Tigers prevail over Benjamin Russell behind Foster’s 19Published 10:32am Tuesday, December 24, 2013
After being embarrassed by the Benjamin Russell Wildcats, Dadeville boys basketball coach Rodney Taylor said he knew his team could play much better.
In spite of blowing a 15-point halftime cushion, the Tigers ultimately did just that, fending off the Ronnie Stacy-less BRHS 67-63 to hand the Wildcats their first loss of the season.
After cutting a 42-27 intermission lead down to four to end the third quarter, Pac-man Norris took up the scoring load for the Wildcats, netting 10 points in the final period to keep the Wildcats in striking distance.
In addition, Dijon Leonard and LaBrenikin Johnson were finding the net for BRHS.
A Johnson three was able to tie the game at 50 with 6:50 left in the final period, but Jay Foster immediately responded with a lay-up that gave Dadeville a two-point lead.
From there, the two teams traded fouls and free throws, and Benjamin Russell inched to within three on three separate occasions.
However, timely thefts by Foster were converted into the baskets.
The clincher came with 24 seconds left, when Foster pick-pocketed Norris as he drove to the land and blazed toward the basketball.
Foster ended up drawing a foul, and he put the Tigers up 67-63 with 20 seconds left.
An errant three from Rod Hunter was all she wrote for the Wildcats.
The Tigers appeared on their way to a blowout, as they out-scored BRHS 18-4 in the first quarter, and an 11-point outburst by Malik Tolbert put
Dadeville up 15 heading into the break.
Foster led the Tigers with 19 points. Tolbert aided the Tigers with 18 points.
C.J. Tolbert scored 11 points.
For Benjamin Russell, the high point-man was Norris, who scored 30 points in the defeat. Johnson added nine points for the Wildcats.
Leonard scored eight.
The Tigers will be off for the next few days until Dec. 27, when they host their annual Christmas Tournament.