Tiger hoops evens to 1-1Published 9:07am Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Dadeville High School and Auburn High School boys basketball teams played to an even score throgh the first half last night in the home opener at DHS, but Dadeville went on a 15-0 run to open the second half and widen a gap big enough for Auburn to never climb out of, earning the victory, 62-56.
Led by the three point shooting of Jay Foster and Malik Tolbert, as well as the rebounding of senior Terry Toler, the Tigers went into the half tied 28-28 as Toler tipped in a missed shot as the buzzed sounded.
When Dadeville took the floor in the second half, the assault was on early.
Foster added three three pointers and Dadeville had a 43-28 lead with four minutes remaining in the third period.
However, Auburn refused to go away when they cut the deficit to 48-41 as the teams entered the fourth quarter and the issue of depth began to slow up Dadeville on both sides of the court.
The final quarter started slow and came down to crucial free throws by Tomas Foster, Toler twice and Tolbert once all within the final minute of the game to preserve the victory.
The win takes Dadeville to 1-1 on the season after a season opening loss at Central-Coosa the day after Thanksgiving.
Toler led the Tigers with 19 points, while Jay Foster added 15, Tomas Foster had 13 and Tolbert added 11.
“It was a close game but I think the run at the start of the third quarter really gave us the space we needed,” Dadeville head coach Rodney Taylor said.
“I saw some good things and I saw some bad things but it’s early and we’ve got plenty of time to grow.
“Out biggest thing is building depth and getting well conditioned enough to get where we want to be.”
Dadeville will host Class 2A Lafayette Friday night at Dadeville High School.