Streaking Tigers roll past Devils, 72-46

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By Goose Lindsay

The Rockwood Tigers ran their winning streak to seven straight Friday night with an impressive 72-46 victory over Harriman at Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium.


Rockwood improved to 10-2 with the victory, and they also avenged an earlier 55-48 loss at Harriman.

The Tigers were incredibly balanced Friday as seven players scored at least six points. Jay Tilley led the Tigers in scoring (14) and rebounds (6), but the Tiger that had the most impressive stat line was guard Hunter Grant as he posted a double-double with 12 points and an eye-popping 15 assists. He also had three steals.

Jarred Neerman also had double figures on the night as he ended the evening with 11 points and five boards.

The Tigers started fast Friday, racing to a 20-11 lead after eight minutes of play.

Six different Tigers scored in the frame with Tilley and Malcolm Springs leading the way with four each.

Harriman’s Xavier Howard led all scorers in the opening period with eight points.

Rockwood extended their lead to 17 at halftime, 35-18, after outscoring the Blue Devils 15-7 in the second period.

Hayden Freels and Jared Breazeale scored four each for Rockwood in the second quarter.

The Tigers put the game away with a dominant third quarter. 

Tilley and Neerman scored six each while Grant added four as Rockwood built a 58-27 lead entering the fourth period after outscoring Harriman 23-9 in the third quarter.

Harriman did win the final period 19-14 to make the final score 72-46.

Howard led Harriman in defeat with a game-high 19 points.

Harriman (46) Howard 19, Works 2, Randolph 2, Jenkins 5, Eleam 4, Gresham 7, Nelson 4, Wilkie 3.

Rockwood (72) Grant 12, Clem 3, Breazeale 9, Tilley 14, Freels 8, Springs 7, Neerman 11, Turner 6, Miller 2.

Girls Game

The first game of the evening was closer, but in the end the Harriman Lady Devils were able to pull away for a 43-27 victory.

Harriman came out quick Friday as they jumped out to a 16-9 lead after one period of play.

Laci Sells and Madison Duncan led Harriman with six points each in the opening period while Jadah Gallaher added the remaining four. Chelsea Cheek buried a pair of three-pointers to keep the Lady Tigers close.

Harriman also played well in the second period, outscoring Rockwood 11-6 in the frame to take a 27-15 lead at halftime. The third period was low scoring as Rockwood won the frame 8-6 to pull within 33-23 entering the fourth quarter.

Rockwood’s momentum didn’t carry over into the final frame, however, as the Lady Devils opened the final period with an 8-0 run to take a commanding 41-23 lead. Harriman cruised after that to the 16-point victory.

Duncan led Harriman on the night with 10 points while Gallaher added eight points, six rebounds and five assists.

Cheek led Rockwood with eight points and five rebounds. Becca Farmer also scored eight points for the Lady Tigers.

Harriman and Rockwood will be in action again on Friday as both teams hit the road for big District 3-A contests. Harriman will be at Midway while Rockwood travels to Tellico Plains.

Harriman (43) Goldston 6, Gallaher 8, Boyd 6, Duncan 10, Sells 6, Higgins 1, Kirkland 4, Lunsford 2.

 Rockwood (27) Lee 2, Cates 5, Cheek 8, Evans 2, Farmer 8, Summerall 2.