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SF size advantage doesn’t tip scales

SF size advantage doesn’t tip scales
SF size advantage doesn’t tip scales

South Fulton’s Jonathan Avent gives off a pass during the Red Devils’ loss on Monday.
Size didn’t matter for the South Fulton boys against Perry County on Monday.
In the loser’s bracket of the 44th annual Lions Club Christmas Tournament, the Red Devils fell to the physically much smaller Vikings 58-52.
“We could’ve posted up on them and taken control in the paint, but we didn’t,” South Fulton boys’ coach Keith Frazier said. “George Garmon had 20 points and he probably could have ended with double that.”
SF led on just four occasions during the defeat and missed opportunities definitely contributed to the final result.
In all, the Redmen (2-8) shot just 3-of-14 from the free throw line and there was a stretch during the third quarter when the team trailed by just a point, but it took the county locals four possessions to get a basket to fall.
At which point, PC had already made another basket and the two teams were again within a point of each other
“We’re not a very smart team in those critical situations,” Frazier said. “We have the wrong guys trying to take over the game and we’re taking shots that we shouldn’t.
“They gave us a chance to pull away in the third quarter, but we didn’t.”
Jonathan Avent gave South Fulton the lead on two of the four occasions when it went ahead during Monday’s defeat.
However, after SF got the advantage the second time around, Avent exited the game with his fourth personal foul and he did not return to the floor until midway through the final period.
Perry County (7-6) tied the game up at 35 after a pair of Jacob Tucker free throws, but Garmon was able to get the Obion Countians back ahead as he tipped in a Drew Greer miss just before the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter.
With three quarters complete, South Fulton was up 37-35.
By the 5:25 mark of the fourth period, PC had tied the game at 40-all and the boys from Linden went ahead for good a little less than a minute later thanks to a Taylor Dill trifecta.
Garmon topped the SF scorebook with 20 points, while Jacob Wade — who didn’t play the first quarter due to a violation of team rules — and Avent both reached double digits with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
The Red Devils returned to action this morning in the seventh place game at the Martin event as they faced the University School of Jackson at 11:30
Middleton 50, SF 43 (G)
On Monday morning, the Devilettes fell for the ninth consecutive time since a season-opening victory in November.
The Lady Tigers bettered SF 15-6 in the first quarter and 19-13 in the fourth frame with the county locals holding a 12-8 advantage in both the second and third periods.
Brooke Kane tallied a game-high 18 markers for the 1-9 Devilettes.
Otherwise, Maeghan Eaves pitched in 11 points and Lauren Dowdy added nine for South Fulton.
Turnovers also contributed to SF’s demise as the team gave the ball away 24 times for the second consecutive game at the Martin event.
“We’ve got to get our turnovers down to under 20 a game to be competitive,” Devilettes’ mentor Curt Lee said.
South Fulton played Hickman County (Ky.) for seventh place in the tournament this morning at 10.
OC 60, Heath 57 (B)
Precision shooting from beyond the arc propelled Central to Monday’s slim pool play triumph over the Pirates at the Graves County Holiday Classic.
During the first half, the Rebels (8-5) hit 7-of-10 shots from beyond the arc and the team finished 9-for-14 from 3-point range.
The best long-range shooter for OC during the victory was undoubtedly Tyler Barber, who finished the evening 7-of-8 from the field (5-of-6 from 3-point range.)
Joining Barber in double digits for Central was the tandem of Nick Gilliam (17 points) and Brandon King (12 points).
Gilliam also swished a pair of trifectas for OC, while King — who pulled down a game-high nine rebounds — was named the game’s most valuable player for his efforts.
Otherwise notable was the fact that Jayson Jackson dished out six assists.
Overall, the Rebels shot 21-of-36 for the evening and they enjoyed a 10-point lead at one point late in the first half.
Obion Central, which finished in third place in its pool, returns to action at Graves County this evening at 6 with a game to determine fifth place in the event, vs. University Heights (Ky.).

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