Tigers#039; B-team falls to Elba

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 30, 2006

The Luverne Tigers' B-Team played a hard-fought game to the end with Elba, leading into overtime action.

Coach Andre Parks' Tigers were down 10-5 to Elba at the end of the first quarter, but by the end of the first half, Luverne was up 16-14. By the end of the third quarter, Elba began pulling away with the lead 28-25.

Brasmon Harris made a layup with 2:47 left in the game, bringing the score to 34-33 with Elba in the lead. After a free throw by Elba, Harris tied the game by chipping in two more points.

Elba answered with three more points only to have Luverne's Jeremiah Leach drop in a 3-pointer to tie the game 38-38 with 1:12 left on the clock. Leach then pitched in two free throws, and Harris added a layup to tie the game again at 42-42, sending the game into overtime.

Elba came out in full-court press. Leach dropped in a pair of free throws with 2:32 left in overtime, bringing the score to 44-45. But, Elba pulled out ahead, and ended the game with 55 over Luverne's 48.

&#8220I'm really proud of them,” Coach Parks said. &#8220They played about as well as they have all year, minus the free throws.”

&#8220Elba made most of their free throws, and we didn't,” he said. &#8220But, the first time we played Elba, they were up by 30 points by halftime. We could have just given up, but we didn't.”