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Tigers lose region opener to Rebels
Tough loss: Although Kentrell Hargrove (24) and Jarvis Wadsworth (34) scored 12 and 19 points, respectively, in Friday night’s battle against the Rebels, it wasn’t enough to avoid a loss. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Feeling the pressure of their first regional game in hostile Rebels’ territory, the Tigers came out and hit the baskets early to take a three-point lead in the first period.
But the Rebels were not about to let the Tigers come into their “home court,” and be outplayed. They immediately closed the gap and took their own three-point lead to end the first period, 18-15.
Jarvis Wadsworth, Robert Simms, Antonio Allen, Jordan Johnson, Daniel Manterne, Kentrell Hargrove and Brandon Hayes fought to keep the Tigers within reach of the hard-driving Rebels. During a few critical moments in the game, Hayes scored twice from the three-point line.
The Tigers rallied against the Rebels with some key passes, setting up the lay-up and by the end of the half the Tigers were up by one (34-33).
The Rebels were quicker at rebounds and had a better defensive game leading the steals and at the end of the third period had a 12-point advantage over the Tigers.
“It’s disappointing but we felt the kids played extremely hard,” head coach David Jones said. “We didn’t get the depth we needed. Our guards stood up well under the pressure but we had to keep Kentrell and Jarvis on the floor too long and their legs began to give to fatigue.”
Jones said Hayes had another great night and played hard but he got into foul trouble and was forced to sit.
“Otherwise Brandon played great, but we expect 100 percent from him. He only plays one way,” Jones said.
Jones said without his guards playing as hard as they did, it would have been a rougher game.
“It’s hard to say you’re happy after a loss, but we were in the game and we played hard and that is all that matters,” he said.
This was the third game of the season for the Tigers. They currently stand at 1-2 overall and 0-1 in 3-AAAAA region.
The men faced Wayne County at home yesterday afternoon. Highlights from that game will be published in Wednesday’s Coastal Courier.
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