On November 19, the Macon County Tigers took on the Clay County Bulldogs in what would later be a trap game. The Tigers thought Clay County would be a walk in the park. The Bulldogs would surprise all of Macon County by upsetting the Tigers 54-49. The Tigers had a very rough game.
The first half was a very close half as both teams fought hard to score. There were many lead changes in this half as both teams fought for the lead. If the Tigers hit a three, the Bulldogs would answer back with one. They were like a virus that wouldn’t go away.
The second half was a bad half for the Tigers. The Bulldogs came storming out of the locker room after halftime and seemed to leave anything bad they did in the first half in the locker room. The Bulldogs couldn’t miss a shot and forced the Tigers to play catch-up from beyond the arc. The Tigers couldn’t catch the Bulldogs though, and they fell 54-49.
Seniors Dalton Shrum and Tyler Clark both had 15 points in this game, which led the team. Trey McPherson also had 11. Aaron Carter had 7, and Dillion McCormick came in off the bench with 1. However, that would be the only scoring the Tigers could find.
After the Tigers were surprised by Clay County, they came back with a fire in their bellies. Who else better to feed that fire than longtime rival Trousdale County? Macon County would go into Trousdale County and leave victorious, winning 77-54. The Tigers played terrific offense.
The first quarter was an unbelievably close quarter. It was a back and forth game. At the half, it was 45-28 the Tigers leading. Neither team had many points outside the paint. Most came in the paint. The second half was all Macon County. The Tigers scored nine unanswered points and went to take a twenty point lead at the end of the third. The fourth quarter would drive the nail in the coffin though, as the Tigers pulled away from the Jackets and ended up obliterating them 77-54.
Trey McPherson led the Tigers in scoring with 19 points. Tyler Clark and Dalton Shrum both had 12. Aaron Carter, Dillion McCormick, and Justin Tucker all had 6 points. McCormick’s and Tucker’s points come off the bench.
After a two day rest, the Tigers came back Thursday ready to do battle in the Lebanon Classic against the Page High School Patriots. The Tigers would take this game by a score of 57-45. Page just didn’t seem to be much of a threat for the Tigers.
Once the Tigers scored the first basket of the game, there was no looking back for them. Page would bring in a small surge of energy to try and upend the Tigers, but it was pointless as the Tigers would drive the lane and score on layups almost every time. Page would attempt to repeat what we did, but they would meet powerhouses Trey McPherson, Dalton Shrum, and Tyler Clark under the rim. They couldn’t back up and shoot jumpshots and three’s either with speedsters Aaron Carter and Peyton Clark on the outside. Page got in a few points here and there but, in the end, couldn’t match the size and athleticism of the Tigers. The Tigers would cruise to a 57-45 victory.
Dalton Shrum led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points with Trey McPherson in a close second with 13. Aaron Carter had 11 and Tyler Clark had 10. Justin Tucker came in off the bench and dropped 6.
The Tigers final game of the week and of the Lebanon Classic was against the host: the Lebanon Blue Devils. This Lebanon team was no walk in the park, though. Impressive size and speed gave them the advantage in this game, as the Tigers fell 62-46. Nothing seemed to click for the Tigers all night.
The first half seemed rough for the Tigers. They couldn’t get anything to go, whereas Lebanon seemed to hit everything. The Blue Devils would happily sit back for three instead of driving the lane. The one thing that seemed to cause the Tigers to implode was foul trouble. Trey McPherson would foul out of the game with about 5 minutes left in the fourth. Many other starters either fouled out or came close with 4 fouls. The Tigers had to rely on the young bench to save them. Although the bench played great, the Devils had more experience and downed the Tigers 62-46.
None of the Tigers’ starting five scored above 10 points. The starter who scored the most was Aaron Carter with 7. Dillion McCormick would come in off the bench and drop 14 and led the team in scoring. Also off the bench, Mayson Shrum had 3 points, and Justin Tucker had 2.
The Tigers next week of games will be at Gordonsville on November 27. The girls’ game will begin at 6. The Tigers will also play Gallatin on November 30. The girls’ game will begin at 6:30. Come out and support your Macon County Tigers!