Tigers upend Hillcrest Jaguars

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Adrienne Taylor goes for the layup (Bruce Branum | The Standard)

Malik Bunch soars for the score against Hillcrest. (Bruce Branum | The Standard)

Malik Bunch soars for the score against Hillcrest. (Bruce Branum | The Standard)

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The Greenville Tigers hosted the Hillcrest Jaguars Friday night at Greenville High School’s gym. This was the second time the teams had played each other this season.

The Varsity boys, who fell to the Jaguars 82-59 in their first meeting, were victorious Friday night winning 76-68.

Charles Warren led the team with 25 points and 5 rebounds followed by Tyler Stone with a double double of 10 points and 11 rebounds and Malik Bunch with 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Greenville out rebounded Hillcrest 38-19 on 12 offensive rebounds and the Tigers full court pressure defense forced Hillcrest to have 28 turnovers.

Coach Stu Stuedeman thought the guys did a great job. “They really came out ready to play; and play Greenville Tigers basketball,” said Coach Stuedeman. “They really got after it and executed our game plan. All the things we have been working on this week in practice showed and I am proud of that. We beat a good and well coached team and we still have a lot more room to get better and grow as a basketball team. That is encouraging.”

The junior varsity Tigers also came out on top against the Jaguars winning 51-46. Laun Pryor led with 12 points followed by Cameron Meyers with eleven.

The Lady Tigers fell to the Jaguars 65-58. Adrienne Taylor led the team, for the third time this season, with 23 points and was followed by Destinee Smith with 8 points.

During the Christmas break, the Tigers will play in the Andalusia Christmas Tournament Dec. 15-17 and the Springville Tournament Dec. 28-30.

“Heading into tournaments, our goals are always the same thing,” said Coach Stuedeman. “Be the hardest playing team, the most unselfish team and the most fearless team. We want to keep that in mind and continue to grow as a team. I think regular season tournament basketball is very indicative of how you are going to be able to handle quick turnarounds in the playoffs at the end of the season, so I always want to do well in them.”

 

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