Tuscola downs TCT 71-58

By Tim Hendershot sportsfan122774@yahoo.com
Posted 12/30/19

TUSCOLA — The Tri-County boys basketball team fell to a tough Tuscola squad 71-58 Satirday, Dec. 21, at Tuscola High School.

After a grueling, tough loss to Salt Fork in Oakland Friday …

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Tuscola downs TCT 71-58


TUSCOLA — The Tri-County boys basketball team fell to a tough Tuscola squad 71-58 Satirday, Dec. 21, at Tuscola High School.

After a grueling, tough loss to Salt Fork in Oakland Friday night, Dec. 20, the Tri-County Titans hoops squad made the trek west on U.S. 36 to Tuscola Saturday afternoon to face an undefeated Tuscola Warriors team.

The first half saw the Titans come out with a fight staying close and taking a slim 29-26 lead heading into the locker room.

A burst of scoring by Jalen Quinn got the Warriors going in the second half as Tuscola scored 46 second half points while Tri-County couldn’t keep up the pace resulting in the third straight loss for the Titans.

One big difference in the game was at the free throw line as Tuscola went 15 of 21 for 71.4 percent while Tri-County only got to the line six times making five shots for 83.3 percent.

Jack Armstrong led the way for the Titans with 16 points while Cole McClain had 12 and Mitch Pollock added 10.  Kenzal Lloyd finished with eight and CJ Eakle had seven in the loss.

Jalen Quinn backed up his triple-double performance from Friday night leading all scorers with 27 points for the Warriors while Ben Dixon added 14 and Grant Hardwick had 11 in the win.

Salt Fork 44, TCT 34

OAKLAND — After a tough loss to Paris, the Tri-County Titans basketball squad was back at work on Friday night, Dec. 20,  playing their second strong opponent of a critical three-game stretch  — the Salt Fork Storm in a non-conference contest. 

After seeing their three game winning streak snapped, Tri-County hoped that some home cooking would cure their ails facing a gritty Salt Fork

Fork team that has played five games with four of those games being low scoring affairs going 2-2 in the process.

On this night, the play was grinding and physical throughout with both team putting up a low amount of points.  In the end, it was a slow second quarter that put the Titans behind the eight ball as their comeback attempt fell short as the Storm made some clutch free throws down the stretch to hold on for a 44-34 win.

Salt Fork went inside to their two post players in the first quartwr as the duo of Payton Taylor and Kieler Bennett combined for 11 of the Storm’s 13 points.  Bennett was key at the charity stripe going 5 of 6 as part of his seven points.  The Titans countered with a spurt from Cole McClain who went to the inside with dribble penetration scoring eight of Tri-County’s 10 points.  Salt Fork held a slim 13-10 lead after the opening stanza.

The Titan shooting went cold in the second despite getting some good looks at the bucket managing just two field goals for four points.  The Storm continued to go inside and the Titans dealt with some early foul troubles by Kenzal Lloyd and Jack Armstrong forcing Tri-County to go smaller. The duo of Taylor and Bennett combined for 10 of Salt Fork’s 17 points.  The Storm headed into the locker room with a 30-14 lead.

Tri-County switched  things up on defense going to a 2-3 zone and it caused Salt Fork some problems,  holding the Storm to just one made field goal The Titans foul troubles continued racking up seven in the frame putting the Storm at the line going 4 of 7 as part of their six total points.  Mitch Pollock then found some room going to the bucket scoring four of the Titans seven points, but Salt Fork still held a 36-21 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Pollock continue to give the Titans some life penetrating inside for nine points helping Tri-County cut the deficit to single digits late.  However, the Titans managed only four more points outside of Pollock as part of their 13 point total.  win.

The Titans were 13 of 50 for 26 percent and 6 of 11 from the free throw line for 54.5 percent.  Mitch Pollock led the way with 17 points while Cole McClain had 10 in the loss.