Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High sophomore guard Ethan Jenkins chases down a lead pass in front of Smith County’s Tanner Marshall during second-quarter action. Jenkins provided 7 points and 4 assists in the Tigers’ 75-44 victory.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High sophomore guard Ethan Jenkins chases down a lead pass in front of Smith County’s Tanner Marshall during second-quarter action. Jenkins provided 7 points and 4 assists in the Tigers’ 75-44 victory.

The Macon County High boys basketball team reached the championship game of its Nera White Christmas Tournament with wins over Forrest and Smith County.

The Tigers pulled away in the second half of their tournament opener last Thursday evening, a 66-54 victory over the Rockets.

Both teams shot 40 percent from the field, but Macon County outrebounded Forrest by a 38-31 margin, forced 20 turnovers and made 10 of 18 free-throw attempts, compared to 7 of 10 free throws by the Rockets.

The Tigers led 16-15 after one period of play, 33-29 at halftime and 45-35 entering the fourth quarter.

Macon County senior forward Trent Cook scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, and junior teammate Lake Reid provided 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists.

The rest of the Tiger scoring is as follows: Connor Johnson 9 points, Clay West 9, Kelton Ballou 8, Braydee Brooks 5, Ethan Jenkins 2 and Cameron Welch 2.

Both Welch and West grabbed 7 rebounds, and Welch also had 6 assists.

Ballou finished with 5 steals.

Forrest senior Ty Hengesbach scored a game-high 21 points, making 5 of 8 3-pointers.

Macon County tossed in 13 3-pointers in Friday evening's 75-44 win over Smith County in the semifinal round.

The two teams played in Lafayette on Nov. 30, with the Tigers capturing a 56-39 victory.

In Friday's rematch, Macon County shot just 35 percent from the field but connected on 13 of 42 3-pointers and 16 of 21 free-throw attempts.

The Tigers also outrebounded the Owls by a 46-30 margin.

Macon County led 18-6 after one period play and 35-21 at halftime.

Then, the Tigers poured in 32 points in the third quarter to open up a 32-point lead (67-35) entering the final period.

Reid finished with game-highs of 17 points and 8 rebounds, and Cook finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Welch provided 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Those three players combined for 10 3-pointers.

The remaining scoring for Macon County includes: West 8 points, Ballou 7, Jenkins 7, Johnson 5 and Brooks 3.

Ballou and Jenkins also combined for 9 assists.

Isaac Dick led the Owls -- who shot just 31 percent from the field -- offensively with 10 points.