Tigers bow to Bobcats in home opener
After a close first half, the Giles County Bobcats turned on the Tigers, outscoring Marshall County 39-23 in the second half of their home opener, en route to an easy 61-42 win.
"I thought we started the game strong both offensively and defensively, Giles was playing us man early on and they had a hard time guarding us,"said MCHS head coach Adrian Wilson. "They made the adjustments and went zone and our offense stalled. We became stagnant versus the zone and did not move well against it, thus, limiting our point production and increased turnovers."
The win was the fourth straight for Giles County over MCHS after the Tigers had won nine consecutive match-ups from Jan. 8, 2008 to March 3, 2011.
"We just made poor decisions versus the press which led to easy baskets for them, we had 24 turnovers and you can't do that against anyone, especially a team as talented as Giles," said Wilson. "It just became a domino effect from there. Any loss is not good but hopefully we learn something from that game, get better and move on."
Trailing 5-2 early, the Tigers benefited from a three-point play in the paint by Kacey Pleas and a Chris Walker drive to the hoop to take the lead before Giles County stud Austin Howard scored to re-knot the contest at 7-7.
Aaron Hobbs put the Tigers back in front on a driving layup and after a Bobcat brick, Hobbs fed Cameron Bowers on a no-look pass for a score, making it 11-7.
Marshall County's Corbin Clack and Bobcat Al Cobb traded a pair of free throws at the end of the first quarter, giving the hometown Tigers a 13-9 lead after the first eight minutes of action.
A Hobbs basket on an over the top fast break, followed by a Bowers bucket in the paint stretched the Tigers' lead to 17-9.
Howard went ballistic the remainder of the second quarter, scoring 10 out of the next 13 points for Giles County, while MCHS managed a lone basket by Curtis Keiler to fall behind 22-19 at the half.
Clack threw in a runner to begin the second half, cutting the Giles County lead to a single point and Devante Jimenez and Clack traded three-pointers, keeping the margin at one, 25-24.
Cobb scored in the paint at the other end, but Clack remained red-hot, drilling another long three-pointer to tie the game at 27 with 4:49 remaining in the third period.
Giles County scored eight straight points after the Clack trey, ending on a slam-dunk by Howard to make it 35-27.
The Bobcats would increase the lead to 15 points at 44-29 before a last-second three-pointer by Malek Sain stopped the bleeding for Marshall County, who trailed 46-33 entering the final eight minutes.
Bowers converted a three-point play in the paint to begin the fourth period, cutting the Giles County lead to 10 points.
From there, Giles County (4-0) finished with a 15-4 run to put Marshall County (1-2) away.
"We started the season with three really tough opponents, so playing those types of teams only makes us better," said Wilson. "The season is just now begining and there is no need to panic. I am really excited about the up-side we have with this team. Although we are still a work in progress, these kids have a no quit attitude and will bounce back from early defeats and will be a factor in district 12AA."
Clack led the Tigers in the scoring column with a dozen points, Bowers and Hobbs had seven, Pleas and Sain finished with five points apiece, and Walker, Barry Mayes and Keiler all ended up with two points in the game.
Kevin Peterson, the Tigers' leading scorer, did not play because of illness.
Howard finished with 26 points for Giles County.