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Hartselle Falls Hard to Austin

Hartselle sophomore William Logan. | Caleb Suggs
Hartselle sophomore William Logan. | Caleb Suggs

Tiger’s offense falters in loss to Black Bears

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

The Hartselle Tigers have made a noticeable turnaround this year as the Tigers look for their first winning season since 2008. Hartselle has accounted for some big and thrilling wins so far including a 101-90 triple overtime win over Athens. However, the Tigers were still looking for their “marquee” win over a top name school. The Tigers almost got it in the Metro Christmas tournament when they were narrowly defeated by defending state champions Homewood 53-50 in overtime. The Tigers hoped to maybe get that win against the Austin Black Bears, although they would have to do it without star player Trace Hill who was injured in the loss to Homewood.

Hartselle opened the game with a 3-0 lead thanks to a basket from Isaac Taylor. Austin took their first lead at 5-3 following a basket from Anthony Mason and a three-point play from Jason Scott. Kyle Eddy later cut the lead to 7-6 but the Black Bears extended it to 13-8 at the end of the first. Despite playing very well on defense and outrebounding the Bears in the first, the Tigers couldn’t make their shots count, which included one possession in which they missed five shots.

Austin tried to run away with the game in the second. Taylor and Seth Garner hit baskets to cut the score to 17-12 but Austin extended it to 22-12 behind baskets from Fabian Bell and Braxton Holland. Keondre Swoopes later secured a hook shot over the six foot eight Mason that helped the Tigers cut the lead to 22-16 but the Bears kept the lead 26-16 at halftime.

Hartselle finally began to find some offense in the second half as Swoopes notched two baskets and Kyle Eddy hit a three point shot. However, the Tiger’s defense soon began to crumble which was most evident when the Black Bears went on a 14-0 run to take a 53-26 lead. Hartselle tried their best but ultimately fell to the bears 65-41.

Keondre Swoopes led the Tigers in this game with 15 points. Seth Garner and Isaac Taylor both had eight points while Kyle Eddy had seven. Fabian Bell led the Black Bears with 20 points. Javan Johnson and Josh Birdsong were the other players in double figures as they both had 10.

 

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