Tigers win overtime battle

Kaitlyn Mullins

The PAC-7 Boys Basketball Tournament came to Randleman on Monday as the fourth seeded Tigers battled it out with the fifth seeded Trinity Bulldogs.

Opening the game was Connor Stanley as he scored in the post for the Bulldogs. The Tigers quickly got the ball down the court as Tanner McGee tied the game at 2 apiece. Scoring three points the old fashioned way for the Bulldogs was Tyler Hammonds as he gave them a 5-2 lead. Randleman pulled back within one with a drive and score from Jaquan Snipes. Stanley got open in the post once again to put Trinity in front 7-4. Drawing a foul for Randleman was Dominick Poole as he made one out of the two free throws. Thunder Levy banked in a bucket for the Bulldogs to take a 9-5 lead over the Tigers. Moments later Levy got open behind the three point line and drained a nothing but net three to give the Bulldogs a 12-5 lead. Nathan Cassidy scored for the Tigers to cut the lead to five, but the Bulldogs scored three more points to take a 15-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Beginning the second quarter was Tyson Green as he scored and cut the cut the lead to six. Stanley continued to find ways to score in the paint as he added two more points to the Bulldogs’ total. Randleman scored five unanswered behind buckets from Green and Snipes to cut the lead to three. Stanley knocked down another bucket for the Bulldogs, but Sam Gribble answered with a three to bring the Tigers back within two. Trinity drew back to back fouls as Stanley and Leland Hayes stepped to the line to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 5 points. Swishing a three pointer Randleman was Cassidy as he closed the gap to 2 points. Ending the second quarter was Timothy York as he found himself at the line to shoot two. At the half Trinity led 21-20.

Coming back from the half, McGee gave the Tigers their first lead of the night. It didn’t take long before Hammonds gave the lead back to the Bulldogs. Stepping to the foul line for the Tigers was Poole as he tied the game at 24 apiece. Gribble put the Tigers back on top with an open three for a 27-24 lead. Continuing Randleman’s lead was Cassidy as he went up for the jumper and knocked it down. The Tiger received two technical fouls in a row allowing Stanley and Hammonds to make it a two point game. Trinity gained possession of the ball as Levy drove the ball to the hoop to give the Bulldogs a 30-29 lead. Finishing the quarter was Green as he gave Randleman a 31-30 lead.

Poole knocked down a jumper to extend the Tigers’ lead to three points. Drawing a foul for the Bulldogs was Hunter Neal as he made it a 32-33 game. Poole drove the ball right to the net as he scored a basket for the Tigers. Randleman went up 37-34 as Poole once again drove the ball in and scored. Tying the game at 37 all with a nothing but net three pointer was Levy. On the next Levy drew a foul and made both of his two shots with ease. Randleman was able to go on a 7-0 run for a 44-39 lead. Hammonds knocked down a basket to closed the gap to three points for the Bulldogs. Trinity was given a technical foul as McGee took the shots for Randleman. McGee made one out of the two shots to push the Tigers’ lead to four. McGee was sent back to the line as he once again missed one of the free shoots. Drawing a foul for the Bulldogs was Hayes as he made it a 42-46 game. Trinity was able to come all the way back as they took a two point lead late in the fourth. Scoring a last second layup for the Tigers was Cassidy as he tied the game 48 all to send this game into overtime.

Foul after foul was called in overtime as both teams pushed to gain a victory. Given the first foul was Cassidy as he made one out of the two shots for Randleman. Levy was able to make both of his free shots as he gave Trinity a one point lead. Gribble knocked down a pair at the line to give the Tigers a 51-50. Levy made both his free-throws as he gave Trinity back the lead. Tying the game at 52 apiece was McGee. He would knock down two more to give Randleman a two point lead. The Tigers were able to hold their lead as Green and Gribble finished out the game for Randleman. The Tigers won in overtime 57-52.

Top scorers for the Tigers were Dominick Poole, Tanner McGee, and Nathan Cassidy as they led the way with 11 points each. Finishing with 10 points was Sam Gribble and Jaquan Snipes chipped in 5 points. For the Bulldogs Thunder Levy had 18 points, Connor Stanley pitched in 14 points, and Tyler Hammonds finished with 11 points.

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