Jr. McKenzie Tigers down #039;Dogs

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 21, 2005

The McKenzie Tigers "B" team found themselves on the ropes in the fourth quarter Thursday night against the Kinston Bulldogs. The Tigers had struggled with their foes for a majority of the game and then were held to two points during the third quarter.

But, the offense finally found a spark and exploded for 16 fourth quarter points to push them over their opponents, 33-31.

"I made a defensive change right there at the end of the game," said James Brown, coach of the McKenzie Tigers.

"I brought my three guys back and I brought Chance out from under the basket and out to the perimeter and he basically just blocked the ball out of the guys' hand and more or less preserved the victory for us."

Tiger coach James Brown changed his defense and when he did, it enabled Chance Davis to stick a hand in the face of the shooter and block the shot to preserve the victory.

Jerrell Adams was the big scorer for the Jr. Tigers, finishing the night with 16 points and three three-pointers.

Jeremy Adams posted nine points, Jake Page tacked on five and then Davis added three points.

McKenzie fell behind early, 11-4 at the end of the first quarter and then 18-15 at the half. The Bulldogs were able to push ahead 23-17 at the end of the third period.

But, Adams ripped off eight points to lead the scoring effort of the Tigers in the final frame.

"Callahan Bush really did a good job," said Brown. "Callahan is really coming around. The thing about these kids is that they are young. And if they will just stay with it, they will be all right. If they will continue to grow and do what I ask them to do they will continue to get better. I am excited about working with them down the road. And I am excited to see some fruit from this."