two games behind second place Giles County (12-4, 7-1) and three games back of front-runner Spring Hill (14-1, 9-0) in the District 12-AA standings.
MCHS head coach Jason Tigert said after the game, "We just could never make those shots at the critical times. It seemed like it was an eight, eight, eight point lead for Giles all night long and we could never get a timely shot to fall."
"A lot of it was how they defended, " added Tigert. "They did an unbelievable job defensively. We don't have what you would call that upset win yet and we are still searching for that."
A Brock Spencer basket tied the game at 4-4 before the Bobcats ran off seven straight points to lead 11-4.
Corbin Clack drilled a three-pointer for the Tigers to cut the margin to four points, but Austin Howard and Kadijon Townsend scored on consecutive trips down the floor for Giles County as they went up 15-7.
Hobbs scored a late basket for MCHS to make it 15-9 before Townsend hit one of two from the free throw line in the final seconds to send the game to period number two with the Bobcats ahead 16-9.
Chris Bledsoe popped in a jumper for the Bobcats at the outset of the quarter and Spencer matched the Bledsoe basket moments later on a steal and score.
Giles County would double up the score at 22-11 two touches later, but two Spencer treys book-ended around a Howard basket made it seven-point contest at 24-17.
Townsend scored two points on a rebound and put-back as the Bobcats went up by nine points before Barry Mayes hit one free throw to get to that eight point margin.
Blake Jimenez boosted the Bobcat lead to 10 points before a Hobbs late basket put it back to the never-ending eight points at the half, 32-24.
Mayes cut the Bobcat lead to six on the first touch of the second half at 32-26, but the Tigers would only tally three lonely points for the remainder of the third period, while the Bobcats scored 11 more to open up a wide 43-29 lead after three quarters of action.
Both teams went ice-cold to begin the final period before Hobbs hit one of two from the charity stripe with just over six minutes to play in the ballgame.
The Bobcats would stretch their lead to 16 points later on as Jimenez scored on a rebound and put-back with 3:14 left in the contest.
Tigert called a timeout after the Jimenez basket and Kevin Peterson scored after the stoppage and then stole the rock and drilled a three-bomb to temporarily resuscitate the Tigers at 49-38.
The was no more air left in home team as the Bobcats finished them off with a 6-3 mini-run to end the contest and take the 55-41 win in Lewisburg.
Spencer was the only Tiger in double digits in the scoring column with 10, Hobbs and Peterson finished with seven points apiece, Mayes had six, Cameron Bowers, Clack, and Tim Hutton all netted three points, and Chris Walker ended up with two markers in the game.
Giles County had four players in double figures with Townsend leading all scorers in the game with 18 points, while Jimenez scored 11, Bledsoe and Howard netted 10 points apiece, while Davante Jimenez scored four points, and Lake Jones rounded out the tally sheet on the evening, scoring two points for the Bobcats.