Varsity boys fall by 3 to Miller

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jamal Hourel makes a move to the basket.

Jamal Hourel makes a move to the basket.

The T.R. Miller Tigers held off the Andalusia Bulldogs 65-62 Saturday night in Andalusia.


Devante Jackson came out strong with 6 points in the first period. B.J. Anderson and Kendarius Townsend each had 2 points for the Bulldogs.  However, at the end of the first period the Tigers led 13-10.


The Bulldogs closed the gap in the second period, but still trailed the Tigers 21-19 at halftime. Anderson went 2-for-2 from the free throw line, and hit a layup in the period. Trevor Parker drained at 3-pointer that helped cut into the Tigers’ lead. Jackson chipped in 2 points for the Bulldogs.


The Bulldogs’ offense was explosive in the third period.  Anderson and Parker took over for the Bulldogs and gave them a 46-42 lead heading into the final period. Anderson had 10 points for the Bulldogs in the period. Parker nailed another 3-pointer, and finished the period with 9 points. Townsend had 4 more points for the Bulldogs.


Parker put the Bulldogs up 62-58 with just over a minute left in the game. The Tigers answered right back with a 2-pointer to bring the scored to 62-60. The Tigers then forced the Bulldogs to turn the ball over, and drained a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left that put them up 63-62. The Bulldogs had a chance to tie or take the lead with 29 seconds left, but weren’t able to convert any free throws. The Tigers, on the other hand, hit two ensuing free throws to take a 3-point lead. The Bulldogs attempted a long 3-pointer, but the shot was just off target giving the Bulldogs a 65-62 defeat.


Anderson led the Bulldogs with 20 points. Jackson and Parker each finished the night with 16 points.


“We came out flat,” Bulldogs’ legendary head coach Richard Robertson said. “We broke down on defense, but we scored enough that we could have won. Miller has a very good basketball team with some good shooters. We had to play them man-to-man and we self-destructed. We missed free throws and layups down that stretch that cost us. Maybe we will learn something from it, and it will be worth it.”


The Bulldogs will be back in action tonight as they take on the Bulldogs from Brantley. The games will tip-off at 4:30 at the Andalusia High School gymnasium.