top teams in Division AA and a major reality that they
will meet in postseason action with the Tigers traveling
to Memphis to play the Vikings of
Hillcrest on their home
court was a very interesting matchup.
with three state championships under their belt led by
Coach Rusidoff who has been at eh school for 16 years
and made the final four of the TSSAA State 7 out of the
last 10 years.
starts off strong on some good outside shooting from
signee Kerrell Davis
and also mixing it up with strong
drives to the goal to put
up 18-12 after the first quarter. Bolivar Central stayed
on the 5 point mark for over 4:28 and finally scored at
the 2:38 left in the quarter.
starts off the second quarter on a 4-0 to extend their
lead 24-12 at the 6:41 mark of the second quarter.
went on a run of their selves with a 9-2 surge to cut
the lead down to 3 at 26-23 with 3:27 left in the first
half. With 2:01 left in the half junior
nails a long three to tie the game at 31 all which turns
into 11 lead changes and 5 ties from this point after
only 1 tie and 4 lead changes in the first half. Both
ball clubs go into the break knotted all up at 32 all.
is an very aggressive team that plays nearly the entire
roster led in rebounds with their relentless battling on
the boards 21-11 in the first half which in return
ignited their comeback at the end of the first half. At
the same time the Tigers committed 10 turnovers to
Hillcrest 4 for the
first half. Hillcrest
led in the assists department with 8 to Bolivar Central
was high flying as they recorded 5 blocks for the first
half compared 2 for the Tigers.
No difference to start off the second half with both
ball clubs going back and forth on mini runs from both
sides. The third quarter ended with the Vikings being up
52-51 with both ball clubs fighting to gain solid
control of the game and take control of the drivers seat
but neither team could separate from the other.
had their largest lead of the game with 6:21 left in the
contest at 54-49 before Hillcrest regains the lead with
5:05 left 58-56. The score goes to 61 all then
takes the lead 62-61 with 11.1 seconds remaining. One
has only 4 team fouls and
keeps fouling to kill
the time and from
getting the ball. Hillcrest calls timeout with 2.7
seconds left to make the play of the year so far in this
early basketball season. Coach Rose calls a come around
from the pick from the right side to the left for a
simple layup as the Tigers were solely fixed on
not getting the ball by double and triple teaming the
young man. Remember their are four other players on the
squad but in times like this players don't always make
the right adjustments which in return can cost the game.
leads all scorers with 23 points, 5 assists, and 4
steals in another stellar performance. Senior
10 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 blocks in a
very strong showing and this kid has the grades to go
along with his play.
Bolivar Central was led in scoring by sophomore Des
Robertson at 13 points, and 6 rebounds. Senior O'Neal
Woods at 12 points and junior Deandre McKinney added 11
points and 6 rebounds in the cause.
Key Points of The Game:
great play calling in the crucial seconds left in
the contest which will pay off down the stretch with
major experience coming form this situation.
By Staff Writer Harold Rivera