COLBERT - The un-heralded Leopards nearly took down the top-ranked team in Bryan County on Friday, but foul trouble put Silo on the line often enough to escape with a 38-35 win over Colbert.
The Leopards took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, but they also put Silo in the bonus early and on the line often. Neither team shot free throws until the second half, and Colbert never got to the charity stripe.
The Rebels went 8-for-12 from the line. Kendall Shives led the way with 17 points and five steals, while Lance House backed him up with 11 points.
The Leopards got 15 points and six boards from Darius Johnson, relying on his eight-point outburst in the third quarter to survive a pair of two-point quarters. Colbert scored just one basket in the second and fourth quarters, yet were still within range into the closing seconds.
Johnson capped a 15-4 first quarter for the Leopards with a late three, then Leonard Sandler scored the first four Silo points of the second in an 11-0 run which tied the game. A Peyton Whitehead put-back at the halftime buzzer gave Colbert a 17-15 lead.
Silo tried to turn up the defensive heat but fell behind by 10 on a 16-8 Colbert run through the third quarter. Shives came alive to score seven of Silo’s nine points to start the fourth.
Johnson put back an errant Leopard shot to give Colbert their last lead at 35-32. Trenton Long tied the game with a three for Silo, then it was clock-killing time.
Around the three-minute mark, Lance House scored a put-back basket for a five-point swing and Silo’s first lead of the game at 37-35. Garrett Work ran the clock down to 42 seconds before Coach Tony Robinson called a time-out.
The Leopards ran more time and at five seconds, a lazy pass was picked out of the air by the long arms of Shives. Silo was already in the double bonus and Colbert was forced to foul.
Shives hit the first and missed the second, which was rebounded by Johnson. He got to mid-court before launching a long three at the buzzer which fell short.
Other scorers in the game: Leonard Sandler had four, Trenton Long and Bryce Brister three each for Silo; Kason Krob scored eight, Peyton Whitehead had six, Garrett Work four and McKlane Marquez two for Colbert.
Both teams will hit the hardwood Tuesday at Bryan County Tournament games in Silo. Colbert takes on Boswell at 6:30 p.m., while Silo hosts Achille in the 8 p.m. night cap.