Athletic Firebirds too much for Tigers to overcome

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Steven Dangerfield knocks down a free throw Thursday versus Pearl-Cohn. Photo by Mike Inglsbee

Two of middle Tennessee's finest gridiron programs met on the hardwood Thursday night in West Nashville with Pearl-Cohn winning the hoop battle 74-47 in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.

"We should have tried to slow them down more," shooting guard Malek Sain stated. "They could jump and get off the floor and we weren't rebounding. They were just way more athletic than we were. They were just hitting a bunch of their shots."

"But they're not 30 points better than us," Sain added.

Close start

The game started off tight with Pearl-Cohn (2-2) holding a slight edge of the Tigers led behind six Bryson Barker points. The Tigers (3-4) stayed close to the Firebirds thanks to seven points from Caleb Fields in the opening frame.

"I think we started out well defensively," Curtis Keiler, who chipped in two points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal pointed out. "If we would have kept playing like that we would have played a way closer game."

Pearl-Cohn blew the game wide open in the second quarter, scoring 26 points in the period led by 13 from Jahod Lang and seven from Stephon Starks.

High pressure

The Tigers made turnover after turnover against the Firebird pressure, missing layups and wide open jumpers in the second quarter, while managing nine points to find themselves in an 18-point halftime hole.

Fields and Sain combined for eight points in the third quarter, but the Tigers could not cut the lead below 16 points and headed into the final period still down 18.

K.J. Johnson nailed a 3-pointer and a bucket in the fourth quarter, but the Firebirds finally ran away with the game by outscoring the Tigers 22-13 in the stanza.

Effort was there

"I'm proud of the guys' effort," Tiger coach Arnett Bodenhamer said. "As a coach, as a competitor, nobody likes to lose but the effort is there. But don't believe in the score because it isn't what the game really was."

Eleven Tigers showed up in the scoring column for MCHS as sophomore Fields (13) was the lone Tiger to tally double figures. Despite standing just five-foot-eight, Steven Dangerfield led the Tigers on the boards for the second straight game with eight rebounds, one point and an assist.

Marshall County 11 9 14 13 47

Pearl-Cohn 12 26 14 22 74

Marshall County (47): Caleb Fields 13, Malek Sain 8, JD Chavours 2, Steven Dangerfield 1, Keevon Maxwell 6, Curtis Keiler 2, Montrell Harris 2, DeAndre Brown 4, Devonte Brown 2, Morris 2, KJ Johnson 5.

Pearl-Cohn (74): Ramsey 8, Kendrick 4, Crawley 18, Starks 12, Ferrell 5, Barker 10, Lang 13, Chambers 2.

Three pointers- Marshall County (1): Johnson Pearl-Cohn (2): Crawley 1, Starks1.