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The Rockwood Tigers ran their season record to 5-0 against opponents from Roane County Saturday night with a 66-47 victory over Oliver Springs in the final day of play in the 2013 Jim Cordell Christmas Classic at Harriman High School.
Rockwood had already swept Harriman and Kingston on the season and this will be the only meeting of the regular season between the Tigers and Bobcats.
A quick start was the key to Rockwood’s victory.
The Tigers jumped out to a 12-3 lead before Oliver Springs called a time out with 6:19 left in the opening period. All five Tiger starters had scored by the 4:29 mark of the frame, and the Bobcats were forced to call its second time out of the game when Rockwood led 20-3 with 4:10 left in the opening quarter.
Oliver Springs settled down and played well over the final four minutes of the frame, but would trail 24-11 after one period.
Case Miller and Malcolm Springs paced Rockwood with six points in the first quarter while Taylor Murray led the way for the Bobcats with five.
The Bobcats eventually pulled within 10 points at 33-23 late in the second quarter, but the Tigers used a three-pointer from Austin Cooper and a buzzer-beating triple from Hunter Grant to take a 39-25 lead at halftime.
The Bobcats tried to battle back in the third period. They would eventually cut the lead to eight points at 45-37 when Collin Moss drained a three-pointer, but Grant would again hit a late triple as Rockwood took a 48-37 lead into the final period of play.
Oliver Springs was never able to make a run in the final period. The Tigers would eventually pull away down the stretch for a 19-point victory.
Jay Tilley scored 10 points in the final period and led Rockwood on the night with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Springs (11 points) also scored in double figures while Grant had a solid performance with eight points and eight assists.
Aaron Noe (15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) and Murray (15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals) led the way for Oliver Springs.
Rockwood (66) Tilley 18, Springs 11, Grant 8, Miller 6, Breazeale 4, Cooper 6, Neerman 6, Malicoat 7.
Oliver Springs (47) Murray 15, S. Morgan 5, Moss 5, Noe 15, Miller 1, Nation 6.
Rockwood vs. Oneida
The Tigers picked up another victory on Friday, crushing Oneida, 63-32.
The first quarter was a bit scary for the fans of the green and gold. Rockwood opened the game with a 6-0 run, but Oneida ended the period with 13 straight points and led 13-6 after eight minutes of play.
Rockwood, however, started flexing its muscle in the second quarter. The Tigers outscored the Indians 19-7 in the frame and led 25-20 at intermission.
Eight Tigers scored in the first half with Miller (7 points) leading the way.
Rockwood delivered the knockout blow in the third period. Behind five points from Jarrod Neerman, the Tigers opened the frame on an 18-2 run they wouldn’t stop before taking a 46-26 lead into the final period of play.
Another Neerman, Josh, had a big fourth quarter. “Little” Neerman scored nine points in the final quarter as Rockwood went on to the 31-point victory.
“Big” Neerman (15 points, 10 rebounds) and “Little” Neerman (12 points) scored in double figures for the Tigers on the night.
Rockwood (63) Springs 8, Wilson 2, Josh Neerman 12, Tilley 4, Breazeale 2, Gaus 2, Long 2, Miller 7, Cooper 3, Malicoat 6, Jarrod Neerman 15.