GHS Boys win after overtime

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 9, 2000

In a game that started out with tit-for-tat exchange, the Greenville Tigers hosted the Monroe County Tigers, going into overtime before winning, 82-77.

"The fellows played hard tonight, and so far, all-season-long," said Coach Jai Hill. "Greenville has not had a winning team in a long time, and this is a good one in progress."

Tyrone dominated the scoring for the GHS Tigers, with 26 points for the game, making seven of seven foul-shots, and also a three-pointer.

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Sam Williamson was also impressive, with 18 points, comprised of eight two-point field goals and two foul shots.

Carlos Blackmon and Joshua Smith tied with 12 points scored. Blackmon made three foulshots, one three-pointer and three two-point field goals, and Smith made two foul shots and five two-pointers.

"I told the team that now is their time-and the time to win is now," Hill said. "I have been trying to turn their thinking around to a positive viewpoint."

In the first period, Greenville made 18 points to Monroe's 15, and after the half, the score was 36-38, with Monroe in the lead.

"I told them again we had to get our thinking together," Hill said. "It worked, they got it together, and kept it that way."

In the third period, Greenville was down by eight, at 52-44 Monroe. "When we were down by six, I told the team I called them to the bench," Hill said. "I told them that we play for improvisation, and can always try something different."

With 1:42 left in regulation play, Greenville tied the game up at 67-all, and the score remained that way until the final horn blew.

Going into overtime, Monroe County scored 10 additional points, but Greenville had a second wind and scored 15 points, to make the final score 82-77, Greenville.

The Tigers, now holding a record of 4-1, will travel to Camden Friday night to face Wilcox Central, whose record is 1-3.