Lockwood vs Rich Hill
The Rich Hill Tigers took to the court for another triple header on Friday for their third game in five days. They would host the Lockwood Tigers for their yearly December game. The evening would start off with the customary Junior Varsity boys game.
The young Tigers came into the game with a season record of 1-1 hoping to get over the five hundred mark for the first time this season. With some players getting a little more playing time on the varsity level the Tigers would start with a different line up than the previous game. Rich Hill came out extremely cold on offense and never could get anything going and Lockwood took advantage to lead at the end of the first quarter 10-0. Rich Hill did a little better the second quarter aided by a little better defense but the offense stayed cold and Lockwood led at the half by a score of 16-4. The half time adjustments seem to spark the Tigers offense in the third quarter as they scored 14 points and the defense tightened up and Rich Hill closed within 5 at the end of the third quarter with a score of 18-23. As it seemed the Tigers were clawing their way back into the game, turnovers again slowed the offensive side of the ball and the defense let down a little to see Lockwood take the win this evening. The final score was the Rich Hill Tigers 23, Lockwood Tigers 34. The Junior Varsity’s record fell to 1-2 with a long layoff coming due the WEMO Tournament and Christmas break. The Junior Varsity will not return to action until early January.
The Tigers five players into the scoring column with Brayden Chandler leading the way with 13 points, Parker Collins 4 and Tyler Zuber, Daniel Bridgewater, and Daylan Black all with 2 each.
In the night cap of the evening the Tigers enter the game with a record of 2-1 after a victory on Tuesday night. Rich Hill came out with a lack of intensity and found themselves in an early hole. Lockwood offensively seemed to move the ball at will and held a double digit lead after one quarter 20-9. In the next frame the Rich Hill offense picked up a little but still weren’t rebounding the way they wanted to, giving Lockwood several second chance opportunities to score. At the half Rich Hill trailed 23-40. In the third quarter the Tigers were able to improve on the rebounding side but the offense committed several turnovers limited their scoring ability and Lockwood increased their lead to 54-32. In the final frame Coach Moles used players off the bench looking for the right combination but in the end, Rich Hill fell to Lockwood 42-71. The Tigers didn’t have one of their better ballgames in the young season but Coach found some positives from the game with certain players showing growth with more playing time. In the end the Tigers lack of rebounding and committing 30 turnover kept the Tigers from accomplishing their goals for the game. One of the positives for the night saw the Tigers hit 8-11 from the charity stripe. For the season the Tigers record fell to 2-2 with their next game coming on Tuesday night at home in the WEMO tournament at 7:15 against the Liberal Bulldogs. Leading the scoring for Rich Hill was Blake Laning with 14 points, followed by Clifton Bridgewater with 10, Bryce Yohe 6, Magal Chol-Case 4 and Daylen Walton and Daylan Black with 3 each. Rebounding saw Blake Laning with 8 and Magal Chol-Case with 7. Lockwood placed three players in double figures and a total of eleven players in the scorebook.