HUME — The Tri-County boys’ basketball team used a strong finish late, including a go-ahead three-point shot from CJ Eackle, to beat visiting Cerro Gordo/Bement 66-63 on Tuesday night. …
HUME — The Tri-County boys’ basketball team used a strong finish late, including a go-ahead three-point shot from CJ Eackle, to beat visiting Cerro Gordo/Bement 66-63 on Tuesday night.
The first quarter saw CGB start the game on a 7-0 run with five points coming from Connor Moore. The Titans first points came around the 3:32 mark on a three-point shot by CJ Eakle, which started rally that included buckets from Mitch Pollock and Cole McClain as Tri-County trailed 10-8 to end the opening period.
The scoring for both teams cranked up in the second quarter as the Broncos took their lead to 18-11, finishing with 22 in the quarter. However, the Titans got an offensive boost as Eakle found openings in transition to score six points while Pollock and McClain chipped in four point each, leading to a 32-28 deficit at halftime.
Tri-County kept its momentum going in the third quarter by utilizing the three-point shot as Eakle hit two and McClain added one of his own. One of Eakle’s three-point shots came with 2:25 left to go giving the Titans their first lead of the game at 40-38. The Titans scored 18 in the stanza to take a 46-40 lead.
Both teams went shot for shot in the fourth quarter as Eakle hit two free-throws late to give the Titans a 63-60 lead. The Bronco’s Moore let the ball go behind the arc and drained the open three-point shot with 38.5 seconds left to tie the contest at 63-63.
The Titans then set up the final shot, going from wing-to-wing until finding
Eakle open at the top of the key. Eakle launched a 21-foot shot that found the bottom of the net for three with 3.1 seconds left, giving the Titans the lead and victory at 66-63.
The Titans were 23-56 overall and 7-13 from the line. CJ Eakle finished with a game-high 25 points - 15 of them from three-point range - while Cole McClain added 17 points. Mitch Pollock ended with 13 points. Tri-County hit 13 three-pointers on the evening out of 26 attempts.
The Broncos were 23-66 overall and 8-10 from the line. Connor Moore had 24 points - 18 of those from three - while Connor Brown added 15 points and Jessee Quick had 13 points. CGB hit nine three-pointers out of 24 attempts.
Cerro Gordo 53, TCT 50
Before the thrilling win over the Broncos, Tri-County fell in a heartbreaker 53-50 to host Okaw Valley.
The Titans went shot-for-shot with the Timberwolves, eventually taking a 42-40 lead after three quarters. Despite the late advantage though, Okaw Valley turned on a 13-2 run to go ahead with just under 60 seconds left in regulation.
A flurry of made Tri-County three-point shots pulled them back within striking distance but proved to be too little as the Titans fell 53-50.
The Titans went 20-49 overall and 4-9 from the line. Cole McClain led the way 22 points, three assists, and three steals. Clayton Pardi had one of his best games of the season adding nine points, four rebounds, and two assists. Mitch Pollock had six points and eight rebounds and Jack Armstrong added five points and ten rebounds. CJ Eakle finished with eight points and three rebounds in the loss.