Tigers down Sunbright for 2-0 start

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By Goose Lindsay


Paul Kamikawa’s Rockwood Tigers opened the season recently with a pair of victories over Sunbright, but the way the games played out was entirely different.

The first win came at Sunbright with the Tigers from Roane County putting up a lot of points in a 66-48 victory. Tuesday at Rockwood, however, Sunbright slowed the pace, but Rockwood was still able to come out on top by a final score of 36-23.

Game One

Sunbright stayed close for a half, but Rockwood pulled away in the second half for a 66-48 victory.

Rockwood went inside to Malcolm Springs early and often to start the game. He responded with eight points in leading the tigers to a 17-13 lead after eight minutes of play.

Noah Freels kept Sunbright close with five points in the opening period.

The teams also combined for 30 points in the second period, but this time Sunbright stayed a little closer. Rockwood still won the frame 16-14, however, making the score 33-27 at halftime.

Jay Tilley was Rockwood’s big gun inside in the second period with eight points while Eli Dial nailed two three-pointers and scored eight points for Sunbright.

Rockwood finally started to pull away in the third quarter. Behind nine points from Hunter Grant, the Tigers outscored Sunbright 17-9 in the period to make the score 50-36 with eight minutes left to play.

Austin Cooper and Jordan Breazeale would score seven points each in the final period, as Rockwood went on to the 18-point victory.

Grant (14 points, 4 assists), Tilley (14 points, 8 rebounds), Springs (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Breazeale (9 points, 5 assists) led Rockwood on the evening.

Dial (18 points) and Freels (16 points) scored in double figures for Sunbright.

Rockwood (66) Grant 14, Cooper 7, Breazeale 9, Miller 5, Neerman 2, Tilley 14, Neerman 2, Springs 13.

Sunbright (48) Freels 16, Swint 9, Dial 18, Ladd 2, Hooper 3.

Game Two

Sunbright didn’t run a stall on Tuesday, but they were very patient on offense, and the result was a low scoring affair.

The first period did have a good flow as Rockwood led 10-7 after eight minutes of play. Things began to slow down in the second period with the Tigers from Roane County holding a 16-12 lead at halftime.

The third period would see both teams combining for just 11 points with Rockwood holding a 22-17 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Dial buried a three-pointer to open the final period and close the gap to 22-20, but Sunbright would get no closer. Rockwood responded with a 10-1 run that featured a pair of buckets from Tilley that made the score 32-21 with 3:58 left to play.

Sunbright scored just once more down the stretch, as Rockwood went on to the 13-point victory.

Springs (9 points, 9 rebounds) and Grant (9 points, 3 steals) led the way for Rockwood while Dial (9 points) led the way for Sunbright.

Sunbright (23) Freels 3, Swint 6, E. Dial 9, Ladd 2, Hooper 2, R. Dial 1.

Rockwood (36) Tilley 4, Grant 9, Breazeale 3, Springs 9, Miller 4, Neerman 5, Cooper 2.