Lebanon Reporter

December 14, 2013

Tigers pull away from Stars in second half, win 45-32

By Will Willems Sports Editor
Lebanon Reporter

---- — They haven't been the prettiest games, but the Lebanon Tigers boys basketball team is finding ways to win in conference.

The Tigers out-scored rival Western Boone 21-7 in the third quarter to pull away and topped the Stars 45-32.

"I think we played the kind of basketball tonight that we needed to in order to win the game," Lebanon head coach Albert Hendrix said. "Western Boone is a really physical basketball team. We knew that coming in and Scott (McClelland) does a great job with them. We were able to execute our gameplan tonight. We were pretty prepared for what we thought they were going to do and our guys stepped up tonight and I am really proud of our basketball team."

In the first half, the story was both teams inability to score.

The Tigers led 14-10 at the half, despite shooting 3 of 13 (23.1 percent) from the field. Western Boone was even worse shooting 4 of 20 (20 percent).

For the game, Western Boone shot 11 of 42 (26.2 percent) and 0-of-9 from three.

"It's tough to win shooting 11 of 42," Western Boone head coach Scott McClelland said. "We even had a couple of breakaway layups we didn't finish. We have done a lot of different shooting drills in practice, and we did a great job with them there. It is just a bad feeling right now; it isn't a good situation. We need to find a way to hit the basket. We changed the offense a little bit this week, tried to get JT (Whitaker) and Riggs (Baxter) the ball down low, but still couldn't score. We were down four, missed a couple of opportunities and then we started to face adversity which we didn't handle very well."

Two Tiger freshmen helped the Tigers take a big lead in the third quarter.

For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.