The Graceville Tigers picked up their game at just the right time this year. They appear to be operating on all eight cylinders as they are taking one game at a time in route to the final four. One game remained in their way and they were scheduled to take care of that one Tuesday night – that one coming after they shocked Poplar Springs last Tuesday with a 68-58 win. Shocked is fitting considering Poplar Springs handed the Tigers a 72-37 loss less than two weeks prior to last Thursday. But the Tigers took the court and let it be known from the opening tipoff, “NOT THIS TIME, NOT ON MY COURT!”
The Tigers took a 12-11 win in the first quarter Joell Green and Cyprian James with five points each. The second quarter was just as tight but once again, it was Graceville edging out the Atomics 17-16 to take a 29-27 lead into the locker room at the half. It was James with six points, followed closely by Cedric Williams with five points.
Graceville turned it up in the third quarter, posting 19 points while holding Poplar Springs to just nine points. Andre Brown was the hero of the quarter with seven points. With one quarter to go, the Tigers were feeling a victory, leading 48-36.
It was all over but the shouting early in the fourth quarter with the hungry Tigers maintaining the lead despite Poplar Springs winning the final quarter by a narrow 22-20 margin. James posted eight points, including four-for-four from the line to lead the Tigers in the fourth.
Leading Graceville overall on the night was Cyprian James with 23 points, followed by Andre Brown with 17 points. On board in double digits with 10 points were Joelle Green and Xavian Sorey.
LATE BREAKING NEWS: The Graceville Tigers fought hard for four quarters against Paxton but fell 57-52. Congratulations to the TIGERS and their first-year head-coach Cameron Dozier. Great things are in store for the Tigers.