Fire within Tyler propels Lake Co.

Fire within Tyler propels Lake Co.
March Madness is in full swing for Lake County fans.
The Falcons advanced to the Class A State Tournament’s “Final Four” after Wednesday’s 66-62 triumph over Chattanooga Arts and Sciences.
Falcon Rafael Tyler caught fire at the State Tournament on Wednesday.
All totaled, Tyler poured in 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field (4-for-6 from 3-point range).
Tyler also hit all five of his free throws.
Lake County (23-10) wil battle Hampton (30-4) in the semifinals of the state tournament on Friday morning at 10.
In other action at the State Tournament on Wednesday involving rural West Tennessee teams, Middleton bested Cloudland by a 52-37 count.
The Tigers (30-1) will play Perry County (67-45) on Friday morning at 11:45 in the Class A semifinals.
Double-A entry Bolivar also moved forward on Wednesday.
That group of Tigers downed Stone Memorial 86-76 in the double-A quarterfinal round.
Bolivar (21-11) takes on East Literature (27-6) in the semifinals on Friday afternoon at 1:30.
Liberty (30-3) tipped off at 10 this morning in the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinals against Knox-ville Fulton.
LC 66, Chatt. Arts 62
Down 31-30 at halftime, the Falcons bested CAS 16-11 in the third period to carry a 46-42 advantage into the final frame.
Chattanooga Arts and Sciences went back ahead in the final frame and held a lead of as many as four points with just over 90 seconds left.
However, the Falcons slammed the door shut in the final 1:25, outscoring the opposition at an 8-2 clip.
Ricky Boyd tied the game with a jumper and a CAS turnover led the way to a pair of Tyler free throws.
Zay Coleman then stole the basketball with 16 seconds remaining and hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the triumph.
Middleton 52, C’land 37
The Tigers outscored their adversary 15-7 in the third quarter to create a comfortable cushion on Wednesday.
Middleton was ahead 9-6 after one quarter and 24-18 with three periods complete.
Javonte Woody totaled 22 points for the victors, while Jeremy Duncan also reached twin figures with a dozen.
Tiger Derrick Hudson crashed the boards for a game-high 11 rebounds.
Bolivar 86, Stone Mem. 76
The Tigers outscored Stone Memorial 26-14 in the third canto in what turned out to be the game-defining stretch in Wednesday’s contest.
Five Bolivar players finished in twin figures.
Trey Polk topped that list with 19 points, while DeAndre McKinnie and O’Neal Woods both had 16.
Tyler Prince and Fabian Sain each also added a dozen for the victors.

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