In the first boys match up for the semi-finals of the Bryan County Tournament at SOSU, the Silo Rebels met the Tushka Tigers. Silo claimed the victory to advance to Saturday’s finals in the narrow win of 47-43.
In game two for the boys in the semi-final round, the Caddo Bruins squared off against the Rock Creek Mustangs for the shot at the finals against the Rebels on Saturday. Caddo walked away with the win of 56-36 over the Mustangs.
Silo vs Tushka:
Silo took the early lead over the Tigers in the first period with a lead of 6 with the Rebels dominating the ball and the score 12-6 heading into the second period.
Hamilton opened round two with a bucket matched up next with a basket and a free throw hit from Dill for the Tigers. Hamilton followed it up with a dunk before a 5-2 run from Tushka narrowed the gap and left them trailing by 1 point at 15-14. The Rebels however came back with a 7-5 run of their own by Long and Bryce Brister and kept the Rebels in the lead to close out the half at 23-16.
The Rebels came out swinging for the third period with a
5-0 run but faltered slightly as Tushka gained ground with 14 points vs the Rebels 13 points for the period and chipped away at the spread to trail by 6 points at 36-30 headed into the final period.
Silo again struck first in the fourth period before Dill led the Tigers in a 5-3 run to put the score at 39-35 in the Rebels favor. The Rebels scooped up another three on the free throw line before Dill again headed up a run for the Tigers that gained them an additional 7 points however after sending Silo back to the free throw line twice to net another 4 points from Nolan and Bryce Brister, the victory was sealed for Silo earning the win with a final score of 47-43.
Trenton Long led the Rebels in scoring and turned in 15 points toward the victory followed by Bryce Brister with 13 points, Jake Hamilton with 10 points total and Lukas Long with 4 points.
For the Tigers, Zachary Dill led with 16 points followed by Samuel Ward with 15, and Shelby Milam and Dillon Mansell, each contributing 5 points.
Caddo vs Rock Creek:
Caddo established a firm early lead in the first quarter with a 9 point lead over the Mustangs with the score at 20-11. Managing another 5 points total in the second period, the Mustangs struggled as Caddo continued to dominate the board as they headed into halftime leading Rock Creek 34-16.
Pushing to gain ground, the Mustangs jumped in first in the third quarter with a 7-0 run on Caddo led by Allen and Vanderburg that was stopped with a two point gain at the free throw line for the Bruins by Garrett McMicheal and followed up with a bucket from Stone. Converse picked up an additional two for the Mustangs at the free throw line and both sides matched an additional bucket and point each from free throws to close out the third period with Caddo still carrying the lead at 41-28.
The Mustangs were first to score with a basket from Dry to begin the final quarter before Joines responded with a pair of buckets for Caddo. Allen and Vanderburg squeezed in two more for the Mustangs in free throws before both sides matched each other for two points each at the basket and set Caddo on a 5-2 run over the Mustangs that closed the deal as the Mustangs managed one final point before time ran out with Caddo taking the win at 56-36 and taking the spot in the finals set for Saturday against the Silo Rebels.
Leading scorer for the Bruins was Daniel Stone with 18 points followed by 12 points from Patrick Joines, 11 points from Gage McMichael and 10 points from Garrett McMichael.
For the Mustangs, Brock Allen led in scoring with 13 points followed by Darian James and Shacona Vanderburg, each putting up 6 points and Matt Converse and Karson Dry who each contributed 4 points.
Maria Moore-Kass | Special to the Democrat.