Tigers finish sixth at Beech Holiday Classic

Friday, January 4, 2013
Marshall County's Cameron Bowers, shown here against Centennial, scored 22 points to help lead the Tigers to a 53-39 win over White House at the Beech Holiday Classic. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After falling to Centennial 46-40 in the first round, the Marshall County Tigers (8-7) split their next two games at the Beech Holiday Classic en route to finishing sixth in the tournament.

MCHS bounced back from their loss to Centennial by beating the White House Blue Devils 53-39 on Friday afternoon, but were defeated 58-47 by the Hunters Lane Warriors in the fifth place game on Saturday.

In Friday's contest, the Tigers inched out to a 12-9 lead in the first quarter prior to outscoring White House 15-10 in the second period to open up a 27-19 lead at the break.

Marshall County then maintained their eight point cushion in the third quarter and held a 39-31 lead at the end of the stanza before putting together a 14-8 run in the fourth period to cap their 14-point victory.

Senior forward Cameron Bowers led the Tigers offensively by pouring in a game high 22 points, while Aaron Hobbs and Kasey Pleas notched nine and eight points respectively. Malek Sain and Chris Walker also added six points apiece for Marshall County, and Barry Mayes chipped in two points.

Logan Oskin and Jake Smith paced White House (2-12) with 13 points each, while Jordan Huskey tallied three points. Brian Breedlove, Steven Elrod, Brock Fogle, and Alex Lyon all scored two points apiece for the Blue Devils as well.

On Saturday, the Tigers got off to a promising start and held a 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Hunters Lane (11-6) outscored MCHS 18-13 in the second period to take a 29-27 advantage into the break.

The Warriors then extended their lead to 39-35 at the end of the third period before going on a 19-12 run in the fourth quarter to seal their 11-point win.

Hobbs led Marshall County with 19 points, and Walker followed with 11 points. Bowers also tallied seven points for the Tigers, while Sain, Mayes, and Pleas chipped in five, four, and one point respectively.

Brannon Clay paced three Hunters Lane players in double figures with 19 points. Devine Howard and Devonta Odem notched 13 and 11 points for the Warriors as well, while Austin Carey had four points.