Tigers fall to quick Chattanoga Brainerd in play day action

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Quavion Harris drives down the lane for two of his 12 points in the contest. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Marshall County Tigers traveled to Nashville on Saturday to take on perennial power Chattanooga Brainerd in the first game of the East Nashville play day.

The Panthers started the game running and ran all the way until the end, pushing the lead to 30 points before the Tigers were able to trim the lead to the 81-60 final.

"We were playing scared," guard Malek Sain said. "We played a team that made it to the state tournament last year. They are playing exactly the way we want to be playing. I think everyone was a little nervous."

Work in progress

The Panthers ran out with 31 points in the first quarter behind 14 Jesse Walker points, but the Tigers were able to stay close with Quavion Harris's eight points off the bench and five points from Sain.

"We came out pretty bad kind of 'lolly-gagging' a little bit," Harris said. "We have to get tougher on the glass and play faster. We know we can play better."

Brainerd kept running in the second quarter, scoring 21 points, while holding the Tigers to a dismal six points to all but seal the game at halftime 52-26.

"We didn't come out to play tonight," coach Arnett Bodenhamer said. "Talent doesn't always win ballgames. Execute, bust your butts, beat a better team and win ballgames. Don't just go through the motions."

Late push

Malek Sain takes the rock strong to the dish for the Tigers, who fell 81-60 to Brainerd.

The Tigers finally showed some signs of life in the final quarter, outscoring the Panthers 19-13 behind 10 Sain points and six from Keevon Maxwell, but the push was too little, too late and the Tigers eventually fell by the 21-point margin.

"We didn't match their intensity tonight," Bodenhamer said. "Great Brained team that will be back in the state tournament again this year. We are trying to get to their level, that's why we are playing teams like this."

"We have a tough Shelbyville team on Tuesday, back up here to play Pearl Cohn on Thursday and than Antioch on Saturday," Bodenhamer continued. "There are no cake walks on our schedule. So you know if we win, we worked our butts off to get it."

MC 20 6 12 19 60

Brainerd 31 21 16 13 81

Marshall County-Fields 3, Sain 23, Johnson 4, Chavours 3, Maxwell 6, Howard 1, Keiler 1, Brown 2, Harris 12.

Brainerd-Sow 6, Shropher 3, Ross 11, Evans 10, Malone Jr 5, Beaters 6, Beech 6, Herren 3, Walker 28, Long 3, E. Walker 1.

Tribune Photos by Mike Inglsbee

Quavion Harris drives down the lane for two of his 12 points in the contest.

Malek Sain takes the rock strong to the dish for the Tigers, who fell 81-60 to Brainerd.