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Three big runs pretty much decided the outcome of Monday’s District 3-A Tournament semifinal contest between Rockwood and Grace Christian Academy.
Unfortunately for Tiger fans, all three runs belonged to Grace Christian in what would be a 62-36 victory that moves the Rams into Wednesday’s District 3-A championship game against Meigs County.
The Tigers did play well early. They trailed just 11-9 after one period of play and led 12-11 after Austin Cooper buried a 3-pointer early in the second period.
The score was then tied at 13 when the Rams put together their first significant run. Powered by three 3-pointers and one old-fashioned 3-point play, Grace Christian went on a 12-2 run and eventually took a 29-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Rockwood seemed to recover from the first run and opened the second half with an 8-3 surge of their own to pull within three points at 32-29.
That’s when the second run occurred. Back-to-back 3-pointers sparked a 17-2 spurt that gave the Rams a 49-31 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Rockwood scored the first five points of the final period to pull within 13 points at 49-36, but that’s when Grace Christian went on run number three. The Rams scored the final 13 points of the contest to win going away, 62-36.
Nine Rockwood players scored on the evening, but none reached double figures.
Andrew Byrum (16 points), Kobe Kelley (14 points), Brad Andrews (11 points) and Luke Shepherd (11 points) scored in double figures for Grace Christian.
Despite the loss, Rockwood’s season is still alive. The Tigers (18-8) will take on Tellico Plains at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening in the District 3-A consolation game.
Rockwood swept the Bears during the regular season.
Depending on the outcome of Wednesday’s contest, Rockwood will play at Coalfield or Wartburg Saturday night in the opening round of the Region 2-A Tournament.
Rockwood (36) Tilley 4, Grant 7, Breazeale 2, Miller 5, Cooper 5, Neerman 6, Gaus 2, Malicoat 2, Long 3.