District 12-A Basketball Tournament

Tigers top Rockets, Lady Tigers knocked out in round one

DRIVING – Central’s Caleb Haskins drives toward the basket past Clarksburg’s Kris Hooker during the Tigers’ district tournament win over the Rockets Saturday night.

First-round elimination games for the District 12-A Basketball Tournament were held on Saturday night, Feb. 12 on the home-court of the higher ranked teams.

One of those games involved a cross-county rivalry as the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Tigers and the Clarksburg Rockets battled it out in Clarksburg. It was a close one, but the Tigers upset in the higher ranked Rockets 72-64.

The contest featured a barrage of three-point shots by both teams with Central players landing 12 treys and Clarksburg tallying 11.

But Central’s Cameron Lowe got it all started with a two-point basket early in the first quarter, and the Tigers held the scoreboard through most of the first – that is until a free throw by Rian Johnson and a basket by Kris Hooker put the Rockets ahead 17-15 at the tail-end of the first period.

The first half of the second quarter belonged to the Rockets, but the Tigers rallied in the last three minutes or so to claim a 36-30 advantage at the half. Clarksburg turned the tables again at around the five-minute mark of the third period and were holding on to a two-point lead, 48-46, going into the final stanza.

The scoreboard changed hands several times in the first half of the fourth, but Tate Crews put Central ahead 60-58 with a trey at the mid-quarter mark – and from there, the Tigers continued to edge a bit further out front until finally winning it by eight.

Caleb Haskins spearheaded Central’s offensive effort with 20 points, followed by Crew with 14, Preston Hollingsworth with 12, Owen Crocker nine, Lowe and Malachi Guthrie with six apiece, and Dakota Glover with five.

Hooker was Clarksburg’s and the game’s top scorer with 25 points, followed by Stafan Gilbert with 12, Sha Williams with eight, Braden Cobb with seven, Trae Cobb with five, Caden Wood with four, and Jakobe Clark with three.

Now 4-18 overall and 2-6 in the district, the Tigers advanced to face the top-seeded West Carroll War Eagles (17-3, 8-0) in the semifinal round on Tuesday night, Feb. 15, though results from that game were not available at press time Monday.

The Rockets conclude their season with a 4-18 overall record and a 2-6 showing in district competition.

The District 12-A Boys Tournament will conclude on Friday, Feb. 18, at Perry County High School with the consolation game at 6 p.m. and the championship at 7:30 p.m.

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The Central Lady Tigers concluded their season Saturday night with a close 50-46 on-the-road loss to Frank Hughes in the first round.

The Lady Tigers finish 2-22 overall and 1-7 in district play.

The top-ranked West Carroll Lady War Eagles (12-10, 8-0) were slated to play Frank Hughes, and the Clarksburg Lady Rockets (6-15, 4-4) were set to play Perry County, both games at Perry County, after press time Monday night.

Perry County will also be hosting the girls consolation game at 6 p.m. and the champion match at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17.

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