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Tigers get revenge with victory over Groves 69-65
Robert Sims cuts in between to Groves defenders for the basket in Friday's victory. He scored 13 points in the game.
Feeding off the energy provided by the Lady Tigers' victory and the momentum created by the cheering crowd, Friday the Tigers avenged an earlier regional loss to Groves.
With Jordan Johnson again providing the acrobatics and Robert Sims connecting the pass to Jarvis Wadsworth the Tigers took a quick 20-9 lead with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
The Rebels answered back and scored 10 points to the Tigers 2 points to close the first quarter behind only by three (22-19).
Brandon Hayes, playing with a mouth full of stitches from an injury in the game against Beach, was hot at the three-point line for the Tigers, sinking three in the game. Sims and Johnson also had a three-pointer each, with Johnson leading the scores at 15 and Sims with 13 for the night.
The Tigers pulled away again in the third quarter and at one point led by 10, but the Rebels kept fighting, keeping the point spread 5-8 points until the fourth quarter.
The Rebels narrowed the deficit to four points but the Tigers held on to capture their revenge and victory (69-65).
"We just want to keep moving forward and keep playing the way we've been playing," Tiger coach Pete Woodard said. "I think they are gelling and are playing a lot more relaxed and having a lot more fun. They are definitely playing a lot more team ball and that's what I'm really proud of."
Woodard said the Tigers did a lot better at the free throw line, a constant area of concern.
"They must be tired of my same old speech regarding the free throws because they made them," Woodard said.
He added this was a game the Tigers wanted after being defeated by Groves earlier this season in a game the team really thought they should have won.
Woodard said with Savannah High being undefeated, Johnson having only one loss and Groves having two the Tigers would probably remain at number four in their 3-AAAAA region.
The Tigers travel to Camden County Tuesday night. Tip-off is immediately after the Lady Tiger game that starts at 6 p.m.

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